The annual Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival will take place at Shane’s Castle this weekend - Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25.
Together with a host of headline country-themed attractions, the 2017 event will be ‘the year of the dog’.
The organisers hope that the canine theme will have special appeal not only to dedicated countrysports fans and enthusiasts of working and gun dogs, but also to everyone who has ever enjoyed the companionship of a dog as the family pet.
The all-Ireland Lurcher 2017 Challenges at the Fair will honour the ‘Master’, while another race will celebrate the renowned County Offaly greyhound, Mick The Miller.
The Shanes Castle event will feature all-Ireland angling initiatives, international gundog events, with a special link between the Irish and Scottish Game Fairs; clay pigeon shooting with fantastic prizes; action packed arena programmes sponsored by SuperValu and the NARGC plus two fabulous Fine Food Festival tented shopping villages packed with country lifestyle and artisan products
Alongside the two International Lurcher Challenges, a full programme of gundog and working dog events will be rolled out for Shanes which will host the Five Nations Lurcher, Terrier & Whippet Championships, the 30th Annual All Ireland Championships at Shane’s Castle plus the Feedwell international team and individual retriever tests and the international Red Mills spaniel tests together with skills demonstrations by The Red Mills international team.
The Game Fair at Shanes Castle has always proved a draw for anglers and licence holders can qualify for half price admission to the Fair which will also feature a huge range of activities for children including a children’s fairground, archery, craft classes and Mini Pony World Equestrian Experience while the Living History Villages, Medieval Jousting and Battle Re-enactments promise fun for all the family. For information visit www.irishgamefair.com/