The Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show 2020 that should have been.
We invite you to enjoy marking the occassion with us.
Good morning from Butterfield Estate, Tullamore on the day that should have been the annual Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show. Join Freda Kinnarney, Operations Manager and Secretary, from a very quiet showground.
Brenda, in her fourth year as Chairperson of the Tullamore Show @ FBD National Livestock Show, would rather meet you all in person and run the largest one day show in the country. Unfortunately, that cannot be the case today. Here is a special message from her to you.
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, FBD, TITLE SPONSOR
The Show is only possible with the help and generosity of our sponsors, year on year. They enable us to offer the huge €175,000 prize fund that the winners share in. John Cahalan, Chief Commercial Officer in FBD Insurance has shared a message with us. Your support of our Sponsors would be much appreciated
Tommy Finlay and Martina Neville
Hello from the Dairy Section! Son and daughter team, Tommy Finlay and Martina Neville, have accommodated hundreds of animals over the years, and ran an action packed day,
showing the top Dairy breeds from across the country, with top class hospitality and numerous volunteers to make it all run smoothly. Today, Tommy and Martina send you a message from their home.
PEDIGREE EDITOR, IRISH FARMERS JOURNAL
We asked Shane to share his thoughts about the loss of Tullamore Show and other shows this year in Ireland, due to the current COVID pandemic. Thank you for your expertise and insights Shane, we hope to share the Showgrounds with you and the team at the Irish Farmers Journal again soon.
Read Shane's Article written especially about this year's cancellation; What Should've Been; Tullamore Show 2020 (Subscription required)
Cecil Cox is the Livestock Chairperson and Show Vice-Chairman. A very busy man around this time, dedicated to making sure that this is the best show in the country, but today, he is sending us his wishes from home. The FBD National Livestock Show promotes the best of Irish livestock, covering cattle, sheep and dairy.
NATIONAL PRESIDENT, IRISH SHOWS ASSOCIATION
Catherine Gallagher, President of the Irish Shows Association sent us such lovely wishes. We are delighted to be a part of the Irish Shows Association and wish them every success with their first ever Virtual Show on Sunday 22nd August 2020. The Irish Shows Association is the official recognised body representing Irish Agricultural Shows on the island of Ireland. We look forward to welcoming Catherine to the Showgrounds next year on Sunday 8th August 2021.
Into the Show Admin Headquarters
The Admin HQ operates all year round. The efforts of the team are visible on show day, with the largest and best one day agricultural show in the country taking place. This year, they are missing the fun, the challenges, the community from the show office. We are all looking forward to getting back to the showgrounds next year. Stay Safe.
NATIONAL SECRETARY, IRISH SHOWS ASSOCIATION
A man who most show exhibitors and attendees will know, as he is at more shows in a year than most, is Jim Harrison, National Secretary of the Irish Shows Association. Jim's enthusiasm for shows is infectious, and forward thinking is bringing shows to new levels, both with technology and with practical innovation. Jim should be sharing many cups of tea, and many stories on showground today, and congratulating many winners, but he is in his home of Castleblaney today, sending us good wishes, until we can do this again next year. We wish him, and the ISA, every success for the first ever Virtual Irish Shows Association Show in 2 weeks time, Sunday 22nd August 2020. #IrishShows #AgriShows
CRAFTS & NEEDLEWORK SECTION
Phil Rigney is the Head of the Craft & Needlework Section. Phil's experience in this area spans decades, and with the help of her team, and hundreds of entries, the Indoor Craft Pavillion on Show Day is a vision of colour and creativity.
The Show site is empty today, but for the last 19 year's, this site has been a hive of activity, business, animal husbandry, crafts and curiosities. We would like to thank Ann Marie and Stephen McQuade, Site Owners, for all their support and co-operation over the years. Looking forward to many more.
Looking back over the years, we are so happy to have welcomed so many to the Butterfield Estate and been able to share so much with you. Next year is not so far away, we have the date set; Sunday 8th August 2021. Book it in now
COOKERY & FOOD
Ann Bracken, Head of the Cookery Section, transforms the Cookery Pavillion to a glamorous pavillion for all of the baked treats and healthy helpings of wholesome food that has been entered, together with her team and ensures a smooth run day. A favourite spot to visit for so many Tullamore Show visitors, exhibitors compete to win some of the many coveted Cookery titles. With baking taking even more of a popular twist during the lockdown, we believe next year is going to be the biggest yet!
