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  1. BOW WOW WOW --- BARK BARK BARK WELL FOLKS, ANOTHER GREAT SPORTING WEEKEND AHEAD OF US COME COME HALE RAIN OR SNOW. ONE IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND AND ONE IN THE SOUTH OF IRELAND, AND WE WILL BE SPOILT FOR CHOICE. THESE TWO SHOWS ARE THE 2ND LAST CHANCE TO QUALIFIER FOR 5 NATIONS , MASTER MC GRATH, AND MICK THE MILLER CHAMPIONSHIPS, AT SHANES CASTLE. COME ALONG TO THESE 2 SHOWS FOR A GREAT FAMILY DAY OUT. This Sunday 23rd June 19 Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show (Fiona Devlins Show ) will be taking place this weekend at Feaghbridge Schooling Track, Coalisland, Co Tyrone . This show is a qualifier for the Five Nations/Master Mc Grath and Mick The Miller and is in aid of Childrens Cancer Charity. For Your Sat Navs : BT71 4QZ ======================================================================== This Sunday 23rd June 19 North Tipperary Hound and Dog Show This Sunday 23rd June in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. This show is a qualifier for the Five Nations/Master Mc Grath and Mick The Miller, and will be held at Lisbonny, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. FOR YOUR SAT NAVS : E45Y838 Margaret Mc Stay
  2. The Great Games Fairs of Ireland & Country Lifestyle Festival week ending 15thand 16thJune 2019, at Ballybrit Race Course, Co Galway. In Country Galway by the sea, in the shadow of the wild atlantic way lies the beautiful Ballybrit Race Course. On this historical site, the first racing festival took place on 17th August 1869 where it is believed 40,000 people turned up to watch this grand event. The racecourse measures one and a half miles long and excelles any other course in Ireland. Ballybrit has a long and exciting history and has become what is now one of the most famous tracks in the world. This was the new venue for The Great Games Fairs of Ireland & Country Lifestyle Festival week ending 15thand 16thJune 2019. And what a weekend that was. After a 162 mile journey following our lead driver Maurice Mc Dowell, who we meet on our way down and was our guiding light, we arrived save and sound at the race course at 10.00am. Although the weather was not kind to us, this did not dampen the spirits of the good Country Sports people who came out from all areas of Country life to attend this big event. It was not long to we were browsing around the many stands and attractions that this brilliant Game Fair had to offer. The Mourne Clothing Company had some fine Country wear on display, as did my old favourites Charlie Keenan, Edinburgh Clothing Company and Barbour. There were Clay pigeon shooting, Gun Dogs, Dog shows, amusements, and ice cream and swetties stands for the Children. Everything for a good family day out. Retail therapy at an end, hunger took over, so we treated ourselves to some of the tasty food on offer on the site. The sun shone bright to early afternoon, but all of a sudden the sky darkened and the heavens opened. And that it did. But the show must go on. Time passes so quickly, it was soon time to head back to the show ring and our high light of the day, the dog show. Here are the Championship Results for Showing. Champion Whippet Raphael O Reilly with Sky Champion Lurcher Mark Dupplaw with Booty Reserve Champion Tina Morrissey with Eddie Champion Terrier Keith Breen with Busker Reserve Champion Eamo Mc Erlain with Spooky Champion Puppy Niall O Cloghan with Ryder Congratulations to all above winners, hope to see Whippet/Lurcher/Terrier, all at Shanes Castle for the 5 Nations Championships on Sunday 30thJune. And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the judges, who stood out in the pouring rain and judged so fair and efficiently on the day. Whippets Jim Dalton Lurchers Niall Healey Terriers Jed Brady And Finally, Finally, many thanks to Tom Barry and his wife Leanne and their back up team for running the dog show so smoothly despite the heavy rain, and also everybody that stood in the ring. A lot of hard work goes into running and organising these shows, and thank you for that. What comes to mind when a dream comes true. Hard work , sleepless nights, a brilliantly successful Game Fair and Country Lifestyle Festival, and a new venue. Many thanks again to Albert Titterington, the rock in his life his wife Irene, and Co Directors for another great Game Fair weekend in the pleasant countryside of County Galway. Onward and upward, and on to the daddy of them all, yes Shanes Castle Game Fair, Saturday 29thJune and 30thJune 19. See you all there Margaret Mc Stay
