The Cappamore Show, an annual agricultural event in County Limerick, will return for a one-day celebration on August 19. This year marks the 67th edition of the show, which has a rich history spanning 70 years. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and previous outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, the show has been cancelled twice in the past. Despite these challenges, the show has persevered and has become a beloved community-led event in the region.
John Hassett, the secretary of the Cappamore Show, emphasized the importance of community involvement in making the event a success. With a committee of 140 members, the show is a true collaborative effort that represents and serves the community. Hassett stated, “We’re very much a community-led show, that’s our ethos, that it’s for the community and that it’s represented by the community across east Limerick.”
Organizing and running the Cappamore Show is no easy task. Hassett, who took on the role of secretary last year, acknowledged the challenges faced by other shows, particularly with unpredictable weather conditions. He expressed his sympathy for organizers and said, “My heart goes out to those shows as I know how much work goes into them.” The show relies heavily on volunteers and sponsors, such as St. Ailbe’s Credit Union, to ensure its success. Government funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine also plays a crucial role in supporting the show.
This year’s Cappamore Show will feature a wide range of activities for visitors, with a special emphasis on biodiversity awareness. Various organizations will be present to educate visitors about their work in environmental conservation. The show will also launch a green village initiative, providing an opportunity for attendees to engage with experts from different environmental organizations. Hassett highlighted the involvement of volunteer-led committees focused on wildlife and biodiversity, including the hedgehog project and the Maigue Rivers Trust.
While the Cappamore Show is rooted in agriculture, it aims to appeal to everyone in the community. The day’s activities will include free children’s entertainment, archery, and a local food and craft marquee. Trade stands will offer a variety of products, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, and artwork. Attendees can enjoy a pet dog show, carriage driving, tug of war, vintage car displays, and live music throughout the day. Animals will also take center stage, with a strong focus on cattle breeds such as Angus, Herefords, Simmentals, Limousins, and Shorthorns. The show will also feature sheepdog demonstrations, goat classes, and the return of a Clydesdale mare, which proved popular among visitors last year.
Hassett expressed the significance of preserving and showcasing traditional breeds, noting the nostalgia it evokes for older attendees and the educational value for younger generations. He mentioned the popularity of Irish breeds, particularly the Droimeanns and Irish Maols, in the Co. Limerick and Midwest region. The show aims to provide a platform for breeders and enthusiasts to promote these unique breeds.
The Cappamore Show is a testament to the resilience and spirit of the community. Despite setbacks and challenges, the show continues to thrive, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate agriculture, heritage, and the natural environment. With its rich history and commitment to community involvement, the Cappamore Show remains a cherished event in County Limerick.