Armagh Show


Posted 17th March 2017

Show chairman Stephen Hamilton welcomed Trevor Lockhart, CEO Fane Valley, to the Armagh County Show Annual General Meeting held in the Charlemont Arms Hotel Armagh. A full complement of Committee members attended the event to elect the officers for the coming year and to begin the officialdom for the annual show to be held in Gosford Forest Park on Saturday 10th June 2017.  Following the Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports, Trevor Lockhart conducted the election of officers for the year 2017/2018.

Fane Valley has been a major sponsor for three years and a valued supporter of Armagh Show, Trevor delighted the committee by pledging their continued sponsorship for 2017 and in the immediate future. He then gave an informative and enlightening presentation on the key role Fane Valley plays within our community, their recent investments in the “World of Food” and his views on the where the company stood after the recent Brexit referendum vote.

Show Chairman, Stephen Hamilton thanked Trevor, for attending and the meeting closed with supper.  Trade Stands entries are now open online and any other details about this year’s Armagh County Show can be obtained by contacting the secretary at 02837522333 or emailing


IMG_0035Fane Valley CEO Trevor Lockhart (left) chats with Chairman Stephen Hamilton (right) about the poultry situation. Sharing in the conversation are the poultry secretaries Mervyn Elliott (center left) and Guy Richardson (center right).

Posted 8th February 2017

2017 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Armagh County Show will be held in the Charlemont Arms Hotel on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 8.00pm.  Everyone welcome … especially new members.  Guest Speaker: Mr Trevor Lockhart, CEO Fane Valley.


Posted 2nd June 2016


SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland) is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming Armagh County Agricultural Show on Saturday 11th June in Gosford Forest Park.   SONI runs and develops the high voltage electricity grid and is supporting several classes from beef and dairy, sheep and pigs, to the Best Dressed Lady and Gent!

The sponsorship announcement comes as SONI strives to build an understanding of the work it undertakes in keeping the lights on 24/7 and also in developing Northern Ireland’s grid to support growth in the economy, through projects like the proposed North South Interconnector.

Working in partnership with the agricultural community is at the heart of SONI’s grid development work as Fergal Keenan, the company’s Agricultural Liaison Officer explains:

“We are excited to be part of this year’s Armagh County Agricultural Show. For us it is about giving little bit back to the farmers who we work with day-in-day-out.

“Projects like the North South Interconnector are vital, but we couldn’t progress them without the support of the farming and agricultural community.  By taking part in the Armagh County Agricultural Show; by sponsoring classes right across the sector we hope that we can help support farmers and their equally vital industry.

“Our new outreach mobile will be at the show, we hope that anyone with concerns about the North South Interconnector, or any of our other projects, will drop by. We are here to listen and to answer your questions.”

Steven Hamilton, Chairman of Armagh County Agricultural Show is pleased to be welcoming the new sponsor: “We are pleased to have SONI onboard as a new key partner to the show. We hope that we can help the agricultural and local community to better understand what SONI does and encourage anyone with questions or concerns about any of SONI’s projects to meet the team at the show.  This initiative is about supporting dialogue and building relationships and that can only be a good thing.”

Posted 23rd Feb 2016

The following Irish Shows Association (ISA) Qualifiers have been allocated for 2016

  • Castlewellan All-Ireland Colt/Gelding
  • Bannow & Rathangan 3YO Horse Championship
  • Moate Filly Foal
  • Bridgetown Yearling Filly
  • H & A Galway & Gain Colt Foal
  • Roscommon RID Yearling Filly
  • Leitrim Draught Breeders
  • Limerick RID 2YO Filly
  • Bonniconlon RID 3YO Mare
  • West Cork Horse Breeders
  • Iverk All-Ireland Broodmare & Foal
  • Ballinasloe 2YO Connemara Filly
  • Castlewellan British Blue Young Bull Championship
  • Clogher Valley Continental Sheep
  • Tullamore All-Ireland Home Baking Championship
  • Castleblaney Bread Making Championship
  • Moate Show Harvest Teatime Tray
  • Eyrecourt Show Christmas Baking Championship
  • Virginia Show Painting Championship
  • Swinford Male & Female Bantam Championship

The following Northern Ireland Show Association (NISA) Qualifiers have been allocated for 2016

  • Linden Foods Beef Heifer – Final at Fermanagh County Show
  • McLarnon’s Feeds Dairy Cow – Final at Clogher Valley Show
  • Bank of Ireland Junior Bull – Final at Antrim Show
  • Danske Bank Sheep Championship – Final at Co Londonderry Show
  • A N Irwin Clydesdale Championship

Posted 22nd Feb 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Armagh County Show will be held in the Charlemont Arms Hotel on Thursday 25th February 2016 at 8.00pm.  Everyone welcome … especially new members.  Guest Speaker: Mr Ian Marshall, President of the Ulster Farmers Union.


Posted 2nd April 2015: 

Fane Valley recently announced plans to become the headline sponsor to Armagh County Agricultural Show. The support for the annual family Show will commence from Saturday 13th June 2015 until 2018 and once again reinforces Fane Valley’s close relationships in the rural and local community. 

The Armagh Show is one of the oldest and standout dates in the County calendar and has grown significantly over the years with its re-location to the beautiful backdrop of Gosford Forest Park. The show each year endeavours to broaden its appeal and add to its vast selection of attractions and family festivities.

Speaking at the launch Trevor Lockhart, Fane Valley – Chief Executive said: “Fane Valley is very excited to become Principal Sponsor to Armagh Show for the next three years. This wonderful family event has gone from strength to strength and is a testament to the commitment and dedication of their members and volunteers.   We feel it is the correct time to increase our sponsorship for the show and where we can, help support the vision for its growth over the coming years.”

Stephen Hamilton – Armagh County Show Chairman commented:  “We are very proud to be able to announce Fane Valley as our lead sponsor. Fane Valley is a major player in the agri-food industry and have long and established relationships with many of our farming and local communities. Fane Valley is no stranger to the show and has contributed to our success over the years. So it’s great that they have officially came onboard as headline sponsor.  This new partnership is a perfect fit for the show and the committee and I are delighted to work with Fane Valley over the coming years.”

Posted 14th Feb. 2015 (Updated 7/3/15):  NI Shows Association (NISA) & Irish Shows Association (ISA) Qualifiers allocated to Armagh County Show in 2015 are as follows:

NISA Qualifiers

  • McLarnon’s Feeds Dairy Championship – Final at Antrim Show
  • Linden Foods Pedigree Beef Heifer – Final at Fermanagh County Show
  • Bank of Ireland Pedigree Junior Bull – Final at Clogher Valley Show
  • Danske Bank Sheep Championship – Final at Antrim Show
  • Co Londonderry Horse Breeding Society Clydesdale Championship

ISA Qualifiers

  • Castlewellan Show All-Ireland Yearling Colt/Gelding Championship
  • Bannow & Rathangan 3 YO Horse Championship
  • Roscommon  ID Yearling Filly Chammpionship
  • Limerick Show ID 2 YO Filly Championship
  • Bonniconlon ID 3 YO Mare Championship
  • Castlewellan British Blue Bull Championship
  • Clogher Valley  NI Continental Sheep Final
  • Trim Show All-Ireland Goat Championship
  • Swinford Show All-Ireland Male & Female Bantam Championship
  • Bonniconlon All-Ireland Domestic Arts Championship
  • Galway Show Mince Pies Championship
  • Castleblaney All-Ireland Bread Baking Championship
  • Moate Show Harvest Teatime Tray
  • Tullamore Oldum’s Youth All-Ireland Home Baking Championship
  • Virginia Show Fleetwood Paints Amateur Painting Competition

In addition, the joint competitions with Tydavnet Show will continue to run in 2015:

  • Open First Ridden Pony
  • Brood Mare likely to produce a hunter
  • Working Hunter Horse & Pony Championships

Posted 1st Jan 2015:  We are up and running again in 2015 and have a new office.  All correspondence should be directed to Armagh County Show Office, Unit 20 Armagh Business Centre, 2 Loughgall Road, Armagh  BT61 7NH  Tel: 028 37 522333

Parking information – added on 13 June 2014  Parking is free at the Armagh County Show. In the morning, vehicles can enter via the main front gate and at the entrance on the Mullabrack Road (the road to Richhill & Portadown) to the parking areas on the show grounds.

Once the parking on the grounds is full, there is free parking on the site of the old Gosford House Hotel and in the Masonic Hall carpark opposite … these parks are located in Markethill close to the main entrance. There will also be free parking in fields close to the Mullaghbrack Road gate where visitors can enjoy a short walk past Gosford Castle to the Show. In addition, cars can be parked in the Free Presbyterian Church on the Tandragee Road and in fields nearby.

No parking on the hard shoulder on the main Armagh/Newry Road. Follow the signs and stewards’ directions to the closest park and the shortest walk!

Please note that entrance for livestock vehicles on the Mullaghbrack Road will not be past the Gosford Castle apartments this year but through the forest and exit from the the Show Grounds will be via the Tandragee Road gate.

Posted 22nd March 2014:  The full list of Committee Members and Office Bearers are listed on the Members page.  If anyone has been missed out, please contact the Show Office.  If you wish to add your name to the members list, please contact the Secretary at 07919 123648.

Posted 20th Feb 2014: Irish Shows Association Qualifiers which were allocated to Armagh County Show at the ISA Northern Regional meeting held in the Ballinderry Inn on 19th Feb. are listed below:

  • The Castlewellan British Blue Young Bull Championship
  • Clogher Valley Continental Sheep Championship
  • Bannow & Rathangan 3YO Horse Championship
  • Bantry 3YO Filly Championship
  • Kildysart 2YO Filly Championship
  • Scariff Yearling Filly Championship
  • Castlewellan Show  “Search for a Star” Young Horse Championship
  • Roscommon RID Yearling Filly Championship
  • Leitrim Irish Draught Breeders Championship
  • Limerick RID 2YO Filly Championship
  • Bonniconlon 3YO RID Mare Championship
  • Ballinasloe RID Colt Foal Championship
  • Ballinasloe RID Filly Foal Championship
  • Pegus All Ireland Mare Championship Ballinasloe
  • 2YO Connemara Filly/Mare of the Future Championship, Ballinasloe
  • All Ireland Domestic Arts Competition
  • Castleblaney All Ireland Bread Making Championship
  • Swinford All-Ireland Female Bantam Chicken Championship
  • Virginia Show All-Ireland Amateur Painting Competition

Posted 1st January 2014:  A New Year beckons  … the Armagh County Show is preparing for 2014 and is now open for business!  The Show Office is open for Sponsors and Trade Stand queries and any other ….
Contact : 028 3752 4238 or 07919 123648

CUP WINNERS 2013:  Due to the bereavement of two valued members of the Armagh County Show Society, the Annual Dinner and Prize Distribution will not be held this year.
Cup winners in 2013 will be notified shortly of the arrangements to collect their trophies.
If you hold an Armagh Show Trophy presented last year or in previous years, please return it to the Show Office as soon as possible so that we can present it to the 2013 winners.  Contact the Show Office at: 028 3752 4238 if you anticipate problems in returning the trophy.  Your prompt co-operation in this matter will be much appreciated

Posted 10th June 2013: Armagh County Show Sat. 8th June 2013: What a fantastic day we had … record entries and crowds made all our efforts worthwhile  ….. and of course, the brilliant sunshine had a part to play!  Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and everyone who attended.  Hope to see you all next year …. make a date in your diary and don’t miss it!