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  1. 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. Signposted from the lakeview roundabout ( N25) Midleton, Co Cork Margaret Mc Stay
  2. My New Dog Show/Racedays/Game Fairs list for 2019. Updated : 10.7.19 at 7.00pm ( I WILL KEEP ADDING DATES AS THEY COME IN.) 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. Signposted from the lakeview roundabout ( N25) Midleton, Co Cork 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. Saturday 3rd August 19 North Sligo Agriculture Show 2019 (Working Terrier Show) Terriers Only. Sunday 4th August 19 The Sporting Whippet Club NI 3rd show of 2019 Monday 5th August 19 Lisgoold dog show will be held again this year as usual on Bank holiday Monday August 5th .And all proceeds are again going to Marymount Hospice in cork. A great day out for all the Family Sunday 11th August 19 Mid and East Antrim Working Dog Show Mid 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. Saturday 14th September 19 Mourne Vintage Club Charity Dog Show will be holding a dog show on Saturday 14th September in aid of Mourne Mountain Rescue Team, at Greencastle Road, Kilkeel. Gates open at 12.30 with showing starting at 2.00pm. £3.00 per class, £5.00 for two classes. For your Sat Navs BT34 Sunday 15th September 19 The Sporting Whippet Club NI 4th show of 2019 Margaret Mc Stay
  3. NEW RULES FOR QUALIFYING FOR THE FIVE NATIONS TERRIER, WHIPPET & LURCHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE GREAT GAME FAIRS OF IRELAND 2020. In future rather than shows in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales having to apply for qualifying status in advance and those competitors wishing to qualify sometimes having to travel considerable distances to try to qualify, we have decided that anyone whose dog is awarded the Championship or Res Championship at any show in the UK or Ireland, can claim a qualification for the Five Nations. 1.They can do this by the owner of the dog emailing Tom or Albert to claim their qualification to irishcountrylifestyle@btinternet.com. 2. The owner of the dog claiming the qualification must give details of the name and date of the event, the body organising the show, the name of the dog and the owners name and contacts. 3.The claim must be made within 21 days of the event where the dog(s) won. 4. Only the Champion and Reserve Champion qualify – dogs beaten by these dogs do not ‘step up’ on the basis that the winners are already qualified. 5. The date of the implementation of these new rules is from the 30th June 2019. 6. We have had a system in place for some years whereby anyone actually present at the final can make an objection to the winner or reserve in the Five Nations or indeed any winner at the fair by making a formal objection and putting down a deposit of €50/£50. This will be returned if the objection is upheld. If the challenge fails the money will be donated to charity. This will be the ONLY system of dispute that will be considered and no debate will be entered into over the results AFTER the event. This is the system used by the other sports and there are no unseemly disputes after these other competitions. Margaret Mc Stay
  4. ONE OF THE BEST WORKING DOG SHOWS THIS SUNDAY 14th JULY IN MOATE CO WESTMEATH. ( KEVIN MAGUIRES SHOW ) The Westmeath Working Terrier Club will be holding their clubs annual Working Dog Show this Sunday the 14th July in Moate Co.Westmeath. There will be the usual classes on the day, and will be well signposted when you get into Moate. Also by kind permissions of Kevin and the lads this is the 2019 venue for the Mourne All Ireland Digging Final. So roll up lads and ladies bring your gear for a chance at the 2019 title Margaret Mc Stay
