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.