Beidh Aonach Amárach
This week we visit Clogher Valley Agricultural Show in County Tyrone
Repeats Monday @ 5.30pm
Beidh Aonach Amárach
Witness the excitement, tension and fun as we join the competitors going for glory at Ireland’s country shows and fairs.
With 140 agricultural shows across Ireland, this scene is hugely popular with competitors and spectators. Every year thousands of people spend months of preparation before travelling the country to take part in the competitions every weekend.
Throughout 2018 our cameras and crews have been capturing the stories of the people of all ages and backgrounds who vie for the top spots in a startling array of classes. We see competitors giving everything to be Best in Show — from cakes to cattle, flower-arranging to sheep-shearing, show-jumping to shiny cars, never mind the best vegetables, dogs, birds, clothes, art and craft.
We join the army of volunteers who organise and judge these events. The pressure is on when several thousand people are going to descend on your village for the “show”. And choosing the top animal or display sometimes isn’t as straightforward as it seems
This series takes viewers into the heart of the country show scene in Ireland, featuring the very big – Balmoral and Tullamore; the very picturesque – West Kerry and Glencolumcille and the traditional – Finn Valley and Clogher Valley.
The show scene is great fun and an opportunity to catch up with friends and fellow enthusiasts. But it’s also seriously competitive and getting to the top demands dedication and devotion in your chosen field.
Programme 2: Clogher Valley – Repeats Monday @ 5.30pm
This week we visit Clogher Valley Agricultural Show in County Tyrone. Proinsias Ó Donnghaile from Augher is showing his vintage tractor; Sean McGovern and his four daughters from Clogher are going for top spot in the cattle classes at their home show and across in the horse rings Dianne Crean from Tralee and Balinasloe’s Tom Mac Lochlainn are judging. Meanwhile show secretary Ruth Montgomery is making sure everything runs smoothly and welcomes special guest Dame Mary Peters.
Programme 3: West Kerry – Thursday @ 9.30pm
Beidh Aonach Amárach – West Kerry Agricultural Show. Show Chairman Derry Ó Murchú is battling the wet and windy weather to keep everything running. Meanwhile Pat & Máire Galvin from Baile an Fheirtéaraigh are aiming to bring home rosettes in the cattle classes; Caitríona, Aoife, Eoghan Ó Mathúna from Clonakilty are taking part in the baking and art competitions meanwhile Seán Leahy from Baile an Fheirtéaraigh is putting his top dog through its paces in the sheep dog trials. Fergal Ó Sé, from Ventry, and family compete with their pedigree Texel Sheep.