We were delighted to officially launch our 179th Show in the Grand Hotel, Moate on Friday, the 29th of July. Speakers on the night included the 2022 Westmeath Rose, Ms. Rachel Duffy and Irish Shows Association Vice-President, Mr. Raymond Brady.
Raymond Brady, Vice-Chairperson of the ISA, and Chairperson of the Midlands Region spoke of the importance of getting shows ‘back on the road’ for 2022. He remarked in the achievement that is Moate Agricultural Show about to run their 179th event, a testament to the committee in place and all committee which have gone before. He said that the need to have young people involved has never been greater, given the events which unfolded during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Afterwards, Rosemount native, Rachel, spoke to the guests on the night about her involvement in the Rose of Tralee festival to date and spoke fondly of times she has spent at the show, calling it a ‘focal point’ of the local community and a “marking point in the local calendar that signals the end of the Summer holidays and the return to school”.
We were then delighted to be joined by Westmeath G.A.A captain, Mr. Kevin Maguire, of Caulry G.A.A who led the Westmeath Senior Men’s Team to glory in the inaugural Tailteann Cup. With the cup in tow, Kevin was also joined by two local men, Mr. Lorcan Dolan (Castledaly G.A.A) and Mr. Robbie Forde (Moate G.A.A). It was great to have these local players join in on the nights festivities, with plenty of photos being taken to celebrate the teams success.
A big thank you to our many sponsors who without their gratuity, we would be unable to run our event this year.
A special word of thanks to all of the team in The Grand Hotel, Moate for providing us with a venue for the evening and for the refreshments served afterwards.