18 Aug 2022

Action packed line up to rival country's best, says show secretary

Committee: Tom  Bannon, George Hegarty,Michael Keogh,John Whitney, Olive Quinn, Ellen  Dolan,  , JJ Farrell, Charlie McCord, Padraig McGary, Sean Feeney, Bernie Whyte, Ann Devlin,Marise Herbron,  Mari

Committee: Tom Bannon, George Hegarty,Michael Keogh,John Whitney, Olive Quinn, Ellen Dolan, , JJ Farrell, Charlie McCord, Padraig McGary, Sean Feeney, Bernie Whyte, Ann Devli, Marise Herbron, Mari

Longford Show secretary Bernie Whyte has been to the fore of the Longford Agricultural Show and Country Fair for nigh on three decades.
A tried and trusted footsoldier behind the event’s enduring success, Bernie has spent much of that time in her role as show secretary.
And after three years of pandemic enforced restrictions, its much vaunted return can’t come quick enough with arguably the most action packed line up in recent memory.
“We have a huge family day lined up and one that you won’t see anywhere else,” said Bernie.
“There are a large array of classes for exhibitors with entries in all classes and huge prizemoney on offer.”
It’s a lure which would entice even the most discerning of show enthusiasts, but for Bernie and her fellow committee members who have the best part of two and a half decades each of local volunteering service behind them, next week’s showcase is about much more than money.
Among the many reasons for that assuredness is the arrival of Kilkenny based National Reptile Zoo to You with two zookeepers being on site from 9am and with a whole host of reptiles and public showings on the day.
Midland Falconry will also be in situ with their comprehensive array of falcons and owls with a close up experience and questions and answers sessions pencilled in throughout the day.
Well known Co Longford breeder Michelle Shaughnessy is another leading attraction, courtesy of her famous highland cattle Henry and Hamish.
Newtowncashel based equestrian outfit Tomahawk Rebel are another fascinating addition to this year’s events list with its owner Theresa Fitzgerald demonstrating the reality of American horseriding.

And that’s before the mention of a spacious indoor trade stand tent is considered or the presence of renowned culinary expert Fiona Egan from Cloughan Farm and Cookery School.
Sponsored by Fresh Today and Bank of Ireland, the latter will be on site from early doors and is lined up to undertake three of her unique cookery demonstrations over the course of the day.
In keeping with the event’s ability to attract patrons from every agegroup, the day’s entertainment is not to be sneezed at either.
Leading country singer Stuart Moyles will be on the gig rig from 12pm while professional dance teacher Gerard Butler is scheduled to provide unique insights into the world of jiving alongside adjudicating which pair will make it through to the National Jiving Championships later this year.
The winner’s of that particular contest will also walk away with a stunning hamper which, this year, is sponsored by Lanesboro’s Lough Ree Distillery.
In the midst of all that, Marissa Hebron has been pencilled in to ensure the show day’s more youthful populous are catered for with a whole host of colouring competitions and other children’s activities in store.
Not bad for an afternoon at just €10 per adult with teenagers, children and parking all being provided free of charge.
“When you come and experience the Longford Show, it really is like nowhere else,” added Bernie.
“It’s not just affordable, but educational too and is something you will not see anywhere other than in Longford on July 2.”
For more, contact Bernie on (087) 6334313 or log onto

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