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Tydavnet Show 2016 Launch

The launch of the 65th Tydavnet Show to be held on Saturday, August 20th 2016 was held in Tydavnet Community Centre on Wednesday June 15th. Show committee members, friends and sponsors gathered for a tasty supper followed by the formalities. Barry Sherry was Master of Ceremonies for the occasion. Barry thanked all for coming to the event, he passed on apologies from various people. including the reigning Show Queen, Sinead McCarey, and from other Show organisations, he welcomed representatives from other show committees, he thanked the Ladies for providing the supper which was sponsored by Charlie's Meats, and he called on Peggy Treanor, Chairperson of the Show committee to address the gathering. She extended thanks to all who make the Show the success it is and thanked the committee members and all the workers for their dedication and enthusiasm. Her biggest thanks went to all the people who attend the Show, without whom the Show could not exist.  She also wished a speedy recovery to Pat McArdle who is currently in hospital. Barry gave some details regarding the 2016 Schedule of Events as published and distributed and contains a few new and added sections. Barry stated that they hope to have the Show under way on August 20th at 10.00am and that the programme will finish in the evening with the 'Fittest Family' competition which was a great success last year. He then introduced the Guest Speaker, who was Tony Ward from Lough Egish. Tony lost his sight while in his mid twenties. Before that he qualified as an accountant and played football for Aughnamullen. He had to adjust to life without sight and went on to run a number of marathons and cycled in numerous events. He was reared on a farm and is a Monaghan man, all of which qualifies him as a suitable person to perform the Launch. Tony began by recalling some of the 'hidings' Aughnamullen received at the hands of Scotstown teams while he was playing and now finds himself in enemy territory. He went on to show how he does not like the word 'inspirational' in relation to what he has achieved and he likened his struggle and efforts to continue with his life's work despite his problems with the survival of the Tydavnet Show for 65 years. How an event like this in a small rural community, which, he jokingly stated, is 'not the centre of the Universe' could become the major event that it is from that original idea and be sustained for the past 64 years took hard work and dedication and a lot of time and effort. Many do not realise the amount of time and hard work which goes on behind the scenes and stated that all success comes more from hard work than from anything else. He told how he got great encouragement and direction from working on the farm in his spare time and it helped him to deal with his blindness. He said that rural communities are unique and thanked the Tydavnet Show for preserving and enhancing rural life and community spirit. He wished the Show well and hoped that the sun would shine on August 20th. Tony now works for an organisation called 'The Wheel' and spoke about the National Rural Network organisation, which is doing great work fo Rural communities. He was then asked to present the prizes to the top three winners of the Annual Art competition and the winning Art piece is used as cover for the Schedule. The winners were: 1st - Aoife Genoe; 2nd - Grace Kelly; and 3rd - Eimear Treanor.