Funding of over €100,000 is being allocated to support agricultural shows in Galway. The funding is part of a national allocation of €840,000 from my and Michael Ring’s department, the Department of Rural and Community Development to support agricultural shows with the investment being co-ordinated by the Irish Shows Association.
This funding represents a massive boost to Galway’s agricultural shows which are important annual events for communities right across Galway.
The once-off funding will support the agricultural shows in 2018 and help ensure that the shows can continue to be a highlight of the year for rural communities.
Agricultural shows are important for the farming sector, including livestock and equestrian, but are also an excellent showcase for local food and crafts producers as well as other local businesses.
This funding will support the agricultural shows in Ardrahan, Athenry, Ballinasloe, Ballyconneely, Claregalway, Clifden, Corofin, Corrandulla, Glenamaddy, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Oughterard, Roundstone, Spiddal and the Connemara Performance Show, among others.
With each show receiving a grant of €7,000 the funding will represent boost the local economy and demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to supporting rural communities and rural Ireland.
The Irish Shows Association will manage the distribution of the grant and will write to all qualifying shows to provide details on the scheme and outline what will be required of the shows in order to avail of funding.
The ISA will make the payments to the shows and will provide a full report to the Department on the scheme in 2018.