Shear genius Ivan clips his way to a hat-trick
It was a good weekend for Donegal, with winners for the men from Tir Chonaill at both ends of the country.
While the county's footballers were dispatching their neighbours Tyrone from the Ulster Football Championship in Ballybofey, Letterkenny's Ivan Scott was clipping his way to a hat-trick of national sheep shearing titles in Milstreet, Co Cork.
Scott was also crowned Irish International Open Champion when he defeated a word-class line-up of Irish and international shearers at the Cork event.
The Donegal shearer swept the boards at the weekend shearing festival. He won the Irish National title on Saturday afternoon, the Speed Shear on Saturday night and the International Open on Sunday.
In the International Open final Scott saw off stiff competition from the current world champion, Gavin Mutch of Scotland, former Irish Open Champion, Hamish Mitchell, also from Scotland, Rhyes Jones of Wales, and top local shearers Tom Kennedy from Galway and Derry's Jack Robinson.
In the Speed Shear competition he proved to be the fastest against the clock, shearing a sheep in 24.02 seconds.
More than 3,000 sheep were shorn by 100 shearers over the weekend.
About 10,000 visitors packed the Green Glens Arena.
The Irish Hand Shearing title was won by Seamus Joyce from Galway, and the International Hand Shearing title was bagged by Elfred Jackson of Wales.
Other Irish winners were: Jonathan Molloy, Galway in the junior category; Chris Mullen, Derry in the intermediate; Mark McGeown from Louth in the senior section; and Brendan Graham, Wexford, who won the international senior title.
The Queen of the Shears title was won by Breda Lynch, from Kerry, and George Graham, of Wexford, won the Irish Woolhandling competition.
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