An estimated 50,000 people attended today’s Tullamore Show which was deemed a great success by the organisers, despite the weather.

While those who attended before lunchtime were lucky with the weather, it was wet underfoot from rain the previous evening. However, after lunchtime the weather turned but it didn’t put a dampner on those at the Show.

The Show which is the AIB National Livestock show, had over 1,000 exhibitors and €165,000 of prize money on offer. While the usual breeds such as Angus, Charolais and Limousin were well represented, there was also a good selection of lesser-known breeds such as the Irish Moiled which is the rarest of the surviving breeds of Irish cattle and the only surviving domestic livestock native to Northern Ireland.

The AIB National Livestock Show classes have a total prize fund of €80,000 and cover dairy, pedigree and commercial cattle and sheep. The specially commissioned Gold and Silver medals for the champions and reserve of the cattle breeds has created great interest.

Here we have a selection of pictures from the day, focussing on some of the preparation and ‘behind the scenes’ of the cattle being showed.