Competitors from far and wide to compete at sheep shearing event from New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland will shear 3,000 sheep and entertain 15,000 visitors at this year’s Clik All Ireland and International Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships in Green Glens, Millstreet, Co Cork, on May 25 and 26.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney attended the formal launch of the event yesterday. Humphry O’Riordan, the chairman of the organising committee, said they were delighted to be staging the event, last held in Millstreet in 1981.

“This time round the championships are being held indoors in the best venue in Ireland, if not in Europe, where people will be able to enjoy the shearing and all the other attractions in the comfort of this magnificent arena,” said Mr O’Riordan.

One highlight of the weekend will be the Clik speed shear on the Saturday evening, when some of the world’s elite shearers will compete against the clock to see who is the fastest — and cleanest — shearer. The current Irish record is 17.5 seconds.

A series of family events is also planned. from the Irish Examiner March 14th 2013


For details see the All Ireland & International Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships 2013 page on Facebook


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