The Iverk Show

Welcome to the new website of the Iverk Show - Ireland's Oldest Agricultural Show - Founded in 1826


ABP - ALDI All Ireland Irish Angus Bull Calf Championship Launch

Minister Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, pictured with Aldi, APB Ireland & The Irish Angus Cattle Society representatives and some of the Iverk Show committee at the launch on Thursday the 3rd April..


Group from the Iverk Show pictured at the REHAB People of the Year Awards Dinner


IVERK SHOW – A continuing successful show

Saturday's Iverk Show (24 August, 2013) was an outstanding success with a major increase in attendance, plus a big increase in the numbers of Trade Stands. Quality was the main feature in all Sections of the Show. Matt Dempsey, former editor of the Farmers' Journal opened the Show.

One of the most popular sections of the day was the Cattle Section in particular, with the main spotlight on the Aldi/ABP €11,000 All Ireland Irish Angus Bull Calf Championship which was won by Matthew Goulding from Tralee, Co. Kerry. The Aldi Marquee was inundated with visitors from morning to evening with over 4,000 samples of food handed out to the public.

The Maid of Glanbia was won by Sean Murphy, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. The Dawn Meats Commercial Beef Heifers Class was won by Michael & Richard Barron, from Co. Kilkenny & the ABP, Ferrybank Beef Bullock Class was won by William R Gubbins from Co. Limerick. All Cattle Class results are available on

Maid of Glanbia Winner Sean Murphy, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford with Liam Herlihy Glanbia

First place in the Redmills Grand Prix went to Ciara Morris with Tykillen Impact, the Show Jumping Arenas were full to capacity with entrants from four corners of the island.

The Morris Oil Broodmare & Foal Championship winner went to Des Gibson from Co. Down.

from left to right are Walter Walsh (chairman) Desmond Gibson (winner) from County Down, Mrs. Morris (Morris Oil), and Claire Oakes, judge

The Great Cherry Cake Competition was won by Bernie Meaney from Fethard, Co. Tipperary but there was controversy when there was an issue over the size of the Cherries used in the winning entry.

The judges of the Most Appropriately Dressed Lady had many entries but one lady came out the overall winner & she was Sarah Cass from Gowran.

The Iverk Show Gathering proved to be a phenomenal success with visitor's travelling from countries such as England, America, Wales, Germany, New Zealand, France, Sri Lanka & Norway.

The Iverk Show Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Walter Walsh, would like to thank everybody for their help & co-operation in making the Show the success that it was.

All results are available on



The Iverk Show Official Launch

We had the launch of our Show on Monday 12th August in Kildalton College - we had a fantastic turnout of Sponsors & Committee Members!!! Thank you to each & everyone of you for attending!!!

L/R, Michael Phelan Local Farmer, Pat Murphy Director Glanbia, Rob O'Keeffe Glanbia agribusiness and Jim Kinsella Kilkenny farm relief service.

Tom O' Neill Iverk Show; Joe Malone Iverk Show; Paul Nolan Dawn Meats; Ciaran Walsh Kildalton College

Joe Malone Iverk Show; Eadaoin Keane Aldi; Paul Matthews ABP; Elizabeth Malone Iverk Show; Eddie Quilty ABP

Robert Dowley Iverk Show; Paddy Bruton Forestry Services Ltd; Walter Walsh Iverk Show


The Iverk Show Gathering

This year’s Show, which takes place on Saturday the 24th of August at the Show Grounds in Piltown, will incorporate the Gathering in its schedule, to encourage our emigrants to come back to Piltown for a few days & see how much the area has changed & developed since they left for foreign lands. Invitations have been sent to many & the Committee have drawn up numerous things for people to see & do & hopefully they will give the attendance at the Show a major boost.

As usual the Committee have drawn up a huge number of events in all Sections of the Show Grounds with 45 Cattle Classes & 50 Horse Classes providing the main events of the day. 200 Trade Stands plus the Dog Show, Sheep, a Vintage Display, The Most Appropriately Dressed Lady & The Bonny Baby Competition all add up to help fill the Grounds.

