SPEECH BY CLLR. RICHARD BUTLER, CATHAOIRLEACH OF LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL AT LIMERICK SHOW 2010 LAUNCH AT LIMERICK RACECOURSE ON THURSDAY JULY 29TH 2010
“Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to begin by thanking the President and Chairman of the Limerick Show Society for inviting me to participate in this evening’s launch event.
I am glad to see that despite unprecedented change within the agriculture sector here in Ireland, that the Limerick Show remains a solid fixture on the local events calendar.
I am delighted that the organisers of the Show have decided to revert to a two-day event, consolidating the show’s status as the largest agriculture show of its kind in Munster.
Last year, the Society was forced into reducing the annual event to a one-day show for the first time in its 100 year history.
This decision proved to be a wise one and helped ensure the Show’s viability and popularity with huge numbers of people turning out on the day, despite the inclement weather conditions.
The Limerick Show has, in more ways than one, weathered the storm and I have no doubt that people from throughout the County and beyond will once again travel in their masses to this year’s event here at Limerick Racecourse.
The return to a two-day show will also benefit the Show Jumping events, which remain an integral part of the annual Show.
The extended show also allows exhibitors to display their products to thousands of people from Limerick and surrounding counties.
Other events include the Bring and Buy Poultry sale, Le Trec Obstacle course for Horse and Pony Riders, Farrier display, Irish Dancing, Cookery demonstration, gardening talks, flower arranging, Farmers’ Market, and a range of family fun activities and entertainment.
All in all, the Show helps underpin the core values of rural life as well as promote an agriculture sector that has recently faced some of the most serious challenges it has ever experienced.
In more ways than one, the Limerick Show unites people from throughout rural Limerick, Munster and Ireland in one location.
Indeed, the Racecourse is a wonderful venue for an event of this scale and nature.
The facilities in place here are second to none, not to mention the ideal location of the venue which makes it easily accessible to all.
In congratulating members of the Limerick Show Society for their hard work in organising this year’s event, I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has contributed to the Society’s work down through the years.
I would like to thank the Society President Richard Power and the Chairman Councillor Leo Walsh for inviting me to join you this evening.
I hope the sun shines for all of you on August 21st and 22nd next.
Best of luck to you all.
CLLR. RICHARD BUTLER
CATHAOIRLEACH OF LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL