There was much disappointment in Ballinamore this week when the annual Agricultural Show had to be cancelled due to “terrible ground conditions.”
The popular agricultural show was celebrating it’s 52nd anniversary this year, but a halt was put to the celebrations early Monday morning when an inspection of the field on the Golf Links Road out of Ballinamore was found to be flooded.
Brendan Burns of Ballinamore Agricultural Show Committee told the paper that “over an inch and a half of rain fell in Ballinamore” on Sunday/ Monday with thunderstorms, making ground conditions unsuitable for machinery, tents and public access.
The home and industries competitions were moved to the sports complex and the dog show was held in St Felims on Tuesday, August 13, but all horse, cattle and sheep competitions were “abandoned.”
The animal judging competition will not be held on a different date this year.
The Ballinamore Agricultural Committee and team had a busy day Monday as they set about contacting all those registered for the show to inform them that the show had been cancelled.
Brendan Burns said it is not the first time Ballinamore Show has had to be cancelled due to flooding and bad weather - but all they can do now is hope for better luck next year.
The heavy rain over the weekend and on Sunday night/ Monday morning especially was felt all over the county, with localised flooding on roads reported in several areas.
The weather was also responsible for affecting some broadband connections, Net 1 Broadband on Monday reported that “Extremely heavy rain (over 16mm/hr) is causing problems all across Cavan Monaghan Fermanagh and Leitrim” some broadband users lost connection for periods of time on Monday.
Sadly there seems to be no indications of an Indian Summer - the rest of the week into the weekend is forecasted to bring heavy rain and windy conditions, with Met Eireann warning ”The rain will cause some localised flooding.”