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  1. My New Dog Show/Racedays/Game Fairs list for 2018. **Will keep adding in your show dates as they are pm to me .** (Full details of each show later) Sunday 11th March 18 The Combined Clubs Dog Show and Raceday The Combined Clubs are holding a Dog Show and Raceday on Sunday 11th March 18 for Lurchers,Terriers,Whippets and Strong Dogs. This show has applied for qualifiers for the 5 Nations Whippet and Terrier Championships, and The Master Mc Grath at Shanes Castle in June 18, and the 5 Nations Lurcher Championship, and Mick the Miller at Birr Castle in August 18. Full details later. Sunday 8th April 18 Tommy Cullens Dog Show and Race Day, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow Sunday 15th April 18 Avondhu Foxhounds, Lurcher and Terrier Show Sunday 15th April near Fermoy, Co Cork. Full details later. Sunday 22nd April 18 Abbyleix Dog Show and Race Day, Abbeyleix, Co laois Sunday 29th April 18 Combined Clubs Dog Show. Full details later. Sunday 6th May 18 Rockview Harriers Annual Hound, Terrier, Lurcher and Pet Show, at Seven Houses Coursing Ground,Danesfort, Co Kilkenny, near Junction 9,M9 Motorway, will take place on Sunday 6th May 18. Sunday 13th May 18 DWTC Dog Show and Race day, Co Armagh Sunday 13th May 18 The Paddy Dunphy Killure Working Terrier and Lurcher Dog Show and Race Day, at Killure, Co Waterford. Sunday 20th May 18 North Armagh Working Terrier Club Sunday 20th May 18 Golden Vale Foxhounds Annual Dog Show at Clonakenny. Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Full details later. Saturday 26th May 18 Northern Ireland Country Sports Fair, Scarvagh House, Scarva, Banbridge, Co Down BT63 6NL. Dog Show and Racing, along with all the fun of the Fair, Something for everyone. Sunday 27th May 18 Northern Ireland Country Sports Fair, Scarvagh House, Scarva, Banbridge, Co Down BT63 6NL. Dog Show and Racing, along with all the fun of the Fair, Something for everyone. Sunday 3rd June 18 Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show and Raceday Sunday 3rd June 18 (Fiona Devlins Show) Full details later Sunday 10th June 18 Armagh Working Terrier Club Sunday 10th June 18 West Wexford Harriers Annual Hound Show Sunday 10th June at Cassagh, New Ross, Co Wexford. Classes for Hounds/Lurchers/Terriers/Whippets and Pets. Full Details Later. Sunday 17th June 18 The North Tipperary Hound and Dog Show will be held on Sunday the 17th June at Lisbonney, Dublin Road, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Full Details later. Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th June 18 All Ireland Championships at the 40th Anniversary Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle, Co Antrim Sunday 8th July 18 Collnakilla Harriers Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials, Rathcormac, Co Cork Sunday 15th July The Westmeath Working Terrier Club will be be holding its annual working dog show on Sunday the 15th July18 in Moate Co.Westmeath. Saturday 25th/Sunday 26th August 18 ROI Championships at the Irish Game and Country Fair at Birr Castle, Birr, Co Offaly. Margaret Mc Stay
  2. Sunday 11th March 18 The Combined Clubs Dog Show and Raceday The Combined Clubs are holding a Dog Show and Raceday on Sunday 11th March 18 for Lurchers,Terriers,Whippets and Strong Dogs. This show has applied for qualifiers for the 5 Nations Whippet and Terrier Championships, and The Master Mc Grath at Shanes Castle in June 18, and the 5 Nations Lurcher Championship, and Mick the Miller in August 18. Venue and full details later. Margaret Mc Stay
  3. HAPPY CHRISTMAS

    A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM JOHN AND MYSELF, TO ALL OUR FRIENDS NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE BORDER AND FURTHER AFIELD. MARGARET AND JOHN MC STAY
  4. Dessie Mackins Christmas Dog Show Saturday 16th December 17 Bannville House Hotel is set in 13 Acres of mature woodland on the Lurgan Road, 3 miles from Banbridge, and deep in the heart of the County Down countryside. These beautiful surroundings was the venue for Dessie Mackins annual Christmas Dog show Saturday 16thDecember 17. Although it was cold Christmassy weather, this did not dampen the spirits of the good men and women of the canine world, all out for a good days enjoyment and festivities, and were not disappointed. I can honestly say, being at all Dessies Christmas shows over the years, this years show was the biggest turnout so far. From mid morning cars, vans, and trailers were arriving, all loaded up with their prized canine friends. This Christmas show is a welcome break from the trials and tribulations of Christmas shopping and all the razzmatazz that goes with the festive season and a gift at this time of year. As we all know Christmas can be a very sad and lonesome time, full of memories of yester year. This annual doggie day out before Christmas lifts this mantle, brings cheer in abundance, and helps us to leave our cares and troubles behind, and learn to smile again, if only for a day. Showing commenced at approximately 1.30. Here are the Overall Results from the Show Childrens Handling Class 1/ Chelsea Rafferty with Rosie 2/ Logan Hepburn with Joe 3/ Lewis Johnstone Congratulations