Pavilion too unsafe for show goers
THE 2013 flood has claimed one more victim with the Killarney show pavilion being declared unsafe by insurance assessors.
Killarney Show Society secretary Maurice Thomson said the pavilion was too old to withstand the force of the flood.
"Really it was a case of the final straw for the structure of the pavilion," Mr Thomson said.
"Four floods in five years didn't help an ageing building which has long needed a major overhaul."
Stumps damaged by termites in the past have washed out of position and others are showing their age, leaving the soundness of the building in doubt.
"We cannot take any risks with the safety of our patrons so the old pavilion will not be used for this year's show," Mr Thomson said.
"Fortunately, we have a wonderful facility over the road in the Killarney Rec Club which will host the pavilion and some new displays.
"Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will be still be available but not from the traditional supper room facility."
The old building has already had a brush with destruction during the Killarney's 1968 tornado when all but the stumps and floor boards were ripped away.
"Right now we are focussed on holding a successful 101st show and, after that, we will consult the Killarney community to decide what the future of the pavilion will be."
The Killarney Show will be held on February 22-24.