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  1. Tully Castle Dog Show and Festival Saturday 12th August 17 I never grow tired of the scenic views and history that surrounds this little piece of heaven called Tully Castle. Sitting on Tully Point and tucked away in the County Fermanagh Country side, this was the venue for Tully Castle Festival and Dog Show Saturday 12th August 17. We set out fine and early with no dogs for a change, as my husband John Mc Stay was judging at the show. After meeting up with some canine friends along the way, we had breakfast and then headed on to Enniskillen and Tully Castle. As usual, we were first in the field with the exception of the stand holders. When we arrived, we had our yearly trip up around the Castle. Mindful of these ruins been steeped in history, within those historic walls I could hear in my minds ear the sound of voices in the air, of a house and family that lived there long, long, time ago. From 12noon onwards the crowds began to arrive, and by show time the grounds of the Castle came alive with the sound of barking dogs of all breeds. There was a Bouncy Castle, walking Balls, and many other activities for the children to enjoy. An ice cream and burger van was on site as well as many stands with craft and jewellery, and some very tasty home produced food. We basked all day in the glorious sunshine, while the Churchill band serenaded all at the festival in true summer time style. As the beautiful strains of Danny Boy rang out over the Fermanagh countryside, this beautiful music added to the atmosphere and enjoyment of the Dog Show and Festival. Time passes so quickly when you are enjoying yourself and very soon it was showing time. Here are the Overall showing Results: Congratulations to all the winners in the Childrens Handling Class. You were all winners in my mind. Overall Show Champion Lurcher Michael Quinn with Buster Overall Show Champion Terrier Terence Mc Laughlin with Rusty Overall Show Champion Whippet Janet Duke with Oscar Best Local Dog Stuart Hassard with Lollie Overall Show Champion and Best In Show : Janet Duke with Oscar Reserve Show Champion and Best in Show Michael Quinn with Buster A Big Congratulations to all above Champions and winners, and all who took part on the day, well done. May I take this opportunity to thank the judges on the day. John Mc Stay Whippets/ Lurchers. Gene Gallagher/Terriers for a job well done. Judging is not an easy task, but you carried out your duties firm and fair. As in every year gone past, I must not forget to thank Norma Heap and her PA system, for announcing the names and results of the showing without a hitch. Over the years Norma you have done a wonderful job and the show would not be the same without you. With your friendly voice you keep us all on our toes and many thanks for that. And Finally, I dandered around the rings and took some photographs of all our moments of glory with my mobile. Billy Harpur was there also and added the professional touch to the photography on the day. All these photographs are on my Face Book timeline at the moment. And Finally, Finally, I always leave the best to last. I would like to thank the festival committee Norma Heap/Emily Hall/Nicola Heap/Sue Hogg/Gillian Carroll/Wesley Scott and other names I do not have. It was evident there was great teamwork on the day, and success shone through in abundance at this festival. And now to the king of Tully Castle himself Scott Fallis. You made everybody so welcome, your dog show ran so smoothly and was a credit to your organisational skills, and above all the whole day was most enjoyable. As the long dark days of winter are closing in on us, and the show scene is coming to an end for another year, we will look back with fond memories of our day out at Tully Castle Dog Show. Scott, we really enjoyed the show and the beauty of Tully Castle, and look forward to more of the same in 2018 God willing. Margaret Mc Stay
  2. North Sligo Agriculture Show Gene GallaghersTerrier/Lurcher/Whippet Dog Show and Race Day Saturday 5th August 17 We started out early on Saturday morning, met up with some friends along the way, and headed up the motorway to beautiful Yeats Country and the North Sligo Agriculture Show/Dog Show. Sitting in the lap of the beautiful table mountain of Ben Bulben, lies the village of Grange Co Sligo. This was the venue for North Sligo Agriculture Show, and Gene Gallaghers Lurcher, Terrier, and Whippet Dog Show. The sun shone in abundance, and this was backed up with a wealth of craic, banter, good food, great company, and after the showing good music and song from Gerry Guthrie to dance to. What more could anyone ask for. As we arrived early, we had time to go up through the show and soak up the nice Carnival buzz and all the fun of the fair. There were many feet on the ground and the atmosphere was electric. Every Agricultural animal you could mention was on show. Cows, sheep, horses, various stands, bouncy Castles, and climbers for the children, and many more attractions on offer, to many to mention. Along the way I met up with some good canine friends I had not seen for a couple of years. Catherine and Matt Slevin came all the way from County Wexford, as did Pat Lynch and his son Michael who travelled from Strabane. What great Canine and Country Sports people these people are, enjoying all the fun of the fair in Sligo The venue for the dog show was superb this year, with well spaced out rings, easy access, ringside parking and a good racetrack. The Racing started at approximately 12.30, followed by Showing. Here are the results Racing Under 21 Deirdre Mc Coy with Taylor Over 23” Lurcher Adam Cummins with Connor Under 23” Michelle Rafferty with Gin Bull Cross Kirsty Harpur with Skyler Rough Coat Peter Cummins with Harry Whippets Charlene Rafferty with Zio Pups Michelle Rafferty with Spot Terriers 1/Jed Donagh with Faye 2/Michael Lynch with Randy Showing Results OVERALL CHAMPION WHIPPET Colin Maguire with Pepsi Reserve Sean Dooher with Joe 3rd Charlene Rafferty with Zolo OVERALL CHAMPION LURCHER Jed Donagh with Hammer Reserve Charlene Rafferty with Red 3rd Kirsty Harpur with Regal OVERALL CHAMPION TERRIER Terence Mc Laughlin with Rusty Reserve Pat Maloney with Nipper 3rd Niall O Cloghan with Rex OVERALL CHAMPION PUP Wesley Scott with Midge Reserve Jed Donagh with Sid 3rd Brooke Rafferty with Milly ***Overall Champion and Best in Show went to : ***Colin Maguire with Pepsi *** Reserve Jed Donagh with Hammer 3rd Terence Mc Laughlin with Rusty. A Big Congratulations to Colin, Jed and Terence, and all above very worthy winners, both in Racing and Showing. There was a very poignant moment, when