Limerick goes down memory lane for 1929 show

VISITORS to the weekend Limerick Show were taken on a nostalgic trip down memory lane by the organisers.

The 200-page catalogue featured pages from that of the 1929 Great Limerick Show, held on the same dates as this year, August 21 and 22, but on a Wednesday and Thursday, rather than on a Saturday and Sunday.

Patrons attending that event at Greenpark Racecourse 81 years ago paid one shilling for the catalogue, which carried not alone the names and addresses of the exhibitors but also the breeding of the horses and cattle they had entered.

The entry fee for the half-bred brood mare class was ten shillings and the first prize was £7.

The exhibitors included Ellen Whelan, Fedamore; James P Frost, Summerhill House, Cratloe, Co Clare; and Joseph Hayes, Corlish, Pallasgreen.

Reproduced by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Donie O’Brien, Clarina, Co Limerick, the catalogue pages reveal that the entry fee in the pedigree Shorthorn (cattle) section was 7/6 with class winners receiving a prize £5.

Shorthorn exhibitors included the Earl of Dunraven, Adare, Bridget Buckley, Kilcoleman, Patrickswell, and Denis O’Regan, Pruntus, Charleville, Co Cork.

William Ebrill, 16 Lower Cecil Street, was the honorary secretary of the show, which received a subsidy of £76.

This was jointly provided by the Co Limerick Committee of Agriculture and Technical Instruction and the relevant Government department.

Limerick Show was revived in 1929 but there is evidence of a fixture having been held at various venues as far back as the 1880s until the start of World War 1 in 1914.

The 2010 show, which cost €100,000 to stage at Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell, was organised by a committee headed by Cllr Leo Walsh, chairman, Angela O’Mara, secretary, and Mrs Frankie Ward, public relations officer.

Almost 400 entries from nine different breeds were received for over 60 classes in the cattle section. The 40 showing classes for horses and ponies attracted another 400 entries. Exhibitors travelled from as far away as Down, Tyrone, Antrim, Donegal, Sligo, Louth and Mayo.

Limerick Show president Dickie Power said this year the event returned to its traditional two-day format, having been a one-day fixture last year.

“This reflects the confidence felt by the society in the future of Limerick Show. This has been borne out by our sponsors who have supported the event with increased enthusiasm,” he said.

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