History of the Clarecastle Show Society

In December 2015, a few friends met in Ennis for dinner and a few drinks. All had an interest in agricultural shows.The conversations drifted towards a proposal to establish a gymkhana or show in Clarecastle. The diners were Bernard Hanrahan, Kolette O’Driscoll, John Joe Kerin and Geraldine McCarthy. All agreed that they should give further consideration to the matter.

They established a study group consisting of Bernard Hanrahan, Kolette O’Driscoll, John Joe Kerin, Geraldine McCarthy, Tom and Michael Slattery and Chris Hanrahan. They met in St Michaels Hall, Clarecastle on Thursday, 7 January 2016.

After long and serious debate, they recommended the establishment of an agricultural show, to be named Clarecastle Show Society. An invitation was issued to the people of Clarecastle to attend a meeting in the Abbey Hall on Thursday 21, January 2016. The society was formed at that meeting.

Our first show was held on 7th August 2016 and was a great success. We received immense help, support and guidance from the Irish Shows Association, SJAI and the Irish Pony Club.

We received generous sponsorship from friends, family and business associates. The Clarecastle GAA club made a wonderful gesture by making their 35-acre grounds available to the society. Without their extraordinary generosity, we would not exist. A special thanks to Martin McNamara, Chairman, Paddy Quinn, Treasurer and the Executive of the Club.

Of course we cannot forget the extraordinary generosity of Mrs Mary Hogan and William Lynch whose consent to use their valuable fields was of immense benefit to the show society.

We believe we have established a worthwhile organisation. We have set achievable goals and we aim to excel in all that we do. We will be judged by our actions, our presentation, our generosity of spirit and friendship to all.

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