  5. THE IRISH GAME FAIR AND FINE FOOD FESTIVAL AT SHANES CASTLE, SATURDAY 29THAND SUNDAY 30THJUNE 2019. The Irish Game Fair and Fine Food Festival, held in the magnificent landscapes of Shanes Castle Saturday 29thand Sunday 30thJune 2019, is Irelands largest Game Fair and Country Sports event. These two days were action packed with loads of sporting events to suit the whole family. The Castle is steeped in history and sits on the north-east shores of Lough Neagh. This was the venue for the Irish Game Fair and Fine Food Festival June 2019. It was here in the fine summer weather, thousands of visitors from north and south of the border and further afield came to view the challenges for the sporting elite, and to partake in the many areas of the Country sports events happening on the day. The Game Fair provided a vast array of sporting interests, from Clay pigeon Shooting, Falconery, Gun Dogs, Angling, Fishing for the little people, Donkey Sancutary, Ferret showing and Racing, Amusements for the children, and many more sporting attractions to numerous to mention. As usual the Canine world was well catered for, with a full programme of showing, racing, and the now famous 5 Nations Championships. . With some retail therapy in mind, we strolled around at our leisure visiting the many stands and spoke to old friends along the way. We stopped off at Anthony Butlers leather stand from Co Mayo. What a friendly man. On to the Barbour stand and an ever welcoming Steven Smyth. This man always cheers me up to no end and has some really good bargains on his stand. As our legs got weary, and our money all spent, we headed back to the Showing and Racing arena. The excitement was building up in the air as the time for the highlight of the year, the Master Mc Grath and Mick the Millar was fast approaching. Some excitement when Josh O Connors dog Bear pipped the post first, followed by Michael Mc Graths Tucker taking Reserve. It was so worth the journey to see the look of joy on these two young sporting peoples face. This was quickly followed with Mick the Millar, and Ned Kanes dog flew past the winning post, followed by Michael Mc Graths Stella. Great sporting people. After a great days excitement at the Racing on Saturday, Sunday was a new day for Ferret, Dog Showing and 5 Nations. Of course the Ferret Showing and Racing is the highlight of the show for me. I can honestly say these little animals brought out the best audience participation I have seen in a long time at Shanes Castle. Graham Fyffe, and Darren Moore, provided young and old with an excellent display of Sportsmanship, along with Alan Crosbie judging, and Stephen Mc Gonigle doing the commentary. Even inwardly I am scared stiff of these little animals, I must say I loved this part of the Game fair dearly. Here are the Overall Showing Results. Racing Master Mc Grath Racing Champion Josh O Connor with Bear Reserve Michael Mc Grath with Tucker Mick The Millar Ned Kane with Snowy Reserve Michael Mc Grath with Stella Showing Results Puppy Champion Maurice Mc Dowell with Outlaw Champion Whippet Janet Duke with Luca Reserve Champion Davy Best with Merlin Champion Lurcher Jed Donagh with Jake Reserve Champion Lisa Beggs with Cirez Champion Terrier Darren Crawford with Joe Reserve Champion Eamo Mc Erlain with Spooky Overall Best in Show and Show Champion Darren Crawford with Joe Five Nations Champions Whippets Dermot Lawless with Blue Reserve Tracy Gill with Luca Lurchers Maurice Mc Dowell with Poacher ( Handled by Malachy Mc Fall ) Reserve Neil Pinkerton with Ben Terriers Drita Manson with Frankie Reserve Paul Mc Keown with POPs Congratulations to all above winners Ferret Results Polecat Hob or Jill 1. Raymond Brown with Athenia 2. Marty McGreevy with Nipper 3. Davy Downey with Sheila Albino Hob or Jill 1. Ian Fitzgerald with Snowy 2. Ray Brown with Sasha 3. John Wray with Sid Any Other Colour Hob or Jill 1. Gemma Wray with Reggie 2. Davy Downey with Stifflers Mum 3. Yvonne Duffy with Bear Best in Show : Raymond Brown with Athenia Reserve Best