With temperatures soaring over 20 degrees, Munster Agricultural Society enjoyed record numbers for the Cork Summer Show 2017.
It is estimated that 25,000 people attended the show on Saturday, and a further 28,000 attended on Sunday.
Cork Summer Show, sponsored by Cork County Council, is the largest show in Munster and has been running for over 200 years. This year’s highlights included a Ford vintage event which saw more than 300 vintage Ford cars, vans and tractors gathering at the original Ford factory site, and travelling in convoy to the Cork Summer Show at the Curraheen showgrounds, to mark Ford’s 100 years in Cork.
Exhibitors from many counties participated in the agricultural competitions for cattle, sheep, goats and horses. The event also featured Taste Cork demonstrations, dog shows, gardening, machinery and motoring, with over 275 retail stands and a huge farmers market.
Among those in attendance were Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, junior minister David Stanton, and Cork County and City mayors Seamus McGrath and Tony Fitzgerald.
“This year’s Cork Summer Show has been a tremendous success, in no small part due to the good weather.
“We were delighted to share the best of Ireland’s agricultural heritage with the large crowds that came this year, and look forward to welcoming them again next year, on June 15 and 16, 2018,” said Munster Agricultural Society Chairman and Cork Summer Show organiser Gerard Murphy. He paid tribute to the working committees of the Society, and over 250 volunteers and employees.
Exhibitors of champion livestock, horses and pets included the following.
Jerry & Kay O’Keefe.
Reserve: Martin Ryan
James Browne. Reserve; NIgel Hogan
Bobby O’Connell, Reserve: Donal Malone
Tom Roycroft. Reserve: John Applebe
John Burke. Reserve: Declan BellCommercial Cattle: James & Noel McSweeney. Reserve: R&M McGivern
John Cahalane. Reserve: Richard Stanley
Elitestreet Jerseys. Reserve: John Kingston
Rickey Barrett. Reserve; Joe Boyce
Chloe Woodrow (All Gold). Reserve: Cathriona Glynn (Yealand Pilgrim)
Champion of Champions:
Chloe Woodrow (All Gold). 2, Alanna Glynn (Yealand Pilgrim). 3, Maria Judge (Waterglades Gemini). 4, Alex Cuneen (Chantilly Anchorman)
David Marnane (High Topps Black nGold). Reserve: Oonagh Gilvarry (Chantilly Toy Boy)
Champion in Hand:
Ann Grimer (Lambay Le Roi) Reserve: Aidan Williamson (Goldengeese Temptress)
Aidan Williamson (Goldengeese Temptress) Reserve: Martin O’Sullivan (Droumleap Absolute Heartbreaker)
Champion in Hand Connemara:
Gerard Martyn (Lisnard Sparky). Reserve: Sean O’Conaire (Cashel Bobby)
Catherine Costigans (Abbeyside Codemore). Reserve: John Dahill (Glencairn Ivy)
Local & Family Pony Champion:
Coolcoron Stables (Mister Mistofelles). Reserve: Amy Enright (Summer)
John Barry-Murphy (Conan’s Boy). Reserve~: David Marnane (Gold Digga VI)
Jodi Moran. Reserve: Lyndsey O’Brien (Mr Shakespeare)
John Roche (Assagart Lord Lancer). Reserve: John Tynan (Bullseye)
In hand coloured horse:
Carole Adams (Mothwing). Reserve: Trevor Horgan
Aine O’Donovan (Dreamacres Time 2 Shine). Reserve: Anne Barrett (Laurelhill HoneyBelle) Bog Pony: Vincent O’Driscoll (Hot Bunny). Reserve: Maurice O’Sullivan (Beach Angel)
Reserve: Una Twomey
Kieran O’Sullivan. Reserve: Ger Knowles.