Video and picture highlights from Teagasc 1916 exhibition in Athenry

The two-day Teagasc 1916 commemoration event saw crowds thronging the Athenry event on Friday and Saturday.

The largest centenary celebration of rural Ireland included farming equipment and working demonstrations from 1916; a 1916 town has been created within the 100ac site, complete with life sized replica of the GPO.

Crowds enjoyed live vintage machinery demonstrations, including threshing, ploughing with horses and cows at the Teagasc Athenry site. Below is a Ransomes Sims & Jefferies steam engine in action.

Live cattle, including the sow and 11 bonhams provided much entertainment for young and old, while over 50 musicians, 60 dancers and 50 dramatic performances – including a very real eviction – entertained the crowds.

RTE sports commentator Marty Morrissey, dressed in period clothes, threw in the ball for the women’s camogie match, while Sharon Ni Bheolain was on hand too.

Re-enactment of farm advisory sessions for a potato blight, egg storage and butter making, while
craftspeople of the time showcased the tools and skills needed in 1916 Ireland, such as a blacksmith, tailor, cobbler, cooper and spinner.

Galway history was brought to life, with locals who were involved in the 1916 rising being highlighted by volunteers over the two days.

The Irish Defence Forces raised the Irish flag on both days and read the Proclamation in the GPO.

An old classroom, with school-master provided visitors the opportunity to learn from the curriculum of the day, with ink pots and blotting paper, and old world maps.