Tydavnet Show 2018 was launched on Tuesday 12th June 2018 in Tydavnet Village Community Centre. As usual, it was a lovely community night out and this year the guest speaker was Monaghan native Mary Delaney. She is a daughter of Gerry Cumiskey, a main VW dealer from Broomfield in County Monaghan, and Mary previously worked in Windsor Motors, Dublin and in the family motor business. Mary Delaney is Head of Equine and Tillage Sales in Glanbia Ireland working closely with the GAIN Equine Nutrition and Mastercrop brands. She has a B.Agr.Sc from UCD and in 2014, was awarded the FBD Trust Nuffield Ireland Farming Scholarship focusing on the ‘Climate Change Challenge for Irish Dairying’. She was President of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) in 2016/17. Mary is a founder member of the CERES network – the women in agri-business leadership network, which was founded to develop and promote leadership and diverse thinking within the industry. Mary lives in Galmoy, Kilkenny, and is married to David and they have three young children.  They  farm a spring calving dairy herd. Mary spoke with great passion and knowledge about the challenge of agriculture and climate change in terms of economics, environment and social sustainability, and she certainly left food for thought for everyone in attendance. Mary herself is a past competitor of Tydavnet Show, so she was an ideal choice for the evening.

Barry Sherry PRO opened the proceedings and spoke of the dedication of the committee and volunteers from the area, and the whole community who came together to make the show happen. He welcomed representatives of Clogher Valley, Armagh and Castleblayney Shows, and introduced the Show President George McCarron who has given many years to volunteering at the event.

Paula Loughran paid tribute to the sponsors and advertisers, those who provide Trade Stands, exhibitors, judges, landowners, and those who work on a voluntary basis to ensure the show goes ahead. She was warm in her praise for the commitee members, those who pass through the gate to support the show, Northern Standard and Rory Geary, Northern Sound, Emyvale.net, and the Show media team. The catering team, the show schedule design team, Tydavnet Community Centre and caterers, as well as Charley Meats who sponsored the refreshments on the night were also lauded.

Paula also paid tribute to “de Mammy”, her Mum Peggy Treanor, a past chairperson of the Show, and who would be a hard act to follow. She thanked Shauna McAree, the outgoing Show Queen, and she sent best wishes to Hannah Mooney, Monaghan’s representative in the Rose of Tralee, and Paula also send good wishes to former Show Queen Sinead McCarey who has been ill recently, She also sent good wishes to Michael Hughes who retires from the Irish Shows Association. The night also remembered former committee member Margaret Sherry who passed away during the year, ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

There were 171 entries into the competition to design the cover for the show schedule and catalogue, and parents and teachers played an important part of this. The winning entries for the Schedule and Catalogue cover design all came from Urbleshanny N.S., Scotstown. Third place was Amy Rafferty, 2nd place was won by Alicia McKenna, and the winning entry which will feature on the Show catalogue came from Conn Deery.

There’s lots in store for Show Day 2018, and Ciaran Rosney will be providing the entertainment for the dancing on the deck. There’s something for everyone, keep the date free – Saturday 18th August, more details later.

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