BY JACKIE KEOGH
IT’S more like three events in one: It is the annual agricultural show; Schull Market moves up to the showgrounds for the day; and it is probably the best family day out all year.
On Sunday, July 26th, the showgrounds at Schull Town Park, which is just a few short kilometres from the town centre, will be packed as locals, people from all over West Cork, and tourists converge for this most traditional of gatherings.
A free shuttle bus from the car park in front of The Harbour Hotel means there will be no difficulty in accessing am event that attracts hundreds and hundreds of people simply because it offers so much to see and do.
People are always drawn to the horse classes – including what is possibly the main attraction, the Working Hunter – but as is the case with all agricultural shows other events, such as the dog show, have widespread appeal.
A poultry display by local farmers, a tractor display, and a parade also add to the colour and cacophony of Schull Agricultural Show.
Furthermore, there is always great interest in the hall displays that include locally grown vegetables, flowers, crafts and home baking.
Local set dancers will be giving a performance at 3pm at this year’s show, followed by musical entertainment, organised by Bertie and Annie Moran, and provided by Liam Healy and friends.
The showgrounds, overlooking Schull Harbour, really is the perfect venue for an event like this because it allows so many people to come together in one place and sample the delights of an alfresco drink, as well as some of the delicious street food that Schull is becoming famous for through its weekly Sunday market, which is in a truly spectacular location.