Athenry Agricultural Show Co. Ltd – Christmas 2000

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Athenry Horse Show was founded in l888 and was held on the eve of the Quarterly Connaught Horse Fairs also held in Athenry at the time. The first available newspaper report of the show can be seen in the Tuam Herald and Galway Observer of the 24th May 1897.

At the time Dr J.P. Quinlan and M.J. Lardner were secretaries. The organising committee consisted of surnames like: Mc Donagh, Kinneen, Broderick, Nolan, Ruane, Kelly, Murphy, Dooley, Joyce, Grattan-Bellow, Bingham, Lopdell, Lord Ashtown, Nugent, Davy, Persse, Ffrench, Hall, Blakeney, Galbraith, Clarke, Meldon and St. Leger Tyrell.

The show carried on until 1906 and then seems to have lapsed until 8th September 1924. It was revised as an Agricultural and Home Industries Show.

The committee responsible for its revival were Rev. Canon Farragher, President, J. O’Connell Sullivan, Secretary. The committee included S Broderick, Thos. Higgins, Tom Curran, Frank Healy, Chris Daly, L Ledwith, T Monaghan, J Broderick, D Delaney, J O’ Flynn, E Hassett, T Mc Dermot Kelly, L Lardner, P Fox, T Lynch, C Kerins, J McCabe, T Coyne, Pat Sice, J Curran, J Glynn, P Curran, F Sweeney, T O’Neill, G Fitzimmons, H Mahon, M Brady, P McDonagh, H Taylor, J Corbett, J Ruane, M Hession, W Duffy, J Brady, W P Higgins and J Sweeney, Jr. Thanks to the foresight and enthusiasm of that committee Athenry show survived.

The Show continued to be held in September until the mid-eighties when it was decided to bring the event forward to July. The Officers of the Agricultural Show of 2nd July 2000 are Canon Tony King P.P., President. Michael Higgins, Chairman. Mary O’Keefe, Secretary. Mary Doherty, Eamonn Brody, Des Farrell, Joe Glynn, Treasurer. Eamonn Madden, Kathleen Brody, Eileen Corley, PROs.

The Annual Show dance was held in the Castlegate Hotel (Dobbyn & Coffeys) 24th November 2000. Our AGM is being held on Monday 11th December 2000 at 9 p.m. in Dobbyn & Coffeys. New Members Welcome.

Athenry Agricultural Show 1995

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Written by To be confirmed!

Published here 11 May 2023 and originally published Christmas 2000

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