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Ois�n Robinson (age 6); Harper O'Donnell (age 5); F�onn Robinson (age 4) with seven-week-old, Border Collie pups, Ben, Lass and Roy, pictured at the launch of the Irish Sheepdog Trials, to be held in Burt.

 Pic: Joe Keogh

Ois�n Robinson (age 6); Harper O'Donnell (age 5); F�onn Robinson (age 4) with seven-week-old, Border Collie pups, Ben, Lass and Roy, pictured at the launch of the Irish Sheepdog Trials, to be held in Burt. Pic: Joe Keogh

Up to 5,000 people are expected to descend on Burt this weekend for the Irish National Sheepdog Trials.

The competition is taking place at An Grianán estate in Burt, over three days.

It began yesterday, Thursday and continues until Saturday.

There were reports of large crowds of visitors yesterday, as the peninsula basked in the good weather.

About 150 dogs and handlers will compete in the event for the title of Irish National Champion.

Trials begin at 8am each morning and run until around 6pm each afternoon.

They are expected to extend beyond 6pm tomorrow, Saturday, as there will be a ‘run-off’ to determine the National Champion and a presentation of the team who will represent Ireland at the National Trials in Co Roscommon in December.

There are just 15 coveted places on the team.

The championships are expected to bring a huge economic and tourism boost to the peninsula, with hundreds of competitors staying in accommodation around Burt and the surrounding areas.

Each year, the event attracts visitors from all over Ireland as well as Europe, America and New Zealand.

As well as the competition, there will also be food, craft and trade stands plus plenty of children’s entertainment, promising a fun day out for all the family.

The championships are supported by SSE Electricity and spokesperson Seamus Herron described it as one of the “highlights of the summer.”

Further details of the event can be found at www.irish

nationalsheepdogtrials.co.uk

This is not the only major event being held in Burt this summer. In September, hundreds of tractor enthusiasts are expected to attend the Ferguson World Record Challenge at Grianan Estate.

 

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