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Cork County Council announces lead sponsorship of Cork Summer Show 2016

Cork County Council has announced it is lead sponsor for one of Ireland’s longest running and much loved agricultural shows, the Cork Summer Show 2016. A longtime supporter of the Cork Summer Show, which takes place on 18 and 19 June in Curraheen, Cork County Council will be showcasing all that County Cork has to offer visitors, tourists, business and residents at the 2 day event.

“It is a pleasure for us to support the Cork Summer Show again this year. The Show is a great snapshot of all that Cork County has to offer – from great food, wonderful tourism, animals, music and an agricultural heritage. We, at Cork County Council, see the Cork Summer Show as an ideal fit reflecting the wealth of services that your Council offers, many of which we are looking forward to highlighting at our Cork Summer Show marquee.  This promises to be a busy weekend for me, as I come to the end of my term as Mayor of the County of Cork with the Mayor’s ‘Hooley in the Hall’ on Friday followed by Cork Summer Show on Saturday and Sunday.  I can’t wait!” said Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea.

With anticipated crowds of more than 50,000 people, the Cork Summer Show promises an even bigger and better line up this year. The show will feature the traditional Summer Show staples from breeds of cattle, showjumping and competitions for hunters, ponies and horses as well as sheep, goats, poultry, trade stands and machinery exhibits.

This year will also feature the largest outdoor food festival in Cork, a craft beer tent to rival Oktoberfest, a stellar musical line-up which includes performances by The Frank & Walters, John Spillane and the Lords of Strutt to name just a few. A super sized pet zoo for young children is also on the line up this year and the Evening Echo Pet Dog show attracts 300 dogs and their owners competing across 9 categories.

“We are delighted with the support of Cork County Council for the Cork Summer Show 2016.  The event draws thousands of visitors, national and international, to Cork every year.  As the show has a wide appeal from young people to families, from foodies to farmers, music lovers to animal lovers, it is a great day out and everyone benefits from this very significant Show in the Cork region,” added Billy Nicholson, Vice-Chairman of Munster Agricultural Society.

Additional free parking has been added to the Showgrounds in Curragheen this year providing a more efficient transport management service for those attending. There is also a free shuttle bus service from Ballincollig Shopping Centre, Black Ash Park & Ride and Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium.



Preparations are in full swing for this year’s Cork Summer Show, which takes place at the Curraheen Showgrounds, (near Cork City) on the 18th and 19th June.  This event has been a summer highlight in Cork for over 200 years and is not to be missed!  Many of you will have seen the RTÉ Nationwide coverage of the Show, in which Courtbrack Vintage Society also featured, last year.

For the fifth year in a row, the Munster Agricultural Society, who run the Cork Summer Show, have again tasked Courtbrack Vintage Society with organising the vintage display for theShow, and this year, plans are afoot to change it up a gear.  We know how important it is to the Munster Agricultural Society that younger generations can experience and learn about the farm implements that pioneered the way for the modern farming methods used today, and we are passionate about preserving the past for future generations to experience.  It is with this in mind that this year’s display will not only be a vintage display, but a working day also.  There will be an Old Time Threshing display on both the Saturday and Sunday, with an Allis Chambers round baler on hand to bale the straw.  Also on hand will be Matt Murphy’s Massey Ferguson 735 Combine Harvester to clear up any leftovers.  Again this year, Donal O’Callaghan from Ovens will be roaming around the vintage enclosure in his vintage steam roller, so stand clear or you’ll get a blast of its steam whistle!

If vintage machinery isn’t your thing, then perhaps the large display of vintage cars, each one looking as new as the day it left the factory, will interest you.  The Great American Steel Car Club will also have cars on display for those who prefer a little American muscle!  As if all that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, this year, for the first year, there is going to be a vintage village where you can see bastible baking, butter making, arts and crafts, and even a copper smith giving a working demonstration.  There will also be plenty other sideshows over the weekend, including an autojumble for those vintage enthusiasts looking for that elusive tractor or car part.

To ensure you are also entertained over the weekend, there will be live music by The Irish Weavers, with performances also by the very talented Donoughmore Set Dancers.

The 2016 Cork Sumer Show promises to be a huge success with the Courtbrack Vintage Society display perfectly complimenting the modern agricultural displays of the Munster Agricultural Society.

If you are a vintage enthusiast with a vintage vehicle and are interested in displaying it at the Summer Show, then please contact Courtbrack Vintage Society members Matt Murphy (Vice Chair) on 087 2453872, Tim Osborne (Chairman) on 086 8045467 or John Mulcahy (PRO) on 087 7838513.




