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Show president Jackie McNamara, Cllr John O’Hara, Deputy Dara Calleary and members of the organising committee at the Great National Hotel last week for the launch of the Bonniconlon Show. Picture: John O’Grady

After a three-year enforced absence due to the Covid pandemic, the Bonniconlon Agricultural and Gymkhana Show returns to the rural north Mayo village next weekend.

More than 30,000 people are expected to flock to Bonniconlon on Bank Holiday Monday, August 1, for the famed annual show which will take place on 200 acres of specially-developed showgrounds.

Bonniconlon Show chairman John O’Hara said it is good to be back.

“We are delighted here in Bonniconlon to be back hosting our 71st show on August Bank Holiday Monday,” Mr O’Hara said.

“The last three years have brought huge changes to us all. Let’s hope there will be brighter days ahead.

“Our show is designed as a platform to present all aspects of Irish culture and agriculture for town and country alike. Our show is now rated as one of the best events in the country with entertainment for young and old.”

This year, there are three new classes in the cattle section. Two of the classes are for unhaltered with a prize fund of €1,200 in each class. The other class is for a four and five-star heifer with a prize fund of €750. There are 14 new classes in the sheep section while in the horses there is an overall champion of the show open to all first prize winners in the horse and pony section, which will take place at the end of the day with €300 and a cup for the winner.

In addition, for the first time ever an FMX Motocross stunt show will take place at the Bonniconlon Show. Evan Mullarkey, a native of Bonniconlon, and his team will perform jaw-dropping, death-defying extreme freestyle motocross stunts.

With free parking, vintage display, 600 showing classes, 200 trade stands, a dog show, seven national finals, music and entertainment from the likes of Mike Denver, Seamus Moore, and Declan Nerney, and much, much more, the Bonniconlon Show is one not to be missed.

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