The first Sunday in September was until recent times set aside for that all important game of hurling in the capital. On the evidence of what was on offer at Sunday’s Countryside Show in Dualla it’s just as well the powers that be in Croke Park have opted for a different date.
Improving on last year inaugural event was going to be difficult but that’s exactly what happened, the show was an outstanding success, thanks in no small way to the efforts of the organising committee and a group of willing helpers.
Upwards of five thousand people turned up to support the day which was a fundraiser for three beneficiaries - Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, the National Council for the Blind of Ireland and Scoil Chormaic, Cashel.
Due to the bad weather this summer the venue was moved slightly north of last years location and what a difference it made. This has to be one of the most beautiful show grounds in the country, a natural amphitheatre where one could keep an eye on most things that were going on without moving to much.
The tractor pulling was undoubtedly the main attraction, drawing patrons from far and near. The show jumping was hugely successful with the arena coming in for special praise from competitors and spectators alike. Man’s best friend seemed to be everywhere with most taking part in the dog show. Judge John Smullen, had his work cut out deciding on ‘Best in Show’ which eventually went the way of ‘Madison’ the Newfoundlander owned by Marion Wade, from near-by Clareen, Cashel.
The threshing mill from bygone days powered by Alex Crosse’s huge black steam engine bellowing out steam and smoke was a sight to behold, the look on the faces of the children seeing it for the first time summed it up - magic!
New this year was the livestock show, judge Joe Kirwan was loud in his praise of the standard of animal on display. A year old Charolais owned by Martin Ryan, from Cabra Thurles being judged supreme champion.
The model aircraft display and flights proved very popular as did the dune buggies. The children were well looked after with different types of bouncy castles, bungee jumping and all sorts of eats and drinks to keep the hunger pangs at bay. The day concluded with the ‘Donkey Derby’ which by all accounts was a great success.
Hats off to all involved (including the man above for the lovely weather) it really was a memorable day in Dualla.