Shows help form ‘fabric of Irish life’

SHOWS are an important part of the fabric of Irish life, according to John Browne, the new chairman of their national umbrella body, the Irish Shows Association.

He said all shows, regardless of their size, are very important to their communities. Mr Browne, who is from Currovaugh, Tralee, said he hopes that all the shows can help each other collectively.

Thanking the committees that organise and stage the shows and the various championships, he said he hoped they will continue to run them efficiently and more professionally.

Mr Browne particularly thanked sponsors, both local and national, exhibitors, trade stand holders and the general public for their continued support and confidence.

The ISA has Seamus Hamilton, Analong, Co Down, as vice-chairman; Michael Hughes, Mountbellew, Co Galway, as secretary and David Sheehan, Rockbarton Stud, Bruff, Co Limerick, as treasurer.

Mr Browne said: “We must make a big effort to ensure our shows operate accident-free for all. We all have a role to play as safety officers,” he said.

Mr Browne’s comments were contained in the 2008 Irish Shows Association Yearbook.

The season starts with events in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, on May 3 and 4, Newmarket-on-Fergus (May 4) and Leap, Co Cork, (May 5). It will continue until Ballinasloe Show in Co Galway from October 4-6. More than 130 shows will be held.

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