Golden Game Fair at Shane’s Castle

Chef Emmett McCourt, Emma Cowan, organiser of the Flavour Fine Food Festival at the Fair and Game Fair Director Albert Titterington launch the Fair's 2012 theme of 'the year of the Salmon and Trout' . INLM2612-811con
Chef Emmett McCourt, Emma Cowan, organiser of the Flavour Fine Food Festival at the Fair and Game Fair Director Albert Titterington launch the Fair's 2012 theme of 'the year of the Salmon and Trout' . INLM2612-811con

THE Great Game Fairs of Ireland will stage their 50th Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle on July 7 and 8.

Albert Titterington and a group of enthusiasts staged the first ever sustainable Game Fair in Ireland 34 years ago and this year’s Shanes Castle’s Irish Game Fair and Country Lifestyle Festival marks their 50th game fair in an unrivalled run of top quality events.

It will be a ‘golden anniversary’ like no other and the organisers are already cock a hoop the way that plans are shaping up to offer the public the most exciting game fair ever seen in Ireland.

Looking back at the record breaking history of the Fairs, Albert Titterington said that the Irish Game Fair and Country Lifestyle Festival at Shanes Castle, Antrim was always the leading spectacle for families and country lifestyle enthusiasts.

Albert said: “Our Game Fairs showcase country pastimes, conservation and the rural way of life. Every year we introduce new attractions, competitions and themes and this year is no exception being the ‘Year of the Salmon and Trout.”

Young anglers will find games and fly dressing competitions plus sampler casting classes and casting competition based around skill as opposed to distance with two levels ‘professional’ and amateur with good prizes of kit and equipment.

Other traditional country pastimes such as shooting, hunting and working gundogs take pride of place too, with bigger and better competitions and displays and even more to see and do for everyone.

There are the largest canine events in Ireland with the top prize funds, and Shanes hosts the 25th anniversary of the All Ireland Terrier and Lurcher Championships, the Master McGrath Challenge and new Novice Lurcher Challenge.

The stand count for Shanes is much higher than at this time last year and is expected to be the largest ever. Apart from the much larger Angling Villages and Gunmakers Rows, all the ‘old favourite’ clothing companies are there plus some new ones.

In short if you want to buy anything for the family to enjoy ‘the country lifestyle’ you will find it, often at bargain prices, in the trade village at the two fairs.