Hugh Mc Gowan stepped forward to present the PJ Mc Gowan memorial Perpetual Cup to Colin Maguire : Best in Show winner. This cup was donated by the Mc Gowan family in memory of their late father, a top Terrier man and kept Terriers all his life. What a lovely accolade. And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the judges, Peter Cummins Lurchers/ Terriers Matt Slevin/Whippets Michael Quinn for a job well done. Judging is not an easy job at any time, but you carried out your duties to perfection And Finally, Finally, our very enjoyable day out at Sligo dog show would not of been possible without the hard work and determination of Gene Gallagher and his brilliant team of helpers. It was evident a lot of hard work and sleepless nights went on behind the scenes in the run up to this show. Gene, your dog show was a credit to you and your team, and made Saturday a most enjoyable day for all the good Canine folk North and South of the border. We really enjoyed every moment of it Gene, and look forward to more of the same next year. Margaret Mc Stay
  3. UPDATED LIST OF DOG SHOWS/RACE DAYS/GAMEFAIRS AT THE 1st AUGUST 17 Now for the Big One Birr Castle Game Fair 26th and 27th August 2017 Saturday 26th August 2017 Birr Castle Sunday 27th August 2017 Birr Castle ( Dog Show and Raceday) A Full Programmme of Racing and Showing. Mick the Miller Champion Race/ 5 Nations Lurcher Championship AND A full programmme of Racing and Showing. Sunday 3rd September 17 Charity Dog Show and Race Day. (Full Details Later ) 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. Full details later. Margaret Mc Stay
  4. ****2 Great Sporting Bonanzas this Weekend Saturday and Sunday.**** Come on Down to the Beautiful County Fermanagh : This Saturday 12th August 17. DOG SHOW ONLY ( NO RACING ) Please Note : ***By kind permission of Mr AJ TITTERINGTON, this year Tully Castle Dog Show will be a qualifier for 5 Nations Lurcher Championship at Birr Castle 17, and 5 Nations qualifier for Whippet and Terrier Championship at Shanes Castle 2018*** ***Tully Castle Dog Show and Family Festival Day : Tully Castle Dog Show for Whippets , Lurchers and Terriers will take place this weekend Saturday 12th August 17. Tully Castle is a Castle situated near Enniskillen County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, and sits on the southern shore of Lower Lough Erne. What a beautiful venue for a Dog Show. Hope to see you all there. This dog show is for showing only, no racing. Dog show commences at 2.00 pm Sharp. ADDRESS For Your Sat Navs ***Church Hill, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, 10 miles from Enniskillen on the A46 Enniskillen to Belleek Road : For Your Sat Nav BT93 6HF*** ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sunday 13th August 17 Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show and Raceday( Fiona Devlins Show ) This Sunday 13th August 17 at Feaghbridge Flapping Track, Coalisland , Co Tyrone. This show will be a qualifier for the 5 Nations Lurcher Championship 
and the Mick the Miller prestigious Race at Birr Castle in August, and the 5 Nations Whippet Championship 2018 at Shanes Castle There will be rings for Lurchers, Terriers, Whippets and Strong Dogs. All the usual classes, both for Showing and Racing. Entries will be taken for Racing from 10.00am, and racing will commence sharp at 11.00am. Showing will be approximately 1.30. See you all there. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  5. We are delighted to announce the judges for: IRELAND'S MAJOR LURCHER SHOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS - The RED MILLS FIVE NATIONS LURCHER CHAMPIONSHIPS This highlight of the lurcher showing year will be staged in the main arena at 5.30 at the Irish Game & Country Fair at Birr Castle on Sunday 27th August. The judges are Donal Smith, Alan Crosbie and Kieran Young. We think they represent a good cross section of lurchers and under our system they judge independently of each other. Each judging and scoring each dog out of 10 for FOUR CRITERIA : Conformation; Movement; Condition and Fit For Purpose. And there are still a couple of shows where you can qualify AND of course the final chance to qualify at Birr on Sunday afternoon in the ROI Lurcher Championships under Nigel Quinn. And the prizes : The CHAMPION wins £250 plus a cold cast bronze trophy ( by Duncan Blacklock) plus a Barbour Coat ; Winners cap and Racing Coat sponsored by Janet Duke. Runner Up £100, runners up cap, plus Carriage clock plus racing coat. All qualifiers attending the fair get a limited edition qualifiers cap.
  6. HIGH HOO HIGH HOO, ITS OFF TO SLIGO WE GO THIS SATURDAY 5th August 17 BIG ROAD TRIP AHEAD **COME ON OVER TO BEAUTIFUL YEATS COUNTRY** North Sligo Agriculture Show Grange, Co.Sligo ( Gene Gallaghers Dog Show and Race Day ) Saturday 5th August 17 Terrier, Lurcher , Whippet Show and Racing. Racing starting at approx 11.30 pm Showing at 2 pm Entry Fee: €3 per class. Terrier Ring 1 1. Terrier Pup under 1 year old Dog – Bitch. 2. Jack Russell Terrier Dog – Bitch. 3. Patterdale/Fell Terrier Dog – Bitch. 4. Border Terrier Dog – Bitch. 5. Lakeland Terrier Dog – Bitch. 6. Cross Breed Terrier or not named above. 7. Working Terrier Dog – Bitch. 8. Best Pair Terriers. 9. Champion Terrier from class 2-7. ***Plummers Please Note, the organizer has said if there is enough Plummers he will put on a class or maybe two if I twist his arm*** Lurcher Ring 2 1. Any Variety Lurcher Pup under 1 year old Dog – Bitch. 2. Smooth Lurcher Over 23’’ Dog – Bitch. 3. Smooth Lurcher Under 23” Dog – Bitch. 4. Rough Lurcher Over 23” Dog – Bitch. 5. Rough Lurcher Under 23” Dog – Bitch. 6. Lamping Lurcher Dog – Bitch. 7. Coarsing Lurcher Dog – Bitch. 8. Terrier Cross Lurcher Dog – Bitch. 9. Best Pair Lurchers. 10. Champion Lurcher from class 2-8. Whippet Ring 3 1. Whippet Pup Under 1 year old Dog – Bitch. 2. Whippet Over 1 year old Dog. 3. Whippet Over 1 year old Bitch. 4. Working Whippet Dog – Bitch. 5. Racing Whippet Dog – Bitch. 6. Veteran Whippet Over 6 year old Dog – Bitch. 7. Best Pair Whippets. 8. Champion Whippet from class 2-6. Over All Champion 1. Champion Pup -> Terrier- Lurcher – Whippet. 2. Over All Champion. Each Class Winner receives Trophy, Rosette and Bag of Nuts. Bar, Food, Live Music with Gerry Guthrie, and lots of fun for the Kids on Show Day. ***Please note this show is a qualifier for the 5 Nations Lurcher Championship at Birr Castle, and a qualifier for the 5 Nations Terrier and Whippet Championship at Shanes Castle 2018.*** Always a great Show. Margaret Mc Stay
