Since 1935, The Tinahely Agricultural Show has been a centrepiece in rural life in Ireland – Co. Wicklow and beyond. The sights, the shows, the comradery and the delight from people of all ages and from all backgrounds, each of these elements are the reason the show has persisted into its 82nd year.
While primarily an agricultural exhibition, the Tinahely Show has become a tick in the calendars of people who wouldn’t know a roller from a rotator. The show is much more about the adorable livestock and heavy machinery – it is, and may always have been, a social gathering in which everyone is invited to enjoy themselves.
Strolling along the merchant stalls that offered anything from country music Cd’s, heavy metal t-shirts, to dog accessories (complete with little cowboy hats for your beloved pooch), you get the feeling that there is something for everyone here
The livestock ad equestrian areas boasted some of the finest breeds from all around the country, with entrants arriving from as far as Dublin, Wexford, and even Donegal.
Bray TD, John Brady, had this to say of the event: ‘This is actually our fourth year to have a stand at the show. It’s a fantastic show, you have to give full credit to the committee. A lot of work goes into this, and we’re only delighted to be a part of it, to support Tinahely agriculture, and not just people from rural Wicklow, but from people outside of Wicklow as well.’ and went on to say ‘It’s brilliant for the show, but it’s also brilliant for the local economy here in Tinahely and further afield, and for tourism as well.”
From as early as 11:00, we were treated to the music of Harry Donohue, followed shortly by a cutest baby competition, the crowning of the Tinahely Show Queen, an award of the best dressed attendees, a thoroughly entertaining talent show, and of course, the ever-competitive and coveted “Most Glamorous Granny” competition.
And of course, what festival would be complete without some music and a bit of a jig? And with the musical stylings of the legendary Louise Morrissey before us, how could one resist jigging their feet raw. And, followed shortly by current pop-country posterboy, Derek Ryan, who performed such hits as “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” and “Pick a Bail of Cotton”, the entire crowd may very well have started to succumb to a deep exhaustion by 5:00 pm.
The Tinahely Agricultural Show has once again proven itself to be a celebration of all things rural Irish. From our agriculture, to our music, to our indescribable “craic”. And if today was anything to go by, this 82-year-old has plenty of life left in it yet.