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Balmoral Show ends with pledge to be even bigger come 2016

By Rebecca Black

Published 16/05/2015

Crowds at last day of Balmoral Show
Crowds at last day of Balmoral Show
Lynda Fleming parades a Jersey cow around the show ring
Dermott Savage from Cullyhanna with his Limousin bull
Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel handles a chick
Little Zara Kelly makes a new friend
Nichola Henry of principal sponsor Ulster Bank with a prize-winning goat at the Balmoral Show yesterday
Lisa Marie, Conor and Fiona McDonagh
Alice and Henry Perkins meet Fluff the rabbit

It was the biggest Balmoral Show in history - but organisers are determined to make next year even better.

Colin McDonald, chief of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, said it was delighted with this year's show, which is estimated to have been attended by more than 100,000 people over the three days.

He said the biggest driver to attendance was the weather, and that the sunshine this week helped bring the crowds out.

This year's show was the third on the new Maze site, and was 10% bigger than 2014 with more exhibitors, more classes in most of the livestock competitions and the new sustainable village.

Next year's show will be bigger again and unrecognisable with the new 6,000sq metre Eikon centre dominating the site.

Work has already begun on the new centre with the foundations finished just last week. The work was halted to allow the show to take place but is set to resume next Wednesday. The Eikon will be the biggest exhibition space in Northern Ireland when it is completed in September.

Mr McDonald revealed the RUAS had already received bookings for the new venue, and that it will host the organisation's Winter Fair later this year.

There are also plans to make the Eikon carbon-neutral, powering it from renewable sources including windmills, biomass and solar panels. These are part of a longer-term plan.

Mr McDonald emphasised it was not "greenwash", meaning only green on the surface, but passionate about bringing green energy on to the site. But the work is all dependent on the flow of finance from the redevelopment of the show's old site in Balmoral in south Belfast.

The RUAS is retaining the front section of the site while the rest is being redeveloped, around half for housing and half for commerce, with the possibility of a major hotel group coming on board. Planning permission has been obtained with signs expected to appear at the site next week.

