Donegal to feature in TG4 series on agricultural shows

DONEGAL will feature heavily in a new TG4 programme looking at the busy world of agriculture shows.

Beidh Aonach Amárach begins on the Irish language channel this Wednesday evening at 8.30pm.

With 140 agricultural shows across Ireland, the scene is hugely popular with competitors and spectators. Every year thousands of people spend months of preparation before travelling the country to take part in the competitions.


But for the first time in history all country shows have been cancelled. They have lost their weekly get-together to hail the best of the best.

Although the show will not ‘go on’, the show-people – the winners, the losers, the bakers, the potters, the craftspeople, the florists, the artists continue their obsessions.

Isabella Rowatt holding her goat on her farm in Donegal.

Throughout 2020 TG4’s cameras and crews have been capturing the stories of the people of all ages and backgrounds who vie for the top spots in an amazing range of competitions.

Described as a lively, perceptive, and entertaining lightly formatted factual entertainment series about show-people, Beidh Aonach Amárach explores their remarkable personalities, talents, brains, rivalries, trade secrets, skills and stories and asks the all-important question: What does it take to be the best?

“Travelling to the most beautiful parts of our island, we capture breathtaking footage, with beautifully directed sequences to set the scene, mood and ultimately take the viewer into the world of the rosette winners,” said a TG4 spokesperson.

John, Eileen and Eimear Ó Gallchóir jiving in their shed in Donegal.


“We learn that showing, be it animal or vegetable, can be a family tradition – our families look at their long association with this world – where they won their first rosette, where in the world they have travelled to in their pursuit of the red ribbon, how they have progressed, or not as the case may be. We see family archive, photographs of their achievements.”

Beidh Aonach Amárach – On TG4 Wednesdays from 24 February 8.30pm

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