Vintage year in store for Castlebridge

David Tucker

Ann Murphy and Jimmy Nolan launching this year's 75th annual Castlebridge Show.
Ann Murphy and Jimmy Nolan launching this year's 75th annual Castlebridge Show.

IT's something of a vintage year in Castlebridge where the village will be holding its 75th show later in the year and is staging a series of events in the run-up to it, to mark the momentous occasion.

When local gardeners Patsy Devereux, John Walsh and Matty Murphy set out to establish the Castlebridge Horticultural Show after the demise of the local Screen Horticultural Show in 1940 little did they and the first committee realise that the show would continue in its traditional form to the present day.

Through the hard word and commitment of a large number of enthusiastic members and gardeners over the years the Castlebridge Show celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

To commemorate this milestone, the show committee launched its Programme of Events booklet for 2015, at an appropriate setting in the Castlebridge Community garden on Saturday.

Speaking at the launch, Chairman Jimmy Nolan said that the people of the parish felt proud how this traditional show have survived and thrived over the last 75 years, he thanked the many people who played their part in the show over the years and he looked forward to its continued success in the future. The committee has set out a large number events, which started last month and will run through June, July and August culminating in the show itself on August 9.

The programme has kicked off with the emphasis on the children in the three local national schools where the children were shown how to 'Grow from Seeds' and 'Build a Scarecrow' among other activities.

Gardener Syl Doyle from Wilton Garden Centre, Bree will be visit the local community garden in Castlebridge in the months of May, June and July to demonstrate and offer his advice on the skills of vegetables growing.

Artist Don Conroy will visit Castlebridge in June to highlight to young people the joys and delights of art and crafts and Colin O Connor Screen will give his advice on proper soil preparation and enrichment for productive vegetable growing.

In July local master baker and Head Baker at Pettitt's SuperValu Declan Dempsey will demonstrate his many secrets of good baking and the local Ardcolm Church of Ireland Church will host a special flower arranging demonstration and exhibition. The Castlebridge Show Queen competition will be revived with a host of attractive prizes for the lucky winner.

As the show approaches potential competitors will be shown how to prepare vegetables for the show. On show day itself apart from the usual large display of horticultural and agricultural produces and various activities, there will be a 1940s theme with people encouraged to come dresses in the style of the period and there will an opportunity to view an exhibition of 1940s farm machinery and equipment.

You can get all the up to date information in the local media or on the show website www.castlebridgeshow.com. A book 'The History of Castlebridge Show' will be published in early 2016.

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