Chairman’s Letter

Chairman’s Message,

Dear All,

Athlone Show – Sunday 24th June 2018

As Chairman I am honoured to be involved with the 2018 Athlone Agri. Show. The mere continuance of this show is due in no small way to the significance of the support the show has received from its many sponsors past and present. We especially acknowledge the many contributions received for business through what was a very difficult and prolonged recession. Behind the scenes the show has survived due to the continued hard works of a cohort of loyal and hard-working committee members backed by local businesses and help from family and friends.

Tough decisions had to be taken in recent years due to financial constraints and it was very regrettable that in 2017, the ever-popular cattle section had to be dropped from the agenda. Despite the disappointment of no cattle the show itself was well supported on the day thus bringing about a healthier balance sheet.

The show committee continued to work tirelessly after last year’s show to ensure that this year’s show would see the return of the ever-popular cattle section. We are extremely happy with our new show grounds on the lands of Mr. Frankie Donoghue in Baylin. This new site offers a larger show ground, access to the site is good, the site is easy to find and thankfully it is still within very reasonable proximity of the town of Athlone which is important.

The survival and success of the Athlone Show is almost totally dependent on the support it receives in the form of sponsorship, donations from businesses, trade stands and last but not least support on the day in the form of gate receipts. Exhibitors do travel from near and far to show their best in the various classes. One major advantage for the show is that it is held relatively early on the shows calendar, many exhibitors recognise this as an opportunity to achieve early qualification for the national shows scheduled for later in the year. Recent years has realised recognition for this important fact with an increase in the number of qualifiers being held. We are also well represented with quality all Ireland final classes.

The aim of the show committee is to develop the show to ensure that there is something for everyone, yes, it is an agricultural show, this can never be lost, but there is huge opportunity to expand the agenda for the show to ensure that a better mix of activities and events can be hosted on the day to appeal to a wider range of people. Whether we live in local towns, villages or in the countryside we are country folk at heart. Catering for the interests of a wider spectrum of people is not only good for the visitors to the show but equally beneficial to the many sponsors, trade stands and the exhibitors themselves.

The planning and organising is well underway, this year we have all the ingredients to make this one of the best shows ever, we are ever grateful for the all the support of our sponsors, The Donoghue family for making their lands available, the local residents who will be disrupted in their normal daily activities by the show activities, those businesses who are taking up trade stand plots on the day, the exhibitors and not least the general public of the local countryside, villages and towns who we very much hope will come out on the day and support the show,

After all this is Your Show,

Thanking You,

Padraig Arthur,