Agricultural shows to get grants of up to €5,000

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Agricultural shows to get grants of up to €5,000


Niamh Roche from Carlow working with her commercial cattle at The Ossory Show. Photo: Alf Harvey
Niamh Roche from Carlow working with her commercial cattle at The Ossory Show. Photo: Alf Harvey

Ireland’s 120 agricultural shows will be eligible for grants of up to €5,000 Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has announced.

Minister Ring has said that a €600,000 allocation by
his Department to agricultural shows represents an important
investment in rural communities and the rural economy.

The funding
will funding support approximately 120 agricultural shows around
the country which are due to take place in 2019.

Each show is
eligible to receive €5,000 from the Government in an effort to
support these important rural community events.

This investment is
being carried out in coordination with the Irish Shows Association
(ISA) and the recipients are all members of that Association.

Last
year Minister Ring introduced funding to support agricultural shows
taking place in 2018 in recognition of the difficulties experienced
by shows in recent years.

Minister Ring said that investing in
agricultural shows is an an investment in rural culture and all
that is good about rural Ireland.

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“At the Bonniconlon Show in Mayo
yesterday, and at other shows I have visited this summer, I have
seen the impact of the funding I allocated for this year’s shows. I
am delighted to be in a position to provide these shows with
financial support to enable the shows invest in and improve their
shows for the summer of 2019.

“Agricultural shows are a great
celebration of rural culture which contribute significantly to the
local economies of towns and villages and their hinterlands across
Ireland. They are only able to continue because of the commitment
of local volunteers,”he said.

Minister Ring added that he is
confident that the fund will give a boost to smaller agricultural
shows that rely heavily on local volunteers.

“I know that many
shows experienced difficulties in recent years and I hope that this
funding will help the shows overcome issues that may have hindered
them.

Smaller shows have particularly struggled in recent years and
I am providing these shows with the same amount as larger shows,
recognising the particular pressures being faced by these smaller
shows.

“I’m delighted to be able to assist them in this way for
2019. I look forward to sitting down with the Chairman of the Irish
Shows Association in the autumn to review the benefit of the
funding provided to all the shows in 2018 and to discuss the
allocation for 2019,” he said.

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