in Show : Ian Fitzgerald with Snowy Racing Results 1st Davy Downey with Stifflers Mum 2nd John Wray with Belle And Finally, All too soon the Game Fair came to a close on Sunday evening. With the good weather, the books have shown record crowds again this year on both days at Shanes Castle. This Game Fair was run with and under the guidance of people who are passionate about Country Sports. Albert and Irene Titterington, and their co directors bring a creative marketing flair, vast event organisation, a wealth of expierence, and a lifetime commitment to the promotion and enjoyment of all Country Sports. Of this we are truly thankful. May I take this opportunity to thank the judges on the day : Whippets : Sammy Shaw Lurchers : John Shaw Terriers : Jamesie Toal Five Nations Judges Whippets : Mickey Quinn Lurchers : Kieran Young Terriers : Terry Crossen A job well done by all judges. And Finally Finally, many thanks to Tom Barry Director of Lurcher, Terrier and Whippet, Racing and Showing , his wife Leanne Barry, Ethan, and their team of helpers, for organising and running the Racing and Showing at Shanes Castle so effective and efficiently again this year. Major investment over the last number of years by the Great Game Fairs of Ireland team has seen its Game Fairs develop to a stage where they are unchallenged in the domination of their sector within the Irish Market place where town and country to come together to celebrate and enjoy the craic, along with some of our finest Country Sports and traditions. None of this would be possible without the man of the moment Albertj Tittering his wife Irene and their Co directors. Albert you are definitely ” King of the Castle,” and you and your good wife Irene are in a league of your own. Our lifes have been enriched with the excellent work and enjoyment you give to many families across the country, through your Game Fairs, and of that we are truly thankful. Albert and Irene you are a shining example in the Country Sports world. Thank you for a weekend full of joy and excitement, and above all a great window for Country Sports. Roll on 2020. Margaret Mc Stay
  6. IRELAND's LARGEST WORKING DOG WEEKEND: The 31st ANNUAL ALL IRELAND TERRIER, WHIPPET and LURCHER CHAMPIONSHIPS at the 41st IRISH GAME FAIR 29th & 30th JUNE and the ALL IRELAND GAME FAIR FERRET CHAMPIONSHIPS. PLEASE NOTE : I HAVE JUST BEEN GIVEN THE JUDGES FOR THE ORDINARY SHOWING AT SHANES CASTLE THIS SUNDAY 30TH JUNE WHIPPETS. SAMMY SHAW. LURCHERS. SJ SHAW. TERRIERS. STEVE HALPIN JUDGES FOR THE 5 NATIONS ARE AS FOLLOW : WHIPPETS - MICHAEL QUINN (SENIOR ) LURCHERS - BILLY COPELAND. TERRIERS - TERRY CROSSEN RACING - £4.00 PER DOG (SAME AS LAST YEAR ) SHOWING - £4.00 PER DOG (SAME AS LAST YEAR ) MASTER MC GRATH AND MICK THE MILLAR ARE PRE ENTRY .ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN AT SITE OFFICE TO MORROW SATURDAY( SITUATED AT THE SIDE OF THE MAIN ARENA ) ALL DOGS RACING IN UNDER 21/22/23 WILL BE MEASURED. SEE YOU ALL THERE Margaret Mc Stay
  7. 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
  8. IRELAND's LARGEST WORKING DOG WEEKEND: The 31st ANNUAL ALL IRELAND TERRIER, WHIPPET and LURCHER CHAMPIONSHIPS at the 41st IRISH GAME FAIR 29th & 30th JUNE and the ALL IRELAND GAME FAIR FERRET CHAMPIONSHIPS. PLEASE NOTE : I HAVE JUST BEEN GIVEN THE JUDGES FOR THE ORDINARY SHOWING AT SHANES CASTLE THIS SUNDAY 30TH JUNE WHIPPETS. SAMMY SHAW. LURCHERS. SJ SHAW. TERRIERS. STEVE HALPIN JUDGES FOR THE 5 NATIONS WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY. Margaret Mc Stay
  9. THE IRISH GAME FAIR & FINE FOOD FESTIVAL AT SHANES CASTLE. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT **YES THE BIG ONE HAS FINALLY ARRIVED** THE 5 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP JUDGES AT SHANES CASTLE THIS SUNDAY 30th JUNE 19. THE JUDGES FOR THE 5 NATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: WHIPPETS - MICHAEL QUINN (SENIOR) LURCHERS - BILLY COPELAND. TERRIERS. - TERRY CROSSEN SEE YOU ALL THERE. MARGARET Mc STAY