  7. Tullylish Working Terrier Club Sunday 30th July 17 The townland of Tullylish with its beautiful landscapes and farmland sits on the River Bann, and contains the villages of Gilford and Laurencetown. It was amid these rolling green pastures and magnificent scenery that the Tullylish Working Terrier Club held their annual Dog Show and Raceday Sunday 30th July 17 . As we arrived in the field the sun was shinning, but as the day progressed, there was heavy intermittent showers and at one stage thunder and lightening. This did not take away from the quality, and organisation that went in to making this show so successful. As the old saying goes “ The show must go on “ and the Tullylish Working Terrier Club done just that. As the Canine men, women and their little folk arrived in force with their prized Canine crew in tow, it was evident of the popularity of this brilliant show. These people are all used to following their 2nd love of Country Sports, out in the fields in rain and snow in the hunting season, and in the show ring in the summer. Mrs Mc Straw was on site with her catering van, and served up some very tasty food. The breakfast burgers were very appetising, and second helpings was the call all around. There were four well spaced out rings and the quality of the Lurchers/ Terriers/Whippets and Strong Dogs were of a very high standard and good breeding. It was nice to see so many regular show goers there, along with quite a few new ones. Time passes so quickly and very soon it was time to kick the show off with the Simulated racing. Here are some Results. Simulated Racing Overall Winner was: Michael Quinn with Lady Reserve Fiona Devlin with Maverick Here are the Overall Showing Results. Hope I got them right. Puppies Overall Champion Puppy Fiona Devlin with Musty Reserve Jamie Lee Mc Kinistry with Socks Whippets Whippet Dog 1/Tracy Gill with Levi 2/Charlene Rafferty with Zolo 3/Michael Quinn withFinn Whippet Whippet 1/Barry Chambers with Ruby 2/Tracy Gill with Ash 3/Colin Maguire with Pepsi Overall Champion Lurcher Jed Donagh with Chunk Reserve Rose Mc Coy with Lacey Overall Champion Terrier Conor Quinn with Bob Reserve John Heslip with Dave Overall Champion Bull Lurcher Roy Nixon with Chip Reserve James Boyd with Fran Overall Champion Strong Dogs Tom Barry with Scully Reserve Charlene Martin with Rohan Overall Show Champion and Best in Show Conor Quinn with BOB Reserve Jed Donagh with Chunk Northern Ireland Lurcher Champion of Champions James Boyd with Fran Reserve Lisa Beggs with Joker Northern Ireland Terrier Champion of Champions Conor Quinn with BOB Reserve Dessie Mackin with Frankie ( Handled by Hanna Heinonen) Big Congratulations to all the winners, and also to every one who took part. You are all winners in my eyes. Some Racing Results Under 21 Joe Leonard with Amber O23 Malachy Mc Fall with Sonic U 23 Michelle Rafferty with Gin Bull Cross Charlene Rafferty with Red Mick The Millar Ali Gamble with Electra Whippet Racing Winner Charlene Rafferty with Zio Finally, the day would not be complete without thanking the Judges on the day. Despite the bad weather you all done a great job. The Judges were : Terriers/Janet Duke, Strong Dogs/ Ryan O Neill, Bull Cross/Kieran Young, Lurchers/Darren Connolly, NI Champion Lurchers/Paul Mc Keown, NI Champion Terrier/Tom Barry. And Finally, Finally, I always leave the best to last. Despite the inclement weather on Sunday, John Barry/Paul Mc Alinden, and your team, you did not falter from the task you all set out to do. Your show was a credit to the club, and very evident a lot of preparation and hard work went on behind the scenes to make this show an enjoyable day for everyone. All events went without a hitch, and some very happy punters went home with another nice trophy for the mantle piece this winter. Many thanks John and Paul and the Tullylish Working Terrier Club for another top class show this year, and hopefully we can enjoy more of the same again in 2018. **It should be noted that all the proceeds of the Raffle on Sunday will be going to Laurencetown Cross Community Group. What a great cause and what an accolade for this club** Margaret Mc Stay
  8. For competition details See facebook page https://www.(!64.56:886/groups/172092726163876/ BIRR CASTLE GAME FAIR COMPETITION with EDINBURGH CLOTHING. The AUTUMN EDITION of Irish Countrysports and Country Life magazine is FREE TO READ ONLINE at www.countrysportsandcountrylife.com with some very special offers on PERCUSSION and other great country clothing from Edinburgh Clothing. To enter the competition to win a very smart Percussion Tradition Waistcoat, a year's subscription to the magazine and two tickets to either the Birr Fair 26/27 August 2017 or Shanes Castle 2018 simply LIKE and SHARE this post before COB Tuesday 8th August. Edinburgh Clothing will be exhibiting at Birr but why not browse some excellent value products in the online magazine or on their website http://edinburghoutdoorwear.com/ SPECIAL HUNTING LIFE COMPETITION COMING SOON
  9. Special Game Fair Edition of IRISH COUNTRYSPORTS & COUNTRY LIFE Magazine with Terrier, Lurcher & Whippet Show reports on the SHANES CASTLE GAME FAIR & JED DONAGH'S SHOW plus PREVIEW of the ROI SHOW & RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS at BIRR CASTLE on SUNDAY 27th AUGUST including the GGFofI MICK THE MILLER RACE. PLUS MANY OTHER SPORTING ARTICLES: FREE TO READ ONLINE at www.countrysportsandcountrylife.com
  10. Tullylish Working Terrier Club Annual Dog Show this Sunday 30th July 17 Tullylish Working Terrier Club Dog Show and Race Day will be held at Ballylough Road, Gilford, this Sunday 30th July 17. Post Code : BT63 6AB. Please Note: There will be a catering van on site and will be serving breakfast from 11.00am ***SAME VENUE AS LAST YEAR*** Some directions. If you are coming from Gilford: 1/ Take the roundabout at Bannvale House Hotel and first road on your left. 2/ If you are coming from Banbridge, again go around the roundabout at Banvale House Hotel,and take first road on your left. 3/ When you enter this road,you will see a signpost for Lurgan/Waringstown. 4/ Go down this road for about 3 miles unto you see a Petrol Station on the right hand side of the road. 5/ Just pass that Petrol Station, and about 100 yards, there is a small road on your left hand side called Ballylough Road. 6/ Drive up that road for about 1mile, you will pass a farmhouse on your left hand side, a bit further you will 2 red gates also on left handside. 7/ Just 200yds past these gates you will see the field on your left hand side. End of Journey. Simulated & Straight Racing commences at 12 O Clock Sharp There will be Showing for Terriers, Lurchers, Whippets and Strong Dogs. Separate ring for Bull Lurchers. The NI Champion of Champions will be held at this show. Any Terrier or Lurcher that was Champion or Reserve Champion , after the 6th August 16 in the North of Ireland qualifies for this Championship. £50 prize money for each Champion, brilliant Trophies, along with the title of NI Champion of Champions. There will be : Weight Pulling , for Wheatens, Staffs, and Bulls. Dogs will be weighed on the day for all three divisions This show will be a Qualifier for the 5 Nations Championship for Lurchers at Birr Castle on Sunday 27th August 17. Any queries Please contact John Barry on 07519216378 **Anybody that has Perputual Trophies from last years show, Please return them on show day** Always a great family day out, so come along and enjoy yourselves with the good Canine folk of the doggie world. See you all on Sunday. Margaret Mc Stay
