A STAR attraction at this year's CLiK All Ireland Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Millstreet will be when the current world champion wool handler Gwenan Paewai from Wales goes head to head with the previous world champion, Bronwen Tango, who is also from Wales.
These women have been known to wrap up to 1,000 fleeces during a day's work in the shearing season, so viewers can expect some serious action at the Green Glens.
The championships take place in Green Glens on Saturday and Sunday, May 25/26.
Competing against them will be the current All Ireland champion, Jane Harkness-Bones from Co. Antrim who won the title last year in Punchestown. Also taking part will be former Irish champion George Graham, Wexford who was crowned champion in Kilkenny two years ago. His son, Brendan, will also be competing as will former winner, John Quigley, Thurles.
Like the top shearers, the top woolhandlers compete on the international circuit and have honed their skills and speed by wrapping 1,000 fleeces during a day's work in the shearing season.
The two woolhandling competitions, the All Ireland and the International Open, are just some of the attractions during the weekend's programme of events that also includes craft, food and trade displays, children's entertainment, pet dog show, sheepdog trials, and a fun fair.
"An opportunity not to be missed to see some of the world's top shearers and wool handlers in action in Green Glens which is a marvellous venue" said Humphrey O'Riordan, chairman of the organising committee.
Full programme details and admission prices are available at www.sheepshearing2013.ie.