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AGM 2019 – Chairman’s Address

Athenry Agricultural & Home Industries Ltd

Ballygurrane, Athenry, Co Galway

Chairman’s Address January 2020



Reverend Father, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to welcome you to the AGM of the 2020 Athenry Agricultural Show and to thank you all for coming.

Last years Show as the third year in a row that we have arrested the heavy losses we were sustaining over a number of years.  This was all due to this committee putting its shoulder to the wheel, focusing on improving all aspects of our Show and pairing back costs without damaging the Show itself.

Last years Show was truly a testing event for all the committee and for the volunteers who turned up on the day.  The number of horse boxes and trailers caught us by surprise, as did also the number of people attending on the day.  This required much improvising and foresight with the parking and the management of pedestrians.  It appeared at one stage that we would be unable to get any more lorries or trailers into the field but with panache and wisdom every single vehicle was parked and the lorries and trailers were pulled off the main road with such patient consistency that there were no complaints of tailbacks interfering with normal traffic.

With such a crowd in the field, Health and Safety was tested to the limits.  This was particularly noticeable a the gate the separated the Working Hunters from the Connemara ponies and the Irish Draughts, as pedestrians and ponies were crisscrossing, going from one side to the other.  The four lads there managed that area will excellent skills in crowd control and it was all done in relaxing calmness.  It was a joy to watch.

There was an unforeseen shortage of personnel in the showjumping tent which was rectified by having someone from the showing tent taking over there and then a person, who was never at our show before, going into the tent and with some initial guidance she took to it like a duck to water – hidden talents lies submerged all around us.

Again a miraculous number of sheep turned up and that was managed brilliantly as we almost ran out of gates, and apparently against all odds not one gate went missing.

The exhibit tent and children’s games along with amusements lend themselves to a great family day out.

Our sponsorship went well this year.  Our sponsorship team delivered again.

The lads and lady doing the gate were being pulled from Billy to Jack covering different gates and giving a hand with parking.  We were getting messages for days afterwards about how helpful and professional all of our volunteers were on the day.

The help from the staff of Mellows Campus was a blessing in disguise, particularly in the area of traffic control.  They also helped on the days before the show and days following.  They did a great favour by taking the sheep gates overnight for us for security reasons and then they allowed us use their trailer to bring the gates to our shed in the Mart to be cleaned.

There were two accidents in the showjumping ring which necessitated the use of an ambulance.  The second accident was so close to the first that there was no ambulance in the field.  We were informed that if we had a paramedic or a nurse on location we could continue.  Fortunately we did and the day was saved.

I wish to heartily thank our sponsors.  They are an integral park of our Show and we would not be able to stay in existence without them.

Overall it was a brave, controlled team effort covering a comprehensive number of activities with many unexpected and unplanned situations arising and being sorted out with aplomb.  There were many situations that arose on the day that will need to be find and the should not prove insurmountable to this committee. 

A special thanks must go to Professor Michael Diskin and Deputy Anne Rabbitte for enabling the Show to be held in Mellows Campus.

Everyone involved from the front gate to the bottom of the field outshone themselves and based on the craic we had in the Raheen Woods that night it had been a rewarding and satisfying experience.

Ciaran O’Keeffe,


PRIZE! For a craft with retail potential!

This year again will see the prize Adult Craft with Retail Potential prize being awarded to one of the Agricultural Show’s many craft competitors. The winner will earn €150 and a profile on the mishnóc website, as well as having their winning piece displayed in mishnóc’s Galway store. Further details are available on the mishnóc website, linked below!

It’s Show Time | Athenry Agri Show | Sunday July 3rd

Launch of the 2016 Show Schedule!

This year’s schedule: 2016 Athenry Show Schedule
Entry forms: Entry Forms 2016
IPS Entry form: IPS Entry Form 2016

The Show Committee in presenting this schedule for show 2016 wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all the sponsors, supporters and exhibitors of the Athenry Show in the past number of years. We hope that this schedule will satisfy your expectations once again.

The success of the show depends on the number of exhibits on the day and we invite you to participate in the various classes. Whether you are a member of an organisation, student, onlooker or just an avid exhibitor at our Show we extend a warm Céad Míle Fáilte to one and all. We hope you will make an effort to see the new additions to the show schedule this year 2016 they should be interesting!!

All cups and perpetual trophies won by exhibitors at 2015 show must be returned to the Secretary, 3 weeks prior to the 2016 show. Each recipient must sign a form accepting responsibility for cups or trophies before they are presented at 2016 show.

Enquiries can be made to Claire Somers, clairesomers at