  11. UPDATED LIST OF DOG SHOWS/RACE DAYS/GAMEFAIRS AT THE 1st AUGUST 17 Saturday 12th August 17 Tully Castle Dog Show, Tullycastle, Enniskillen , Co Fermanagh ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 13th August 17 Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show and Raceday Sunday 13th August 17 at Feaghbridge Flapping Track, Coalisland , Co Tyrone. This show will be a qualifier for the 5 Nations Lurcher Championship and the Mick the Miller prestigious Race at Birr Castle in August, and the 5 Nations Whippet Championship 2018 at Shanes Castle There will be rings for Lurchers, Terriers, Whippets and Strong Dogs. All the usual classes, both for Showing and Racing. Judges : Lurches = Jed Donagh Whippets = Noel Sherry Terriers = Niall O Cloghan Strong Dogs = Not yet Confirmed As this show is for Charity, the designated Charity will be “ The Childrens Cancer Fund NI “. What a worthy cause. FOR YOUR SAT NAV THE POST CODE IS : BT71 4QZ Sunday 20th August 17 Williams Donnells Working Dog Show. ( Full Details Later ) Birr Castle Game Fair 26th and 27th August 2017 Saturday 26th August 2017 Birr Castle Sunday 27th August 2017 Birr Castle ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 3rd September 17 Charity Dog Show and Race Day. (Full Details Later ) Sunday 17th September 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Margaret Mc Stay
  12. We will have some of the best terrier, lurcher & whippet prizes in Ireland at the Birr Castle Game Fair on Sunday 27th August including for the fabulous MICK THE MILLER CHALLENGE but we also have superb prizes in all of the other sports including clay pigeon shooting. Clay Shooting - SOME GREAT SHOOTING PRIZES AT BIRR CASTLE on the 26th & 27th AUGUST Some of the biggest clay pigeon shooting prizes in Ireland will be on offer at the annual Irish Game & Country Fair over Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August at Birr Castle, Co Offaly. And according to the organisers even novice and rough shooting shots have a chance of winning some of that prize pot, including amazing shotguns up to €3,000. SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST 50 BIRD OPEN SPORTING CLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS. 1st prize a Cogswell and Harrison sponsored by David Brennan from Ardee Sports . 2nd prize €100.00 3rd prize €50.00 10 bird pool stand 33% pay out main prize €100.00 5 bird long teal 33% pay out minimum €100.00 SUNDAY 27th AUGUST 50 BIRD OPEN SPORTING GAME FAIR CHAMPIONSHIPS Top PRIZE is a fantastic BLASER F16 ( Game Gun) sponsored by Tom & Niall Kirwan from Lakeland Shooting Sports 2nd prize €150.00 3rd prize €75.00 NEW -10 bird springing teal competition this year with a minimum payout of €100 each day. 10 bird pool stand 33% pay out main prize €100.00 5 bird long teal 33% pay out minimum €100.00 50 bird ladies competition each day, sponsored by Peter Fox pharmacy Birr BOTH DAYS - Enter Saturday or Sunday SPECIAL PRIZE for NON CLASSIFIED NARGC MEMBERS over 50 bird sporting layout Well known gun dealer Francesco Morelli, from Casale 2000 Ltd, in Cashel, Co Tipperary has sponsored a magnificent Caesar Guerinin Gladius Automatic Shotgun for the best score over two days by a non classified NARGC member. Francesco says "Quite a few of our customers said that the top prizes at clay shoots often go to the real experts but we wanted to both introduce clay pigeon shooting to a wider audience and give the ordinary shooter a chance to win a gun of a life.” Francesco invites you to visit his stand for some excellent deals on guns, clothing, archery and other shooting and fishing equipment. SPECIAL PRIZE FOR TOP NARGC MEMBER SCORE over 25 bird sporting – 100 pheasants sponsored Fiach Dowling Coollattin estate County Wicklow SPECIAL IFA Countryside Members Prize - a €200 voucher for Paul O Halloran, Drangan County Tipperary special competition over 25 bird TOP JUNIOR PRIZE OVER TWO DAYS - €200 Voucher sponsored by Countrysports Ireland NB Please note that anyone winning a shotgun must arrange to claim this prize from the gundealer sponsoring the prize within one month of the fair. Anyone failing to do this will lose the prize. Also note we are operating a one person one prize rule each day. We are offering price concessions for early bird shooters who come between the hours of 9-11:30. We will be offering them €20 cards, €25 cards after 11:30 for both Saturday and Sunday. Enquiries contact Seamus 087 2664191 or Joe 087 6604604
  13. Saturday 5th August 17 North Sligo Agriculture Show Dog Show ( Gene Gallaghers Show ) will take place this year on Saturday 5th August 17 at Grange Co Sligo. Hope to see you all there. Margaret Mc Stay
  14. Sunday 30th July 17 Tullylish Working Terrier Club Dog Show and Raceday Tullylish Working Terrier Club Dog Show and Race Day Sunday 30th July 17 All the usual classes. Full Details of Venue Shortly. Qualifer for 5 Nations Lurcher Championship at Birr Castle 17 *****Please Note: ***** Anyone who has Perpetual Trophies from last years show, please make sure they are returned on or before Sunday 30th July 17 Always a great family day out , so come along and enjoy yourselves with the good Canine folk of the doggie world. Margaret Mc Stay
  15. The Galtee Foxhounds are holding there annual Dog Show in Kilbehenny, Co Cork, on Sunday 23rd July at 12.30 there will be classes for Hounds, Lurchers, Terriers and Pets. Plenty of activities on the day. Something for everyone. ( No Racing at this Show) Dont you forget now. Margaret Mc Stay
  16. Well Folk's, The Westmeath Working Terrier Club will be be holding its annual working dog show on Sunday the 16th July in Moate Co.Westmeath Ireland..... We will have all the usual classes on the day + a raffle, there will be stalls and food there on the day also... We'll keep you up dated over the coming months thanks for reading....