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
Head of Art & Photography section, Tullamore Camera Club member, Marie Moran, has been missing the show this year. She runs a tight ship in the Art & Photography section, and looks forward to 8th August 2021, when we can all meet again.
With thanks to our sponsors, the National Inventions Competition in assocation with the Farming Independent W.R.Shaw Ltd, Glenngorey Pumps and Herdwatch welcomes great new ideas from across the country. We hope you stay safe, stay inventive, and return to us next year on 8th August 2021 with the next best idea for the market. Visit the Inventions Gallery
Peter Donohue has been a Show 'Steward' for years, and takes the Sheep section in his stride. With 16 breeds of sheep on Show Day, Peter has his hands full, and enjoys great numbers of entries year on year. With such beautiful animals, the Sheep section is always on the list of places to visit at the Tullamore Show. Peter greets you from his farmyard this year, looking forward to rejoining the team to continue planning the 2021 show and anticipating the best show yet.
FASHION & FEATURES
The style does not stop at Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show. Thanks to a super team and great support from our sponsors, the Fashion Shows and competitions have grown year on year.
From catwalk fashion to fashion for the field, the Fashion Pavillion had it covered, and with a huge prize fund to aim for. Watch this space for a hot year of planning towards the 2021 Fashion Section.
The Horticulture Section boasts easily the most breath taking smells and creations, as the country's most avid gardeners and floral artists come to Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show to share their skills and growing rewards. John Donohue, Head of Section, and the whole Show team look forward to welcoming you back again next year. Visit the Photo Gallery for Horticulture
Christy Maye, Tullamore Show PRO Join Christy for a browse through the 25 Year Anniversary Book. Christy Maye has been the PRO for a number of years, was one of the founders of the current Tullamore Show, is historically an innovative man - making the Bridge House famous across the country, and continues to innovate with the Show year on year. He is eager to get the Show back on the road for 2021 and will be helping to watch for how to make next year, even better than ever.
Michelle & Derek Leeper Nevin
Dogs are a man's best friend, and we have seen the best dogs here at the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show. Michelle & Derek Leeper Nevin are the Heads of the Dog Section, and it is a pleasure to watch this section of the show. They are still very busy breeding and training at the moment, being 2 of the best in the country, and they are very eager to continue planning for the 2021 Show. Visit the Photo Gallery for Dogs
The Horse Section of the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show has catered for Young Stock to Ridden Hunters to Working Hunter Pony challenges. Last year saw the addition of the super popular Hunt Chase. The Equestrian Team are looking forward to spending time developing new ideas and refining the ever popular and welcoming you back to Tullamore Show & FBD Naional Livestock Show 021.
FORESTRY & ENERGY
THANK YOU FOR WATCHING
Brenda, Freda, the Show Executive and everyone involved in the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show would like to thank you all for watching these dedications to mark this day. We are in strange times, so please exercise precaution where you can. Be Safe. Mind Yourself. Mind Each Other. Keep following Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show for more updates throughout the year.
A reminder that the Irish Shows Association ISA Virtual Show 2020 is taking place on 22nd August, where the team there will have more coverage, more interviews and entertainment throughout the day. Good luck to all who entered the Virtual Show competitions. Special thanks to Catherine Gallagher and Jim Harrison for their special appearances today.
Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show announce the cancellation of the Show for 2020, due to the unprecedented and exceptional circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Save the date for the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show 2021, the second Sunday in August, that is Sunday, 8th August 2021.
Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show is Ireland's premier agricultural event. Every year it attracts the best cattle, sheep, and equine breeders from all over the country, alongside entrants for its other 1,000 plus competitions with a total prize-fund of €175,000.
It is Ireland's largest one-day show, averaging 60,000 visitors in recent years, with 700 Trade Stands from Agri Sectors, Home Industries, Farm Produce, Innovation, Forestry, Agri Machinery and more.
Tullamore Show Head Office, Church Street, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland.