Friday 23 March 2018

Ready for 40,000 at sheep shearing

Liz Finn, Siobhan Sheridan and Josephine Casey.
Liz Finn, Siobhan Sheridan and Josephine Casey.

Fintan Lambe

THE COUNTDOWN to the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing Championships in Gorey has begun

Around 90 representatives of local community groups, farming organisations and businesses gathered in the Amber Springs Hotel last Wednesday night, to learn more about the event, and to see how they can get involved.

Chairman George Graham revealed that four charities will benefit from profits from the event which runs from May 17 to 25, and more sponsors and traders have come on board in recent months. Aside from the shearing and wool handling competitions, an extensive programme of other events has been lined up for the week.

He revealed that all accommodation has been booked out in the Gorey area for the week, and they are now looking as far as Wexford for spare beds. People can also offer a spare room in their homes at

Around 40,000 people, including hundreds of international visitors, are expected to attend the event over the week. A Good Food Ireland village will showcase food from around the country, and events such as Queen of the Wool, the National Young Shepherd Competition, and a Parade of Nations through Gorey are planned.

Sgt Gary Rayner explained that a detailed traffic plan is being put in place, with extensive parking close to the site. No road closures will be required, and residents won't be affected by diversions.

Further information nights will be held in Amber Springs Hotel on April 9, April 30, and May 14 at 8 p.m.

Enniscorthy Guardian