Teagasc expects 50,000 visitors at rural Ireland’s largest 1916 event

Teagasc is expecting over 50,000 visitors to attend Farming and Country Life 1916, Ireland’s largest rural 1916 commemorative event.

The event, which is organised in partnership with Galway County Council, will take place at the Mellows Campus in Athenry on June 10 and 11.

According to Teagasc, the event will reflect on an important part of life in Ireland at the beginning of the last century.

It will retell the story of local 1916 military events and farming and country life of the era.

The event will also showcases a significant number of interactive exhibits, dramatic re-enactments, lectures, and reconstructions, Teagasc says.

A large number of farming, rural, community and voluntary, local and national organisations will be participating in the event.

These include IFA, GAA, National Ploughing Association, UCD, the ICA, the Museum of Country Life and the Agricultural Museum in Johnstown Castle.

The event is being organised around seven thematic villages:
  • Ireland 1916 (The 1916 Rising)
  • Farm family and rural Life
  • The land
  • Education and co-operation
  • Mechanisation of farming
  • Livestock
  • Sporting and cultural life

Speaking at the launch of the event, Prof. Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc said this will be the most significant 1916 commemorative event to take place in rural Ireland.

Teagasc also says that the event will be free of charge to attend and will appeal to a wide audience from children to grandparents, urban and rural, farm families and schools.

Event highlights:
  • A large equine display will showcase working horses of the 1916 era.
  • The craft and artisan producers’ village will give live demonstrations of the skills that were part of life in 1916.
  • Panel discussions, debates and lectures relating to rural life and farming.
  • Livestock from the 1916 era.
  • Interactive replica of the 1916 farm house.
  • Agricultural education in 1916.
  • Rural electrification display.
  • Farm mechanisation – steam powered tractors, vintage machinery including live demonstrations.