Wednesday 23 January 2019

Ballintrillick Donkey Derby draws a crowd

Each year, sun, rain or snow, the community of Ballintrillick and further afield come together for the traditional donkey derby race. Billed as a fun day out, the donkey derby race is the main attraction with novelty events and races, kids races and more filling the schedule for the day.

This year's instalment, which took place on Sunday afternoon, was in direct competition with the World Cup final, although organisers say it did not have much of an impact on the crowd.

Mary Rooney, one of the organisers, told The Sligo Champion: "There is a very hard working committee behind the event which takes place every year.

"The event went very well. We got rain for the first time in weeks. It could have been worse though."

There were 27 donkeys taking part in the event. Mary added: "It's getting very popular now. We are noticing that there are more and more female riders taking part each year.

"It's a really fun event. It's not as competitive as some other donkey derbies. The donkeys would be mainly farmers' donkeys rather than racing donkeys."

James McGowan was the winner of the donkey derby, with Ali Burns in second and Lisa Noble in third.

The traditional sheep shearing competition was won by Seamus Clancy.

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