  17. UPDATED LIST OF DOG SHOWS/RACE DAYS/GAMEFAIRS AT THE 30th JUNE 17 Sunday 16th July 17 West Meath Working Terrier Dog Show This Sunday 16th July 17 Sunday 16th July 17 Cloyne Harriers Dog Show at Cloyne, Co Cork this Sunday 16th July 17. Sunday 23rd JULY 17 Galtee Foxhounds Dog Show at Kilbehenny ( Near Mitchelstown ) Co Cork. Full Details Later. Sunday 23rd July 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Saturday 29th July 17 North Sligo Agriculture Show Dog Show ( Gene Gallaghers Show ) will take place this year on Saturday 29th July 17 at Grange Co Sligo.Hope to see you all there. Sunday 30th July 17 Tullylish Working Terrier Club. Full details later Sunday 6th August 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Saturday 12th August 17 Tully Castle Dog Show, Tullycastle, Enniskillen , Co Fermanagh ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 13th August 17 Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show and Raceday Sunday 13th August 17 at Feaghbridge Flapping Track, Coalisland , Co Tyrone. This show will be a qualifier for the 5 Nations Lurcher Championship and the Mick the Miller prestigious Race at Birr Castle in August, and the 5 Nations Whippet Championship 2018 at Shanes Castle There will be rings for Lurchers, Terriers, Whippets and Strong Dogs. All the usual classes, both for Showing and Racing. Judges : Lurches = Jed Donagh Whippets = Noel Sherry Terriers = Not yet Confirmed Strong Dogs = Not yet Confirmed As this show is for Charity, the designated Charity will be “ The Childrens Cancer Fund NI “. What a worthy cause. FOR YOUR SAT NAV THE POST CODE IS : BT71 4QZ Sunday 20th August 17 Williams Donnells Working Dog Show. ( Full Details Later ) Birr Castle Game Fair 26th and 27th August 2017 Saturday 26th August 2017 Birr Castle Sunday 27th August 2017 Birr Castle ( Full Details Later ) Sunday 17th September 17 Sporting Whippet Club NI Dog Show and Race Day. Full details later. Margaret Mc Stay
  18. THE SHOWS MUST GO ON, AND THE NEXT SHOW ON MY RADAR, ANOTHER BIG FAVOURITE, THIS SUNDAY 16TH JULY 17 WESTMEATH WORKING TERRIER DOG SHOW The Westmeath Working Terrier Club will be be holding its annual working dog show on this Sunday 16th July in Moate Co.Westmeath Ireland All the usual classes on the day + a raffle, there will be stalls and food on site This show is a qualifer for 5 Nations Lurcher Championship at Birr Castle in August Hope the weather stays good. Always a brilliant show. Dont you forget now. Margaret Mc Stay
  19. Sunday 13th August 17 Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show and Raceday Sunday 13th August 17 at Feaghbridge Flapping Track, Coalisland , Co Tyrone. This show will be a qualifier for the 5 Nations Lurcher Championship and the Mick the Miller prestigious Race at Birr Castle in August, and the 5 Nations Whippet Championship 2018 at Shanes Castle There will be rings for Lurchers, Terriers, Whippets and Strong Dogs. All the usual classes, both for Showing and Racing. Judges : Lurches = Jed Donagh Whippets = Noel Sherry Terriers = Not yet Confirmed Strong Dogs = Not yet Confirmed As this show is for Charity, the designated Charity will be “ The Childrens Cancer Fund NI “. What a worthy cause. FOR YOUR SAT NAV THE POST CODE IS : BT71 4QZ Margaret Mc Stay
  20. BOW WOW WOW The Westmeath Working Terrier Club will be be holding its annual working dog show this Sunday the 16th July in Moate Co.Westmeath . We will have all the usual classes on the day + a raffle, there will be stalls and food there on the day also. This show is a qualifer for 5 Nations Lurcher Championship at Birr Castle in August Hope the weather stays good. Always a brilliant show. Dont you forget now. Margaret Mc Stay
  21. DONT YOU FORGET NOW Sunday 16th July 17 Cloyne Harriers Dog Show at Cloyne, Co Cork Sunday 16th July 17. Margaret Mc Stay
  22. A Show for Shan , Jed and Patricia Donaghs Charity Dog Show at Duleek , Sunday 9th July 17 Duleek is situated in the quiet valley of the Nanny River, in the beautiful County of Meath, and borders on the outskirts of Drogheda, nestling in the shadow of the flowing waters of the River Boyne. This was the venue for last Sundays outstanding Working Dog Charity Show and Race Day in Duleek. It was in this rich Countryside, that a very popular Country Sportsman with a heart of gold had a dream. And this dream soon became a reality, by reaching out a helping hand to Shan, a young lady from Carlow who is fighting a severe illness at the moment. The Canine folk of Ireland took this dream a little further and came out in force last Sunday to support this special cause. I have never seen crowds like it at a dog show on this island before. I have said it before and I will say it again, the generosity of our Country Sports fraternity knows no bounds when it comes to Charity events. From early morning the cars, trailers, huntsmen and their dogs began to arrive, and by noon the cars were parked 4 deep in the field. There was a real carnival atmosphere in the field with the laughter of children playing on the Bouncy Castle, and on site a Country Sports Clothing stand, Catapult Tent, Cahill Leads and Collars, Video stand with the eye in the Sky Drone, Burger and Ice Cream van, and a Nik Nak stand. Something for everyone. The weather was kind, with good spells of sunshine, but got a little cooler in the evening with a spot of rain as we were packing up to go home. Everybody and anybody from the dog show scene North and South of the border and further afield was at this show, and all out to contribute in some small way to this very special