  10. Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show. ( Fiona Devlins Show ) Sunday 23rd June 19 As the ringing tones of my mobile phone rang out forcefully, signalled the start of a new day and another great sporting event on the horizon. With dogs in trailer we drove through the heart of Orchard County and down the motorway to the now famous Feaghbridge Schooling Track. Situated on the outskirts of Coalisland Co Tyrone, and lies along side the shores of Lough Neagh, Feaghbridge schooling track was the venue for Fiona Devlins Armagh Sporting Dog Charity Show and Race day Sunday 23rd June 19. We arrived at the track around 10.30am, got the dogs signed in for racing, and then parked up for another great sporting event. The ground filled up fast, with canine folk from North and South of the border, and by the start of show time the venue was full to capacity. As this show was for charity, families and trailers arrived in abundance with their Canine friends, all barking and crooning the dog chorus, and full of winning spirit. Paddy and Jade Dunphy travelled all the way from New Ross in County Wexford, as did Liam and Conor Nolan from Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Great people and great Country Sports enthusiasts. The weather was good, and although a little cloudy at times, there was no rain in sight. The children had a field day with burgers and chips on site, and loads of room for them to play safely, under the watchful eye of parents and family. It was evident from the start this show was going to run like clockwork, as Fiona is an experienced hand in that area. This young lady has run many very successful shows over the years. The organisation and timing was impeccable, resulting in the show keeping to schedule and starting on time. As the day progressed, it was raffle time and then the excitement began. There were some great prizes in the raffle, and some very happy campers going home, and all for a good cause. The Racing started at approximately 11.30 followed by the showing. Here are Racing and Showing Results: Racing Results Puppy Derby Champion For Race Bred Pups under 42lb Fiona Devlin with Rebel Country (Batman) Reserve Conor Nolan with Della. Whippet Puppy Dash Sean Burke with Jet Reserve Shane Mc Killion with Frankie No Limit Puppy Emily with Fluer Reserve Charlene Rafferty with Rocky Pure Bred Greyhounds Michelle Rafferty with sky in a time of 17.91 Whippet Bitch u 20 Inches Susanne Addis with Poppy 20.47 Runner up Sean Burke with Lilly Whippet Dog u21 Barry Chambers with Alfie 20.07 Reserve Sean Dooher with Joe No Limit Whippet Sean Dooher with Jill 20.96 U30lb Kirsty Harper with Tilly in 21.15 U40lb Alison Gamble with Zira 19.23 U50 Kirsty Harper with Megan 18.83 No limit Seamus Heart with Moses 18.61 Hairy Dogs U23 Danny Maxwell with Blue O23 Seamus Heart with Nora Bull Cross Kirsty Harper with Skylar Novice Unders Conor Nolan with Della Novice Overs Chelsea Rafferty with Rosie Showing Champion PUP Stewart Graham with Ace Reserve Gerard Leonard with Nova Champion Whippet John Mc Stay with PIP Reserve Davy Best with Merlin Champion Lurcher Neil Pinkerton with Ben Reserve Lisa Beggs with Joker Champion Terrier Martin Mc Donald with Saoirse Reserve Eamo Mc Erlain with Spooky Champion Strong Dog William Hanna with Tia Reserve Christopher Davos with Axel Overall Show Champion and Best in Show Martin Mc Donald with Saoirse Reserve Neil Pinkerton with Ben Congratulations to all above winners and well done. And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the judges on the day, for doing a wonderful job. Whippets/ Susan Mc Cann Lurchers/ Sean Burke Terriers/ Fraser Gorman Strong Dogs/ Barry Holland Childrens/Ladies and Gents Handling Classes/ Margaret Mc Stay Judging was delivered