Charleville Show was founded in 1979, the driving force behind this venture was the late Canon Donal O’Driscoll. He called a meeting of a small number of interested people together, they met at Cronins Hotel in November 1978. He put forward a number of reasons why Charleville should have its own show. A lot of negative opinions were voiced on the night, as there was no tradition of a show in Charleville or the surrounding areas.
Charleville Show today boasts it is t he largest two day show in the country, it is also fortunate as members retired there have always been very enthusiastic member ready to take their place. Six members of the present committee were members of the first committee, and they are Jack Binchy, Dick Bradley, Ian Doyle, Nora Leahy, Jerry Lyons and Pat O’Riordan.
This bodes well for the future of the show, and its success can be contributed to the fact that all the members give their time and efforts on a voluntary basis. It is a Labour of Love for everybody involved.