5,000 expected for sheep dog
trials in Burt
About 5,000 visitors
from home and abroad are expected to attend the 2014
Irish National Sheep Dog Trials in Burt.
Handlers of 150 of the best sheep dogs on the island
of Ireland and Isle of Man will battle it out over
three days at An Grianan Estate from July 24-26.
Oisín Robinson (6); Harper O'Donnell
(5) and Fíonn Robinson (4) with seven week old,
border collie pups, Ben, Lass and Roy.
The winner will secure
one of just 15 coveted places to represent their
country at the International Sheep Dog Trials in Co
Roscommon in September.
Current world sheep dog champion James P McGee
helped launch the event which is sponsored this year
by SSE Airtricity.
"As a proud Donegal man, it’s a real honour to host
the National Sheep Dog Trials in my home county
which has a strong sheep dog trialling tradition.
"It’s a fantastic family event and I would like to
sincerely thank all of my colleagues on the
organising committee who have put in so much hard
work to make sure we give all the competitors and
spectators a really great few days.”
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
Seamus Herron of SSE Airtricity added: “There is a
lot of local interest in the event and it’s a great
opportunity to showcase the local area on a world