The National Sheepdog trials will take place in Killarney for the very first time this August. This will be a huge economical boost for the town. Over 150 of the top sheepdogs and their trainers from all over Ireland will compete in the three-day event on August 6 to 8 at Killalee, Fossa. The event is being organised by a local committee within the Irish National Sheepdog Trial 2020 overall committee and they have conducted a feasibility study and secured lands owned by Liebherr Container Cranes near the landmark factory in Fossa.
The sport is growing both nationally and locally. Last year, 16-year-old Tara Foley competed in the well-known BBC programme ‘One Man and his Dog’ and won the Young Handlers competition for Ireland. Local branch Chairman Tom O’Sullivan will represent Ireland at the World Championship in York, England later this year and fellow Kerry-based sheepdog handlers, John Cremin and Milo O’Brien, have competed for Ireland over the years. Winners of the Killarney event will form the 15-person team that will represent Ireland at the International Sheepdog trials and an event of this nature will be a huge economical boost to the Fossa and Killarney area.
If you are looking for something unique to entertain the kids this summer , its sure to draw crowds of all ages to witness this age old tradition, definitely
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