cause. I would like to say, I was so proud to see at last a dog show recognising the now famous Plummer Terriers, and giving them a ring and a judge all to themselves. I counted 20 Plummers around the ring on Sunday. What a turnout. Hopefully this will be the norm at the shows in 2018. Patricia Donagh, Jeds wife was in charge of the PA system and Master of Cermonies on the day, and did she not do a great job. A real professional that lady was, backed up with a lovely personality, and definitely a big flair for auctioneering. As Tricias beautiful southern brogue rang out over the field, the money kept rolling in. The quality of the items in the auction and in the raffle were unique and were of a very high standard, all donated from various caring individuals in the community. Fiona Devlin went home with a set of Antlers to hang above her bed. Poor Conor will be having nightmares when he wakes up and sees them set of horns looking back at him. John Mc Stay kept betting on a Weather Vane, and after many Euros later between the auction and the raffle, went home a happy camper with the car boot full. There was a very solemn and special moment in the show when Jed Donagh presented a beautiful inscribed plaque to the Welsh Family, in memory of their dear son Brian junior, an avid Country Sportsman, who passed away far to early in his young life. Knowing this lovely family, and also knowing the late Brian Junior, it was hard to hold back the tears at this presentation. Also Jed did not forget his good friend and keen huntsman, Simon Murphy, who passed away suddenly a few years back. Jed looked after Simon to the end of his life, and again on Sunday presented his mother with a beautiful inscribed plague in Simons memory. Time passes so quickly when you are having fun, and very soon it was time for Racing, followed by showing. The race track was the best I have seen this year and in mint condition. Any dog that won on that track deserves his winnings. It was a good length, with a sharp up hill climb at approach to the finishing line. Here are the Plummer Results given to me by the Godfather of the Plummer world Hagan Mc Quaid from Sligo. It was nice meeting up with you again Hagan at the show. You promote and do so much for this breed, and it looks like your hard work has payed off. Showing Judge - Janine Dooner Plummer Classes RESULTS: Child Handling 1 Ava Moran and Ferncliffe Fawn 2 Ben Cox and Ballyman Rose 3 Ollie Devlin and Dargle Valley Dixxie Best Pup 1 Dargle Valley Viper – Sam White 2 Dargle Valley Dixxie – Ava moran 3 Dargle Valley Daisy – Thomas Brien Best Bitch 1 Ferncliffe Tilly – Thomas Brien 2 Martello Radar – Alan Kenny 3 Oakfield Meg – Ronan McKenna Best Male 1 Brimar Nathy – Alan Kenny 2 DRD Rambo – Ronan McKenna 3 Pendragon Lan Cash – Phil Pugh Best Pair 1 Oakfield Butch & Ferncliffe Tilly – Thomas Brien 2 Trentside Potter & Oakfield Meg – Ronan McKenna 3 Trentside Sampson & Ferncliffe Fawn – Kian Connolly Best Progeny 1 Ferncliffe Fawn & Dargle Valley Dixxie – Brian Noble 2 Oakfield Meg & DRD Rambo – Ronan McKenna Best Working 1 Ferncliffe Tilly – Thomas Brien 2 Oakfield Butch - John Tierney 3 Brimar Nathy – Phil Pugh Best Condition 1 Brimar Merlin – Sam White 2 Oakfield Butch - John Tierney 3 Brimar Nathy – Phil Pugh Best Outcross 1 Drimina Gul - John Tierney 2 Drimina Sol – Kevin Macken Best In Breed Brimar Nathy – Phil Pugh Reserve Best In Breed Dargle Valley Viper – Sam White ------------------------------------------------- Childrens Handling Class Brooke Rafferty Lurcher Results : Given to me by Jennifer Gately Lurcher Showing Results Dog pup 1st James wood 2nd Colman Keigrey 3rd Harry Roche Bitch Pup 1st Ashton Keeta 2nd Rose McCoy 3rd Mark Dupplow Coursing Lurcher 1st Michelle Rafferty 2nd Brain Grady 3rd Lisa Beggs Collie Cross 1st Maurice Mcdowell 2nd Sheamus Hart 3rd Lisa Beggs Whippet cross dog/bitch 1st Billy Harper 2nd Mal McFall 3rd Brain Grady Bull Cross Dog 1st James Boyd 2nd Michael Quinn 3rd Colm Keighley Bull Cross Bitch 1st David Wear 2nd Charlene Rafferty 3rd Billy Harper Lamping Dog/Bitch 1st Ceilum Tinnelly 2nd John Ryan 3rd Paddy McCarthy Hare Dog ( Saluki Type) 1st Phil Owen's 2nd Jayna Griffin 3rd Niall O Cloghan Overs Rough Dog 1st Andy Bouche 2nd Tracey Crosbie Overs Smooth Dog 1st Billy Harper 2nd James Boyd 3rd Kirsty Harper Best Pair 1st Harry Roche 2nd Fiona Devlin 3rd Darren Mc Fetridge Under 24 Rough Dog / Bitch 1st Mark Dupplow 2nd Darren Mc Fetridge 3rd Harry Roche Under 24 Smooth Dog/Bitch 1st Mal McFall 2nd Brain Grady 3rd April Dickson Terrier Type 1st Ian Greer 2nd David Dickson 3rd Barry Holland Best Entered Lurcher 1st James Boyd 2nd Ceilum Tinnelly 3rd Andy Bouche Veteran Lurcher 1st Chairman Grady 2nd Mal McFall 3rd Fiona Devlin Champion Lurcher James Boyd Reserve Lurcher Maurice McDowell ----------------------------------------------- Overall Show Champion and Reserve Winners Overall Champion Ferret Showing 1st Michael Quinn with Sandy 2nd Niall O Cloghan with Bonnie Overall Champion Ferret Racing 1st Rose Mc Coy with Conker 2nd Niall O Cloghan with Bonny Overall Champion Strong Dog Pup 1st Charlene Martin with Willow. 