The Charleville Agricultural Show on June 27-28, and the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show on August 9, are among about 30 agricultural shows already cancelled in 2020.
A spokesperson for the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show said, “Having given much consideration to the very difficult circumstances that our sponsors, competitors, exhibitors, supporters, service providers and everyone involved have found themselves in, we felt we really had no option but to make this decision. The health and well being of our nation has to be the priority.
Charleville Agricultural Show chairperson Eleanor Fleming said, “It is with deep regret that I have to tell you that the Charleville Agricultural Show will not run in 2020. The Covid-19 outbreak has taken over our lives. It is our responsibility now to look after ourselves and our communities and obey the directions set out to protect us all.”
Other Co Cork shows to fall victim to the unprecedented and exceptional Covid-19 pandemic circumstances are the Bandon Agricultural Show on May 17, Belgooly & District Agricultural Show on May 31, and Midleton Agricultural Show on May 24.
Elsewhere in Munster, the shows have been called off at Newmarket-on-Fergus (May 3), Dungarvan (July 12), Ennistymon North West Clare (May 31), and Scarriff (June 6).
Also cancelled around the country are shows at Armagh (June 13), Athenry (May 24), Athlone (June 21), Ballinrobe (June 14), Ballivor Horse Show (June 6-7), Ballyfoyle (June 28), Ballymoney (June 5-6), Bannow & Rathangan (July 9), Carnew (June 27), Corrandulla (June 28), Clogher Valley (June 29), County Louth at Dundalk (June 14), Gorey (June 20), Lurgan (June 6), Mount Briscoe Rare & Traditional Breeds (July 26), Newbridge College (May 10), Newry (June 27), Nobber (May 17), Oldcastle (July 19), Omagh (July 3-4), Sligo Riverstown (July 11), Tydavnet (August 15), and Westport (May 31-June 1)
The Irish Shows Association acknowledged the Department of Rural and Community Development’s agreement that grant funding issued for 2020 can be ring-fenced and held in trust until 2021 for shows that are unable to run this year.
The Association is hopeful that a delayed and shorter show season is still likely.
It is working with other early shows to look at possibilities of rescheduling to later in the year.