Waterford Country Fair a Great Success

Sabina Higgins blown away by Waterford Country Fair and wonderful Curraghmore

 

Ireland’s first lady, Sabina Higgins, says she’s been absolutely blown away by Waterford Country Fair and commended the voluntary organising committee for hosting such a wonderful event in stunning Curraghmore.

Waterford Country Fair a Great Success
Pictured at the Waterford Country Fair at Curraghmore House & Gardens in Portlaw, Waterford. Pictured is Sabina Higgins meeting Georgia and Henry DeBromhead . Picture: Patrick Browne

Mrs Higgins and newly-elected MEP, Grace O’Sullivan, spent several hours at the Fair, meeting with Fair-goers and sampling the unique Waterford welcome on what was the best attended Waterford Country Fair on record. Early estimates put the crowd at over 4,500 people.

Waterford Country Fair a Great Success
Pictured at the Waterford Country Fair at Curraghmore House & Gardens in Portlaw, Waterford. Pictured is Jenny Barrett with her dogs Pearl and Ingelbert . Picture: Patrick Browne

“I’ve really had a most wonderful time,” Mrs Higgins said as she visited the equestrian arena just before she left the Fair. “People are so incredibly friendly. There’s huge interest in the various competitions, the music, craft, food and everything else on display at this Fair. I didn’t even know that Curraghmore existed until we got the invite to come. It is an extraordinary venue and a very special place.

“Waterford is so lucky to have a venue like Curraghmore and an event like the Waterford Country Fair. The walks here are amazing, the flowers are stunning. The gardens are so fabulous. Huge congratulations have to go to everyone involved and we’ve had a really unforgettable visit,” Mrs Higgins said.

Waterford Country Fair a Great Success
Pictured at the Waterford Country Fair at Curraghmore House & Gardens in Portlaw, Waterford. Pictured is Sabina Higgins in Curraghmore House with Grace O’Sullivan MEP (left) and Evelyn Dooley-Quinn Curraghmore House & Gardens tour guide. Picture: Patrick Browne

Mrs Higgins and her entourage arrived into Curraghmore over lunchtime on Sunday and enjoyed a private tour of Curraghmore House before mingling with exhibitors, chatting with entrants in the Pet Dog Show competition, visiting the Shell House and later, travelling on to the equestrian arena where she mingled with competitors, posed for pictures and chatted with the young pony club riders in particular.

Grace O’Sullivan arrived into Curraghmore having spent the morning coaching a surfing group in her native Tramore. It was her first big event since her election and she was swamped by hordes of very genuine and delighted well-wishers. “This was my first engagement as Waterford’s newly-elected MEP. I was delighted to get an invitation to join Sabina Higgins at Curraghmore for Waterford Country Fair.

Waterford Country Fair a Great Success
Pictured at the Waterford Country Fair at Curraghmore House & Gardens in Portlaw, Waterford. Pictured are Brid, Sean and James with their dog Dougie. Picture: Patrick Browne

“It was really encouraging to see and meet many of the stall-holders exhibiting their crafts and to meet lots of families – including their furry, four legged friends. Huge congratulations to all involved,” Grace O’Sullivan added.

Chief organiser, Jo Breheny, was exhausted but relieved that everything had gone to plan. “We were lucky with the weather. There were some terrible showers but people took shelter and when they passed, there was real heat in the sunshine. Having Sabina Higgins and Grace O’Sullivan with us made a very special day extra special. They are two incredible women and they were so good to come and were so exceptionally generous with their time with everyone.

Waterford Country Fair a Great Success
Pictured at the Waterford Country Fair at Curraghmore House & Gardens in Portlaw, Waterford. Pictured is Sabina Higgins with Lord Waterford at Curraghmore House. Picture: Patrick Browne

“Nothing would have been possible but for our great organising committee and our very loyal sponsors. It is hard to judge because Curraghmore is such a huge space, but I’d say we had the biggest attendance ever. We are very thankful to Waterford Hospice for coming on board as our charity partner this year and we sincerely hope that they did very well with their Buy A Brick campaign.

Waterford Country Fair a Great Success
Paul Dower of Waterford In Your Pocket supporting Waterford Hospice “Buy a Brick” Campaign. You can “Buy a Brick” at https://www.waterfordhospice.ie/fundraising/buy-a-brick

“We put a lot of time and effort into ensuring this year’s programme had something for everyone and we sincerely hope that everyone had a fun-filled, fabulous family day out. That’s what it’s all about after all,” Ms Breheny added.

Waterford Country Fair a Great Success
Pictured at the Waterford Country Fair at Curraghmore House & Gardens in Portlaw, Waterford. Pictured is Sabina Higgins in the Shell House at Curraghmore House with Evelyn Dooley-Quinn Curraghmore House & Gardens tour guide. Picture: Patrick Browne

 

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