Friday, March 08, 2019

IN tribute to its legume and livestock longevity stretching back to the 19th century, Laois County Council hosted a civic reception to honour the Ossory Show last Thursday evening at county buildings, Portlaoise.

The show, which will be on the go for 121 years this summer, will run over the weekend of 27-28 July and will feature between 500 and 600 categories from courgettes to cattle.

“It’s one of the longest-running things in the county,” said show chairman Peter Gyng.

Pictured at the cathaoirleach’s reception for the Ossory Show Society at County Hall, were John King (cathaoirleach of Laois Co Council), Carmel McNicholl (senior executive officer at Laois Co Council), Jim Stanley (president of the Ossory Show Society), Peter Ging (chairman of the society), Donal Brennan (director of services at Laois County Council, with elected members of the council and Ossory Show committee members

“It’s really the Laois county show,” he added

His committee of 35 volunteers will welcome up to 7,000 guests in July, which this year – for the fifth time – will also feature a truck show with upwards of 300 exhibitors.

This year’s show will also see the return of all-Ireland tug-o-war and a little bit of threshing.

Cathaoirleach John King from Rathdowney led the praise at the civic reception and was joined from the council chamber by Brendan Phelan, James Kelly and Caroline Dwane Stanley, while Peter Gyng and committee secretary Catherine Fitzgerald represented the show.

They were presented with a scroll and a shield, which will be displayed at the their offices at the Showgrounds at Coolfin Cross, “just two miles from Rathdowney”.

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By finian coughlan
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