TORRENTIAL WEATHER HAS forced the closure of Friday and Saturday’s events at one of Ireland’s oldest agricultural shows.
“We’ve had non stop rain and thunder showers” a source at the Cork Summer Show told TheJournal.ie.
We can’t set up trade stands so we’ve had no choice.
Met Eireann has forecast that 3 inches of rain will fall in Cork today, with winds of 31 km/h.
All events are still planned to go ahead on Sunday, except for the interschool jumping events and pony club games. Winds are expected to slow to 9km/h.
Organised by the Munster Agricultural Society, the show has drawn crowds since 1842 with a heady mix of machinery exhibits, livestock shows and everything from cookery demonstrations to fruit and vegetable displays.
This years show was planned to take place in Curaheen, a 126 acre farm bought earlier this year from receiver PWC.
According to the Irish Examiner, the farm was bought for somewhere between €3m and €4m, about €24,000 per acre. In 2005, builder John Fleming purchased it for a jaw dropping €17m, just short of €135,000 per acre.