  3. Not sure which one you mean. The Man O War show was on last year, not sure if it will be on this year or not.
  4. GREAT GAME FAIRS OF IRELAND THE GALWAY GAME FAIR & COUNTRY LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND SATURDAY 15th and SUNDAY 16th JUNE 19 AT BALLYBRIT RACE COURSE, GALWAY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: SHOWING ( NO RACING ) *** I HAVE JUST BEEN GIVEN THE JUDGES FOR SHOWING OF LURCHERS/TERRIERS/WHIPPETS THIS SUNDAY 16th JUNE IN GALWAY *** THEY ARE AS FOLLOWS : WHIPPETS : JIM DALTON LURCHERS: NIALL HEALEY TERRIERS : JED BRADY Margaret Mc Stay
  5. ONLY 5 MORE SLEEPS TO THE : GALWAY GAME FAIR AND COUNTRY LIFE STYLE FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 15th AND 16th JUNE AT BALLYBRIT RACE COURSE, GALWAY, CO GALWAY. SUNDAY IS BIG DOG SHOW DAY FOR TERRIERS/LURCHERS/WHIPPETS. ALL THE QUALIFIERS FOR THE 5 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SHANES CASTLE ON THE 30TH JUNE 19. NO RACING AT GALWAY.
  6. FULL PROGRAMME FOR LURCHERS/TERRIERS/WHIPPETS AT GALWAY GAME FAIR AND COUNTRY LIFE STYLE FESTIVAL, SATURDAY 15TH JUNE AND SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 19 SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 19 TERRIERS/LURCHERS/WHIPPETS SHOWING (NO RACING) SUNDAY 16TH JUNE 19 IRISH COUNTRY LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL TERRIER, WHIPPET & LURCHER CHAMPIONSHIPS Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Sunday 16th June starting 11.30 AM Sponsored by Feedwell Terrier Classes AV Terrier Dog Pup AV Terrier Bitch Pup Russell Dog Or Bitch Patterdale Dog Or Bitch Lakeland Dog Or Bitch Border Dog Or Bitch AV Entered Dog AV Entered Bitch Crossbred Dog Or Bitch Champion Classes 2 To 9 Puppy Winners go into Puppy Championship. Whippet Classes Whippet Dog Pup Whippet Bitch Pup Whippet Dog Whippet Bitch Entered Whippet Racing Whippet Champion 3 To 6 Puppy Winners go into Puppy Championship. Lurcher Classes Lurcher Dog Pup Lurcher Bitch Pup Smooth Under 23 Inch Smooth Over 23 Inch Rough Under 23 Rough Over 23 Any Collie Type Any Bull Cross Lurcher Any Saluki Cross Any Lamping Lurcher Greyhound class Entered Hound Class Champion Classes 3 To 11 Pups go into Puppy Championship Please note there will be no racing in 2019 this will return in 2020. Prize Structure: All class winners 15Kg bag of Feedwell, Commemorative Embroidered Winners Cap and Rosettes to 4th place. Terrier, Lurcher & Whippet Champions: €50, Embroidered Coat, Bronze Trophy and Rosette Coats and Trophies as for Shanes Castle. Best Opposite Sex to Champions: €25 OVERALL CHAMPION : Trophy Puppy Champion : Bronze Trophy & Rosette Two Lurchers, Terriers & Whippets to qualify for the Five Nations Championships at Shanes Castle PLEASE NOTE: The Game Fairs are intended to be a showcase for working dogs and it is expected that all people attending the show will display the best of sportsmanship and accept judges decisions without dissent. The organisers reserve the right to ask people disputing decisions to leave the ground without refund. THERE WILL BE NO CAMPING ON SITE as the organisers do not have insurance for camping or caravanning. AND THERE ARE NO DOGS TO BE SOLD ON SITE.
