Killarney resident Gordon Goodwin samples the best of the Killarney Show with his grandchildren Riley and Madeline.
Killarney resident Gordon Goodwin samples the best of the Killarney Show with his grandchildren Riley and Madeline. KERRI BURNS-TAYLOR

Families steal the show

A TRIP to the Killarney Show proved to be the perfect family outing at the weekend with an atmosphere of fun and excitement appealing to all members of the family.

Killarney Show Society secretary Jamie Mackenzie said this year they wanted to put the emphasis back on families.

He said the program was inclusive of all members of the family and he was pleased with the weekend event's success.

“We were very happy with the crowds. Although it was very hot, some people did leave early but came back later,” he said.

The show was officially opened at 2pm on Saturday by Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, who lived in the Killarney area “on and off” until the age of 11.

His parents, Jim and Heather, were long-term residents who only recently left the area.

Lt Gen Gillespie said he still felt a strong connection to the Killarney area and had no hesitation when asked to open the event

He said as he was inching closer to Killarney early on Saturday morning he had to prepare himself for “that glimpse of the valley”.

“The splendour of the sight I saw is something that is indescribable,” he said.

Killarney grandfather Gordon Goodwin relished the opportunity to attend the event with his grandchildren Riley and Madeline from Warwick.


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