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Looking Back: Some brilliant photos from the Ossory Show in 2005

Padraig Lowry, Bill Brophy and Conor O'Neill

The Ossory Show is one of the most prestigious and long-running agircultural shows in the country and it takes place again this weekend in Rathdowney.

The event attracts competitors all over the country across a variety of categories and always makes for a great family day out.

One man who is part of the furniture is local photographer Alf Harvey who is on site from early morning every year – capturing a selection of images of prize winners, attendees and organisers.

And this week we stumbled across his coverage of the show in 2005. They make for great viewing!

In the mid Noughties, the Ossory Show organisers ran into a bit of a problem with sheduling difficulties as their big day clashed with Laois in the Leinster football final in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2006 they took the decision to put it back a week to avoid another potential clash if Laois got to the final.

That year, however, Laois were beaten in the semi-final but in an awful stroke of misfortune for the committee, Laois were then drawn to play Offaly in Round 4 of the All Ireland Qualifiers on the same day.

In any case, these 2005 photos will bring people back in time. Many attendees did have their county colours on and the game was shown on a big screen – but there was also a selection of families enjoying the day, prize cattle, award-winning bakers and much more.

As always, the images will bring memories flooding back for those featured.

This year’s Ossory Show takes place this Sunday, July 22, in Rathdowney.

Elaine Treacy, Portarlington and Anael Champy, France checking out the stock
Prize winners in the Easy Feeds Australian High Jump at the Ossory Show on Sunday, from left: Ger McBrian with Zack 2nd; Marty Phelan, organiser; Jessica Lalor with Jake of the Burgery 1st and Sorcha Hennessy with Sheppie 3rd.
James Fogarty and ‘Charlie’ from Knock, Roscrea
Helena Scott, Rathdowney (left) has some help from Mairead Ryan and Julie Delaney with her prize winning baking
Most suitably dressed lady Catherine Walsh, Rathdowney
Judges Eugene McDonough, Kathleen Broderick and Noreen Byrne
Morgan Cashin, Durrow at the Ossory Show
Lily Lennon, Grace Lennon, Mary Killeen with Jack and Mairead Killeen, Cullohill
Laurence Campion, Knockaroo, entertaining the attendance
Bernie, Alan, Rebecca and Conor Wall, Killadooley
Helena Cody and Betty Stanley
Enjoying the bumpers
Padraig Lowry, Bill Brophy and Conor O’Neill
Pat, Anne, Sorcha, Cliodhna and Grainne Meehan, Rathdowney with on of their Belgian Blues
Cheering Laois on in the football on TV at the Ossory Show
Veronica Phelan and Sky from Rathdowney
Billy Mansfield calling out the classes
Gillian, Rachel and Alan Barton, Rathdowney
Joanne Davy, Kieran Ryan and Noelle Russell
Grainne, Rachel and Jenny Hyland
Canice, Carmel, Gerry and Matthew Gorman; Aaron Minogue, Dion Landy, Julie McMahon and Adam Gorman
Clifford and Ann Roe, Ballacolla
Kathleen Bergin, Marjorie Phelan and Holli
Prize winners in the Little Miss Ossory at the Ossory Show on Sunday. From left: Rebecca Johnston, Toomevara, 3rd; Grace Hayes, Rathdowney 1st and Zara Sargent, Templemore, 2nd.
Linda and Ethan Hayes, Rathdowney 

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