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Wicklow to host International Sheep Dog Trials for first time in Glenealy

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Current Supreme Champion Tom O’Sullivan from Kerry pictured with his dog Northhill Tess.

Current Supreme Champion Tom O’Sullivan from Kerry pictured with his dog Northhill Tess.

Current Supreme Champion Tom O’Sullivan from Kerry pictured with his dog Northhill Tess.

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THE Garden County will host the International Sheep Dog Trials for the first time ever, with the event due to take place in Glenealy in September of 2023.

The International Sheep Dog Trials features four teams from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, who will battle it out over three days of qualifiers, before the final is held on the final day.

Roscommon hosted the event a number of years ago, with 30,000 people passing through the gate.

Eamonn Connell, Chair of the organising committee, is looking forward to bringing the show to Dermott Fanning’s farm on the edge of Glenealy for the 2023 International Sheep Dog Trials.

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“The trials take place every year and rotate between Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland. This will be the first time the event has ever been hosted in County Wicklow, and it could be at least another 20 years before it takes place in the Garden County again.

“We will also be having a family fun day coinciding with the sheep dog trials, which will take place in a nearby field. We will have all the usual stands and attractions for the whole family, including a mobile farm, bouncy castle and family dog show. People can watch the dog trials and then go and enjoy the family fun day,” said Eamonn.

The International Sheep Dog Trials have been running since 1940, and the current Supreme Champion is Tom O’Sullivan from Co Kerry and his dog Northill Tess, who will be defending their title in Glenealy next year. Ireland has won five of the internationals, recording their first victory in 1997.

Eamonn added: “We have been getting great support from Wicklow County Council and Fred Verdier of Wicklow Tourism. The event will be taking place from September 8th to September 10th of next year, and if anyone is interested in putting on a stall or offering any sponsorship then they can contact me at 083 125 3630 or any other committee member.”


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