2nd Jamie Lee Mc Kinistry with Hank. Overall Champion Strong Dog 1st Sean Lawlor with Rondal 2nd Charlene Martin with Rohan Overall Champion Whippet Pup 1st Janet Duke with Levi 2nd Gabriel Frank with Todha Overall Whippet Champion Karen Cummins with Maisie Reserve Melissa Greer with Turbo. Overall Champion Plummer Pup Sam White with Dargle Valley Viper Reserve Ava Moran with Dargle Valley Dixie Overall Champion Plummer Alan Kenny with Brimar Nathy Reserve Ronan Mc Kenna with DRD Rambo. Overall Champion Terrier Pup Darren Martin with Castro Handled by Mariano Parisella Reserve Jack Lynch with Jackie Overall Champion Pup Darren Martin with Castro Reserve James Woods Buster Overall Pet champion Melissa Greer Reserve Jennifer Brady Racing Results Lurcher Pup Michelle Rafferty with Dino Charlene Rafferty with Jet Whippet Pup Barry Chambers with Alfie Janet Duke with Florence Under 21 Elites Joe Leonard with Whitney Joe Leonard with Amber Over 23 Master McGrath Stephanie O'Connor with Bear Gary Smith with Seven Under 23 Elites Mal McFall with Bandit Karen Cummins with Angel Mick the Miller Shane Ennis with Flash Paddy McCarthy with Pip Whippets Charlene Rafferty with Zio Barry Chambers with Ruby Under 23 Lurcher Eddie Kane with Shelby Seammie with Jessie Over 23 lurcher Paddy McCarthy with pip Ian Greer with Bud Bull Cross Kirsty Harper with Regal John Ryan with Roy Hairy Lurcher Eddie Kane with Frank Eddie Kane with Scooter Terriers Sonny Sam White with Finn Under 21 Lurcher Mal McFall with Boster Niall with Blade And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the judges on the day for a job well done. Whippets: Graham Versey Lurchers : Ste Moran Terriers : Kevin Maguire Strong Dogs : William Flynn (Senior and Junior)/ Pets : Theresa Donagh Ferrets : Ryan Hill, Leanne Mooney The highlight of the day was in the Lurcher ring, when Miss/Missed World appeared walking her Champion Lurcher. All the men were eyeing her up big time, with her flowing ginger red hair, magnificent chiffon flowing dress, and the best pair of hairy legs I have ever seen, orange underpants to die for, and a million tatooes everywhere. What a set up. I was buckled in two with laughter. Maurice Mc Dowell you are a great sport, and always up for a laugh. We all enjoyed the craic, and thank you for bringing a smile to all our faces. There is one young lady who worked tirelessly on the day between the rings along with partner Shane Ennis who helped out with racing. Yes Jennifer Gately, its you I am speaking about. Thank you so much for getting all the results to me. I know later on in the year you and Shane are expecting a happy event, and all the luck in the world for that special event in your life. The racing went like clockwork, and this was down to the skills of the helping hands of Maurice Mc Dowell, Shane Ennis and the man himself on the lure Pat Lee. As a special request, Jed and Patricia Donagh has asked me to thank Aidan Ryan most sincerely for allowing them to use his excellent field and venue for their charity show. Aidan, without your generosity, none of this would have been possible, and of that we are truly thankful. And Finally, Finally, what happens when a Dream comes true. Last Sundays Charity Show was the biggest gathering of Country Sports people I have seen at a show this year. This was all down to two of the most popular, caring and thoughtful people on the Canine scene. Jed and Patricia Donagh your giving hearts know no bounds. Your Charity Show for Shan, for a first time show was a roaring success. And now I am told today by Jed, the Shan fund will be getting £4000 from the proceeds of this very successful Show, and the Boyne Fishermans Rescue will be getting £ 200. It is a thrill to know that these two Charities will benefit from the giving hands of the Canine community and other good hearted sponsors that contributed in any way for this worthy cause. Hopefully this large contribution will help Shan along the way to getting a cure to ease her awful painful days. Again, Jed and Patricia Donagh and your brilliant band of helpers, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a wonderful day in Duleek, and who says Dreams don’t come true. What a beautiful ending for a great cause. Margaret Mc Stay
  23. SPOILED FOR CHOICE THIS WEEKEND COOLNAKILLA AWAITS YOU THIS SUNDAY 9TH JULY 17 Coolnakilla Harrier Club Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials. Coolnakilla Harrier Club Dog Show and Sheep Dog Trials will take place Sunday the 9th July 17 at Rathcormac , Co Cork. Promises to be a great day out. Margaret Mc Stay
  24. David Dickensons Charity Dog Show and Race Day, Rathnew , Co Wicklow, Sunday 2nd July 17. Blessed with its beauty, Rathnew, is a village in Co Wicklow, located deep in the garden of Erins Green Isle. This was the venue for David Dickensons annual Charity Dog Show and Raceday, Sunday 2nd July 17. The sun came out to play early in the morning, as we made our way down the motorway, taking in the views of this enchanting country side. There were no wrong turns this year, as David Dickenson and his good wife Marie were out and had the route well sign posted. We arrived in the field around 11.00am, and already parking places were filling up fast. The show rings were well spaced out, and a magnificent race track of good length for racing dogs. A chip and ice cream van was on site to keep the little people happy. Denise and Trevor Cahill were there with dog leads to suit every breed of dog in the field. Some lovely leads were purchased from this stand on the day. April Dickenson kept everyone well informed of all the happenings, with her brilliant and very efficient PA system. Well done April, you made sure we missed nothing. I met up with some lovely people yesterday, some old friends and also made some new ones. I met Jade Dunphy and her lovely family for the first time on Sunday. I have spoken to Jade many times on Face Book, so it was nice to meet you in person. Granpa Dunphy, a well respected and renowned huntsman in his day, was there to