  7. ***Please Note : Show Cancellation*** Sunday 9th June 19 Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show (Fiona Devlins Show ) Owing to the Heavy Rain and keeping in mind the safety of our Dogs and Personnel, it has been decided to cancel this show to Sunday 23rd June, when hopefully the weather will be a bit better and ground in better condition. On behalf of Fiona, she is sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Margaret Mc Stay
  8. THREE TOP SHOWS THIS WEEKEND, ONE IN THE SOUTH OF IRELAND AND TWO IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. Saturday 8thJune 19 The Sporting Whippet Club N.I. will be holding their 1stShow & Race day of 2019 this Saturday 8th June (Pure bred Whippets only) Signing in for Racing from 10.30am to 11.45 Racing kicking off for 12.00pm.This show is a qualifier for the Five Nations Whippet Championship at Shanes Castle Game Fair. *VENUE* BALLEE PLAYING FIELDS, Ballee Road West, Ballymena, BT42 2HS. Dont you forget now. Sunday 9th June 19 Coolnakilla Harriers Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials , Rathcormack, Co Cork, will be held this Sunday 9th June 19. Full Showing Schedule. A great Family Day out. Sunday 9thJune 19 COME ON DOWN THIS SUNDAY 9THJUNE TO FEAGHBRIDGE SCHOOLING TRACK, COALISLAND, CO TYRONE FOR A GREAT SPORTING DAY OUT AT : The Armagh Sporting Dog Show and Race Day ( Fiona Devlins Show) this Sunday 9th June 2019. Classes for Terriers, Lurchers, Whippets and Strong Dogs. FOR YOUR SAT NAVS : BT71 4QZ This show will be a qualifier for 5 Nations Lurcher, Whippet and Terriers Championships at Shanes Castle. Also a full Racing Schedule. Qualifiers for Mick the Miller and Master Mc Grath . Margaret Mc Stay
  9. My New Dog Show/Racedays/Game Fairs list for 2019. Updated : 17.6.19 at 7.00pm ( I WILL KEEP ADDING DATES AS THEY COME IN.) Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show (Fiona Devlins Show )Full Details Sunday 23rd June 19 North Tipperary Hound and Dog Show 23rd June in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. This show is a qualifier for the Five Nations/Master Mc Grath and Mick The Miller, and will be held at Lisbonny, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Saturday 29th June 19 Irish Game and Country Fair Shanes Castle, Co Antrim Sunday 30th June 19 Irish Game and Country Fair Shanes Castle, Co Antrim Sunday 7th July 19 The Sporting Whippet Club NI 2nd show of 2019 Sunday 14thJuly 19 Working Terrier Show (Kevin Maguires Show) Sunday 21st JULY 19 Kildare Working Terrier, Lurcher, Whippet, and Gun Dog Show will take place Sunday 21st July 19, in the field opposite Mondello Race Track. Sunday 21st JULY 19 Cloyne Harriers Dog Show, Cloyne , Co Cork. Full details later Sunday 28th July 19 Tullylish Working Terrier and Lurcher Club are having their Dog Show and Race day Sunday 28th July 19. Full Details later. Sunday 4th August 19 The Sporting Whippet Club NI 3rd show of 2019 Sunday 11th August 19 Mid and East Antrim Working Dog ClMid and East Antrim Working Dog Club will be holding their show at the " Field of Dreams Schooling Track " Sunday 11th August 19. Racing will be out of traps with the exception of Bull Cross and Pups. Also full list of showing classes for Lurchers/Terriers/ Whippets/ and childrens handling Class. A show not to be missed. Sunday 25th August 19 Mickey Quinns Bumper Charity Dog Show and Raceday, Sunday 25th August 19. Full details later. Sunday 15th September 19 The Sporting Whippet Club NI 4th show of 2019 Margaret Mc Stay
  10. The Northern Ireland Country Fair at Scarva Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019 What a glorious weekend we had at the annual Northern Ireland Country Sports Fair held in the majestic grounds of the beautiful Scarvagh Estate. Rising by the bell on both days, it was great to be alive, in good health, and with our dogs in toe, we arrived at the venue for Northern Ireland Country Sports Fair at approximately 10.30. As we arrived in the field the atmosphere was electric with the sound of barking dogs, sweet music, breakfast wafting in the air, and the stall holders setting out their wares for the day. Every year this Fair grows from strength to strength, and this year was no different. Dogs exercised, fed and watered, we headed up into the Fair for some retail therapy and we were not disappointed. There was everything there from a needle to an anchor. We stopped off with Stephen Smyth on the Barbour stand for our usual chat. Stephen is such a nice man, always so welcoming and a great salesman. Next stop was Cahill Collars, the Burger stand as we were starving, and finished up at the outdoor