Flock to Gorey for shear magic

World record holder shearer Doug Smith and Irish shearer George Graham (right) are pictured with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney at the launch of the Clik All Ireland and International Sheep Shearing Championships a number of years back. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography.
World record holder shearer Doug Smith and Irish shearer George Graham (right) are pictured with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney at the launch of the Clik All Ireland and International Sheep Shearing Championships a number of years back. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography.

Ken Whelan

Traffic on Kildare Street, Dublin is expected to be really "baaa ... d" next Tuesday when the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, launches the World Sheep Shearing Championships, which will take place in Gorey in May.

The Minister will shear a lamb while Wexford TD and Minister for Public Service Reform, Brendan Howlin, will be on hand to ensure the shearing is up to the standards demanded from Cabinet members.

This year's championships have attracted international shearers from the northern and southern hemispheres.

The closing date for entries is April 17.

The organisers – Golden Shears Ireland – have had a "lambtastic response" to its "Shout out for Sheep" appeal.

So far, farmers have committed 6,600 to the Gorey championships but the event organisers are still taking offers of sheep to replace any drop-outs.

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