keep an eye on the crew, and this he did. Mr Dunphy senior met up with Mickey Quinn from Lurgan, our Lurcher Judge at the show, and discovered many years ago, he used to hunt with Mickys late father. What a coincidence. I think this really made Mickys day and brought back so many happy memories and nostalgia of hunting in his younger days with his late father. This Charity Show was well supported by our Northern folk, backed up with Dublin, Carlow, Cork and Waterford huntsmen and women, all here for a chance to win, and at the same time supporting this worthy cause. The lady winner of the Master Mc Grath at Shanes Castle two weeks ago Nicky Smith was there in full glory on Sunday, with her ever loyal partner David Nolan by her side. What a win Nicky. I am told the Champagne is still flowing in the Smith Household. I have noticed the dog shows in the South of Ireland are very generous with their class and Overall prizes. Every class winner at this show received a rosette and a bag of meal. Champions got 3 bags and Reserve got 2 bags. Overall Show Champion got 5 bags of meal. I counted 8 bags of dog meal sitting at the side of Peter Cummins van, all won, and all going home with one very happy punter. No dog meal to be bought in that household for a while. Time passes so quickly, and it was soon time for the Racing, followed by Showing. Here are some Racing Results. When I get the rest of the results I will update them UNDER 21” Peter Cummins UNDER 23” Ned Kane Over 23” Stephanie O Connor Bull Cross Jed Donagh with Chunk. *Showing Results* **Overall Champion Whippet went to : Karen Cummins with Maisie Reserve Jade Dunphy with Willow 3rd John Hunter with Jet --------------------------------------------------------- **Overall Champion Lurcher went to : Maurice Mc Dowell with Blue Reserve Pat Dunphy with George **Overall Champion Terrier went to : Gary Healy with Poppie Reserve Shane Gilmartin with Sid **Overall Show Champion and Best in Show went to: *** Gary Healy with his winning Terrier Poppie Reserve Karen Cummins with Maisie 3rd Maurice Mc Dowell with Blue ---------------------------------------------------------- **Champion Puppy Terrier went to: Gary Healy with Sailor **Champion Puppy Lurcher went to : Kirsty Harpur with Joker **Champion Puppy Whippet went to: Jade Dunphy with Willow **Overall Champion Puppy, and Best Puppy in Show went to: Kirsty Harpur with Joker **Overall Champion Pet went to: Emma Moody with her Doberman Reserve Brooke Byrne with her Jack Russell 3rd Dillon Conroy with his lurcher ---------------------------------------------------------- A big congratulations to all the winners and well done. And Finally, I would like to thank the judges for carrying out your remit so diligently on the day. Lurchers : Mickey Quinn/ Whippets : Michael Quinn/ Terriers : Jed Brady/ Pets : Ricky Tuite. Many thanks to all. As usual the racing team were right on the job. Dogs were measured, traps ready, and the racing run without a hitch. Billy Harpur was there with his camera, clicking away, and I also took some photographs with my mobile. These are all up on my timeline at the moment. There was a very poignant moment when the “Art Dickenson Memorial Cup", was presented to the Overall Champion Lurcher winner Maurice Mc Dowell by Margaret Duffy. This cup was in memory of Margaret and Davids late father Arthur Dickenson who passed away on show day, a few years ago. And Finally, Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank most sincerely David Dickenson, his wife Marie, daughter April, Ricky Tuite, Declan, Tomasina and PJ, and all your loyal band of helpers on show day. We all had a great family day out at this Charity Dog Show, which you all worked so hard to put together. I know there were some sleepless nights before the show, and a lot of hard work and organisation input. But everything went like clockwork on the day, well organised, and was a credit to the Dickenson family. It is also nice to know that the Martin Family will benefit from all our loyal Canine friends showing their dogs off on a fine summers day in Wicklow. Definitely a man and womans best friend in every sense of the word. Hopefully the revenue generated at this show on Sunday, no matter how big or small, will help ease the pain and suffering of this family in some small way. David, we all enjoyed ourselves down there in Co Wicklow on Sunday. Many thanks for the beautiful Bouquet of flowers you presented to me. I really enjoy the work I do in the Canine world, and expect nothing in return. David, your generosity knows no bounds, and I appreciate it so much. I must say I really enjoyed your show, and I am looking forward to next years show already. Margaret Mc Stay
  25. WUFF WUFF BARK BARK WOOEE ONLY 4 MORE SLEEPS ( Full Schedule will be up shortly ) ***JED DONAGHS DOG SHOW AND RACE DAY THIS SUNDAY 9TH JULY 17*** HIGH HOO, HIGH HOO, ITS OFF TO JED DONAGHS SHOW WE GO THIS SUNDAY COMING. ***WOW ITS A QUALIFER FOR THE 5 NATIONS CHAMPION LURCHER , AND THE BIG MICK THE MILLER RACING CHAMPIONSHIP AT BIRR CASTLE*** COME ON DOWN.I CAN PROMISE THIS WILL BE A GOOD ONE. JED HAS A LOAD OF SURPRISES UP HIS SLEEVE. DULEEK IS SO EASY TO GET TO COMING FROM THE NORTH OF IRELAND AND EVEN EASIER FROM THE SOUTH. ****FROM THE NORTH OF IRELAND**** WHEN YOU PASS THE BOYNE BRIDGE , TAKE OFF AT JUNCTION 9 AND GO UP TO THE ROUNABOUT. TAKE A LEFT AND THEN A RIGHT AND ON DOWN THAT ROAD STRAIGHT, KEEP ON THAT ROAD. THE VENUE WILL BE WELL SIGNPOSTED FROM THE ROUNDABOUT. CANT WAIT. SEE YOU ALL THERE Margaret Mc Stay
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