Thousands went to Pilltown’s Iverk Show in Kilkenny yesterday. The Iverk Show, which marked its 187th year, is one of the oldest in the country and more than 20,000 people attended the celebrations.

New to the show this year was one of the biggest beef class in Ireland sponsored by Aldi, ABP Group and Irish Angus. Dawn Meats also had a display of live cattle for the public to judge.

There was a huge number of events in all sections of the showgrounds with 45 cattle classes and 50 horse classes providing the main events of the day.

In addition there was more than 200 trade stands plus a dog show, a sheep show, a vintage display, a Most Appropriately Dressed Lady and Bonny Baby competition, a garden and family area and a poultry marquee.

The show was established in 1826 by Lord Bessborough of Bessborough House and now home to Kildalton College, to form the first Agricultural Show in Ireland.

Pictured The Iverk Committee, image courtesy the Iverk Show