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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. So far over 200 people have entered this competition - get your name into the hat and look out for future Xmas facebook competitions.
  6. 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
  7. 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 .
  8. Thanks Margaret. With our 40th anniversary coming up in 2018 our team ( and I mean team - many of whom who have been with us for that whole period ) have got real enjoyment out of promoting countrysports over that period. When I say it is a team effort, many of the team work so hard in the background and largely without recognition to ensure we deliver our award winning events year after year. We have had many awards and plaudits come our way over the years where our events have been assessed as excellent by informed people and groups including the President of the ROI! That is why we are unconcerned at a few 'numerically challenged' individuals trying to 'rain on our parade' as we go into the largest year of celebrations for the GREAT GAME FAIRS of IRELAND. Some of the awards we have won along the way include : 2016 shortlisted in the TOP FIVE events of all kinds in Northern Ireland; special certificates issued for both fairs from Michael D Higgins, an award by the Taoiseach; several national and international tourism awards including a Marketing Excellence award ( the top award) from TourismNi etc, etc. All of these awards, plaudits etc were awarded through objective assessment by tourism and marketing professionals not people with a chip on their shoulder. Our 40th RUBY anniversary year is going to be one where were we really do celebrate the work of the men and women of our team ( sadly some no longer with us) and the proud history of our fairs and the contribution they have made to Irish rural life.
  9. Great job Margaret - its beginning to look like the calendar I have run for gundog tests in NI for several years - only bigger! We publish the gundog calendar in the Spring issue of the magazine and will also publish this for you. With over 100,000 readers per issue in the hard copy glossy and FREE to READ online issues the shows will reach a huge audience. The current magazine with SEVEN pages of terrier, whippet and lurcher news and 124 pages of countrysports news is in the shops now and also available FREE to READ online at www.countrysportsandcountrylife.com
  10. Yes Appleblossom some very special prizes are planned throughout our events and as you can guess with a RUBY theme for the major championships. And of course Shanes will feature the REAL ALL IRELAND RACING & SHOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS with a great 'pedigree' of over 30 years!
  11. As part of the celebrations for our 40th anniversary fairs and following consultation with competitors and sponsors we have made a couple of changes to our international and All Ireland events for 2018: Master Mc Grath Challenge for Elite Lurchers over and under 23" categories. Normal qualifying rules but special prizes to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Great Game Fairs of Ireland and the 150th Anniversary of 'The Masters' first Waterloo Cup Win. Mick the Miller Racing Challenge for Traditional Over and Under 23" Lurchers : To qualify for this neither parent must be a full greyhound whether registered or not. The dog must be lurcher x lurcher bred. The Five Nations Championships for Terriers, Lurchers and Whippets : Normal rules apply but special prizes. Show secretaries wishing to have qualifiers please email: Irishgamefair@btinternet.com As usual we will be staging the ANNUAL REAL ALL Ireland Racing and Show Championships at Shanes Castle - these are the longest running and most prestigious annual championships for over 30 years, AND NEW FOR 2018 to give a high profile event for Under 21" Lurchers and Whippets we have changed the format of the 'Directors' Challenge to give two high profile events with great prizes and a truly superb trophy to be won by the overall champion. The 40th RUBY Anniversary GAME FAIR Challenge for Under 21" Lurchers and Whippets : In the final all under 21" finalists will race to find the ALL IRELAND Champion Under 21" lurcher; all whippet finalists will race separately to find the ALL IRELAND Whippet Champion then the Lurcher and Whippet Champions will run off in a two dog final with the whippet getting a handicap advantage.
  12. No - theoretically they need one if travelling from Wales to the ROI - because of the ROI government trying to stop puppy farming. But Scotland to Ireland is UK to UK.
  13. Clubs wishing to host qualifiers for Ireland's premier TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET events should contact : irishgamefair@btinternet.com to be put on the mailing list for further information The Master Mc Grath Racing Challenge for 'Elite ' Lurchers The Mick The Miller Racing Challenge Traditional Lurchers The Beef Cutlet Racing Challenge for Under 21" Lurchers/Non Ped Whippets and Whippets The Five Nations Show Championships for: Terriers Lurchers Whippets Special Ferry & Accommodation rates for UK competitors Clubs wishing to host qualifiers for the Ireland's premier TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET events should contact : irishgamefair@btinternet.com to be put on the mailing list for further information The Master Mc Grath Racing Challenge for 'Elite ' Lurchers The Mick The Miller Racing Challenge Traditional Lurchers The Beef Cutlet Racing Challenge for Under 21" Lurchers/Non Ped Whippets and Whippets The Five Nations Show Championships for: Terriers Lurchers Whippets Special Ferry & Accommodation rates for UK competitors
  14. Clubs wishing to host qualifiers for Ireland's premier TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET events should contact : irishgamefair@btinternet.com to be put on the mailing list for further information The Master Mc Grath Racing Challenge for 'Elite ' Lurchers The Mick The Miller Racing Challenge Traditional Lurchers The Beef Cutlet Racing Challenge for Under 21" Lurchers/Non Ped Whippets and Whippets The Five Nations Show Championships for: Terriers Lurchers Whippets Special Ferry & Accommodation rates for UK competitors Clubs wishing to host qualifiers for the Ireland's premier TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET events should contact : irishgamefair@btinternet.com to be put on the mailing list for further information The Master Mc Grath Racing Challenge for 'Elite ' Lurchers The Mick The Miller Racing Challenge Traditional Lurchers The Beef Cutlet Racing Challenge for Under 21" Lurchers/Non Ped Whippets and Whippets The Five Nations Show Championships for: Terriers Lurchers Whippets Special Ferry & Accommodation rates for UK competitors
  15. Clubs wishing to host qualifiers for Ireland's premier TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET events should contact : irishgamefair@btinternet.com to be put on the mailing list for further information The Master Mc Grath Racing Challenge for 'Elite ' Lurchers The Mick The Miller Racing Challenge Traditional Lurchers The Beef Cutlet Racing Challenge for Under 21" Lurchers/Non Ped Whippets and Whippets The Five Nations Show Championships for: Terriers Lurchers Whippets Special Ferry & Accommodation rates for UK competitors Clubs wishing to host qualifiers for the Ireland's premier TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET events should contact : irishgamefair@btinternet.com to be put on the mailing list for further information The Master Mc Grath Racing Challenge for 'Elite ' Lurchers The Mick The Miller Racing Challenge Traditional Lurchers The Beef Cutlet Racing Challenge for Under 21" Lurchers/Non Ped Whippets and Whippets The Five Nations Show Championships for: Terriers Lurchers Whippets Special Ferry & Accommodation rates for UK competitors
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