to the winners and all the children who took part. Champion Puppy Lisa Hanratty with Dakota Reserve Carol Brown with Portia Champion Whippet Janet Duke with Oscar Reserve Leeroy Mc Cullough with Tizer Champion Lurcher Lisa Beggs with Cirez Reserve Lisa Beggs with Joker Champion Bull Cross James Woods with Buster Reserve Mickey Quinn with Hoss Champion Terrier Terry Crossen with Teddy Reserve Scott Connolly with Fonzy Plummers Sam White with Viper Reserve Sam White with Finn Champion Strong Dog Ethen Barry with Sully Stephen Mc Polin with Rebel Overall Show Champion of Champions Janet Duke with Oscar Reserve Overall Champion Lisa Beggs with Cirez Congratulations to Janet and Lisa, two very worthy winners, and also a big congratulations to all the other winners. It was nice to see the 1st Bull Cross Championship in action at this show on Saturday. There was a very big class of Bull Cross in the ring, and what better man to judge this class than Albertj Titterington, Director of the Great Game Fairs of Ireland. James Woods was one proud man going home with his dog Buster winning this prestigious championship, as was Mickey Quinn with his dog Hoss taking reserve Champion. Dessie always has surprise presentations up his sleeve on Christmas show day, and this year was no exception. The first accolade on Dessies list this year was for Dog of the Year and this award went to a well deserved winner Mrs Janet Duke and her top class Whippet Oscar. Oscar owes Janet nothing, and has won many Champion of Champions down through the years and added many more to his list in 2017. I am sure the Whippets were all drunk on Saturday night, celebrating the bosses achievement. Congratulations to Janet and Oscar. Next on the list was Country Sports Personalities of 2017. This Accolade was awarded to Tom Barry and myself for our contribution to Country Sports, North and South of the border, with photography, write ups, shows, show advertisements, and providing show and Game Fair information on the Hunting Life, Face Book, and Irish Country Sports and Country Life Magazine. Many thanks Dessie for thinking so highly of Tom and myself. And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the judges on the day. Whippets - Sharon Martin Eames Terriers/Strong Dogs – Hannah Heinonen Lurchers – Chontelle Mc Meekin Childrens Handling Class – Margaret Mc Stay Bull Cross Championship – Albertj Titterington Your judgement was fair, and carried out meticulously. Thank you for a job well done. Many thanks to Albertj Titterington and Great Game Fairs of Ireland for their generous sponsorship for this show. A very Happy Christmas to Albert, Irene and Co Directors and I look forward to working with you all again in 2018. And Finally, Finally, may I take this moment especially to thank Dessie Mackin for putting on another brilliant show despite the fact tragedy hit his family during the year, by the passing of his beloved son Darren. Dessie you rallied on with a heavy heart to make this day enjoyable for everybody and was an over whelming success. Darren will walk by your side every day of your life in every road you go down. Dessie, there are brighter days ahead, and we wish you and your family good health and happiness for 2018. From myself and John, I would like to wish all Canine folk and their families, Hunters, and lampers, North and South of the border and further afield, A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year, and I look forward to meeting up with you all again, god willing in 2018. Margaret Mc Stay
  5. 2018 Great Game Fairs Of Ireland Qualifiers Hurry up and Book your qualifiers now for 2018. Clubs wishing to host qualifiers for Ireland's Premier : TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET events at Shanes Castle, Co Antrim, Irish Game Fair & Living History Festival Saturday 23rd June and Sunday 24th June 2018, and the Irish Game & Country Fair & Living History Festival at Birr Castle Co Offaly, Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August 2018 ****Please contact : irishgamefair@btinternet.com, to be put on the mailing list for further information*** Don’t you forget now. Margaret Mc Stay
  6. Dessie Mackin has asked me to announce he is having an Irish Bull Cross Champion of Champions in 2018 for Bullcross Lurchers, and any show organisers wishing to obtain a qualifier please PM Dessie for same. The final for this Championship will be held later on in 2018. Full details later. The first qualifier for this Championship will be held at Dessies Christmas show on Saturday 16th December 17 at Bannvale House Hotel, 174 Lurgan Road, Banbridge, BT32 4NR Margaret Mc Stay
  7. Albert, Will look forward to meeting up with Irene and yourself there.
  8. The good news is, by kind permission of Mr Aj Titterington all the qualifers for 2018 have just been granted for Dessies Show.
  9. Many thanks Albert, what would we do without you. You are a true ambassador for all Country Sports. Irene and yourself donate and give to many shows and charities during the year, and never asks for anything in return. Many thanks for everything in 2017 and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.
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