Up to 10,000 people are set to descend on Brideswell in South Roscommon over three days in August when the hugely popular Irish National Sheepdog trials take place on the Lisbrock farm of Barra O’Brien.
Thousands of visitors from around the country and abroad will flock to the event to enjoy what is the premier event in the Irish Sheepdog calendar.
Expect plenty of top-class action as the best 150 sheepdogs and handlers from all over Ireland and The Isle of Man will compete over three days on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
There will be plenty at stake too for the competitors who will be vying for one of the 15 coveted places on the Irish team which will compete at the International Sheepdog Trials in 2014. The event will also decide the 22 competitors who will compete at the World Trials next year.
News that the event has been secured for Brideswell has lead to a huge surge in accommodation bookings in the South Roscommon and Athlone area. Needless to say, local organisers believe the sheepdog trials – along with the 5-day Brideswell Pattern Festival taking place the week before – will have huge economic spin-offs for the local economy.
“This is a major coup for Brideswell and it’s no exaggeration to say that this will be one of the biggest events ever to be staged in the area. This is going to be a fantastic spectacle involving the best dogs and handlers around. The enthusiasts will be turning out in force but we are planning to make this a family day out as well so we will be organising plenty of side attractions,” explained Barra.
Given the huge interest in sheepdog trials here and all over the world, organisers are expecting massive crowds over the three days, including overseas visitors from Great Britain, USA, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and China.
A Connacht organising committee alongside a local working committee in Brideswell has been tasked with organising this exciting event which will take centre stage in Brideswell this summer. A meeting to organise a local working committee will take place in Hamrock’s, Brideswell, on Monday, February 11th at 9 p.m. All welcome.