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Birr Castle to host Game & Country Fair

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THE Irish Game and Country Fair takes place at Birr Castle on August 25 & 26 and it boasts a sensational 2-day programme of events centred on family fun for everyone who lives, works, or plays in the Irish countryside.

Game Fair Director Albert Titterington said, “The Fair this year has an unequalled range of competitions, displays, demonstrations, trade stands and exhibits to appeal to anyone who lives, works or plays in the Irish countryside.

“The Irish Game & Country Fair at Birr is not only the ‘country sports enthusiasts show’ but one of Ireland’s most exciting and action packed family days out. Recognised by the sporting organisations and the country sports enthusiast as the ROI’s national game and country fair, the Birr Game Fair promises to be the best ever and a real meeting point for all of Ireland’s country people.”

The Birr Fair is supported by all the major country sports organisations such as the NARGC, FISSTA, CAI and IFA Countryside.

Every year the fair introduces new attractions, competitions and themes and this year is no exception as this year it’s the ‘Year of the Salmon & Trout.’ This fishy theme is the focal point for the huge ‘Angling Village’ at Birr Castle with everything one would expect at a top class angling show and more!

Masses of tackle and plenty of bargains, boats, angling competitions, instruction and demonstrations, vintage tackle, fisheries, sporting art, taxidermy, and even speciality game and fish cookery with Emmett McCourt.

The fair at Birr has also one of the finest selection of guns on display from five gundealers including one of the rarest guns on the world – one of a limited edition of only 140 commemorative Mauser rifles worldwide, together with a German gunsmith, taking pride of place on the Lakeland Shooting Centre stand.

Since the Birr Fair became part of the Great Game Fairs of Ireland the directors have worked hard and invested heavily to make the competitions equivalent to any game fair competitions in the UK or further afield and of a standard one would expect for all Ireland Championships.

Suffice to say the All Ireland Game Fair Championships in Clay Pigeon Shooting (prize fund c €15,000 including three guns to be won ); gundogs, fly casting, stick making and terrier and lurchers are unrivalled in Ireland.

The fair is open from 10am – 6pm each day. Admission ( including free parking and programme) is Adult €15 Families €35.

For further details see www.irishgameandcountryfair.com E; irishgamefair@btinternet.con

 

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