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  1. 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
  2. Albert, Will look forward to meeting up with Irene and yourself there.
  3. Dessie Mackins Annual Christmas Dog Show Saturday 16Th December 2017 High HO, High HOO , ( DOG SHOW ONLY ) NO RACING CHRISTMAS TIME IS ON THE HORIZON , AND WILL SOON BE THAT TIME OF YEAR FOR DESSIE MACKINS CHRISTMAS SHOW, SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER 17 at Bannvale House Hotel, Gilford, Banbridge, BT32 4NR. This show will be for Terriers/Lurchers/Whippets/Strong Dogs, and the good news is, by kind permission of Mr Aj Titterington all the qualifers for 2018 have been granted. Plenty of Christmas Spirit at this show, with some great prizes. Always a great Dog Show day out before Christmas, with plenty of food and beverages in Bannvale House Hotel afterwards. Come along for a day away from Christmas Shopping , and all the trials and tribulations of life, even just for a couple of hours. Starting Time : 1.00pm For Your Sat Navs BT32 4NR Dont you Forget Now. MARGARET MC STAY
  4. The good news is, by kind permission of Mr Aj Titterington all the qualifers for 2018 have just been granted for Dessies Show.
  5. 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 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 27th May 18 Armagh Working Terrier Club Sunday 3rd June 18 Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show and Raceday Sunday 3rd June 18 (Fiona Devlins Show) 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
  6. 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.
  7. added another tonight , keep them coming
  8. Not many sleeps to Dessies Christmas Show. ( Showing Only )
  9. HO HO HO, COME ON GET YOUR QUALIFERS FOR 2018 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 Dont you Forget now.
  10. The Combined Clubs Charity Dog Show Sunday 3rd September 17 at Annaghmore Raceway, Annaghmore, Co Armagh Deep in the heart of Orchard County, is the now famous Annaghmore Raceway, with its fine landscapes and magnificent Pony and Jib race track. It was a previlege to have this fine venue for the Combined Clubs annual Charity Dog Show Sunday 3rd September 17. With the beauty of the countryside and good company, what more could we ask for, and a great family day out. The weather could have been better, with the odd shower of rain, but this did not dampen the spirits of the good Canine men and women of the Doggie world. As the cars and trailers arrived, it was evident the popularity of this annual Charity show, and by noon all parking places were full. A nice surprise on the day was that the Combined Clubs had acquired a field adjacent to the race track where the show rings were, and decided to have simulated racing in there. This brought a great buzz of excitement, with Janet Dukes winning dog Maeve romping home to victory to take the prize for the Overall Simulated Race. What a proud owner, and Maeve was in top form and rearing to go. Very soon it was raffle time, and it was my lucky day with winning 3 prizes in the raffle. John was none too pleased, as he is the one who wins all in our family. There was a picture and no sound for a while, but all was well later. Time passes so quickly, and very soon it was show time. Here are the Results of the Showing. Overall Champion Terrier Janet Duke with Frankie Reserve Eamo Mc Erlean with Spooky Overall Champion Lurcher Mickey Quinn with Hoss Reserve Rick Hepburn with Storm Overall Champion Whippet Dean Mc Straw with Papps Reserve Rick Hepburn with Kerry Overall Champion Strong Dog Davy Boyd with Buck Alec Reserve Kieran O Neill with Roco Overall Champion and Best in Show Mickey Quinn with Hoss Reserve Davy Boyd with Buck Alec A Big Congratulations to all above winners, and Good luck to the qualifiers for the Five Nations Championships 2018. And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the Judges at this Charity Show. Lurchers and Whippets, Sammy Shaw/Strong Dogs, John Barry/Terriers Paul Mc Alinden. Judging is not an easy Job, but you carried out your remit firm but fair. I took quite a lot of Photographs myself , and are on my Face Book time line at the moment. A special word of thanks to the owner of Annaghmore Raceway Clive Richardson for allowing the club the use of this magnificent venue for this event. If it were not for you Clive this event would not be happening. For that we are truly grateful. And Finally, Finally, many thanks to Tom Barry, Santas little helper Ethan Barry, and the Combined Clubs team for another great Dog Show. A lot of hard work went into organising this event, and Tom it was a credit to you and your organisational skills. You pulled out all the stops, and made the whole event a roaring success. As Sundays show was for charity and in aid of Alzheimers, hopefully the shows donation will help in some small way, to give comfort to people during treatment, or help to care for them in the last days of their life here on this earth. Remember your were part of this, and a big thank you to everyone who contributed in any way or attended the show. Alzheimers is a very needy cause, and can attack the system at any age. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring, and it is nice to know that there are people waiting in the wings to help us out in our hour of need. I am told from a very reliable source, that Mr Red is back from his summer holidays. Well its that time of year when I will have to gather my Canine friends together and go and visit him. Thanks again to all for your generosity, and God willing we will have another Charity Dog Show again in 2018. Margaret Mc Stay
