BANDON’S own Caroline Crowley will be judging the best-dressed competitions at Bandon Show which takes places at the show grounds tomorrow, May 21st.
This year, there are some great prizes available in the best-dressed competitions: The best-dressed family, best-dressed lady, best-dressed gent and best-dressed teenager will all receive prizes. For further information, see www.bandonshow.com
Officially launching Bandon Show at a function in the Munster Arms Hotel recently, IFA president Joe Healy gave some insight on preparations by the IFA and others for the Brexit negotiations. He suggested that there was no positives from Brexit for anyone involved – UK, EU and Ireland. He revealed that almost 90% of Irish beef is exported, 50% of that amount to the UK and 45% to the EU. He argued that agriculture must be kept at the top of the Brexit negotiations; commonsense must prevail in these talks. He stated that the CAP, which has served us well, needed to be fully funded. Ireland was one of 27 on the EU side. Referring to Bandon Show, Mr Healy stated that the local agricultural shows were made up of four strands – the local hard-working committee, the generous sponsors, the farming community and the wider local community.
He noted that many of the class winners at Bandon Show garnered national honours later in the year; hence, exhibitors were prepared to travel far to win favour of the judges at Bandon.
Continuing, he praised the many volunteers who gave of their time and expertise to the show at a personal cost to themselves and he noted that sponsors continue to support local shows with hard-earned cash. He commended both groups on their generosity.
On a personal note, he knew how long it took to prepare an animal for a show (in his family case, pedigree sheep) and he praised all farmers for their contribution to the success of the show. Farmers, he asserted, looked after the animals in their care in an exemplary fashion and have proven to be good ambassadors for the agricultural sector.
He concluded by wishing Bandon Show every success in 2017.