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Minister Launches Irish Shows Association 2009 Year Book

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith T.D., has officially launched the Irish Shows Association 2009 Year Book.

Speaking today at Hannon's Hotel, Roscommon Town, the Minister congratulated Mr. Michael Hughes for the quality of the publication which is an essential reference and guide for upcoming agriculture shows and championship events in 2009. "The publication is a wealth of valuable information such as the dates and contact details for all 2009 shows, a list of judges, and the ever important and often debated list of rules. I am sure that the book will be pride of place on many a bookshelf", he said.

He also paid tribute to what he called "the remarkable contribution made to the Irish agricultural industry by agriculture shows", which he said provided a showcase for the industry, with the finest livestock, horses, farm and horticulture products on display. "Agricultural shows provide an opportunity for people involved in industry to parade all that is best about their chosen profession to the public at large", he added.

Paying tribute to the very valuable work that the Irish Shows Association carries out on behalf of it¿s members, Minister Smith commended its work for over 50 years and in particular the fact that it has a membership of over 130 members drawn from the whole island. He also congratulated the judges who have successfully completed their training and who were awarded their certificates.

In conclusion, the Minister acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the Association¿s committee, Chairman John Browne, Vice Chairman Samuel Hamilton, National Secretary Michael Hughes and David Sheehan National Treasurer and all of the Association's delegates.

4 April, 2009

Date Released: 04 April 2009