Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has welcomed confirmation from his party colleague Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, that an individual allocation of up to €6,000 will go to seven agricultural shows taking place this summer across Co Mayo.
Deputy Dillon said: “Coming from rural Ireland I know how much the agricultural shows mean to people in rural communities. This funding will be a huge boost for these shows and it is a fitting recognition of the valuable contribution they make to the economies and communities of rural Ireland.”
The agricultural shows which will receive funding this summer:
- Ballina – Sunday July 10
- Louisburgh – Sunday July 17
- Erris – Sunday July 24
- Claremorris – Sunday July 31
- Bonniconlon – Monday August 1
- Swinford – Sunday August 28
- Ballinrobe – Sunday September 4
Announcing the individual allocations, Minister Humphreys said: “Practically every weekend over the coming months there is an agricultural show on somewhere in Ireland. I urge people to get out, enjoy them and give them your full support.”
Minister Humphreys added:
“I recently announced increased funding of €700,000 to support the Irish Shows Association, and I am delighted to today confirm the individual allocations for shows all across rural Ireland.
“I am particularly pleased to announce funding of up to €6,000 to each show to assist each meet the costs of putting them together – on the back of huge voluntary endeavour.
“I believe it is of vital importance to our rural communities that we support the efforts of the show committees and the work of their volunteers. I hope that this funding will help put the shows on a firmer financial footing and provide vital support to the committees.”
Minister Humphreys also welcomed the approval of over €313,000 in LEADER programme funding to the Irish Shows Association, which will be used to support the roll out of a National Shows Management software system for use by agricultural and rural shows nationwide.
This funding was approved by the Local Action Groups (LAGs) in Monaghan, Mayo, Cork West and Galway East as part of the LEADER programme Co-operation Measure.
The Minister concluded: “I am delighted to be able to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and dedication that goes into every show and I am pleased that the Irish Shows Association is once again working with my Department to administer the funding. I hope to have the opportunity to visit many agricultural shows throughout the country this year to see first-hand the impact these shows make to the vibrancy of our local rural communities.”
Deputy Dillon concluded: “Each show will attract funding in the region of €5,000 – €6,000, with funding based on vouched expenditure, I know that this funding will provide a vast boost to the agricultural shows that are such an vital part of our rural culture. They are a showcase for local communities and for all that is great about rural Ireland.”