ASHTON, BALLYCANEW, GOREY, CO. WEXFORD
2024 SHOW DATE 15TH JUNE
Online entry system is closed at moment and opens closer to our show date. Once you will be able to 'Enter Competition Now' and log in and you can just click on the individual sections. Totally paperless and user friendly!
The online schedule covers all the competitions whether you are showing horses or entering the indoor home industry section.
Classes start at 10am, with the exception of the Dog Show, Indoor Craft and Pets Corner/Poultry, entries for these sections must be in by 10.30. We will be publishing a timetable shortly.
ENTRY FEE TO SHOW €10 CHILDREN FREE
Huge thanks to Minister Heather Humphries and the Department of Rural and Community Development for allocating a huge €1 Million to 122 Agricultural Shows country wide. 2022 is proving to be a challenging year for outdoor events and these funds will help cover the additional costs that have arisen.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday, 22nd June) announced funding of one million euro to support 122 Agricultural Shows right across the country.
The record single investment in our Agricultural Shows represents a 40 per cent increase on last year’s allocation.
The grants from the Department of Rural and Community Development will support Show committees in staging their events over the summer season.
Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:
“I’m delighted today to announce a record one million euro in funding to support 122 Agricultural Shows the length and breadth of the country. Our Agricultural Shows sum up all that is good about rural Ireland. They are intrinsically linked to that sense of community that our rural towns and villages are known for. The shows are key dates in the summer calendar and are a central point for the agri-food industry, the farming community and our local artisan producers. These shows are also a fantastic family day out, where people come to catch up and enjoy a truly unique experience. With entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the local show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities and competitions.
I am delighted to increase the overall level of funding by 40 per cent this year, which I know will really help the organisers in ensuring the shows themselves are a great success. I want to thank and pay tribute to the Irish Shows Association, who I was delighted to meet in recent weeks to discuss their plans for the upcoming summer season.”
This year’s €1 million allocation brings the total allocated to Agricultural Shows since 2018 to almost €3.3 million.
The Department of Rural and Community Development will work with the Irish Shows Association to administer the Scheme for 2023.
Also welcoming the funding today, National Secretary of the Irish Shows Association, Jim Harrison, said: “I really welcome this investment from Minister Humphreys and her Department, which will greatly assist in the running of our Agricultural Shows. Our Agricultural Shows are so important in Rural Ireland for two reasons – their economic value and their social value. They bring great economic benefits to our rural towns and villages. And they also bring such social benefits – which can never be bought. I again want to thank Minister Humphreys and her Department and I encourage everyone to attend their local show this summer.”
Minister Humphreys continued: "I appreciate that without the effort of the local show committees, volunteers and local organisations, these shows would not be able to operate. This in itself is a testament to the great sense of community which remains a key feature of country life. This increased funding which I am announcing under ‘Our Rural Future’ will help to cover some of the operational costs associated with running these shows – costs which have increased in line with inflation. I’m delighted to once again work with the Irish Shows Association and I look forward visiting as many Shows as I can this summer.”
The National President of the ISA said "As President, I appreciate and I am also delighted the ISA has secured this financial assistance on behalf of our member shows. The incredible work by people involved helps to keep our rural identity both strong and vibrant. These volunteers have and continue to give their time for the betterment of their communities. We are indebted to Minister Heather Humphreys and The Department of Rural and Community Development for this package which will help "our rural future" to grow and thrive. I hope this relationship can continue in the future. Our shows are vital to the communities they represent, with great social ,cultural and economic benefits. I look forward to getting to as many events as I can over the summer to see these benefits in full."
We launched our 2023 show in the Show Field at Ashton, we were delighted to be joined by our main sponsor Tirlán, represented by Chairman John Murphy. Excitement is building for our show on the 17th June. Left to right Gorey Show President, Lorcan Allen, Secretary Melissa Blake, Tirlán Chairman John Murphy and our Chairman Willie Cecil.
Gorey Show are delighted to announce that Tirlan formerly Glanbia have very generously renewed their sponsorship for another year. Tirlan are synonomous with agriculture in Ireland and hae been a staple in the lives of most people for a long time. We thank especially John G Murphy, chairman of Tirlan for his continued support.
Gorey Agricultural Show has had a variety of homes over the years, most recently at Clonattin, Gorey in 2019. Unfortunately the last 2 years were lost due to Covid, as was the case with all Agricultural Shows in the country. The Show Committee are delighted to announce that the venue for the 2023 show is Ashton, Ballycanew, by kind permission of Mrs Anne Hardy & Family. The Hardy Family are well associated with Gorey Agricultural Show having previously hosted the show from 1995 to 2009.
Ashton is very well located on the main Gorey to Wexford Road, near exit 23 on the motorway.
We would like to express our thanks to Tirlan who are our main sponsor again this year, and thanks to Chairman of Tirlán, local man John G Murphy for finding time in his schedule for our photoshoot in Ashton. Glanbia is synonymous with Agriculture and well represented locally with branches in Ballycanew & Kilmuckridge.
This year’s show will take place on the 17th June, our committee are working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that this year’s show will be bigger and better. Having had no agricultural shows for 2 years our 2022 show was a great success and very well attended, we are confident that this years show will surpass last year. We pride ourselves on providing a fun filled family day out, with equestrian classes, cattle & sheep showing, craft competitions, pets corner, dog show, vintage and amusements. Our schedule is available online at www.goreyagriculturalshow.com where you can enter online. Closing date for entries is 10th June.
We are currently taking bookings for trade stands, you can contact our Chairman Willie Cecil at 087/2618273 or check out the contacts page on the website.
Keep and eye on this site and our Facebook page for updates. New this year is our scarecrow competition, we are hoping that this class will appeal to the 'field artists' out there. It's open to all so we are expecting a great display. We are also planning a sustainability section, hugely relevant in these times, if you have ideas for a business or are an existing business please get in touch with us.
Horse Shows, Dog Shows, Food Tent, Live Music and Dancing, Competitions, Arts & Craft, Amusements, Vintage, Pony Games, Cattle & Sheep Showing, Children's Competitions, Pets Corner, Poultry. All classes this year are enter online, you must register online with the Vintage section to be allocated a space, the only section where you can enter on the field is the dog show.