Summer show season is well under way right across rural Ireland. President of the Irish Shows Association Pat Corbett told the Irish Farmers Journal that it’s going well, with weather a major factor in each show’s success.

“Attendence is good. We are lucky with the weather,” said the former dairy farmer from Clonaslee, Co Laois. “It’s a real parish day, a local day. The smaller local shows are parochial and they’re the backbone of rural life. It’s a shop window for the exhibitors. Word gets around about a good animal.”