Tullamore Show Co Offaly Ireland
It’s always a great joy to be invited to judge the Tullamore show in Irelnad which ios always held on the second Sunday of August. It a typical countyb Agricultural show with a horticultural tent as well as cooking knitting etc. Although only a one day show the attendance is a phenominal 60,000 people and formthe effort thta’s put in by all concerned it should definately be a two day show. This was my fifteenth year at the show and I have to say that the standard has got better and better over the years, long may it continue. Here are a few shots of the winners. The winning collection by Michael Walton from Sligo was really top class, particulallry his root vegetables.
Michael McGoldrick with Home Guard in the ‘All Ireland Potato Championship’
J J Mollen with 5 lovely well ripened Toughball onion
A great friend of mine Harold Lawlor with Concept Cauliflowers. Harold is now 91 and if ever proof was needed that gardening is beneficial to your health he is certainly an Icon.
David Curran from Fethard in Co Tipperary with my own selection of white seeded Broad Beans. David only had eight plants but each pod has 9 beans in.
Last year, 12 year old Dan Bonner from Falmore Dungloe Co Donegal came second in the class for a tray of 3 kinds of vegetables two of each kind and he vowed to me that he would be back this year for the Red Card. True to his word he managed to win with Sweet Candle carrots, Gladiator parsnip and Concept Cauliflower. How lovely it is to see youngsters like Dan with such a passion for this fantastic hobby, long may it last.
J J Mollen with 5 Kelsae onions Screggan Tullamore
Michael; Walton with a superb set of three Tyne F1 Swedes available from our catalogue
He is undoubtedly an excellent tap root grower with both the New Red Intermediate long carrot and the Panorama parsnip being on par with any I’m likely to see this year. His other three vegetables were Celery Morning Star, Cedrico tomatoes and Sherine Potatoes.