A welcome €21,000 is to be given to three key agriculture shows in and around Kilkenny to help host and promote next year’s shows, Minister for State, John Paul Phelan TD has announced.
This funding is part of a national allocation of €812,000 by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, which will benefit almost 120 agricultural shows throughout the country in 2018, Minister Phelan confirmed.
“Agricultural shows are hugely important to the rural economy. We know the economic benefit they bring to our local economy here in Kilkenny with surrounding towns and villages benefitting hugely from each show and local enterprises getting a fantastic opportunity to showcase their wares. They’re also a key social gathering for the entire Kilkenny community.
“The Government considers this funding an important investment in rural communities and I am delighted that my colleague Minister Ring has granted this funding for <County>.
“The shows in Kilkenny which are set to receive a grant of €7,000 each are Castlegannon, Iverk (Piltown) and Thomastown. This funding allocation takes into account the fact that smaller shows have particularly struggled in recent years. This funding will be a great boost to these events and I commend the dedicated volunteers who work so hard on making the shows happen every year.”
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD said: “This represents a substantial investment in rural communities and in the rural economy by the Government. I know that this funding will provide a huge boost to the agricultural shows that are such an integral part of our rural culture.
“I know that many shows have struggled in recent years as a result of adverse weather and increased costs. These shows have been a mainstay of the local summer and their absence has been keenly felt. I hope that this once-off funding will help prevent that situation recurring next year and will help these shows to get back on a sound footing.”
This investment is being carried out in coordination with the Irish Shows Association and the recipients are all members of that Association. Additional shows affiliated to the Irish Shows Association may be added to the list at a later stage.