Clonmel Show promises a day full of fun and excitement on Sunday

Clonmel Show promises a day full of fun and excitement on Sunday

The alpacas should prove a big attraction at Clonmel Show again on Sunday.

One of the highlights of the year in Clonmel takes place on Sunday with the hugely popular Clonmel Show at Powerstown Park.

And with the good weather forecast to continue into the weekend, another bumper attendance looks guaranteed.

It's a cliche, but this is a show with something for everyone, young and old, urban and rural.

It features some of the top classes in the country for sheep, cattle and horses, top class showjumping and the very populark donkey derby celebrating its 40th anniversary.

So make your way to the glorious setting of Powerstown Park for a very special day.

Admission is just €10 with family tickets and concessions available.

fashion lovers

There will a first prize to the value €600 on offer for the best dressed lady attending the Clonmel Show on Sunday next, along with a number of valuable runners up prizes. This will be judged at 4.15 pm 

There will also be a voucher for the best dressed gentleman

Entries for these competitions must be made in the Fashion Show hall on the day before 3.0pm. 

Two Fashion show will be staged in the Fashion Show Hall at 2.0pm and 3.30pm

Live Music and Entertainment

The P.J. Murrihy group from Co. Clare, will be playing live at the show from 2.0pm. They will play a large and varied selection of their own unique brand of Country and Western music. They will perform on an elevated stage overlooking the grass lawn in Powerstown Park.


For the younger patrons, there will be Puppet shows, carnival amusements with a fixed once charge that entitles children to enjoy as many thrills and rides as often as they wish during the afternoon. 

There will be a special Children’s corner where young  farm animals will be  on display. 

Children are welcome to pet, rub and get up close to these animals. 

Throughout the afternoon there will be Interactive Art demonstrations along with the Wexford Theatre group who will entertain the young folk with their unique form of story-telling through the use of puppets and comedy.

Pet Show

Around 3pm the Pet show will take place in Ring 3 behind the main marquee.

There will be prizes in ten different categories and every pet owner will receive a prize for their pet.

 Pets must be kept under control and the bigger doggies must be muzzled {by law} 

Alpacas and goats will also be on display. There will be a special Poultry Marquee where all types, colours and breeds of poultry will be being exhibited, and there will be an opportunity to purchase laying pullets and some of the rarer show breeds

Under the Grand Stand there will be a monster display of farm and vehicle scale models. 

Clonmel Show now stages one of the biggest displays of these models in Ireland. Even those that have not collected models to date should visit this fabulous show scaled models and chat with their owners who are so passionate about their unique hobby. There will also be trade stands selling models if one gets hooked

Cookery, crafts, art and horticulture classes

Entries for these classes will be taken up to the staging time on Saturday and newcomers will be most welcome to enter their exhibits and join the special comraderie that surrounds those that compete for rosettes. 

The cookery and craft classes will be staged in their new location this year – in the Tea Rooms beside the Parade ring. 

The flowers and vegetables will be in their usual marquee whilst the Art will be staged on Sunday morning in the Fashion Show Hall, with an extra class to celebrate STAGs 40th anniversary

Food Village

An enhanced Food Village is planned for this year, with greater choice and diversity of foods available. There will be seating in this secure area, some of which will be covered. 

This will permit patrons to sit and enjoy the tasty food and drinks and soak up the unique show atmosphere. There will be a bar up in the Club Stand

Patrons planning to attend the Show on Sunday should really make a day-out of it, arrive early and give everybody a special treat in the Food Village. 

There are well over 100 trade stands offering anything from a needle to a lawnmower, from modern jewellery to tasty chutneys or from a 200-horse powered tractor to laying hens, with information available on solar panels to organic gardening

Extra car parking has been laid on to ensure that everybody can park securely in close proximity of the entrance.

 Clonmel Show was first held in 1865, and is still going strong today with its varied animal classes a real highlight.

  The early classes commencing at 9.00am. The show continues to grow and now attracts more than 12,000 patrons and 1,500 exhibitors. There are a number of special new attractions again this year along with the old reliables.


67 sheep classes are scheduled to be judged on Sunday commencing at 12.00noon. The ICM Camolin €1500.00 Factory Lamb Carcase competition for Rouge Cross lambs should be the highlight of a packed programme. 

The lambs will be shown live on Sunday and then transferred to Camolin. The carcases will be judged at Camolin on Tuesday 3rd July 

There will be All-Ireland championships for Scotch Blackface Shearling Rams, and the Rouge De L’Ouest Ram Lambs. 

Most breeds will be represented along with commercial classes and two young handler’s classes. 

The National Sheep Breed Association will award their interbreed cup and €200 to the champion sheep of the show, with €100 for the reserve champion. Based on the entries already received, the expected show of sheep is unlikely to be surpassed anywhere in Ireland this year.


42 cattle classes are listed with most popular dairy and beef breeds catered for along with some commercial and young handler and confined local classes. 

Efforts are being made to encourage entries from novices and also from both pedigree and non-pedigree Jersey dairy stock. Judging will commence at 12 noon.

Horse & Pony Classes

The highlights of the 52 horse and pony classes will be the €2,500 Coolmore Thoroughbred Brood Mare Championship and their foal classes together with the €1,000 prize for the Ridden Champion of the show. 

Other classes include three retired Racehorse classes, Side Saddle, Cob, Rescue and Veteran horse classes. There will also be a €500 three old colt or gelding class this year.

Show Jumping

There will be 16 show jumping classes across 4 arenas.

 Arena 1 will host the €1000 1.2m SPJS Munster League, commencing at 10.00am followed by the €3,000 Connolly’s Red Mills Munster Grand Prix which should start at 2.00. 

Activities in all other arenas will start at 10.00am. 

A feature of the jumping in Clonmel over the past few years has been the very attractive sets of jumps that are presented for jumping in the various arenas. These areneas have a lovely covering of grass, which should help eliminate the “ jar” from the hard ground.

Tractor Driving

A more advanced version of the tractor driving skills competition will be organised with the winner getting a valuable prize and bragging rights for the next twelve months. 

This competition has proved to be a huge draw for the many competitive young and not so young drivers, who all believe that they are the best, quickest and most precise drivers around. 

Sunday afternoon at 5pm will identify the champion and solve the local squabbles for another twelve months as to who is the best driver

Farm safety displays and a Garda organised “Accident Village” will also be featured in this area. This will involve the Garda Incident unit, ambulance crews, first aid, fire brigade and the Air Sea rescue unit from Waterford, together with a “boy-racer’s” car and a mock up accident. Many aspects of Farm Safety will be highlighted in conjunction with the Tipperary South IFA and FBD insurances. 

There will be poultry and goat classes along with a display of Alpacas and Dog agility classes.

Donkey Derby celebrates 40th anniversary

The  unique Donkey Derby,  which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, will feature its usual collection of hopefuls, has-beens and maybe ass riders, who will provide the patrons with the spills and thrills, as they attempt to win this milestone Derby. 

There is a whisper that an extra Beechers’ Brook could be part of this year’s challenging course. 

Many previous winning jockeys are making a return appearance to try to prove that their previous win was no flash in the ass.

There will be a parade of asses[riders]and donkeys before the derby led by a lone piper!

  A display of vintage machinery will also be featured 

Admission is still only €10 for adults, with family tickets and concessions available. Clonmel Show, which is a registered charity itself, makes donations to a number of local charities, annually, from their gate receipts.