A total of over €840,000 has been pledged to secure the future of the country’s agricultural shows.
The news comes after many shows, including some organisers at the recent ICMSA AGM, claimed that they would not be able to run in future without financial support of some kind. Last year saw bad weather have a bad affect on show attendance numbers and caused many cancellations also.
Now the government have announced that each of the 120 shows across the country, will receive funding to the tune of €7,000. The news was confirmed by Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, earlier in the week. He said the funding will provide much needed support to the shows, whilst also praising the work they do.
Mr. Ring said the shows were a showcase for the community and everything that is good about rural life in Ireland.
"They are a showcase for local communities and for all that is good about rural Ireland," he said
"These shows are only able to continue because of the commitment of local volunteers, and I know that many have encountered financial difficulties in recent years or have lost significant money as a result of the weather." he added.
The ISA(Irish Shows Association) will coordinate the distribution of the funding, while the funding will help cover costs of running events, ambulances, printing costs, rosettes and trophies among other things.