It’s been an action-packed summer for the Rural Support Team

Rural Support kicked off the show season at the Ballymoney Show on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June.

The sun was shining, and the local community came out in force to support the first show since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The team enjoyed being in full force and attending as many local shows as possible.

Staff member Hannah Kirkpatrick and Edwin Poots at the Ballymoney Show

From Ballymena to Castlewellan, Limavady to Clogher and everywhere in between – Rural Support were delighted to return to meeting farmers and farming families in their areas.

With shows canceled over the past two years, it was great to have in-person events again, where the team could talk, engage, and listen to those who called in to the booth and were interested in services and programs. provided by Rural Support.

Hannah Kirkpatrick, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, commented, “What a summer it has been at local shows.

“We kicked off the summer at the Ballymoney Show in June and finished it at Fermanagh just after in August.

David Brown UFU President at Rural Support stand at Castlewellan Show

“It was great to be back, talking and engaging with farmers and farm families.

“We’re so excited to be back, to see some familiar faces and to meet some new ones too.

“It was great to be at most shows this year and to see so many booth calls to say hello.”

Being back at local shows this year has allowed Rural Support to continue the fantastic work they do supporting farmers and farm families in NI.

Keelin staff member at the Clogher Valley Show

Their physical presence at shows has given many people the opportunity to ask questions and have the conversations that are essential to getting the support they need.

To find out more about the range of services and programs available from Rural Support, visit the NI Farm Support hub at or call the helpline on freephone 0800 138 1678 available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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