Shearers seek partners for All-Ireland event
Published 24/11/2016 | 06:30
Calling all rural clubs and organisations. Do you need an injection of cash and are you willing to work for it?
The Irish Sheep Shearers Association is looking for a partner to stage the 2017 All-Ireland shearing and wool handling championships.
In conjunction with the ISSA, the host committee would take on the organisation of the two-day event which usually runs over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
In many cases the partner is an organisation that is looking for a significant injection of cash, as in the building or extension of club premises, etc.
Previous hosts have included various sporting clubs. This year's very successful event, in Castlepollard, Co Westmeath was run by Townspark Vintage Club. It always brings a great buzz to the locality.
While the ISSA looks after the running of the sheep-related elements which run throughout the two days with competitors from all corners of the world, the partner organisation puts on an ancillary programme of events. This usually includes a musical act on the Saturday night.
Other attractions down through the years have included sheepdog trials, tug-o-war, amusements, fashion show, food and craft stalls, with the element of fun very much to fore in events like Strictly Come Shearing.
ISSA secretary is Eileen Coffey who says the first All-Ireland shearing took place in 1953. The event has been growing in popularity, especially in the past number of years, establishing itself as firm fixture on the annual agricultural calendar.