  11. Well done to Combined Clubs, what an achievement for all involved.
  12. Dog Show Calender 2018 I WILL BE STARTING MY NEW DOG SHOW/RACEDAY/GAMEFAIR CALENDER FOR 2018 THIS WEEKEND, SO PM YOUR DATES AND I WILL INCLUDE THEM. Margatret Mc Stay
  13. Sunday 10th September 17 Mid Ulster Whippet Show and Raceday for Whippets Only, at Ballee Playing Fields, Ballymena. BT42 2HS. Entries taken from 11.00am onward. Racing will commence at 12noon sharp. Everyone Welcome Sunday 17th September 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day at " The Field Of Dreams" Gulladuff, Maghera, Sunday 17th September 17. Always a great family day out. Margaret Mc Stay
  14. YEA HA, ITS OFF TO BIRR WE GO THIS WEEKEND COME ON DOWN TO BIRR CASTLE THIS WEEKEND, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 26TH/27TH AUGUST 17 SUNDAY IS THE BIG DOGGIE DAY, FULL PROGRAMME OF RACING AND SHOWING, AND THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY. THE PRESTIGEOUS MICK THE MILLER RACING CHAMPIONSHIP, AND THE SUPREME 5 NATIONS LURCHER CHAMPIONSHIP. DONT YOU FORGET NOW Margaret Mc Stay
  15. Combined Clubs Dog Show Only This Sunday 3rd September 17 The Combined Clubs will be having their annual Charity Dog Show at Annaghmore Race Track Derrycoose Road Annaghmore, Co Armagh this Sunday 3rd September 17. Showing for Lurchers Terriers and Strong dogs, Whippet classes Pups, Dog and Bitch Starting Time : 1pm Sunday 3rd of September 17. Combined Clubs would like to thank Albert for his donation,also Mackin transport. Here are the classes for showing on Sunday. 1 Terrier pups 2 Lakeland dog or bitch 3 patterdale dog or bitch 4 smooth russell dog or bitch 5 rough russell dog or bitch 6 all crossbred dog or bitch 7 working class. 8 borders 1 lurcher pups dog or bitch 2 whippet dog or bitch 3 smooth under 23 inch 4 smooth over 23 inch 5rough under 23 inch 6 rough over 23 inch 7 bull cross dog or bitch 7 collie cross 8 hare class 9 fox class 10 lamping class 11 whippet dog 12 whippet bitch Strong dogs 1 all type strong dog pups 2 small type stafford 3 bigger stafford 4 english bull 5 wheatens 6 crossbreds 7 american bulldogs 8working class Show starts at one gates open at 11.00am. Please Note : This show has all the relevant 2018 Five Nation qualifiers thanks to the Great Game Fairs of Ireland i would like to thank the Armagh Strong Dog Club for there donation of a superb shIeld for best in show. Anyone wishing to donate prizes for the raffle will be greatly appreciated. FOR YOUR SAT NAVS : 54 DERRYCOOSE ROAD, ANNAGHMORE, COUNTY ARMAGH. BT62 1LY. Margaret Mc Stay
  16. The Irish Game and Country Fair at Birr Castle, Sunday 27th August 17 Written on the menu board in my mind for the past couple of weeks was a road trip to Birr Castle Irish Game Fair. On Sunday the 27th August, I was able to mark it off as done, for overnight it became a reality, and rolled on into the real world. Within a hares breath we were on our way down the motorway in convoy fine and early, to this beautiful part of “Gods plan of Nature” in the County Offaly countryside. Birr Castle is a very impressive Castle situated on 1200 acres of walled estate in the Magical Midlands of Ireland. With its extensive 17th century parkland, gardens, lakes, rivers, and famous herbaceous borders, this was the magnificent venue for this years Great Game Fairs of Ireland. We arrived at Birr Castle at 9.30am, parked up, exercised the dogs, and headed up for our annual browse around the Game Fair and its many attractions. I will have to say this years Game Fair was bigger and better than any other year I have been to Birr Castle, and I have been to many. The weather was brilliant, the crowds were overflowing, the atmosphere was electric, and as they say in the South of Ireland, the craic was mighty. As I moved around the Game Fair I met up with some old friends, but also made some new ones. Along the way I got speaking to a very nice lady from County Limerick who was involved with the Terrier and Lurchers at Adair Game Fair, County Limerick for 19 years. What a learned lady, and so interesting to speak to. It was nice to reminisce with someone who has been there and done it all. You know who you are and it was an education and a pleasure speaking to you. Jill and Paul Pringle were out in force on the Great Game Fairs of Ireland stand, speaking to the many visitors who had come to the Game Fair from Ireland, from England, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Germany and further afield. What a lovely couple. They were very popular on this stand and phenomenal interest was shown in The Irish Country Sports and Country life Magazine. No doubt Jill and Paul made sure every visitor to the stand took a free copy away with them. It was time for some retail therapy, so our first stop was The Edinburgh Clothing Company, and we were not disappointed. Paul Fielding was on the stand, and as usual with his very welcoming and gentlemanly ways. No doubt I did not leave empty handed, and got a good bargain. We stopped off at the main Arena to watch Derek O Byrne White strut his stuff, and what an entertaining event that was. If only I could line dance like that. Brilliant workmanship and entertainment Derek with your horses, and the line dancing ladies were magnificent. Birr Castle would not be Birr Castle without paying a visit to my good friend Stephen