The cultivation of a garden, orchard or nursery, on a small or large scale, can be one of the great joys of life. The art of growing fruit, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants has been practised by man for thousands of years.
In the past, interest in horticulture in Ireland was minimal. During the past 10 years, however, men and women of all ages have made horticulture one of the fastest growing hobbies in Ireland. The garden centres are alive March to October, with people seeking a new way to relax and to engage with the great outdoors.
There is a special bond between man and his environment and no place is more peaceful and serene than the garden – close to nature, close to the earth.
Every year, the shows of Ireland present a horticulture section – some with great success. In Clarecastle we staged our first show in August 2016 to much acclaim. Organised and presented by Tom Slattery and his splendid team, the show was a resounding success. One of the great horticulturists of the Mid West Region, Harold Herlihy, described the exhibition as equal, and in some instances superior to, the five star horticulture show in Lusk, Co. Dublin. Held in the spacious hall in Clarecastle National School, it was a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul. The colour was brilliant, the layout spectacular and the scent from the roses and lilies hung in the air like a good perfume.
Arts and crafts, fruit, vegetables and home produce helped to create a great spectacle. We plan to build on this success.
All are invited to exhibit. The person with one or two entries will get the same warm welcome as the big player. Participation is all important.
Join in the buzz, the laughter and the camaraderie. Seek therapy that cannot be bought.
Come to Clarecastle Show
Saturday 31st August 2019
- Entry Fee – €2.00 per entry
- First Prize – €15.00
- Second Prize – €10.00
- Third Prize – €5.00
- Exhibit Hall, Clarecastle National School
- Adjcent to the GAA Grounds
- NO ENTRY TO GAA GROUNDS AT SCHOOL
N.B. Regulations and Conditions
- All entries must be on official entry form included in this schedule and must reach the Secretary on or before Monday 26th August 2019.
- An Entry Fee of €2 must be paid before 26th August per exhibit for all Horticulture classes and must accompany the entry form.
- All exhibits in vegetable, flower and fruit classes must be grown by the exhibitor. The Committee has decided on a random inspection of exhibitor gardens before the Show.
- All exhibitors in flower, fruit and vegetable classes must have their exhibits in position in the exhibit hall on Saturday 31st August 2019 by 10.15am. The Hall will be opened at 8am until 10.15am on the morning of the Show. Judging will commence at 10.30am sharp.
- No exhibit may be removed before 4.30pm on August 31st 2019.
- No prizes will be awarded unless there is a minimum of three entries in any one class.
- Exhibitors may enter more than one exhibit in any class.
- EXHIBITORS: Please bring your own vases for individual Flower Classes
- EXHIBITS NOT COLLECTED BY 6PM BE DISPOSED OF
- Class 45 Best Vase Perennial Flowers
- Class 46 Best Vase of Phlox – 3 Stems
- Class 47 Best Lily – 1 Stem
- Class 48 Best Vase Annual Flowers
- Class 49 Best Vase Gladioli – 3 Spikes
- Class 50 Best Vase Gladioli – 1 Spike
- Class 51 Best Vase Floribunda Rose – 1 Stem
- Class 52 Best Vase of H.T. Roses – 3 Stems
- Class 53 Best Single Bloom H.T. Rose
- Class 54 Best Vase Sweet Pea – 9 Stems
- Class 55 Best Flowering Shrub – 3 Stems (Excluding Hydrangea)
- Class 56 Best Foliage Tree or Shrub – 1 Stem
- Class 57 Best Vase Asters – 5 Blooms
- Class 58 Best Vase Antirrhinums – 3 Blooms
- Class 59 Best Vase French Marigolds – 5 Blooms
- Class 60 Best 5 Pansies Displayed on a Plate
- Class 61 Best Pot Plant – Flowering
- In memory of Miss Lynch, Stonehall, Newmarket-on-Fergus
- Class 62 Best Vase Hydrangea – 1 Stem
- Class 63 Best Pot Plant – Foliage
- Class 64 Best Vase Decorative Dahlias – Large or Giant – 1 Bloom
- Class 65 Best Vase Medium Dec. Dahlias – 3 Blooms
- Class 66 Best Vase Small Dec. Dahlias – 5 Blooms
- Class 67 Best Vase Cactus Dahlias – Large or Giant – 1 Bloom
- Class 68 Best Vase Cactus Dahlias – Medium – 3 Blooms
- Class 69 Best Vase Cactus Dahlias – Small – 5 Blooms
- Class 70 Best Vase PomPom Dahlias – 5 Blooms
- Class 71 Best Vase of Garden Flowers Confined to Clarecastle
* (Prizes 1st €25.00 2nd 15.00 3rd €10.00)
- Class 72 Best Dish of 5 Potatoes – Early Coloured
- Class 73 Best Dish of 5 Potatoes – Early White
- Class 74 Best Dish of 5 Potatoes – Main Crop Coloured
- Class 75 Best Dish of 5 Potatoes – Main Crop White
- Class 76 Best Dish of 5 Potatoes – Cooked
- Class 77 Best Half Dozen Seed Potatoes – Coloured
- Class 78 Best Half Dozen Seed Potatoes – White
- Class 79 Best Dish 5 Potatoes – Kerr Pinks
- Class 80 Best Dish 5 Potatoes – British Queens
- Class 81 Best 4 Correctly Named Dishes of Potatoes
5 of each variety
- Class 82 Potato Champ. Best Dish 5 Potatoes 1 Variety
Prizes: 1st €25 2nd €15 3rd €10
- Class 83 Best 5 Shallots
- Class 84 Best 5 Onions
- Class 85 Best 3 Carrots – Stump
- Class 86 Best 3 Carrots – Long
- Class 87 Best 3 Parsnips
- Class 88 Best 3 Beetroot
- Class 89 Best Head of Lettuce – (1)
- Class 90 Best 6 Pods of Peas
- Class 91 Best 3 Stalks Rhubarb
- Class 92 Best 5 Cut Herbs
- Class 93 Best 5 Tomatoes Ripe
- Class 94 Best 5 Cherry Tomatoes
- Class 95 Best Collection of Vegetables – 3 Kinds – 3 of Each Kind
- Class 95a Any Other Vegetable: cucumber, cabbage, etc.
- Class 97 Best 5 Apples – Bramley Seedling
- Class 98 Best 5 Apples – Worcester Pearmain
- Class 99 Best 5 Apples – Charles Ross
- Class 100 Best 5 Apples – Any other Dessert Variety
- Class 101 Best 5 Apples – Any other Cooking Variety
- Class 102 Best 5 Pears – Any Variety
- Class 103 Best 5 Plums – Any Variety
- Class 103a Best Dish Any Other Fruit: figs, blackberries, peaches etc.
- Class 104 Best Vase Wild Flowers
* (Prizes 1st €25.00, 2nd €15.00, 3rd €10.00)