Spring is here, so it’s that time of year when our four-legged friends start to look forward to the Newtown dog show and family fun day again. The event, now in its 11th successful year, will be held again at Barry’s Field, Newtown on the Bank Holiday Monday 2 May.
This year the Organizing Committee has announced that all funds raised will be split equally between two local groups, Burgess/Duharra Camogie Club and Arra Rovers Football Club, both of which have such a positive impact on the life of the local community.
Competition will take place in 11 show classes this year. The 11 classes are: Best Large Breed, Best Terrier, Best Working/Utility Dog or female dog, Best Small/Bitch Dog; Best Hunting Dog/female dog; Best Rescue Dog/female dog; Best Puppy Under Nine Months; Best six-year veteran dog/bitch; best dog; best female dog; Best Master Child (for owners 12 and under).
Magnificent crystal trophies will be presented to the overall show champion and the reserve champion, with the Martin McCarthy perpetual trophy also being presented to the show champion. Rosettes will be awarded for first to fourth place in each class. Admission costs €4 per class and €10 for three-class admission.
There were record numbers of entries into the various classes at the last pre-pandemic event, and two show rings will again be available this year to ensure the event runs smoothly on D-Day.
To get the competition off to a quick start, the show committee has decided that registration for entries will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the show itself starting at 1 p.m.
A raffle for a log semi-trailer and a log car trailer will take place on the day, so watch out for cards being sold for the same in both parishes, with lines again just €2 each and three lines for just €5.
Sponsors and backers old and new have once again been generous in their support and there will be plenty of games, booths, raffle prizes and activities for the whole family, as well as refreshments on site and in the village of Barry’s Coffee Dock and Skyfarmers bar/restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN
All the usual favorites will be at the show again, especially with children’s entertainment in mind.
As before, entry to Barry’s Field for the show will be free and it is hoped that the door bucket collection will once again be generously supported to benefit two very worthy causes, the local camogie club and the football club.
Burgess/Duharra Camogie Club hosts 100 girls from U6 to senior adult level, with teams at ten different levels. The club is very committed to promoting a sense of identity and pride among our young people by representing their community at the local and departmental level.
The club celebrated winning three county titles for minors at under 12, 14 and 16 levels in 2021. won eight county titles in the past decade. , setting a record seven consecutive titles.
In 2017, the club’s second Munster title was secured with a splendid victory over champions Clare but, sadly, the team only lost by one point to Connacht champions Sarsfields in the semi-finals All Ireland.
The seniors made up for some of this disappointment in not reaching the All Ireland final by later winning two All Ireland Sevens competitions at Kilmacud.
Proceeds from the last dog show in 2019 greatly helped senior and minor teams increase their training and match expenses, and I hope the same financial support will be available for the show this year.
With all the success of the club comes major financial commitments and in this respect the funds raised through the dog show go a long way towards mitigating some of the ever increasing costs of registrations, insurance, county council levies , hurleys, sliotars and other necessary games. equipment.
Meanwhile, Arra Rovers FC are also a successful local club that have been around for over 30 years. The club started in 1986 with just one senior team. In 2002 the youth part of the club was created with initially only one team (U10) and now today it has teams covering all ages ranging from U8 to U16 and youth, and it also has a women’s team . The club welcomes players from many parishes, mainly Portroe, Newtown and Ballywilliam, but has always welcomed players from other parishes in North Tipperary. As Arra Rovers continue to grow, they rely on fundraising to sustain, build and develop the future of the club for generations to come.
Even at this late stage, the show committee is happy to hear from anyone who wishes to discuss reserving the remaining limited space for their booths. Please phone committee member Paul Henry from Camogie Club (087-2034561) or Dermot O’Halloran from Football Club (086-6012390).
Mark your diaries for Monday, May 2, the public holiday, to make sure you don’t miss the big day of fun for the whole family, including your four-legged friend.
The camogie club and the soccer club would greatly welcome and appreciate your support. So pamper, groom and groom these pooches, ready to show them off on their big day, and keep your fingers crossed for another sunny dog show in Newtown.