The Cork Summer Show Launches 2016 Pet Dog Show in Association with the Evening Echo

Cork, 25 May 2016: The biggest paw show in town is back, and it wants your canine! The Cork Summer Show Pet Dog Show, in association with the Evening Echo, is calling on all pooches and pedigree owners to participate in this year’s competition. The Cork Summer Show Pet Dog Show is one of the biggest dog shows in Munster and is open to pet and pedigree dogs.

The 2016 Cork Summer Pet Dog Show has 10 award categories and will take place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June at the Showgrounds in Curraheen, Cork.

“The Evening Echo Pet Dog Show is one of the most popular elements of the Cork Summer Show. Last year we had more than 400 dogs and owners participate in the competition. Our Pet Dog Show is open to all canines – mutt or pedigree. Our highly skilled judges will be looking for for dogs that are fun, happy, talented and charming, so if you think that your dog fits the bill then be sure to bring your dog this year,” said Gerard Murphy, Chairman of the Munster Agriculture Society.

The competition categories include awards for best groomed dog, best puppy (over 6 months and under 12 months), small dog, medium dog, large dog, terrier, rescue dog and the much coveted ‘dog I would like to take home’.


“This year our judges are also going to award those young exhibitors – 12 years and under – who display excellent handling skills while showing their pet dogs. There will also be an award for those adults with the same skillset,” he added.

“The Evening Echo are delighted to support the Cork Summer Show Pet Dog Show again this year; we love the fun, family friendly aspect of the show and wish all the competitors and their four-legged friends the best of luck in the show,” said Maurice Gubbins, Editor, Evening Echo.

An entry fee of €2 will be charged per dog with all proceeds going to Pieta House. Entries will be taken on the day from 1pm and showings will begin at 2pm.




The 2016 Cork Summer Show to Build on a 200-Year Tradition of Excellence in Agriculture, Food, Music and Entertainment for all the Family

Cork, 16 May 2016: Every summer for the past 200 years the Munster Agricultural Society has put on a very special show in Cork. Now a family tradition, the Cork Summer Show is back and this year it promises to be the biggest and best show yet. With a family-friendly mix of agriculture, food, music, home, garden, crafts, equipment and entertainment for all ages theshow will take place from 9am to 6pm each day on 18 and 19 June 2016 at the Showgrounds in Curraheen, Co. Cork.

“In its earliest days, the Cork Summer Show catered primarily for the agricultural community but over the years it has grown into a fun-filled day out for everyone attracting more than 50,000 people last year alone. I have no doubt that the 2016 Cork Summer Show is going to be our best year yet,” said Gerard Murphy, Chairman of the Munster Agricultural Society.

“We have put a lot of thought into the show this year – from food stalls, free cookery demonstrations, a new entertainment village for kids, extensive animal zoo and pet dog show, musical entertainment by great bands including The Frank & Walters, big screens for the Euro 2016 matches, craft beer tents for adults and lots of free bus shuttles, bus transfers and improved, larger parking in 2016,” he added.

Building on the success of past years, the 2016 show will feature all the traditional summer show staples including the superb breeds of cattle, magnificent hunters, ponies and horses, sheep, goats, poultry, trade stands and machinery. The 100-acre site will be home to more than 1,700 animals including 700 horses, 120 sheep, 80 goats, 100 poultry and 400 cattle.

There will also be more than 300 dogs competing across 9 categories in the pet and pedigree dog shows.  Still on the animal theme, this year’s event will see a significantly increased petting zoo for young children, with Rumley’s Pet Farm and Leahy’s Open Farm among others bringing their animals for children to enjoy.

This year will also feature the largest outdoor food festival in Cork, a craft beer tent to rival Oktoberfest, a stellar musical line-up which includes performances by The Frank & Walters, Lords of Strutt, Crystal Swing, Voiceworks featuring Claudia Rose, Aine Carroll, Pat Fitz & Keith Hanley, The Papa Zita’s, The Ceili Allstars, The Naildrivers, Jim X Comet, Billy Bubbles & more to be announced.

“This year there will also be a much bigger agricultural presence at the show. Our bigger farm machinery display zone will showcase the very latest and most technologically advanced agricultural equipment on the market, and there will be experts on hand to give demonstrations. I’m also happy to announce that our agri-trade stands are almost fully booked for this year, such is the demand this year,” he continued.

An extensive collection of more than 300 rare and vintage machines and cars will be on display on both days, providing visitors with unrivalled access to the best vintage collection in Munster. The Roman Military Society of Ireland, Legion Ireland, will provide a spectacular living history and re-enactment of a Roman Army in the first and second century’s A.D.

“We have improved our parking structures at the Showgrounds this year providing a more efficient service for those attending. There is also a free shuttle bus service from Ballincollig Shopping Centre, Black Ash Park & Ride and Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium,” added Gerard Murphy.

Free parking will be available for visitors at Curraheen showgrounds on both days. For ticket prices and further information see


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