Show secretary Chelsea Cox McDonald, Joseph Molloy, Chairman, Grainne McManus and Liadh on the Tullamore Show site at Butterfield Estate, Blueball.

Organisers expecting to 'break all records' as show returns

With temperatures expected to climb into the high 20s on Sunday, the organisers of Tullamore Show have confidently predicted that the biggest one-day agricultural event in Europe will “break all records” when it returns to the Butterfield Estate in Blueball this weekend.

After a pandemic-enforced absence of two years, Show Vice-Chairperson and PRO, Brenda Kiernan, said there is “phenomenal interest” in this year’s event from all corners of Ireland and overseas, and she paid tribute to the “hundreds of volunteers” without whose involvement the show could not take place.

Referring to the weather, Brenda said she never dreamed of being in a position of advising visitors to the show to “bring sunscreen, stay hydrated and wear a sunhat”, particularly in light of the fact that Tullamore Show suffered back to back last-minute cancellations in 2007 and 2008 due to torrential downpours on the eve of the event.

With preparations already at fever pitch on the 260-acre site at Blueball, on the main N52 Birr road, and a comprehensive traffic management plan in place, Brenda Kiernan predicted the first post-pandemic Tullamore Show will be “a magnificent day out for all the family, from the very young to the not so young, and with something to suit everyone, farmer and non-farmer alike”.

With over 300,000 square feet of a tented village; a total prize fund of €175,000; free car parking for up to 20,000 cars; food and bar facilities on site; a comprehensive entertainment programme which includes some of Offaly's best known entertainers such as Ferbane’s Olivia Douglas and Alex Roe from Clara; cookery; fashion; farm safety demonstrations, hundreds of trade stands, including a special Forestry and Renewable Energy section, and 45 FBD National Liverstock Show titles, this year’s show will “really be spectacular” according to Brenda Kiernan, who said the organising committee have left “no strong unturned” in their quest to make 2022 the “best year ever”.

“People are hungry to get back out again after the pandemic lockdowns and we are seeing phenomenal interest in this year’s Show…we are overjoyed to be back,” she said on the eve of the event.

With the cost of insurance cover having increased substantially since the 2019 Tullamore Show, and marquee costs also experiencing a huge jump. Brenda Kiernan stressed that the organising committee are “really hoping” for a bumper year, and are urging everyone to come along to Tullamore on Sunday to experience a great day out.

The show will be officially opened by Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, with many other local and national dignitaries expected to attend, including Tanáiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar.

Tickets are on sale online at: www.tullamoreshow.com for €20, and can also be purchased at the entrance to the site on Show Day for €25 each. Entry for Under-12s is free.