Balmoral Show - Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel holds a chick Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Balmoral Show - Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel holds a chick Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Hohn Elliott and Paul Fraine from Newtownsteawrt with a Soler Cow and Bull Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Gladiator the Saler Bull Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Dermott Savage from Cullyhanna with his Limosin Bull Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Lynda Fleming from Potters Walls Jerseys Seaforde Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ian McLean from Bushmills showing an Ayrshire cow Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Gladiator the Saler Bull Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
. Balmoral Show Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Balmoral Show - Zara Kelly Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - David Armstrong Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel holds a chick Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Balmoral Show - Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel holds a chick Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Balmoral Show - Ulster Bank volunteer Cora Ward with Kirsty Rodgers, Rhys Rodgers and Troy Rodgers Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - Caoimhe and Aoife McKillop Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - Frazer and Ista Mattran with their Mother Linda Mattran Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015 Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alexandra Robinson on Callie LVS Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alexandra Robinson on Callie LVS Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Vanessa McDonald on Vanessas Pride Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alexandra Robinson on Callie LVS Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alexandra Robinson on Callie LVS ?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015 Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alister Barr on Colt Forty Five
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alister Barr on Colt Forty Five, Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Vanessa McDonald on Vanessas Pride Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Naomi Wilson riding Lucy Oliver Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow riding Turlough Cavalier Clover Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow riding Turlough Cavalier Clover Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow riding Turlough Cavalier Clover Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow riding Turlough Cavalier Clover Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Naomi Wilson riding Lucy Oliver Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Joe Harris riding Coppindell Concorde Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Lorraine McGuinness riding Russian Gold Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Keith Cullen riding Strattenstown Eliah Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Keith Cullen riding Strattenstown Eliah Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Lynda Fleming from Potters Walls Jerseys Seaforde Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Keith Cullen riding Strattenstown Eliah Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Lorraine McGuinness riding Russian Gold Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Holy Loughlin,Rebecca McCutcheon,Hanna Moore and Grace Irwin from Castlederg Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Rebecca McWhinney fon Ballylar Brandy in tne Conemara six years and over Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Connolly Red Mills International Spectacular. Lt David Power on Dollanstown Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Mali Hughes from Derry with Dad Desmond holding a carpet python Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Jeremy Aiken from Dromara with his Limousin bull Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Judge Jim Barber pictured as he judges the Limousin Bulls Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Nigel Walsh and Elvina Graham from Ulster bank pictured with Christian McManus sampling some of the products at the show from McComicks market place Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Commercial Beef Champion Gareth Corry Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Robert Simpson and Charlie neill from Corrys celebrate after taking first price in the commercial beef section. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Commercial Beef Champion Gareth Corry Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Nigel Walsh and Elvina Graham from Ulster bank pictured sampling some of the products at the show from McComicks market place Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Jeremy Aiken from Dromara with his Limousin bull Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Frank Reid with reserve Champion Irish Moyle Heffer Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Judge Jim Barber pictured as he judges the Limousin Bulls Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Judge Jim Barber pictured as he judges the Limousin Bulls Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Johnny Aiken from Dromara with his Limousin cow Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Robert McWilliams from Swatra with his Charlie Bull Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
14 May 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Bell announces new Agri-Food Competence Centre: Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced the establishment of a ??6.7million Northern Ireland Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre (AFQCC). Jonathan Bell made the announcement at Balmoral Show, where he is pictured with Prof. Chris Elliot, Queen??s University Belfast and Michael Bell, NIFDA.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Elvina Graham and Richard Donnan from Ulster bank pictured with Deputy First Minister Martin Maginness. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Sheep shearing competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Paul McCaighy dressed as 'Sean the Sheep' during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Entertainers at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Entertainers at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye William Nelson from Roslea Co Fermanagh showing his Simmental during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye First Minister Peter Robinson enjoying the good weather with an ice cream during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Donkeys's on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Hauyacaa Alpacas during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Cattle on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Sheep being judged at the show rings during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Cattle on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Sheep prepare for the sheep shearing during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Entertainers at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Secretary of State Theresa Villiers walking with Colin McDonald , Chief Executive RUAS during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank - The Secretary of State Theresa Villiers MP visited the stand of principal sponsor Ulster Bank at the Balmoral Show, where she met Ellvena Graham, Head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, as well as staff and customers.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Horses getting cleaned up at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Donkeys's on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Horses getting cleaned up at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Donkeys's on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Horses on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Sheep shearing competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Exhibitor Josh Wainwright and one of his cows are all ears during the final preparations for the Balmoral Show which starts today
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the crowds queuing at the entrance to Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Louise and Tom Agnew from Dundalk with Daperhill Gaby a Limousim at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Farmers parade their prized beef in the cattle judging.
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Quotum ridden by Melanie Davidson
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Mouse C ridden by Tara Dunne
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. CMS ridden by Conor McEneaney
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Crucio SR ridden by Rebecca Patterson
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Dyolita ridden by Shannon Mackenzie
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. The showjumping in the main arena gets an early start.
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Quotum ridden by Melanie Davidson
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. The showjumping in the main arena gets an early start.
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Crucio SR ridden by Rebecca Patterson
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Prize giving at the horse judging.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Farmers prepare their cattle ahead of the judging.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Farmers prepare their cattle ahead of the judging.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Margaret McQuiston from Ballynahinch prepares Glamorous a Brigadoon Charolais at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Margaret McQuiston from Ballynahinch prepares Glamorous a Brigadoon Charolais at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Lucy (8) and Annabel (5) from Moy Dungannon dressed for first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Alfie Neo Keightley aged 2 from Portadown in a hugh shovel of a CAT Wheel Loader during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Jack Mcfadden, aged 3 from Banbridge help out with his fathers Hampshire Downs Sheep during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Michelle Dunniece from Mourne Alpacas, Dromara which uses the wool from Hauyacaa Alpacas during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Thelma Gorman from Armagh with Woodford Penny a Simmental at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Christine Murphy from Dromara with Jaguar a Charolais at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Colin McDonald , Chief Executive RUAS during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the crowds queuing at the entrance to Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Albert Connolly from Ballynahinch prepares his cattle before judging at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Albert Connolly from Ballynahinch prepares his cattle before judging at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Albert Connolly from Ballynahinch prepares his cattle before judging at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

"We have just signed off on the final agreement with Hillmark Blue Horizon, the developer building the proposed 140 homes at the Harberton Park end of the site," he said. "The housing development will take in 16 acres of the King's Hall complex.

"I can also confirm that the King's Hall and the remaining 16 acres are being actively marketed at the present time."

When asked about whether a new link road will be built to make the site more accessible, he said that was a matter for the site as a whole, and insisted that the show was able to handle its traffic without a problem.

Earlier in the week First Minister Peter Robinson (above) had blamed Sinn Fein for blocking the building of a new road to link the Maze site with the nearby motorway.

But Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness hit back, claiming Sinn Fein had kept its side of the bargain by backing the moving of the Balmoral Show to the Maze site, but that the DUP had let it down by not backing the creation of a peace-building centre at the Maze.

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