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  1. If you intend to try to qualify for one of the two big race finals or one of the three Five Nations Showing Finals to be staged at the 40th Anniversary ALL IRELAND GAME FAIR at Shanes Castle, Antrim on the 23/24 June PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE SHOW YOU ARE GOING TO HAS QUALIFIERS FOR THESE FINALS. It is disappointing if your dog wins a championship and you find you haven't qualified. We cannot grant qualifying status retrospectively.
  2. Please note other than the Master McGrath and Mick the Miller racing finals and the Five Nations Whippet, Lurcher and Terrier Championships all races and show classes for the 30th Annual ALL Ireland Championships at Shanes Castle are entry 'on the day'. You can have a final chance to qualify for the Five Nations Finals as the Champion or Res Champion in the show at Shanes. PLEASE ALSO NOTE : IF YOU ARE HOPING TO QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS OF THESE COMPETITIONS CAN YOU MAKE SURE THE SHOW YOUR ARE ATTENDING HAS QUALIFIERS. WE ARE SORRY BUT WE CANNOT GRANT A RETROSPECTIVE QUALIFIER IF YOUR DOG IS A CHAMPION AT A SHOW THAT HAS NOT APPLIED FOR QUALIFYING STATUS.
  3. GREAT GAME FAIRS OF IRELAND PRE QUALIFIED CHAMPIONSHIPS , SHANES CASTLE, ANTRIM 23rd&24th JUNE Due to the ROI and NI Fairs being combined in this special 40th anniversary year and also the fact that with the current inclement weather we recognise that there are likely to be fewer opportunities to qualify dogs for these premier championships we have decided to make the following changes to qualifications for 2018 : RACING 23rd June 1.Master Mc Grath Challenge for Elite Lurchers : Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and Champion Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Reserve Champion Coat Qualification: Two dogs to qualify at each qualifying event PLUS all those dogs which ran at Shanes Castle in 2017 are qualified to run again. Dogs running in the Master McGrath can also run in the All Ireland Championship Open Racing. 2. Mick the Miller Challenge for Traditional lurchers : must not be whippet x greyhound and must not be more than ¾ greyhound breeding. Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and Champion’s Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Reserve Champion Coat Qualification: Two dogs to qualify at each qualifying event PLUS all those dogs which ran at Birr Castle in 2017 are qualified to run again. Dogs running in the Mick the Miller can also run in the All Ireland Championship Open Racing. Showing 24th June FIVE NATIONS SHOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS SUNDAY 24th JUNE 3. RED MILLS Five Nations Terrier Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. Qualification: Two dogs to qualify at each qualifying event PLUS all those dogs which actually competed at Shanes Castle in 2017 are qualified to show again. Champion and Res Champion at Shanes Castle will also qualify for the final. 4. RED MILLS Five Nations Lurcher Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. Qualification: Two dogs to qualify at each qualifying event PLUS all those dogs which actually competed at Birr Castle in 2017 are qualified to show again. Champion and Res Champion at Shanes Castle will also qualify for the final. 5. FEEDWELL Five Nations Whippet Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat Two dogs to qualify at each qualifying event. Champion and Res Champion at Shanes Castle will also qualify for the final. There will also be a special Directors Challenge: the top two Whippets on the day v top two under Under 21" lurchers on the day . Whippets get 5 Metres. Challenge winner £50 and Special Trophy Best other Breed £25 and Special Trophy