Smith at the Barbour Stand. No matter when I meet this man he is like a ray of sunshine and a great salesman. I can honestly say Stephen has the best range of Barbour Clothing in Ireland and very easy to deal with. Time was catching up on us, and very soon it was time to head back to the Dog Show Arena, for a full programme of showing and racing, and the big events of the day, the Prestigious Mick The Miller racing Championship. Here are the Showing and Racing Results: Overall Champion Whippet Barry Chambers with Ruby Reserve Karen Cummins with Maisie Overall Champion Lurcher Tricia Donagh with Chunk Reserve Mikie Lyons with Sky Overall Champion Terrier Eamo Mc Erlean with Spooky Reserve John Keane with Ted Overall Champion and Best in Show Eamo Mc Erlean with Spooky Reserve Tricia Donagh with Chunk 3rd Barry Chambers with Ruby Overall Puppy Champion Dawn Jones with Thor Reserve Fiona Devlin with Musty ***Racing Results The Mick The Miller All Ireland Racing Championship 1/Ned Kane with Fonk 2/Chris Canavan with Maggie Directors Challenge 1/ James Mc Guinness with Snare 2/ Nicky Smith with Buster Under 21 Mal Mc Fall with We Scared Under 23 Mal Mc Fall with Frozen Scared Over 23 Stephanie O Connor with Orla Bull Cross Jed Donagh with Chunk Whippets Charlene Rafferty with Zio Terriers Jed Donagh with Faye A Big Congratulations to all the above worthy winners At 5.30pm it was time to head up to the main arena for the historic 5 Nations Lurcher Championship. This is now an annual event at Birr Castle and generates a great buzz of excitement around the main Arena. While the judging was taking place, Stephen Mc Gonigle mingled with the good canine people around the arena with his PA System in tow, and had some great banter and chat with like minded people. Albertj Titterington drove up alongside the main arena in his bat mobile, and announced that there were two very important presentations to be made before the judging ended. At this point Kieran Young announced the winner of the Colette Gannon perpetual Cup for ”Country Sport Persons of the Year” 2017 won by an over whelming popular vote. This accolade went to Tricia and Jed Donagh, and what a well deserved win Tricia and Jed, and a glowing tribute to the memory of Collette. I have no doubt this beautiful treasure will take pride of place on the mantelpiece in the Donagh home to August 2018. Next award was made by Mr Albertj Titterington, to Alan Crosbie for his lifetime contribution to Country Sports and his brilliant Charity contribution from the proceeds of his Dog Show in 2017. Well done Alan and well deserved. Next on the menu and concluding a wonderful day at Birr Castle Game Fair was the results of the 5 Nations Lurcher Championship called out by Stephen Mc Gonigle as Follows: ***And Now For The Big One/ Five Nations Champion Lurcher went to:*** Jed Donagh with Chunk Reserve Pat Dunphy with George A Big Congratulations to both men and well done. And Finally, there is one very special friend I would like to thank for escorting myself and my weary feet back up to my car for my journey back home up north. Yes it is you Finbarr Spain a lovely gentleman and his dog Rooney. Finbarr pulled up beside me in his van as I was leaving the main arena, and offered me a lift back up to my car. You were my guardian angel Finbarr, as my body was wearing low after walking around the rings all day. Many thanks for that. Who wants Alberts bat mobile, when I have my own private transporter. As usual the Roscrea team ran the show like clockwork. What a brilliantly efficient crew of people. Shane Lee, you and your team Rose and Niamh Troy, and other names I do not know, carried out your duties with sheer grit and determination and in a very professional manner, and many thanks for that. The Judges on the day were first class. Rose Mc Coy Pets/Tracy Crosbie Whippets/Lurchers Nigel Quinn/Terriers John Hendrix. Five Nations Judges : Kieran Young/Alan Crosbie/Donal Smith. A job well done and carried out to perfection. And Finally, Finally, I always leave the best to last. This accolade goes out to Albertj Titterington and his lovely wife Irene, and their Co Directors for a great weekend in Birr Castle. Albertj without you and your brilliant team this would not be possible .So many of our Canine folk look forward through the window of Country Sports, to your 2 Great Game Fair events of the year at Shanes Castle, and Birr Castle. As we are approaching the dark cold days and long nights of winter, when the snow hits the window, we will gather round the fire, and chat about our moments of glory and the craic we had at your Game Fairs, and all the other Dog shows up and down the country, who also gave us so much joy and entertainment during the year. Albert, you are Simply the Best, and will always be “King Of The Castle.” May Irene and yourself have good health and happiness and continue to run your top Game Fairs for many years to come. Albert you do so much for and contribute to Country Sports, and work so hard behind the scenes to make things happen, we are truly grateful. Thanks for all the lovely memories of 2017, and look forward to seeing you again in 2018 God willing. ***All the Photographs of Birr Castle are on my Facebook Timeline at the moment and many more from shows through out the year.*** Margaret Mc Stay
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