clothing stand buying too much and penniless. Matthew Downey provided a superb display of top class entertainment in the Ferret showing and racing ring. Matthew your show is a credit to you, very well run and most enjoyable. John Warrener Wray and his lovely family were there with boxes of Ferretts and all winners. Some Ferrett Showing and Racing Results. Polecat Class John Werner Wray with Nobby 3rd Gemma Wray with Reggie Albino Hob A/C Class 2nd John Warrener Wray with Sid Vicous **Racing Ferrett Champion won by Chontelle Mc Meekan and Mark Mc Callion with their Ferrett Jill Ferrett Showing **Champion Ferrett Showing : Sarah Kelly with Blaze Reserve Champion John Warrener Wray with Nobby Judge : Shane Burns Time flies by so quickly, it was soon time to head back to the Terrier/Lurcher and Whippet rings with my other half for what was to be a great weekend of Racing and Showing. 52 dogs Raced between Saturday and Sunday and in Showing on Saturday over the three rings 240 dogs were shown. What a turnout, with a big increase of Whippets this year in the Whippet ring. Here are the showing results : Puppy Champion Bryce Collins with Rocko Reserve Shane Mc Killion with Frankie Champion Whippet Sean Dooher with Jill Reserve Meghan Melaugh with Joe Champion Lurcher Maurice Mc Dowell with Blue Susan Gamble with Gin Champion Terrier Jackie Norman with Darkie Reserve John Shaw with Piper **Overall Supreme Show Champion Maurice Mc Dowell with Blue Reserve Champion Sean Dooher with Jill 3rd Jackie Norman with Darkie ***Racing Results Saturday : Whippet Champion Gladys and Alec Savage with Murphy Under 23 Sean Burke with Diesel Over 23 Michelle Rafferty with Sally ***Simulated Racing on Sunday Whippet Champion Susan Mc Cann with Mickey Reserve Champion Colin Tucker with Cooper *** Overall Simulated Racing Champion Jed Donagh with Lily Reserve Champion Susan Mc Cann with Mickey A Big Congratulations to all above winners and well done And Finally, On behalf of the Gilford Terrier and Lurcher Club, I would like to thank the judges on the day for a job well done. Whippets/ Gerald Mc Keown Lurchers/Rose Mc Coy Terriers/Paul Mc Alinden Ferretts / Shane Burns And Finally, Finally, I always leave the best to last. Yes Justin Hill, Ian Davidson and Ben Davidson you were simply the best. You run your show with impeccable organisation and skill. It was very evident a lot of preparation went on behind the scenes to make this show a most enjoyable day for everyone. All events went without a hitch, and some very happy people went home with another nice rosette or trophy for the mantle piece. None of this would be possible if it were not for Gillian and Derek Lutton and your brilliant back up team. You sure know how to organise a Country Sports Fair. You left know stone unturned, and thank you most sincerely for the golden memories we have taken away with us. We all had a ball, and are already looking forward to more of the same in 2020. Margaret Mc Stay
  11. ONLY 3 MORE SLEEPS - EXCITED THE GILFORD WORKING LURCHER AND TERRIER CLUB WILL BE RUNNING : Showing and Straight Racing on Saturday Sunday simulated racing only FOR YOUR SAT NAVS : BT63 6NL HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE. Margaret Mc Stay Margaret Mc Stay 20 May at 23:13 UPWARDS AND ONWARDS THIS WEEKEND. ALL ROADS THIS WEEKEND LEAD TO : NORTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY SPORTS FAIR AT SCARVAGH HOUSE, SCARVA, CO ARMAGH. FOR YOUR SAT NA...See more 3 shares
  12. UPWARDS AND ONWARDS THIS WEEKEND 25th and 26th May 19. ALL ROADS THIS WEEKEND LEAD TO : NORTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY SPORTS FAIR AT SCARVAGH HOUSE, SCARVA, CO ARMAGH. FOR YOUR SAT NAVS: BT63 6NL SEE YOU ALL THERE Margaret Mc Stay
  13. The DWTC Dog Show and Race Day, Sunday 12thMay 19. The sun was breaking through the clouds as we drove through the heart of Apple Blossom country, on our way to the Annual DWTC Dog Show and Race Day at Sandy Heaks Modern Farm on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Scarva. As the time for shining in the field has finished for another season, the DWTC dog show was a good opportunity to give our canine friends a treat after the long cold winter. By midday the field was filled to capacity, with barking dogs, trailers, and families, all taking in the first rays of the summer sun. Shows are an exciting way to challenge both yourself and your dog, while meeting people in an atmosphere of healthy competition. And certainly there was plenty of competition on the day. There was a big turnout and a great mix of Lurchers, Terriers, Whippets, Strong dogs and racing dogs. In the ring it was