The Cappamore Show, an agricultural event that has been a staple in the community for 70 years, is set to return for a one-day extravaganza on August 19th. This will mark the 67th show in its history, as it was forced to cancel twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic and once due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Despite these setbacks, the show has persevered throughout the years, showcasing the best of the local community in East Limerick.
The Cappamore Show is a true community-led effort, with 140 committee members working tirelessly to ensure its success. John Hassett, the show’s secretary, emphasized the importance of community involvement, stating, “We’re very much a community-led show, that’s our ethos, that it’s for the community and that it’s represented by the community across East Limerick.”
Organizing and running a show of this magnitude is no easy task. Hassett, who joined the committee five years ago and became the secretary last year, knows firsthand the challenges involved. He described it as a “daunting task,” requiring careful planning and coordination. The show relies heavily on volunteers and sponsors, with St. Ailbe’s Credit Union playing a significant role in its success. Government funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine also supports the show’s operations.
This year’s show will not only celebrate agriculture but also raise awareness about biodiversity and the environment. Various organizations will be present to educate visitors on their work in these areas. A green village initiative will be launched, providing an opportunity for attendees to engage with experts from environmental organizations. The show will also highlight volunteer-led committees involved in wildlife and biodiversity projects, such as the hedgehog census in Co. Limerick.
While agriculture remains at the core of the Cappamore Show, there will be a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy. Children’s entertainment, archery, and a local food and craft marquee will be available throughout the day. Trade stands selling fresh produce, flowers, and crafts will be on display, along with art and photography exhibits. Attendees can also look forward to a pet dog show, carriage driving, a tug of war, and a vintage car display. Live music will fill the air, creating a festive atmosphere.
Animals will take center stage at the show, with a strong cattle section featuring a variety of breeds such as Angus, Hereford, Simmental, Limousin, and Shorthorn. The show aims to showcase the popularity of Irish breeds in the Co. Limerick and Midwest region, including the Droimeanns, Irish Maols, and Dexters. Sheepdog demonstrations and goat classes will also be part of the program. Due to its success last year, a Clydesdale mare will make a return appearance, captivating both young and old with its majestic presence.
The Cappamore Show is not just an agricultural event; it is a celebration of community, tradition, and the rich heritage of East Limerick. It serves as a testament to the resilience and dedication of the local people, who have kept the show alive for seven decades. As the 67th show approaches, excitement is building, and anticipation is high for a day filled with fun, entertainment, and the vibrant spirit of Cappamore.