The Kerry Bog Pony Society is delighted to announce that the sum of €7,000 has been allocated to the Kerry Bog Pony National Show, out of the once off funding of €812,000 to benefit 120 agricultural shows around Ireland, announced earlier this month by Minister Michael Ring.
When announcing this support for agricultural shows, Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, said “These shows contribute significantly to the local economies of towns and villages and their hinterlands across Ireland. This funding recognises the particular pressures being faced by smaller shows and will be a great boost to them. These shows are a real celebration of local heritage".
The money was allocated in co-ordination with the Irish Shows Association; with all the recipients of the funding being members of that association. For the last three years the KBP Society has been a member of the ISA and has organised a National Mare Championship with qualifers held at a number of other affiliated shows around Ireland, with the final being held at the National Show.
The monies can only be used to defray the costs of running the show in 2018 and cannot be carried over to an other year. Any funds not spent must be returned to the ISA to be returned to the department. Should the show not go ahead for reasons other than bad weather in 2018 then the funding in its entirety shall be returned to the ISA for recoupment to the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The sum of €49,000 was allocated to shows in Co. Kerry, with the other recipients being Blennerville Pony Society, the Kingdom County Fair in Tralee, plus Dingle, Glencar and Kilgarvan shows.
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