Mitchell pips Scott to shearing title
Scotland's leading shearer, Hamish Mitchell, won the Clik Irish International Open Shearing in Kilkenny on Sunday when he pipped Ivan Scott from Donegal at the All-Ireland Championships.
In a hotly contested final that also featured world class shearers from New Zealand and Wales, Mitchell scored 59.30 points to Scott's 59.85, defeating the holder by half a point.
Scott was the only Irish shearer to get through to the final line-up, which also featured world record holder Doug Smith from New Zealand, Gavin Mutch from Scotland and Gareth Daniels from Wales.
Mr Smith, who along with his brother Rowland set a new 'two stand' record in January for shearing 1,066 sheep in eight hours, provided some stiff competition.
A record crowd of more than 15,000 attended the two-day event in Cillin Hill in Kilkenny.
Breed societies and trade stands reported a brisk trade on the Sunday when the bulk of the crowds arrived. Galway man Tom Kennedy was the winner of the international open plate.
The Derry trio of Jack Robinson, Colm McLoughlin and Chris Mullen cleaned up in the international senior, intermediate and junior competitions.
Kerry veterans Breda Lynch (national ladies title) and Sean O'Sullivan (hand shearing) won their sections.