It’s all go for this year’s North Clare Show, which will be staged at Corofin on Saturday, July 27 and the committee, under chairperson Joe Killeen, are putting the finishing touches to this year’s programme.
This year’s hall section has further historical significance, as it is the first event being staged outside of St Patrick’s Hall, where an extensive refurbishment will commence in the near future.
The show committee is grateful to the local GAA club, who have made the hall at Pairc Finne available for the hall exhibits on the day.
This section will include classes for horticulture, home baking, flowers, home craft, photography and children’s section is usually choc a bloc with a huge variety of exhibits and Maureen Roche reports a good standard of entry.
The dog show will be staged in the showing field in Kilvoydan, courtesy of George Edwards, with competitions commencing at 2pm. There are 13 classes in all which include qualifiers for the All-Ireland Gun Dog Championship and the Munster Dog Championship, open to all breeds.
At the conclusion of the showing classes there will be an obstacle course display.
The jumping events, commencing at 9.30am for horses and ponies, are eagerly awaited.
The pony jumping classes vary from 128cms ponies jumping 90cms to 148cms ponies jumping a challenging 120cms course.
These competitions, six in all, will be staged in arena two while in arena three the qualifiers for the Shannonside League, a further six jumping competitions for ponies, will be held.
Arena one will host the jumping arena for the horse competitions with five competitions progressing from 90cms to 120cms, with the jumping competitions commencing at 1pm.
First in the morning in this arena will be the sportsman competitions, with 60/70 and 80/90 sportsman competitions.
Tom Carroll and Michael McDonnell, report much interest in the commercial cattle section while a strong entry of pedigree Limousin cattle with many of the best animals of the breed now included in the catalogue for Corofin Show.
Indeed many of the animals exhibited last year went on to win national and international competitions in their respective age –groups.
The horse showing will commence at 11.30am, with heavyweight and lightweight brood mares being judged first, leading then to colt and filly foals.
This year, the champion brood mare will receive the Monreel Crystal Bowl, presented by Joe O’Loughlin MRCVS. Qualifiers in this area include The A Browne Filly Foal All-Ireland Championship with the final at Moate Show.
John Beakey reports the inclusion of 12 classes in the pony showing section, with a strong representation for show hunter ponies, registered Connemara ponies and classes varying from 12.2 to 14.2, shown in saddle. Pony showing will commence at 11.30am.
Further details on all facets of the show are available from Mary McMahon of Bridge Street, Corofin on 065 6837795, with enquiries for jumping competitions from Tom Kearney at 087 264 1288.