Senator Aisling Dolan - Strong Voice, New Vision.

Funding for Five Shows in Roscommon this summer

July 12, 2022

Funding for Five Shows in Roscommon this summer

  • Individual allocations of up to €6,000 for 119 shows across rural Ireland
  • €313,000 allocated for new online show management system under the LEADER programme

Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed additional funding for agricultural shows across Roscommon; We’re coming close to show season in August and hopefully most of the bales done & turf home in the next while. Show events are a chance to meet up with neighbours, family & friends and it starts with the Castlerea Agricultural and Trade & Craft Show on August Bank Holiday Monday. Next Boyle, Roscommon, Elphin & Strokestown. Chance to see why Ireland is world-class in farming and see best in class for cattle, sheep, poultry, pets and of course to support local crafts and don’t forget the tasty food stalls, cakes and culinary delights awaiting you there.

My colleague Minister Heather Humphreys has announced funding of €700,000 from the Department of Rural & Community Development under the ‘Our Rural Future’ strategy. This will assist in funding the costs for 119 agricultural shows across the country and each one can benefit from up to €6,000 in funding.

Thank you to the Irish Shows Association and all the local volunteers organising these events and to the stewards on the day making it enjoyable for everyone. As well as the support from local sponsors to help make this happen. Funding is also allocated to an EU LEADER project to help set up national software system to streamline registration for these events and make it easier for organisers and traders.

Great events for all the family and I look forward to visiting our shows over the summer… hopefully in the sunshine!

 Announcing the individual allocations, Minister Heather Humphreys said:

“As Minister for Rural and Community Development, I know how much the Agricultural Shows mean to people in rural communities.

“Between cattle best of breed, dog shows, sheep and poultry competitions, and music, the events are extremely popular and I’m delighted to support their return to the summer calendar.

“Our shows signals fun, energy and a sense of community - something for all the family.

“They are a shop window for what is produced locally and bring visitors from near and far.

“Practically every weekend over the coming months there is an agricultural show on somewhere in Ireland. I urge people to get out, enjoy them and give them your full support.”




Monday 1 August 2022

Boyle Summer Show


Sunday 14 August 2022



Saturday 20 August 2022



Saturday 27 August 2022



Saturday 10 September 2022


The Minister also welcomed the approval of over €313,000 in LEADER programme funding to the Irish Shows Association, which will be used to support the roll out of a National Shows Management software system for use by agricultural and rural shows nationwide.