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New Cork GAA club set to host championships

County Cork's newest GAA club, St John's, is the host of this weekend's 2013 All-Ireland and International Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships.

St John's was founded in the winter of 2009/2010 after numerous members of the townlands of Aubane and Kilcorney expressed an interest in developing a GAA club.

Both areas had individually formed football teams that were rivals in the 70s and early 80s, and both achieved modest levels of success before dissolving and joining the Dromtarriffe and Millstreet GAA clubs.

The newly formed St John's combination took the field for the very first time in March of 2010 against Meelin in the Duhallow Junior B football league and last year 'The Johns' came agonisingly close to capturing the Duhallow Junior B championship title.

FUNDRAISER WILL BE TO DYE FOR

Macra na Feirme is to host a Today FM Shave Or Dye event as part of the entertainment for the All-Ireland & International Sheep Shearing event.

Taking place on Saturday evening at 9pm, the charity fundraiser is open to any 'victim' aged 18 or over, with a qualified hairdresser on hand to carry out any task.

Whether you want to go bald, pink or sport a mohican look, the choice is yours. All proceeds will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

Meanwhile, the sheepdog trials will take place on Saturday morning, May 25, at 11am. Entry to this all-day event costs €5 and is a qualifier for the Irish Nationals, with the top six placed dogs awarded points.

GOREY VENUE FOR GOLDEN SHEARS

Ireland is to host the Golden Shears World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in 2014 for the second time in Gorey, Co Wexford.

Gorey was the venue for the 1998 championships, and Ireland is one of just eight countries to have staged the World Championships, which were first held in England in 1977.

Prior to that, the Golden Shears International Shearing Championships was held annually in Masterton, New Zealand, since the event's inception back in 1961.

The Golden Shears in Masterton – a town of about 20,000 people north east of the New Zealand capital city of Wellington – established a broad volunteer base from the start, and is regarded as a model for a small town staging a big event.

Irish Independent