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There is no disputing success of Lismore Agricultural Show

Rain cannot dampen enthusiasm for island’s first show in 78 years

LISMORE’S first agricultural show in 78 years was hailed a success on Saturday, and organisers promise a second one next year.

Farmers on the Isle of Lismore, which means ‘great garden’ in Gaelic, held their last show in 1938 when, depending on who you ask, it was ended by the Second World War or by an argument. ‘There was a fight last time,’ explained Anne Morton, a visitor to the island since childhood. ‘That’s why they stopped it – or that’s the story anyway.’

Laura Cook decorates her bottle of rose petal infused gin with twine.

‘I think it was over clootie dumplings or horses,’ added Mary Walker of Achanduin. ‘Even the women were pulling the buns out of each other’s hair, apparently.’

Three generations later, the best behaviour was on show, thanks partly to the UN peacekeeping hat worn by Anne’s husband Harry, who was handed a megaphone that morning and told to be MC.

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