Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today (Thursday, October 24th) announced funding of €600,000 for agricultural shows around the country.
Each of the 120 shows, due to take place in 2020, will each receive a payment of approximately €5,000.
The most recent allocation builds on funding of €1.4 million which has been provided to shows over the last two years.
The investment is being administered through the Irish Shows Association (ISA) and the recipients are all members of that Association. It is intended that the funding will help the agricultural shows to meet the “financial challenge” associated with delivering their events.
Integral part of Irish culture
In making the announcement, Minister Ring, said that agricultural shows are a great celebration of rural Ireland and are an integral part of Irish culture.”
“The shows provide a welcome boost for local economies and attract visitors to enjoy our rural towns and villages at their best.”
“This is an investment in rural communities and in the rural economy. I know that this funding will provide a huge boost to the agricultural shows that are such an integral part of our rural culture.” Minister Ring added.
“The agricultural shows are a much-cherished fixture in the rural calendar. I have seen the impact of the funding at the many shows I have visited this summer. The shows have something for everyone.”
Celebration of local heritage
The Minister said he is “delighted” to be able to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and dedication that goes into every show.
“These shows are a real celebration of local heritage. I’m delighted to be supporting this opportunity to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the best that local people and their communities have to offer visitors from near and far.” Minister Ring concluded.