KILKENNY hurling team manager Brian Cody will take time off from his busy schedule to open this year’s Iverk Show. The country’s most successful agricultural show will be held on Saturday, August 27 and with the show grounds located just a few miles from the Tipperary border, he is expected to come under enemy fire, if as predicted Tipperary overcome a depleted Dublin in the second All Ireland semi-final on Sunday. After the official opening he will head to the cattle ring at the show to present the silver cup in the Glanbia heifer class.
With interest at fever pitch many will travel to the show hoping to get their hands on an elusive ticket for the final on Sunday, September 4.
And following a chance meeting in Aras an Uachtaran last year, the Blanchardstown Brass Band will attend. The show and the band, who are both celebrating their 185th anniversary this year and were both in the Phoenix park at an event hosted by the president, Mary McAleese.
This year’s Show promises to be another top class event with some new competitions and sponsors. Among them are: Husqvarna in association with Tennyson Grass Machinery, whom will be sponsoring the 32 County Broodmare and Foal Championship. Another major new event is the AIBP €2,000 Super Bullock Class in the cattle section. Dawn Meats have changed their Heifer Class to a single Heifer and increased prize money to €1,450. One of the other major attractions at the show is the famous Cherry Cake Competition with Prize Money at €650. there are five jumping arenas with the highlight, The Red Mills €2,000 Mini Grand Prix. There are hundreds of other classes including the dog show, 300 trade stands and loads of entertainment for the children.
The Iverk Plaza includes the poultry section, which proves to be a major attraction and garden enthusiasts will have plenty to see and a huge Craft Section caters for both adults and children, including a special schools section.
There is free car parking next to the show grounds. Prices at €10 for adults, €5 for senior citizens, teenagers with children free of charge and according to the organisers, sunshine is guaranteed.