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“Lisheen is a fantastic family day every year, the free parking and the kiddies’ events all in at €5 per child make it affordable for us, lovely food on site too…”
“There’s great variety every year, all age groups catered for… we love the Dog Show ourselves and the kids have a great time taking part with our pets…”
“We learned how to make St. Brigid’s crosses with rushes, it was so nice to be taught the original design…”
“Great family day out in majestic setting with Arts and Crafts from yesteryear right up to the modern day …”
“The Home Industries tent is the one we go for every year, the kids enter the wild flower competition, and they bake biscuits and enter photographs…”
“From farm tasks to pet shows to ancient and modern crafts, we saw them all here today….”
“Where would you get a setting like this for an event? The view is panoramic – the mountain behind us and the sea in front of us…”
“The small animal farm was brilliant – the kids saw snakes and all sorts of unusual pets and animals”
“I don’t need to tell you the kids loved the bouncy castles and the ice-cream vans – and they had a ball with the disco specially for them…”
“Delighted ye have expanded on the food – great fresh paella and lovely organic sausage and bacon baps – well done – good to have these as well as the burger van….”
“It’s very special for the kids to see butter being made in the Craft tent, and to have fresh boxty served to them, it brought back memories to our older friends here today – they loved to see the wood turner working too, he gave a great demonstration…”
“Have to say the Concert Band playing at the end of the day is a lovely way to close the show, the live music and the big band sound is mighty…”
“Farm tasks competition – that’s my favourite – always a very enjoyable event and great craic too…”

Chairperson’s Welcome to our 21st Annual Show – Sunday 24th June 2018

This year we are celebrating our 21st anniversary of our Strandhill Show and Craft Fair. I am delighted to welcome you all to this years event.

The show, formerly known as The Strandhill Gymkhana was revived in 1997 after a gap of 42 years. May I take this opportunity to thank our committee for their loyalty and hard work, as some of them were on the original committee 21 years ago.

Our show has become a major event in our Parish each year and as in previous years we try to produce a show that will be enjoyable for all ages.

We have a full list of events in store once again.

Our Home Industries and our Art and Crafts feature classes for children and adults. The Dog Show has 19 classes. Farm Tasks and the Sheep Shearing Demonstration is a highlight of the show.

Mini Digger Competition is an added attraction. Children will be well entertained with Bouncy Castles, Kiltimagh Wild Life, Woodville Farm, Horse and Cart rides and the Kids Maze. New for the kids this year is Kiddies Sports for the Under 12’s

Live entertainment is provided by DJ Scruffy Duffy and the Sligo Concert Band

The Air Corps Rescue Helicopter will be there if not on call out. Also, Vintage cars and Geevagh Honda 50 Club will be on display for the day.

On behalf of the Committee I would like to say a very sincere thanks to all our sponsors for their generous support each year.

A special thanks to all our helpers, for all their hard work to make this show a success.

To the supporters, Exhibitors, Judges, I wish you an enjoyable and memorable day.

Yours faithfully,

Johnny Kivlehan

Chairperson

087 2419521

About Us

In August 1997, the original Strandhill Gymkhana of olden times was revived after 42 years by Kieran O’Keeffe and Liam Filan when, with a small committee including the late Willie Gilligan and Dominic Gilligan, and a lot of enthusiasm, Strandhill Gymkhana and Craft Fair was born.

The stunningly beautiful site of Lisheen House and Estate was suggested by the committee as a location, and with the goodwill of the Lindsay family their estate and lands became home to our show. George Lindsay became a member of the Gymkhana committee and remains so to this day.

Built in 1798 by William Phibbs, Lisheen house was for long roofless and in ruins when the Gymkhana began there, and now, in our twenty first year, we see a strong cover of ivy almost hiding the ruins completely as we prepare for this year’s show. However, the grounds and lands are as beautiful as ever, and the site remains the perfect home for the annual event that takes place here.

Recessionary times led to the demise of the equestrian element of the show, and  in 2010 we sadly let go of the Showing and Showjumping classes which had graced the venue for so long.

Strandhill Gymkhana and Craft Fair became Strandhill Show and Craft Fair. In replacing the equestrian events, we endeavoured to maintain the ethos of a country show, and to best use the extensive lands available to us.

The activities of the show and craft fair now include farm tasks, beehives, horse and cart rides, family sports, Scruffy Duffy, Kiltimagh pet farm, home industries, mini diggers challenge, kiddes maze, bouncy castle and trampoline, vintage car display, smallest cow, sheep shearing, Geevagh Honda 50 club, dog show, arts and crafts, face painting and Sligo Concert Band.

Almost twenty years on, several of the original committee members still work on the event, and we are fortunate to have added additional – and younger! recruits to the team. The present committee comprises of George Lindsay, John Kivlehan, Michael Sweeney, Martin Peacock, Dan Scannell, Maura Gilligan, Michael Scanlon, Seamus Devaney, Tom Curran, Michael McTernan, Tom Rouse, Eddie Watters, Padraig McDonald, Paul Scanlon, Gerard Bellew and Sean Sweeney.

The week leading up to the show and the day itself always sees a huge voluntary effort from locals in the running of the show and this community teamwork is one of the most wonderful aspects of the show. Without this extra help each year, such as Michael Devaney plant hire, Sean Allen audio and the wonderful catering committee, it would not have been possible to produce this momentous annual day out in the shadow of Knocknarea.

Thanks to all these extra helpers we continue to endeavour to create a unforgettable country day out for the public and, more especially, for families.

Committee

George Lindsay, Patron and Owner of Lisheen Estate
John Kivlehan, Chairman
Gerard Bellew, Secretary
Michael Sweeney, Treasurer
Seamus Devaney, Safety Officer
Dan Scannell, P.R.O.
Maura Gilligan, Craft Fair & Info Writer
Tom Rouse, Dog Show Organiser
Michael Scanlon, Farm Tasks Organiser
Michael McTiernan, Vintage Cars
Tom Curran,  Field Duties & Stewarding
Padraig McDonald, Field Logistics & Stewarding
Paul Scanlon, Field Liaison Duties, Generators, Equipment
Gerard Bellew, Field Duties & Stewarding
Eddie Watters, Field Duties & Stewarding
Sean Sweeney, Fundraising