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IRISH GAME FAIR THIS WEEKEND AT SHANES CASTLE CO ANTRIM THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 23 AND 24TH JUNE 18By appleblossom
ONLY 4 MORE SLEEPS TO THE IRISH GAME FAIR AT SHANES CASTLE. CANT WAIT, LOVE IT.
DONT YOU FORGET NOW.
Margaret Mc Stay
Sunday 24th June 18
The North Tipperary Hound and Dog Show will be held on Sunday the 24th June at Lisbonney, Dublin Road, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
Dont you forget Now
Margaret Mc Stay
My Updated Dog Show/Racedays/Game Fairs list for 2018.
**Will keep adding in your show dates as they are pm to me .**UP DATED 18.06.18 (A Few Changes)
Sunday 24th June 18
The North Tipperary Hound and Dog Show will be held on Sunday the 24th June at Lisbonney, Dublin Road, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Full Details later.
Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th June 18
All Ireland Championships at the 40th Anniversary Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle, Co Antrim
Sunday 1st July 18
Sunday 1st July 18.
The Cuchulann Terrier Club will be having a Dog Show and Raceday at Lawerencetown, Banbridge on Sunday 1st July 18 . There will be rings for Lurchers / Terriers / Whippets and Strong Dogs and Racing on the Day. This show will have all the qualifiers for Shanes Castle 2019 and also this show will be having all English Judges. Full Details later
Sunday 15th July 18
Cloyne Harriers Dog Show Sunday 15th July 18 at Cloyne, Co Cork. Full details of classes later.
Sunday 15th July
Now Vacant owing to a change of date.
Saturday 21st July
Irish Working Terrier Federation Show Saturday 21st July 18 in the Munster Agricultural Society Show Grounds, Curraheen Road, Co Cork. Gates open at 10.00am.Digging Competition 12.noon. Show commences at 1.00pm. Flapper racing in the afternoon. Terrier Judge : Jason Powell/ Lurcher Judge : Ollie Street. Trade stands by prior appointment.
SATURDAY 21st July Man-O-War Charity Working Dog Show, Keady, Co Armagh Showing for: Lurchers/Whippets/Terriers and Strong Dogs Qualifiers for The Pride of The Peaks in England Qualifiers for Shanes Castle 2019, 5 Nations Championship at Shanes Castle 2019 for Whippets/Terriers and Lurchers Racing for: Greyhounds,Lurchers,Pups, and Whippets Qualifiers for Master McGrath at Shanes Castle 2019 Qualifiers for The Mick The Miller At Shanes Castle 2019 There will also be fantasic Prizes for the Raffle to be won on the day.. Charity Nominated : CASH FOR KIDS Please share and come support a worthy cause :#cashforkids
Sunday 22nd July 18
David Dickenson Charity Dog Show and Raceday, at Rathnew, Co Wicklow
Full details later.
Sunday 22nd July 18 (Please note New Venue) 4th Show.
The Sporting Whippet Club NI are having their 4th Dog Show and Race Day on Sunday 22nd July at Ballee Playing Fields, Ballee Road West, Ballymena, Co Antrim. BT42 2HS. Full details nearer the time.
Sunday 29th July
Tullylish Working Terrier Club Show Dog Show And Race Day ( Full Details Later )
Sunday 5th August 18 ( Please note New Venue ) 5th Show.
The Sporting Whippet Club NI are having their 5th Dog Show and Race Day on Sunday 5th August at Ballee Playing Fields, Ballee Road West, Ballymena, Co Antrim. BT42 2HS. Full details nearer the time.
Sunday 12th August 18
Grand Charity Dog Show and Raceday in aid of Autism Charity, taking place Sunday the 12th August. This show will be a big one and for a great cause. Please keep this date in your diary. Full details later
Sunday 19th August 18
The Parson and Fox Terrier Rescue Charity Ireland are holding their first Dog Show and Raceday for Terriers/Lurchers/Whippets and Strong Dogs on Sunday 19th August in County Armagh. This show will be a qualifier for the 5 Nations 2019. Full details later.
Sunday 16th September 18 ( Please note New Venue ) 6th Show.
The Sporting Whippet Club NI are having their 6th Dog Show and Race Day on Sunday 16th September at Ballee Playing Fields, Ballee Road West, Ballymena, Co Antrim. BT42 2HS. Full details nearer the time.
Margaret Mc Stay
SATURDAY 21st July Man-O-War Charity Working Dog Show, Keady, Co Armagh Showing for: Lurchers/Whippets/Terriers and Strong Dogs Qualifiers for The Pride of The Peaks in England Qualifiers for Shanes Castle 2019, 5 Nations Championship at Shanes Castle 2019 for Whippets/Terriers and Lurchers Racing for: Greyhounds,Lurchers,Pups, and Whippets Qualifiers for Master McGrath at Shanes Castle 2019 Qualifiers for The Mick The Miller At Shanes Castle 2019 There will also be fantasic Prizes for the Raffle to be won on the day.. Charity Nominated : CASH FOR KIDS Please share and come support a worthy cause :#cashforkids Margaret Mc Stay
The North Armagh Dog Show and Race Day , Sunday 10thJune 18.
