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Newry Show is looking your old photographs and memorabilia from shows gone by to help them mount an exhibition celebrating the show's 150th Anniversary.

The Show has received £8,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the exciting project which aims to collect the stories and memories of the show through the past 150 years showing its contribution to the community of Newry rural and urban.

The Newry Agricultural Show Committee in the 1980's. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Newry Agricultural Show Committee in the 1980's. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Newry Show is calling on those who have any connections with the show to hunt out old pictures, videos, past programs, memorabilia that may be hiding at the back of a drawer or in the attic. The Show plan to launch the exhibition on show day Saturday 30th June at Newry Rugby Club.

Kyle Henry Show Chairman said “This is a great opportunity for Newry Show and the local community to celebrate 150 years of Showing in the Newry area. The Show is looking forward to all the memories of past shows that local people will bring to us. We already have some lovely examples of photographs thanks to the Gordon family who have been connected to the show for many years. We are grateful to Heritage Lottery Fund for their support that will enable us to set up a professional exhibition and conserve this important heritage”

Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in NI added “We were delighted to fund this project which will explore the heritage of the Newry Show. Agriculture and rural heritage is a really rich part of NI’s diverse heritage. The project was funded through the Sharing Heritage programme which offers grants up to £10,000 to help communities explore their local heritage. It is thanks to all of you who play the National Lottery that we can continue to fund projects that are important to local communities”

A Hoof and Hook Competition at Newry Show in the 1980's. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
A Hoof and Hook Competition at Newry Show in the 1980's. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The Heritage Lottery Fund grant  will enable the show to hire a researcher to lead this project and mount a professional exhibition. The Show is being assisted by  Newry and Mourne Museum and it is planned that the exhibition will tour local libraries community venues and other shows through the summer.

Agricultural shows are an important part of local heritage. They are vibrant and living examples of the importance of farming to the rural economy and life. This collection of memorabilia, stories and artefacts will help record that influence through the past 150 years and set the show up for the future. The material collected will be made available to the local museum for use in the future.

If you have any stories, photographs or artefacts please contact the Show on their facebook page or Michelle Moloney who is undertaking the research

Email Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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