Carbery Show in Skibbereen next Thursday

CARBERY Show takes place in Skibbereen on Thursday July 19th, with organisers promising a memorable day for both exhibitors and members of the public.


Michael O’Callaghan (seated left), president of Carbery Show, pictured with members of his committee at the announcement of details of the 2012 show, which takes place in Skibbereen on Thursday next, July 19th.
Michael O’Callaghan (seated left), president of Carbery Show, pictured with members of his committee at the announcement of details of the 2012 show, which takes place in Skibbereen on Thursday next, July 19th.
The launch of the show recently took place at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen, where organisers expressed their deep appreciation to the generous sponsors that ensure the survival of this annual event. This year sees three new new major sponsors in the horse classes.


Blackwaters Motors from Skibbereen, Volkswagen main agents, are sponsoring class 1 in the horse section, the half-bred or Irish Draught mare and foal class. They are also bringing a trade stand to the show. Audi Cork, South Douglas Road, Cork are sponsoring class 17 in the horse section, the small ridden hunter, and also classes 31 and 32, the ridden working hunters in the pony section. Audi are also bringing a trade stand.

Thomas and Carol Henry from Creagh, Baltimore are sponsoring the brood mare class and the colt foal class. There is also a nomination to Dunnelight presented by Limbo Stud, Creagh, Baltimore.

In pre-Celtic Tiger days, there used to be several car trade stands, and organisers are looking forward to once again seeing a nice, colourful display of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles and banners. Thanks was extended to Jason Field, manager, Blackwater Motors, Skibbereen, and Jill O’Hanlon, marketing manager of Audi, South Douglas Road, Cork, for their support.

The young horse championship is this year sponsored by Noel Harrington, TD.

Two local banks, AIB and Bank of Ireland, are sponsoring the two major Cork county championship finals.

Thanks was also extended to The Southern Star and The Irish Examiner for positive press coverage.

Carbery Milk Products, Ballineen are the sponsors for the Carbery Group dairy class, for a group of three female dairy animals exhibited by one owner.

FBD Insurance, Skibbereen and Drinagh Co-op sponsor the various Friesian classes.

The Irish Draught mare class is now in its 18th year; the Hayes family, formerly from Kilnahera, Drimoleague, are sponsoring the trophy for this class. Donal Casey also sponsors the one- and two-year-old gelding/filly class.

Once again, Skibbereen plays host to several championship finals.

Following the success of the foal championship over the past six years, this will be held again, with prize money being generously sponsored by Skibbereen Credit Union. This championship is confined to first and second prize-winners of the foal classes at Carbery Show.

The Cork County Yearling Gelding or Filly Championship is now in its 26th year, and is once again sponsored by AIB, Skibbereen. This highly competitive event always ensures a fine presentation of top young horses.

The Cork County Beef Bull Championship enters its 25th year, and is open to all major beef breeds. Sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Skibbereen, the standard of the bulls is extremely high and it forms a huge attraction in the bovine section. Qualifiers for these finals have been selected at all the other Cork county shows, which have taken place before the Carbery Show.

Carbery Show stages many qualifiers, including the Kildysart Two-Year-Old Filly All-Ireland Championship, the A Browne Filly Foal All-Ireland Championship, the Irish Draught Colt Foal Championship, All-Ireland Breeders Championship, the Celtic Ross Hotel and KWD Recycling Irish Draught Foal Munster Championship, and the West Cork Horse Breeders Progency Championship. Also, for the first time, Carbery Show is staging a qualifier for the All-Ireland Show Driving Championship.

The show society continues to encourage home produce through its large indoor exhibition, which includes the horticulture and craft sections, and the photography section, and many more individually sponsored classes in the flowers and cookery section. The Yarn Barn @ West Cork Paints, Skibbereen is sponsoring the craft classes and Barry’s Tea sponsors the cookery classes as usual.

Carbery Show includes many classes for children, such as ridden and led pony classes, a junior cattle section, junior horticulture classes, the junior crafts, and junior cookery classes with special trophies presented by Mary O’Driscoll.

This year the West Carbery Hunt will be putting on a display of their hounds during the afternoon.

Immensely popular is the pet dog show, which is a non-pedigree show, and is this year again being sponsored by Red Mills, Goresbridge. There are also numerous cups to be awarded to the winners of the dog classes. Qualifiers will also be held for the the Puppy Parlour Kenmare Munster Dog Championship for small and large dogs.

Skibbereen Show has long been noted for its marvellous trade stand display, which exhibits a variety of local crafts, foods, shrubs and plants, machinery and dairy equipment, farm and business services and local enterprise. A mbile pet farm is coming to this year’s show, which should be of great interest to the children.

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