While the rain held off for the most part during Monday’s North Tipperary Show in Nenagh, it was definitely, in the words of the old Irish saying, not a day for the thatching.
Blustery winds buffeted the day, with exhibitors battening down the hatches for their tented displays, while the ladies had to keep a firm hand on their hats.
“The best thing about a windy day is it makes the rain move off faster,” were the wise words of Deputy Noel Coonan, a firm supporter of the show. “It’s a great day out,” he said.
Fellow Tipperary politicians, Junior Minister for Agriculture Tom Hayes and Independent Mattie McGrath were also there, but failed to follow Deputy Coonan’s political nous in once again having a stand at the show.
All three will face bigger competition in next year’s election, one that will surely be hard to call for the judges.
The judges faced a difficult task selecting the most appropriately dressed lady, with the title eventually going to Cora Faherty from Virginia in County Cavan.
In second place was Cloughjordan’s Ann Walsh, while Likita O’Gorman from Ballinahinch took the most appropriately dressed young lady crown.
Cillian Boyle of Boyle & Company Ice-cream from Garrykennedy, was delighted with business during the show.
Though slow in the morning, it had picked up as more and more people realised the weather forecast was not going to be as bad as predicted.
Show secretary Margaret O’Brien was happy with the day, pointing out that despite the weather, numbers were on a par with other years.
“The people came out and did Tipperary proud. There was something for everyone,” she said.
Margaret revealed that entries in all cattle, dairy and Hereford competitions were great, and extra bird cages had to be borrowed from Borrisoleigh to cater for the more tha 60 entries in the poultry section, which was won by Dan Dooley from Templemore.
The dog show was won by Nenagh woman Gina White with her golden retriever Chewy. In second place was Laura O’Meara from Toomevara with her whippet Benny.
The best visited display is always the marquee holding the baking and vegetables, and this year was no exception, with visitors strolling among the mouthwatering buns, cakes and tarts.
One enthusiastic young lad’s pleas for some chocolate cake fell on deaf ears, however, despite the judging being over.
In the vegetable section Elaine Cullinan amassed an array of wins for her many displays.
Outside, there were queues for the mobile farm display by Ger Cleary of Limerick, with children and adults enjoying getting up close and personal with pigs, donkeys, goats, hens, rabbits and even a miniature pony.
Also drawing the crowds was the display put on by Kingdom Falconry as visitors marvelled at the grace and poise of a European eagle owl, the power of the golden eagle and the many hawks on show.