Organisers are all set and ready to go for the 2015 Irish Game and Country Fair at Birr, Co Offaly on 29th and 30th August.
As Fair Director Albert Titterington explains: “Birr Castle’s game fair is already the top fair in the Irish Republic. Historic Birr Castle is the backdrop and the public love the fair’s unique style. There are special treats planned for Birr such as non-stop entertainment, surprise acts and attractions, top competitions of all descriptions, enormous prize funds and of course a huge tented village of trade stands from Ireland and the UK.
“Hunting, shooting, gundogs and fishing are always placed centre stage at the Great Game Fairs of Ireland and in 2015 all facets are enhanced including the competitions having prize funds unrivalled in Ireland.
“In clay pigeon shooting there are three guns to be won, including everyone who shoots goes in to a draw for a fabulous shotgun sponsored by Francesco Morelli from Casale 2000 Ltd and the NARGC have put up some excellent cash prizes for NARGC members. And once again gundogs, terriers, lurchers and whippets provide fantastic international competitions and entertainment.
“We are very proud of the fact that we try to cater for everyone from countrysports enthusiasts to the youngest member of the family and all ages in between.”
Among the events at this year’s show will be the youngest ever gundog trainer.
Eight year old Cole Mathews will take centre stage in the Main Arena with his gundog act for the very first time at Birr. Cole will be with Chloe, his Labrador gundog which he trained himself to exhibition standard.
The Birr Fair is supported by Failte Ireland and the National Association of Regional Game Councils.