  4. Special ferry rates confirmed and GB residents get FREE admission!
  5. IN 2018, for one year only, the GREAT GAME FAIRS of Ireland team have combined their ROI event ( Previously at BIRR CASTLE) and the NI events into one very special 40th ANNIVERSARY ALL IRELAND Game Fair to take place at Shanes Castle, Antrim on the 23rd & 24th June. All facets of the event have been extended and enhanced including the competitions with specially 'ruby enhanced' trophies to be won outright. The ROI Game Fair will return to a new larger venue in the Irish Midlands on the 24/25 August 2019. In order that the 2018 ALL IRELAND EVENT at Shanes Castle, Antrim attract the largest possible audience from all over Ireland and the UK and recognising the cost of travelling the organisers are offering discounted admission of just €5 to members of the sporting organisations in the ROI ( NARGC & CAI members show their card at the gate to get this rate/anglers have a special licence voucher) and GB residents get FREE admission and discounted ferry rates through our Irish Countrysports Diaspora https://www.(!64.56:886/groups/179089859337654/ Accommodation s available in the area from £25 pn. All of our competitions and especially our working dog competitions have fabulous trophies and prizes. The fair will host the largest working dog weekend in Ireland including huge international gundog events and the 30th Annual All Ireland Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet Racing & Showing Championships ( these are open to all with entry on the days - Racing Saturday 23rd June and Showing 24th June 2018). There are also Ferret Showing & Racing Championships on the Sunday. There are FIVE pre qualified INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS where competitors can qualify at shows throughout the UK and Ireland and SHOW ORGANISERS are invited to apply for these qualifiers: EMAIL irishgamefair@btinternet.com for details. SATURDAY 23 June 2018 The Master Mc Grath Challenge for Elite Lurchers : Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and winners Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Runner Up Coat. Two qualifiers at each show ( the over and under 23" dogs). See Trophy below - still to be mounted. The Mick the Miller Challenge for Traditional lurchers Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and winners Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Runner Up Coat. (Two qualifiers at each qualifying show ) SUNDAY 24th JUNE FIVE NATIONS Championships starting at 5.00pm Sunday 24th June in the Main Arena under a THREE JUDGE SYSTEM ( different judges to the breed judges at the All Ireland Championships over the weekend) RED MILLS Five Nations Terrier Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & aWinners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. FEEDWELL Five Nations Whippet Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & a Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat RED MILLS Five Nations Lurcher Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat ,a Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. For this year the top two dogs at each qualifying show qualify plus the Champion and Reserve ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS from the ALL Ireland Show at Shanes Castle. And a special Directors Challenge: top two Whippets v top two under Under 21" lurchers. Whippets get Five Metres. Challenge winner £50 and Special Trophy Best other Breed £25 and Special Trophy To get a flavour of this very special event see our video 'Forty Years of Irish Game Fairs' https://player.vimeo.com/video/258116515 Come to Shanes Castle to help demonstrate the support for country sports in Ireland and be part of Irish fieldsports history!
  6. IN 2018, for one year only, the GREAT GAME FAIRS of Ireland team have combined their ROI event ( Previously at BIRR CASTLE) and the NI events into one very special 40th ANNIVERSARY ALL IRELAND Game Fair to take place at Shanes Castle, Antrim on the 23rd & 24th June. All facets of the event have been extended and enhanced including the competitions with specially 'ruby enhanced' trophies to be won outright. The ROI Game Fair will return to a new larger venue in the Irish Midlands on the 24/25 August 2019. In order that the 2018 ALL IRELAND EVENT at Shanes Castle, Antrim attract the largest possible audience from all over Ireland and the UK and recognising the cost of travelling the organisers are offering discounted admission of just €5 to members of the sporting organisations in the ROI ( NARGC & CAI members show their card at the gate to get this rate/anglers have a special licence voucher) and GB residents get FREE admission and discounted ferry rates through our Irish Countrysports Diaspora https://www.(!64.56:886/groups/179089859337654/ Accommodation s available in the area from £25 pn. All of our competitions and especially our working dog competitions have fabulous trophies and prizes. The fair will host the largest working dog weekend in Ireland including huge international gundog events and the 30th Annual All Ireland Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet Racing & Showing Championships ( these are open to all with entry on the days - Racing Saturday 23rd June and Showing 24th June 2018). There are also Ferret Showing & Racing Championships on the Sunday. There are FIVE pre qualified INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS where competitors can qualify at shows throughout the UK and Ireland and SHOW ORGANISERS are invited to apply for these qualifiers: EMAIL irishgamefair@btinternet.com for details. SATURDAY 23 June 2018 The Master Mc Grath Challenge for Elite Lurchers : Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and winners Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Runner Up Coat. Two qualifiers at each show ( the over and under 23" dogs). See Trophy below - still to be mounted. The Mick the Miller Challenge for Traditional lurchers Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and winners Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Runner Up Coat. (Two qualifiers at each qualifying show ) SUNDAY 24th JUNE FIVE NATIONS Championships starting at 5.00pm Sunday 24th June in the Main Arena under a THREE JUDGE SYSTEM ( different judges to the breed judges at the All Ireland Championships over the weekend) RED MILLS Five Nations Terrier Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. FEEDWELL Five Nations Whippet Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat RED MILLS Five Nations Lurcher Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. For this year the top two dogs at each qualifying show qualify plus the Champion and Reserve ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS from the ALL Ireland Show at Shanes Castle. And a special Directors Challenge: top two Whippets v top two under Under 21" lurchers. Whippets get Five Metres. Challenge winner £50 and Special Trophy Best other Breed £25 and Special Trophy To get a flavour of this very special event see our video 'Forty Years of Irish Game Fairs' https://player.vimeo.com/video/258116515 Come to Shanes Castle to help demonstrate the support for country sports in Ireland and be part of Irish fieldsports history!