As we left Portadown on Sunday morning with the dog chorus in toe, and howling out “The Boys from the County Armagh”, we headed into the beautiful sunshine of a glorious June morning. As we passed the picturesque setting of Oxford Island on the shores of Lough Neagh, very shortly Kinnego Embankment came into view and our venue for the North Armagh Dog Show and Raceday.
We arrived in the field at approximately 10.30am, and to be honest, it was very hard to get a parking place at that time of the morning near the rings. Every year this show grows in capacity, but this year has topped them all. By the start of showing there was not a vacant parking place on this vast stretch of show ground and all parked three deep.
As the cars and trailers emptied out on the field, it was quite evident that this was not only a dog show, but also a great family day out. It filled me with pride to see so many local stands displaying their goods to the Canine Community. “Field Sports Apparel “ owned by two of the most active country sportsmen on the field sports scene Graham Fyffe and Ian Fitzgerald were there with lots of Country Sports T shirts, badges and caps, Cahill Collars,Charlene Martin with Dog Food and muzzels, Brian Crothers with his catapults,Ice cream van, Burger and Chip van.
The North Armagh Show brings people from all parts of Ireland and is now an annual event to look forward to. Along my trip around the rings, I had a little bit of chat, craic and banter with Niall Mc Cann and Stanley Moore with their winning strong dogs, Jonny Wilson and Freddie Hallissey with their Lurchers, Christina and Lexie Maguire with their beautiful Whippets and Mickey Thomas and David Mc Crory with their winning Terriers. All great Country Sports people, and always good for a laugh.
Two top highlights of the day for me were the Ferrets and the Digging.
Matthew Downey and Simon Kelly 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. Ferret Judge was : Barry Mc Greevy
Ferret Showing was won by :
Rose Mc Coy with Andre
Ferret Racing was won by :
Katelyn Maxwell with Polo.
Well done to both ladies.
Now we come to the digging. I cannot find words to describe the entertainment value these digging guys brought to this show. With T shirts flying in the air, Breandans wee green and yellow socks flashing in the summer sunshine, and Harrys muscles flexing everywhere, I must say my heart was thumping too fast for my age. With their women folk dousing them with water and cheering them on in a foreign language, very soon Simon Patterson blew the whistle and the entertainment of the day was over. And what a half hour that was.
Here are the Results
Dig 1 ; Harry Roche and Ken Wilson 5.20
Dig 2 : Breandan Coleman and Richard Coss 5.80
Dig 3 : Mark Hanlon and Kieran Stanley 3.55
And the winners are :
Dig 2 :
Breandan Coleman and Richard Coss. Congratulations to Breandan and Richard and all who took part. You are all winners and thanks for being great showmen.
Showing Results :
Childrens Handling Class : Conal Burke
Overall Champion Whippet
Colin Maguire with Pepsi
Kirsty Fyffe with Rascal
Overall Champion Lurcher
Freddie Hallissey with Lennox
Jerry Owens with Finn
Overall Champion Terriers
Mickey Thomas with Pepsi
David Mc Crory with Clyde
Overall Champion Pup
Issac Mc Cullough with Lectur
Ken Wilson with Cleo
Overall Champion Strong Dog
Luke Morrow with Dollar
Niall Mc Cann with Ralph
***Overall Champion and Best in Show went to: ***
Sheamus Donnelly with Pepsi
Freddie Hallissey with Lennox.
Congratulations to Sheamus and Freddie and all above winners.
Some Racing Results :
Mairead Fearon with Spinx
Sheamus Hart with Moses
Barry Chambers with Alfie
Sean Burke with Lily
Barry Chambers with Ruby
***Master Mc Grath***
Joe Leonard with Zero Scared
Kirsty Harpur with Meghan
***Mick The Millar***
Sean Burke with Milo
Jed Donagh with Beauty
Under 23 Mick The Miller
Carol Ann Brown with Suki
Joe Leonard with Running Scared
Joe Leonard with Really Scared
Mairead Fearon with Jessie
Kirsty Harpur with Lady
Light Bull Cross
Kirsty Harpur with Skylar
Heavy Bull Cross
Dylan Doran with Buster
Many thanks to the Judges on the day for a job well done.
Ferret Judge : Barry Mc Greevy
Childrens Handling class : Margaret Mc Stay
Whippets : Stephen Mc Gonigle
Lurchers : Simon Patterson
Terriers : Paul Mc Geown
Strong Dogs : Simon Patterson
And Finally, We must not forget three very important people on the day. Kirsty Fyffe, David Carlisle and Patsy Mc Coy for their outstanding team work and brilliant organisation of all the racing events. These 3 people put some hard work and determination in on the day at the starting line in getting it all together, but you all achieved your goal 100%. Great work Kirsty and Co.
And Finally, Finally, I always leave the best to last. Yes Breandan Coleman, you and your team 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 trophy for the mantle piece.
Breandan, you are not just a good friend, you are gentleman and an honest and true sportsman.
We all had a most enjoyable and memorable day at the North Armagh Dog Show and Race Day. Thank you for everything and I am already looking forward to your next show in 2019.
Margaret Mc Stay