Wicklow County Council showed its support for the annual Tinahely Agricultural Show with a special marquee highlighting the Council’s services and the county’s attractions.
The 2023 Tinahely Agricultural Show, which took place on the Bank Holiday Monday, is one of the largest and longest-running agricultural shows in Ireland and attracted over 20,000 visitors and featured 400 trade exhibitors.
The show has been running since 1935 and continues to showcase the richness and diversity of rural life in County Wicklow with a huge range of entertainment, livestock competitions, equestrian events, arts and crafts, family fun and local food produce.
The show featured some of the best livestock in the country with over 1,000 entries in cattle, sheep, horses, ponies and poultry. It also hosted the Interbreed Cattle championships, sheep shearing and geese herding along with an equestrian section which included show jumping, horse racing and pony games.
The wealth of creativity and talent within the local community and throughout the county was celebrated at the craft village which featured over 100 stalls selling handmade craft items including jewellery, pottery, woodwork and textiles. The show also had a food village where visitors could sample some of the finest local produce from County Wicklow and beyond.
Wicklow County Council supported the show again this year by having “The Best of Wicklow” marquee which featured the various services offered by the Council along with associated groups.
One of Wicklow’s greatest ambassadors and celebrity chef, Catherine Fulvio, was present on the Wicklow Naturally stage to share some of her amazing recipes using Wicklow sourced ingredients.
Other stalls and stands in the Best of Wicklow marquee included:
- County Wicklow Sports Partnership
- Register of Electors
- Healthy Ireland
- Wicklow Naturally
- Climate Action Team
- Civil Defence
- Wicklow Tourism
- Pure Mile Project
- Tinahely Arts Office
- Wicklow County Arts Office
- Public Participation Network
- Tinahely Men’s Shed
- Wicklow Hospice
- West Wicklow Mental Health Association
Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Cathaoirleach, Wicklow County Council, said she was honoured to be attending the show in her role of Cathaoirleach having been at the event over the years with her family. She added that the Tinahely Agricultural Show continually showcases the best of agricultural produce and helps preserve the traditions of rural Ireland.
Edward Timmins, Cathaoirleach, Baltinglass Municipal District, complimented the show organisers and said it was fantastic to have such a successful event taking place in rural Wicklow. He said the show offered a day of competition, exhibitions, entertainment and fun for all the family.
Emer O’Gorman, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, said: “Wicklow County Council fully support this excellent show which showcases all that is great about Wicklow, it captivates a rural and urban audience and bring tens of thousands of people to this beautiful part of Wicklow, all of whom leave having experienced the rich culture that rural Wicklow has to offer.”