  7. IN 2018, for one year only, the GREAT GAME FAIRS of Ireland team have combined their ROI event ( Previously at BIRR CASTLE) and the NI events into one very special 40th ANNIVERSARY ALL IRELAND Game Fair to take place at Shanes Castle, Antrim on the 23rd & 24th June. All facets of the event have been extended and enhanced including the competitions with specially 'ruby enhanced' trophies to be won outright. The ROI Game Fair will return to a new larger venue in the Irish Midlands on the 24/25 August 2019. In order that the 2018 ALL IRELAND EVENT at Shanes Castle, Antrim attract the largest possible audience from all over Ireland and the UK and recognising the cost of travelling the organisers are offering discounted admission of just €5 to members of the sporting organisations in the ROI ( NARGC & CAI members show their card at the gate to get this rate/anglers have a special licence voucher) and GB residents get FREE admission and discounted ferry rates through our Irish Countrysports Diaspora https://www.(!64.56:886/groups/179089859337654/ Accommodation s available in the area from £25 pn. All of our competitions and especially our working dog competitions have fabulous trophies and prizes. The fair will host the largest working dog weekend in Ireland including huge international gundog events and the 30th Annual All Ireland Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet Racing & Showing Championships ( these are open to all with entry on the days - Racing Saturday 23rd June and Showing 24th June 2018). There are also Ferret Showing & Racing Championships on the Sunday. There are FIVE pre qualified INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS where competitors can qualify at shows throughout the UK and Ireland and SHOW ORGANISERS are invited to apply for these qualifiers: EMAIL irishgamefair@btinternet.com for details. SATURDAY 23 June 2018 The Master Mc Grath Challenge for Elite Lurchers : Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and winners Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Runner Up Coat. Two qualifiers at each show ( the over and under 23" dogs). See Trophy below - still to be mounted. The Mick the Miller Challenge for Traditional lurchers Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and winners Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Runner Up Coat. (Two qualifiers at each qualifying show ) SUNDAY 24th JUNE FIVE NATIONS Championships starting at 5.00pm Sunday 24th June in the Main Arena under a THREE JUDGE SYSTEM ( different judges to the breed judges at the All Ireland Championships over the weekend) RED MILLS Five Nations Terrier Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. FEEDWELL Five Nations Whippet Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat RED MILLS Five Nations Lurcher Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. For this year the top two dogs at each qualifying show qualify plus the Champion and Reserve ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS from the ALL Ireland Show at Shanes Castle. And a special Directors Challenge: top two Whippets v top two under Under 21" lurchers. Whippets get Five Metres. Challenge winner £50 and Special Trophy Best other Breed £25 and Special Trophy To get a flavour of this very special event see our video 'Forty Years of Irish Game Fairs' https://player.vimeo.com/video/258116515 Come to Shanes Castle to help demonstrate the support for country sports in Ireland and be part of Irish fieldsports history!