a judges nightmare and some very hard decisions to make. Some very tasty burgers were cooked and served on site by Trisha Gilmore, and collars and leads sold from the stand of Cahill Collars. As I walked around the rings it was evident how popular this show is. It is always a pleasure to stop and chat with the good men and women of the Canine world, who are always so courteous and respectful to me. These people are all good country sports people, who love to show and race their dogs in the summer and work in the field in winter. Time passes so quickly when you are enjoying yourself, and very soon it was time to start the show. Here are the Overall Showing Results. Showing Results Childrens Handling Class Brooke Rafferty with Red Champion Pup Maurice Mc Dowell with Marshall Champion Whippet Brooke Rafferty with Millie Reserve Davy Best with Kelly Champion Lurcher Maurice Mc Dowell with Poacher Reserve Lisa Beggs with Cirez Champion Terrier Chloe Mc Keown with POPS Reserve Hugh Higgins with Flash Champion Strong Dog Jed Brady with Ben Reserve Declan Owens with Kelo DWTC Perputal Cup Hare Class Sean Burke with Kesh The Billy Copeland Cup Maurice Mc Dowell with Blue. ***Overall Show Champion Chloe Mc Keown with POPS Well done Chloe and many Congratulations *** Some Racing Results Puppy Racing Brooke Rafferty with Lisa Whippet Racing Alec Savage with Murphy Under 21 Joe Leonard with Runaway Scared Under 23 Michelle Rafferty with Gin Over 23 Stephanie O Connor with Bear Bull X Champion Scott Brookes with Flash Lee Brookes 2ndin Collie Class with Bobby Mick The Miller Michael Mc Grath with Stella Master Mc Grath Stephanie O Connor with Bear Congratulations to all winners in the showing and racing and well done to all. And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the judges and their ring stewards on the day for a job well done. Whippets = Michael Mc Grath Lurchers = Jonny Wilson Terriers/ Strong Dogs = Raymond Crilly. Judging is not an easy job, but you were consistent and fair, and very successful with the end product. And Finally, Finally, the memories of this show will linger on with me for some time to come. The craic and the banter was good and a brilliant atmosphere all around. None of this would have been possible without Leanne and Tom Barry and all their brilliant back up team who all worked so tirelessly to make this show so successful on the day. Some sleepless nights in the Barry household, but all well worth it and a real credit to Tom and Leanne and everybody involved. Roll on 2020 for more of the same. Margaret Mc Stay
  14. ***DWTC DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY*** SUNDAY 12th MAY 19. Come On Down to Scarva in the Beautiful Co Down Countryside, to Sandy Heaks Modern Farm, Sunday 12th May 19, where the DWTC will be holding their Annual Dog Show and Raceday. Showing starts at 12 Noon Sharp, followed by Racing. This show is a qualifer for the Master Mc Grath and Mick The Miller . Also qualifiers for the 5 Nations Whippet/Terrier and Lurcher Champion of Champions, all to be held at Shanes Castle, 29th and 30th of June 19. Showing for Terriers/Lurchers/Bull Breeds , Whippets, and Strong Dogs. Venue for your Sat Navs - Sandy Heakes' Modern Farm, 7 Drummiller Lane, Scarva, BT63 6BR More detail nearer the time. Margaret Mc Stay
  15. PLEASE NOTE: TULLYLISH SHOW. Could all persons who won Perpetual Trophys at the Tullylish Working Terrier Club Show last year 2018, Please return them to John Barry at your earliest convenience. John will be attending the DWTC show on Sunday 12th May, so if it is convient for you then, please bring it on that day and John will collect it from you. On Behalf of John Barry Margaret Mc Stay
  16. DONT YOU FORGET NOW SHOWING AND RACING TOMORROW. COME ON DOWN THIS SUNDAY THE 12th MAY TO APPLE BLOSSOM COUNTRY TO : THE NEXT BIG DOG SHOW ON MY LIST ***DWTC DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY*** SUNDAY 12th MAY 19. *Gate and Class Entries IN Sterling* Come On Down to Scarva in the Beautiful Co Down Countryside, to Sandy Heaks Modern Farm, Sunday 12th May 19, where the DWTC will be holding their Annual Dog Show and Raceday . Showing starts at 12 Noon Sharp, followed by Racing. This show is a qualifer for the Master Mc Grath and Mick The Miller . Also qualifiers for the 5 Nations Whippet/Terrier and Lurcher Champion of Champions, all to be held at Shanes Castle, 29th and 30th of June 19. Showing for Terriers/Lurchers/Bull Breeds , Whippets, and Strong Dogs. Venue for your Sat Navs - Sandy Heakes' Modern Farm, 7 Drummiller Lane, Scarva, BT63 6BR Margaret Mc Stay
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