with accuracy and integrity, and a job well done by all. Billy Harpur was there with his camera, and I also took some photographs with my mobile. These are all up on my time line at the moment. And Finally, the best is always left to last. What can I say that will gather the skills, fuelled spirit and determination together of this young woman Fiona Devlin. Along with your brilliant back up team, you have pulled together another great sporting event with super efficiency. Finally, Finally, Fiona, you are a great Country Sportswoman, with the sport very close to your heart. Again this year you run another top class show, and thank you for a most enjoyable and memorable day out at Feaghbridge. And the good news, the proceeds from this Charity show is going to “The Cancer Fund For Children” Remember all good Canine men and women its your money that will help ease the pain in some small way of some of our little people suffering from this terrible disease. Cancer has no mercy on young or old. I know, I was that soldier. Fiona you are a woman in a million with a giving heart, and well done for this very worthy cause. Many thanks for the lovely presentation you made to myself and Kirsty Harpur on the day. We truly appreciate it. I am already looking forward to your next show in 2019. Margaret Mc Stay
  11. IRELAND's LARGEST WORKING DOG WEEKEND: The 31st ANNUAL ALL IRELAND TERRIER, WHIPPET and LURCHER CHAMPIONSHIPS at the 41st IRISH GAME FAIR 29th & 30th JUNE and the ALL IRELAND GAME FAIR FERRET CHAMPIONSHIPS Working Dog Director: Tom Barry PLEASE NOTE: Only the Master McGrath Race and Mick The Miller Championships are pre entry. All other racing events are enter on the day in order that our All Ireland Champions can be true Champions of Ireland having beaten ALL COMERS on the day. RACING SATURDAY 29th June Starts 12.00noon with the RED MILLS Master McGrath Final to find the fastest lurcher in the UK and Ireland followed by the Mick the Miller Final. All qualified dogs must be registered with David Titterington at Game Fair HQ before 11.00 am. Master Mc Grath Challenge for Elite Lurchers: Winner £200, Special Trophy, Winners cap for handler and winners Coat for dog. Runner Up : £50 and Runner Up Coat Mick the Miller Challenge for Traditional lurchers: Winner £200, Special Trophy, Winners cap for handler and winners Coat for dog Runner Up : £50 and Runner Up Coats. As this is a transitional year - all dogs that ran in the finals in 2018 are qualified to run again this year against the newly qualified dogs. Two fantastic vintage trophies to be won outright FEEDWELL SPONSORED 30th Anniversary All Ireland Championship Racing OPEN TO ALL Lurcher Pups NEW UNDER 22 CHAMPIONSHIP £50, Trophy and Winners Coat Elite Lurchers Under 23" Elite Lurchers Over 23" Elite Traditional Lurchers Under 23" Traditional Lurchers Over 23" Traditional Lurchers (Hairy Dog/Collie Type) Whippet Race Bull Cross Lurcher Heavy Bull Cross Lurcher Light Retired Greyhounds Terrier Racing Each race winner receives a special Winners Cap and a bag of Feedwell Please note eligibility to run in a particular race will be decided by the organisers. If there is a challenge to a dog's eligibility a panel will take a group decision on the dog's eligibility. If in doubt as to your dog's eligibility please speak to the organisers in advance of the Fair and /or racing. The 31st ALL IRELAND CHAMPION TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET SHOW sponsored by FEEDWELL Sunday 30th start 12.30 pm with pet show and 1.00 sharp for breed classes. OVERALL SHOW CHAMPION wins £50, Trophy and Rosette. PUPPY CHAMPION: £25 CHAMPION TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET receive special bronze trophies to keep plus £50 & a BAG OF Feedwell & Rosette. Best Opposite Sex to Champion Terrier will receive £25. Terrier, Lurcher & Whippet Champion Trophies Overall Champion Trophy and