  8. IN 2018, for one year only, the GREAT GAME FAIRS of Ireland team have combined their ROI event ( Previously at BIRR CASTLE) and the NI events into one very special 40th ANNIVERSARY ALL IRELAND Game Fair to take place at Shanes Castle, Antrim on the 23rd & 24th June. All facets of the event have been extended and enhanced including the competitions with specially 'ruby enhanced' trophies to be won outright. The ROI Game Fair will return to a new larger venue in the Irish Midlands on the 24/25 August 2019. In order that the 2018 ALL IRELAND EVENT at Shanes Castle, Antrim attract the largest possible audience from all over Ireland and the UK and recognising the cost of travelling the organisers are offering discounted admission of just €5 to members of the sporting organisations in the ROI ( NARGC & CAI members show their card at the gate to get this rate/anglers have a special licence voucher) and GB residents get FREE admission and discounted ferry rates through our Irish Countrysports Diaspora https://www.(!64.56:886/groups/179089859337654/ Accommodation s available in the area from £25 pn. All of our competitions and especially our working dog competitions have fabulous trophies and prizes. The fair will host the largest working dog weekend in Ireland including huge international gundog events and the 30th Annual All Ireland Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet Racing & Showing Championships ( these are open to all with entry on the days - Racing Saturday 23rd June and Showing 24th June 2018). There are also Ferret Showing & Racing Championships on the Sunday. There are FIVE pre qualified INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS where competitors can qualify at shows throughout the UK and Ireland and SHOW ORGANISERS are invited to apply for these qualifiers: EMAIL irishgamefair@btinternet.com for details. SATURDAY 23 June 2018 The Master Mc Grath Challenge for Elite Lurchers : Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and winners Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Runner Up Coat. Two qualifiers at each show ( the over and under 23" dogs). See Trophy below - still to be mounted. The Mick the Miller Challenge for Traditional lurchers Winner £200, Special Trophy, Barbour Coat and winners Coat Runner Up : £50, Special Trophy and Runner Up Coat. (Two qualifiers at each qualifying show ) SUNDAY 24th JUNE FIVE NATIONS Championships starting at 5.00pm Sunday 24th June in the Main Arena under a THREE JUDGE SYSTEM ( different judges to the breed judges at the All Ireland Championships over the weekend) RED MILLS Five Nations Terrier Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. FEEDWELL Five Nations Whippet Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat RED MILLS Five Nations Lurcher Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, a Barbour Coat & A Winners Coat Runner Up wins £50, A Watch and a Res Champion Coat. For this year the top two dogs at each qualifying show qualify plus the Champion and Reserve ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS from the ALL Ireland Show at Shanes Castle. And a special Directors Challenge: top two Whippets v top two under Under 21" lurchers. Whippets get Five Metres. Challenge winner £50 and Special Trophy Best other Breed £25 and Special Trophy To get a flavour of this very special event see our video 'Forty Years of Irish Game Fairs' https://player.vimeo.com/video/258116515 Come to Shanes Castle to help demonstrate the support for country sports in Ireland and be part of Irish fieldsports history!
  9. Many will have heard that the IRISH GAME & COUNTRY FAIR which has been staged at BIRR CASTLE, Co OFFALY for the last 10 years will be moving location. The move has been slightly complicated by the news that the POPE and possibly the QUEEN will be coming to Ireland on our traditional date of the end of August. HOWEVER we are happy to announce our plans to make our 40th ANNIVERSARY FAIR at SHANES CASTLE, ANTRIM on the 23rd/24th JUNE 2018, the biggest and best GAME FAIR ever seen in IRELAND. An announcement will be made about the date and venue of the ROI fair early in January. In the meantime a statement from our Communications Director : FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR 40TH ‘RUBY ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT SHANES CASTLE NO MORE GAME FAIRS AT BIRR CASTLE ANNOUNCEMENT SOON ON NEW LOCATION FOR IRISH GAME & COUNTRY FAIR Sadness and excitement mark the news this week for Game Fairs South and North. First, news came that there would be no more game fairs at Birr Castle. Ten largely happy and productive years with wonderful help and support from the local community were to an end with unworkable constraints being imposed on the Fair resulting in a loss of car parking and clay shooting But it’s not all bad news as there will be exciting revelations in January, when the new location and format for the ROI Game Fair is announced. More exciting good news is promised too, when Northern Ireland’s leading Shanes Castle Game Fair hits the headlines with details of its hugely anticipated 40th ‘Ruby’ Anniversary event at Shanes Castle 2018. UNWORKABLE ESTATE CONSTRAINTS FORCE GAME FAIR MOVE Lengthy discussions began on 8th September with the Birr Castle management bodies over potential additional constraints and working with one of the bodies involved in the management the event still looked ‘dooable.’ But more constraints followed from the second management body, the OT Trust , the first blow being their refusal to allow access to Mount Palmer, one of the event’s two main access points and the only car parking available on site. This was also the site for terriers & lurchers and clay pigeon shooting at the fair! But even worse, this management group then decided to rule out clay pigeon shooting anywhere on the estate! It is an indisputable fact that clay shooting is an integral part of all game fairs and a real highlight for thousands of enthusiasts but this was of no consequence it seemed, despite us fighting to retain clayshooting at the Fair. The shoot at Birr had a prize structure quite unrivalled in Ireland. It was one of the highlights of the fair, attracting over 1500 competitors from all over Ireland and the UK. It was organised effectively and ‘professionally’ as a club fund raiser by local sporting interests, who are quite devastated by the estate’s decision. We all worked hard to reduce any environmental impact to the estate and the ‘cleanup’ of the site was second to none. We cannot understand why part of the estate’s management would seek to impose this quite frankly unworkable constraint especially as we had suggested solutions to any potential problems with the shoot. The decision appeared to be more of a policy decision as game shooting ceased on the estate in 2016. Tourism bodies have assessed that the Birr Castle Fair makes an economic contribution of over €500,000 to the area. We also invested around an additional €200,000 per year, and involved many local groups, businesses and individuals in delivering the fair. Sadly, the reluctant decision to move fair moving outside the locality will result in a huge economic blow to the local economy. As well, much positive social, tourism and promotional impact will be lost. As the Fairs’s organisers, we have always spoken of the warm welcome afforded to ourselves and visitors from all over Ireland, the UK and further afield, by the people of Birr and County Offaly. Many of these visitors book their accommodation a year in advance and will be devastated by the unfortunate news but we have done all we could to retain the event at Birr Castle. Our thanks also go Mid Ireland Tourism, with whom we worked closely, and to all of the accommodation providers, shop keepers and others who made the event a really special one for visitors. An excellent working relationship was enjoyed too with Lord and Lady Rosse, our most gracious hosts, and the estate staff with whom we all worked to deliver the fair with minimal impact on the whole estate. NEW CHAPTER OPENING FOR ROI GAME & COUNTRY FAIR Regarding our next ROI event, our organising team and one its new partners have already visited several sites during October and November and are close to finalising a new ‘home’ for the event. An announcement will be made in January 2018 when outline plans have been completed which will see the successful move to an exciting new location 40TH ANNIVERSARY ‘RUBY’ FAIR AT SHANES CASTLE 23rd& 24th June 2018 A tight lid is being kept on exactly what will be on offer to celebrate the milestone of 40 years of game fairs by the Shanes castle organising team. All the organisers will say is that it will be ‘unmatched in the history of game fairs in this country.’ I will be bringing the very latest information to you just as soon as possible. Meanwhile keep up to date on all the game fair news by tuning in to Facebook and watch the news sections of Irish Country Sports & Country Life magazine. Paul Pringle Communications Director Great Game Fairs of Ireland
  10. We are getting very busy with Game Fair planning for next year with a BIG announcement to be made in early January but will try to make this show. However as the last show of 2017 to get our 2018 qualifiers we have have raided next year's budget to put up Trophies & £25 each for the Champion Terrier, Champion Lurcher and Champion Whippet - all of whom qualify for our Five Nations Championships.
  11. While this is my time of the year for dog work & shooting I hope to get to this show this year. When I have been before there has always been a great atmosphere with lots of prizes.
  12. Thanks for the 'Mr ' title - it makes me sound rather grand! We are very happy to grant FIVE NATIONS TERRIER, LURCHER and WHIPPET QUALIFIERS for our 2018 40th RUBY Anniversary Events and we will donate a prize for each champion. This is a great little show - hopefully the weather will be kind.
  13. So far over 200 people have entered this competition - get your name into the hat and look out for future Xmas facebook competitions.
  14. The FIRST of THREE CHRISTMAS COMPETITIONS. The GREAT GAME FAIRS of IRELAND have joined up with EDINBURGH CLOTHING for a FACEBOOK competition to win a Percussion Rambouilette Gilet ; two tickets to our 40th Anniversary Fair at Shanes Castle ( 23rd & 24th June) and a year's subscription to Irish Countrysports and Country Life magazine. The hard copy is in the shops now and the FREE to READ online copy is available at www.countrysportsandcountrylife.com). Edinburgh Clothing Percussion special offers are highlighted in the magazine and available at great prices from www.edinburghoutdoorwear.com To enter the competition simply go to our Facebook Page ( https://www.(!64.56:886/groups/172092726163876/) and like and share the competition post before COB 30th November
  15. We have granted Dessie Mackin FIVE NATIONS qualifiers for his Christmas Show. Thanks for all the other applications and keep them coming in. We will be making a decision soon on these when we have finalised our plans and prizes for our 40th ( Ruby) Anniversary Fairs .
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