DESPITE the harsh economic climate, Iverk Show recorded a profit in line with 2010 and accountant Ann Marie Power gave a very detailed account of the finances.
The figures were revealed at the show’s AGM in Piltown Community Centre where the show chairman Walter Walsh appealed for more young people from the Barony taking in Mooncoin and Piltown to get involved in organising the event which is such a huge success every year.
The age profile of the committee is increasing and new people are needed to ensure its continued success, the large crowd was told. Proceedings got under way with an address by Kildalton College President Frank Murphy, who spoke about the focus on Agri 2020. He specifically pointed out the success that agriculture has had in the previous two years and has proven to be the country’s best achiever since the downturn of the previous few years.
Mr Murphy complimented the committee on their efforts in highlighting all things rural at the show each year and said he was delighted that the links between the show and Kildalton College, where the show was founded in 1826.
He spoke about what the college was looking to achieve in the coming years; such as new courses in agriculture and horticulture, and that these should help the agricultural industry with new expertise for the many jobs which should come from a stronger agricultural economy.
Iverk Show president Joe Malone thanked him and said the committee was delighted with the co-operation of Kildalton College over the years and that it was a major reason for the success of the show.
Chairman Walter Walsh thanked and congratulated the committee on their efforts through-out the year in organising such a successful show. He thanked all the sponsors and landowners for their continued support and said he looked forward to another successful show this year.
Election of officers: president Joe Malone; chairman Walter Walsh; vice chairman Willie Kearns; vice presidents Kieran Walsh, Rev. Paschal Moore, P.P., Piltown, Rev. Peter Muldowney, P.P. Mooncoin, Fr Martin Delaney P.P. Mooncoin, Hew Bowers, Rev. George Cliffe, Irene Purcell, Andy McCarthy, Rev. Frank Purcell, Seamus Fox, Andrew Phelan; Show secretary Robert Dowley; assistant secretary Robert Duggan; honorary auditor Raymond Anthony & Co., Carrick-on-Suir; honorary treasurer Irene Purcell; assistant treasurer Bea Hickey; honorary medical officer Dr. John Flanagan; solicitors Michael A. O’Brien & Co. Solicitors, Carrick-on-Suir; honorary veterinary surgeons Suirside Veterinary Clinic, C.C.W. Veterinary Clinic, Martin O’ Gorman, Tadhg McTiernan; safety officer Liam Ryan; PRO Joe Malone.
Before the meeting took place the committee attended Mass for deceased members. Celebrant Fr Paschal Moore and Rev. George Cliffe delivered the homily and spoke about the major input of confidence that the show gave to the Piltown area. Both said they were delighted to be associated with such a successful event where everyone worked together for the success of the event. The meeting concluded with refreshments served by the ladies committee.