examples of the jackets to be won at both Shanes Castle & Galway Each Class Winner receives a Special Cap plus a Bag of Feedwell Dog Food and Rosette (Rosettes 1-3) Terriers Any variety terrier dog pup Any variety terrier bitch pup Jack Russell dog or bitch Patterdale dog or bitch Lakeland dog or bitch Border dog or bitch Crossbred dog or bitch Any variety working dog or bitch Staff Dog or Bitch Plummer Dog or Bitch Veterans Pairs Lurchers Any Variety dog pup Any Variety bitch pup Under 23 smooth bitch Under 23 smooth dog Over 23 smooth bitch Over 23 smooth dog Under 23 rough dog Under 23 rough bitch Over 23 rough dog Over 23 rough bitch Collie cross Heavy Bull cross Light Bull cross Whippet Cross Fox Lamping Veterans Retired Greyhounds Pairs Whippets Dog pup Bitch pup Open Dog Open Bitch Racing Dog or Bitch Working Dog or Bitch Veterans Dog or Bitch Pairs All pups under 12 months old Veterans 7 years and over Classes may change due to entries All winners receive a bag of Feedwell a limited edition Winners Cap and a Rosette Family Dog Show: Any Variety shown by a child under 12 years of age Any Variety shown by a Lady Any Variety shown by a Gent Champion Handling Class from the above classes Receives a Bag of Feedwell & Rosette. THE FIVE NATIONS TERRIER, LURCHER & WHIPPET CHAMPIONSHIPS Will take place after the showing with the Champion and Reserve Champions at the Game Fair Show qualifying. ALL OTHER QUALIFIERS MUST REGISTER WITH DAVID TITTERINGTON AT GAME FAIR HQ by 11.00 am on the day of the fair. RED MILLS Five Nations Terrier Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, winners cap & A Winners Coat; Runner Up wins £50 and a Res Champion Coat. FEEDWELL Five Nations Whippet Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, winners cap & A Winners Coat; Runner Up wins £50 and a Res Champion Coat RED MILLS Five Nations Lurcher Championship : Champion wins £200, Special Trophy, winners cap & A Winners Coat; Runner Up wins £50 and a Res Champion Coat. Champion & Reserve Champion owners win caps from Wildebeest. ALL IRELAND GAME FAIR FERRET SHOWING & RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS organised by Darren Moore At the Irish Game Fair & Fine food Festival, Shanes Castle, Antrim Sunday 30th June 11.00am in the Countrysports in Action Arena Show Classes Albino Jill Albino Hob Polecat Jill Polecat Hob Any Other Colour Jill Any Other Colour Hob Class Prizes : & Rosettes Best In Show : Cold cast bronze ferret trophy sponsored by Albert & Irene Titterington Best Racing Ferret : Cold cast bronze ferret trophy sponsored by Albert & Irene Titterington
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. ***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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. GALWAY GAME FAIR TERRIER, WHIPPET & LURCHER CHAMPIONSHIPS Irish Country Lifestyle Festival, Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Sunday 16th June starting 11.30 AM Sponsored by Feedwell Terrier Classes 1 AV Terrier Dog Pup 2 AV Terrier Bitch Pup 3 Russell Dog Or Bitch 4 Patterdale Dog Or Bitch 5 Lakeland Dog Or Bitch 6 Border Dog Or Bitch 7AV Entered Dog 8 AV Entered Bitch 9 Crossbred Dog Or Bitch Champion Classes 2 To 9 Puppy Winners go into Puppy Championship. Whippet Classes 1 Whippet Dog Pup 2 Whippet Bitch Pup 3 Whippet Dog 4 Whippet Bitch 5 Entered Whippet 6 Racing Whippet Champion 3 To 6 Puppy Winners go into Puppy Championship. Lurcher Classes 1 Lurcher Dog Pup 2 Lurcher Bitch Pup 3 Smooth Under 23 Inch 4 Smooth Over 23 Inch 5 Rough Under 23 6 Rough Over 23 6 Any Collie Type 7 Any Bull Cross Lurcher 8 Any Saluki Cross 9 Any Lamping Lurcher 10. Greyhound class 11. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. ***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
  24. 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
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