Crowds throng Gorey for World Shearing Championships
Shear joy for tourists at Gorey finale
Close to 18,000 visitors attended the final day of the 16th Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in Gorey, Co Wexford at the weekend.
Top honours went to the southern hemisphere shearers, with South Africa retaining both the individual and team titles in blades shearing, and Kiwi Rowland Smith winning the individual machine shearing title.
However, there was also drama off the main stage when one of the main supports for the huge tent that housed the finals gave organisers cause for concern.
Competitions were stalled for nearly two hours while a specialist was given a Garda escort into the site to reinstate the supports.
Scotland won the team blade shearing event. In the individual wool handling event, Hilary Bond won England's first world title and Wales broke New Zealand's dominance in the team competition.
Irish hopeful Ivan Scott failed to make the individual final, but finished third with Tom Kennedy in the team machine shearing.
Peter Heraty and Séamus Joyce also made the team final in the blade shearing category, managing fifth place on the day.
Mr Scott won his eighth All-Ireland Shearing Championship earlier in the week, shearing 15 sheep in just over 13 minutes.
The Donegal man (32) beat his nearest rival, Northern Ireland's Jack Robinson, by more than a sheep and a crushing pen margin of almost eight points. Mr Scott's world championship team-mate Tom Kennedy was third.
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