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Great Game Fairs of Ireland All Ireland Game Fair Championships

These championships are designed to encourage the widest possible competition in that literally any competent shot, caster or gundog handler can with the top prize. There are two opportunities to qualify for the finals which this year will be held in Birr Castle. There are qualifying heats open to anyone at both Shanes Castle and Birr. These qualifying events also have unrivalled prize structures.

Shanes Castle Competitions

The Clay Pigeon Challenge

Top Prize a Browning Cynergy Shotgun sponsored by Donal Mc Cloy, Guns Unlimited.

Browning Cynergy
Browning Cynergy

The following guns (each day) will Qualify for the Final

Class A/AA - Best three scores

Class B/C - Best three scores

Unclassified - Best three scores

Side By Side Competition : Best two scores

The Winners in each class qualify for the All Ireland Game Fair Championship at Birr, Co. Offaly 30/31 August 2008 with the top prize of a Beretta 687 EELL sponsored by David Brennan of Ardee Sports. Shooters can qualify for this Final at either Shanes or Birr

Beretta 687 EELL
Beretta 687 EELL

Class prizes Each Day At Shanes Castle :

Class A/AA : 1st 75 : 2nd 50 : 3rd 25

Class B/C: 1st 75 : 2nd 50 : 3rd 25

Unclassified : 1st 75 : 2nd 50 : 3rd 25

Side by Side : 1st 50 for top gun each day

Plus in the Individual Dog & Gun Competition: Bettinsoli Shotgun Sponsored by Donal McCloy


Ireland's Top Gundog Events

IRISH GAME FAIR & COUNTRY LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL Shane's Castle, Antrim

Ireland's award winning GAME FAIR with the best Gundog prizes in Ireland including a BETTINSOLI GUN to be won in the INDIVIDUAL DOG and GUN COMPETION - best score in Saturday individual Dog & Gun Event.

Gundog Events Saturday 21 June 2008
The Feedwell and Donal McCloy Dog & Gun Competitions
organised by the URGRC

There are four competitions:-
1.The Team Competition - Team of three to run their dogs in an Open Gundog Test (based on seen retrieves) and the same three handlers to individually shoot 10 clay pigeons.
Entry Fee 30 ( Does not include admission to the Fair)
1st The Doreen Metcalf Memorial Trophy, £150 and bags of Feedwell Dog Food.
2nd £75 and bags of Feedwell Dog Food
3rd £45 and bags of Feedwell Dog Food
Rosettes to Fourth place

2.An Individual Competition where the handler will run his/her dog in the Open Gundog Test (seen retrieves) and shoot ten sporting clay pigeons.
Entry Fee £10 (does not include admission to Fair)
1st BETTINSOLI SHOTGUN and a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
2nd £50 and a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
3rd £20 and a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
Rosettes to Fourth place

3.Open Gundog Test
Entry Fee £10 (does not include admission to the Fair)
1st £100 and a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
2nd £50 and a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
3rd £20 and a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
Rosettes to Fourth Place

4.Lough Neagh Festival Inter Council Event: Winners £100

Please Note: Entrants in the Dog & Gun event must not practice on the clay lines before shoot in the competition.

For Further details - Contact JOE JOHNSTON - Telephone 028 8673 6432

Gundog Events Sunday 22nd June 2008
Sponsored by Feedwell - official Gundog Sponsors

The Feedwell International Gundog Team Test
Organised by the Mid Ulster Gundog Association (Contact Joe Johnston on 028 8673 6432) or Robbie McGregor (028 2766 8867) starts at 09.30am

Teams: N Ireland, South Ireland, All Ireland, Scotland, Ulster Select

Prizes:-
1st Team Prize £200 plus Voucher from S. Dunn for £100 off his products bags of Feedwell Dog Food
2nd Team Prize £160
Rosettes to 4th place
Top Dog a dog box provided by Stuart Dunn.

Feedwell/Burren Trailers International Open Test
Organised by the Mid Ulster Gundog Association starts at 1.45pm sharp entries in advance or taken on the ground.

Prizes:-
1st A Bumper Boy Launcher from H&J Pet Foods worth £595plus a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
2nd £100 plus a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
3rd £75 plus a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
4th £50 plus a bag of Feedwell Dog Food
Rosettes to 4th place
Entry Fee £10

Top four dogs qualify for grand final at Birr where a €5,500 Burren Trailer will be won. Top four NI dogs will form the NI team for the international at Birr.

Richard Johnston winner of the Trailer at last year's Fair
Richard Johnston winner of the Trailer at last year's Fair

Special two day tickets are available for Gundog competitors from Albert Titterington (028 44615416) or Joe Johnston (028 8673 6432)

In Addition
On Saturday: Spaniel Tests sponsored by Massbrook Kennels & organised by the UGL - £400 in prize money plus Massbrook Food plus a DT Dog Box sponsored by Plastic Promotions.

Sunday: Minor Breeds Tests organised by the Irish Water Spaniel Club!


Angling Competitions - Sponsored by Dunfly Tackle

There will be four classes:

1. Professional
2. Amateur
3. Ladies
4. Youths

The two top casters in each class will compete for the main prize. In this "cast off" the professional will start with a handicap of 5 metres.

Robert Gillespie, All Ireland Game Fair Casting Champion in 2007 with organiser Alan Kirkpatrick and sponsor Bill Godfrey from Dunfly.
Robert Gillespie, All Ireland Game Fair Casting Champion in 2007 with organiser Alan Kirkpatrick and sponsor Bill Godfrey from Dunfly.

The class winner in each class will qualify for the All Ireland Game Fair Casting Championships at Birr where the prizes include the Pat Burns Memorial Trophy and £500 plus angling holidays and other Dunfly prizes.

The 20th All Ireland Terrier & Lurcher Championships, Shanes Castle 21/22nd June 2008

Please note :
Terrier & Lurcher Racing Saturday

Terrier & Lurcher Shows Sunday

For further details of the GREAT GAME FAIRS of IRELAND see:- www.gamefair.com or www.countrysportsandcountrylife.com or the latest edition of IRISH COUNTRYSPORTS and COUNTRY LIFE magazine now available in shops