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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…”

Chairman’s Welcome to the 20th Annual Event, June 2017

I am delighted to welcome you once again to Strandhill Show and Craft Fair. Each year we aim to provide an interesting mix of traditional and new events, and our ideas are continually evolving to keep pace with current trends.  With this in mind, we are delighted to introduce our new-look website, www.strandhillshow.com, which we hope you will find very user-friendly, visually pleasing and informative.

  • Kiltimagh Wildlife Farm with their fascinating display of rare animals to see & hold
  • Our local Woodville Farm whose animal displays have graced our show since 1997
  • The Annual Craft Fair featuring artists, photographers, knitters and textile crafters, traditional cottage industries,   Brigid’s cross-making from local rushes, & tea-leaf reading!  A Wood-turning demonstration, free Children’s Art workshop & stalls with hand-made jewellery & our local Breeogue pottery, plus a host of other visual treats.
  • The Dog Show becomes more popular each year, with entries and varieties of breeds expanding to delight the crowds who watch it – A new feature this year will be a Dog Agility Event, presented by Run As One.   [Those who are interested in the Dog Show will find details in the Schedule section].
  • The Home Industries Marquee: a large spectrum of Home Industries competition categories take place, from baking to photography to wildflower displays – [Those who are interested will find details in the Schedule section].
  • The Farm Tasks Competition, always a highlight for spectators, will once again take place in the late afternoon – who knows what the tasks may be this year, but a skills challenge it will certainly be!
  • Childrens’ Pony & Trap Rides by Martin McGowan – children accompanied by an adult will really enjoy this new entertainment
  • A return visit by our local Air Corps Rescue Helicopter to the field, if not on a callout.

My most sincere thanks to our Sponsors whose generosity enables us to stage this important day each year, and to our hardworking committee and helpers.


About Us

In August 1997, the original Strandhill Gymkhana of olden times was revived after 42 years when, with a small committee and a lot of enthusiasm, Strandhill Gymkhana and Craft Fair was born.

The stunningly beautiful site of Lisheen House and Estate was suggested as a location by one of the original members, and with the goodwill of the Lindsay family their estate and lands became home to our show. Built in 1798 by William Phibbs, Lisheen house was for long roofless and in ruins when the Gymkhana began there, and now, in our nineteenth 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 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.

Innovative ideas to cater for current trends, such as cross-country family runs and Stand Up Paddling on the shores of Lisheen, have been added to our long-running favourites such as the Dog Show, Farm Tasks Competition, Home Industries competitions, Craft Marquee, small animal enclosures, Childrens’ Entertainments, D.J. and the live performance by Sligo Concert Band who close the show each year to great acclaim.

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. We continue to endeavour to create an unforgettable country day out for the general public, and most especially for families.

April, 2016


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