As usual the Great Cherry Cake Competition heads the list in the Jams, Cakes & Fruit Sections & once again the aim is to achieve 100 entries in the Cherry Cake Class. The Garden & Family Area plus the Poultry Marquee are all centred around the Plaza area & they are all very near the 4 Show Jumping Arenas.

New to the Show this year is the biggest Beef Class in Ireland with a Prize Fund of €11,000. This takes place in Ring 4 at approximately 2.00pm. This Competition is sponsored by Aldi, ABP & Irish Angus, this is an opportunity for the Spectators to see for themselves the top quality animals that provides them with the meat they buy from their Butchers & Supermarkets.

Dawn Meats are having a display of live Cattle for the public to judge & will be speaking throughout the day about this.

The Crafts Section for Adults & School Children is in the usual place, central to everything & many other attractions, all help to keep you busy as you stroll around the Grounds which have roadways in all different areas for easy access.

VIP for the day is Matt Dempsey, former editor of the Farmers Journal. Matt is looking forward to his day in Piltown. Matt will see the effort of this local Show Committee carrying on a tradition established in 1826 by Lord Bessborough of Bessborough House & now home to Kildalton College, to form the first Agricultural Show in Ireland. Glanbia will have serious presence at the Show including Siobhan Talbot, the new incoming CEO.

Car parking is very convenient to the Grounds & free & all is needed is Iverk’s usual sunny day for all our visitors to come to Piltown & enjoy yourself & meet some old & some new friends.

We are still open for entries in all Sections. Early entries would be appreciated so you can have your entry in the Show Catalogue. For further information please contact Sara Conlon on 051-644621. Entries can also be made online by clicking here



The Iverk Show Homecoming

Is there a four or even five generation family locally? We want to know so as we can reward them at Iverk 2013. Please do let us know especially if some are coming home from abroad.

The number of people coming home for the Iverk Show 2013 is increasing. We are aware of a number of families from the Barony who have loved ones returning for the Iverk Show Homecoming. We want to hear of more so please let us know if some of your family are coming home. ‘The Iverk Show Homecoming’is our way of doing ‘our bit’ for our country.

The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a Government initiative to increase the number of tourist coming into the country in 2013 and is being promoted through Bord Failte. We want everyone who is connected to the Iverk show in any way to invite family and friends to come home for the 2013 show. As well as the ‘Iverk Generation’ game we want to know who are the most recent and the oldest emigrant. We will have a special ‘Historical Centre’ displaying old photographs and memorabilia. If you have any let us know. There are now about 12 weeks left before the Iverk Show on the 24th August. Plans for this year’s event are well on the way and the prize schedule will be available shortly. There will be a couple of new and exciting classes this year.

The Irish Angus Championship for calves born from 1st September to the 31st December 2012 will be the richest cattle class in Europe with a prize fund of €11,000. The Agility Dog competition is also a first for Iverk. This is a fun event and is open to all dogs – big or small, old or young from family pets to working dogs. We want everyone to give it a try and have fun. So if you have not yet invited your family or friends home we encourage you do so immediately.

Wednesday, 05 June 2013


Download The Homecoming Flyer

Download The Homecoming Supporting Proramme

The ‘Iverk Show Homecoming’ was officially launched at the show’s AGM last week as a Gathering Ireland 2013 project. The show aims to bring home from abroad family members who left the Barony down through the years.

A great programme of activities is being planned for the show which will be held on the Saturday the 24th August. There will be a meeting point where old friendships can be renewed.

There will be a historical exhibition of features, photographs and memorabilia. If you have anything of interest please contact the committee.

There will be a ‘Generation Game’. We are looking for someone who emigrated up to 50 or more years ago and also the most recent emigrant. We are looking for the largest family group and a four or even five generation family both of which must have at least one returned emigrant.

There will be a section for ‘Made Locally’ businesses, an ‘Iverk’s Got Talent’ competition and a Unique show jumping event. As well as the show we will produce a list of other attractions in the area that you can visit before or after the show.

All members of the committee and the community are encouraged to invite family and friends from abroad to return home for a special show in 2013.

For more information click here

Thursday, 17 January 2013



Iverk Show Showjumping Footage 2012




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