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2014 International Sheep Dog Championships

12-14 September 2014 - Kilbegnett, County Roscommon

The venue  for the 2014 International is the Hanley family farm, situated in Kilbegnett, which is between  Roscommon Town and  Creggs Village. It is a mixed farm with suckler cows and sheep. Farmed expertly over the years by the Hanley brothers, John and Brian, the farm nestles in the quiet countryside, along side the River Suck, and overlooked by Denamon Castle.‚Äč

Press Release August 2014: All roads lead to Roscommon and the International Sheepdog Trials

Sheepdog trialling enthusiasts from all over Ireland and Britain will converge on Creggs, Co. Roscommon from September 12-14th for the Devenish Nutrition International Sheepdog Trials.


The trials, sponsored by Belfast-based animal nutrition company Devenish Nutrition and also strongly supported by FBD, will be the biggest agricultural event to be held in Connacht this year and will feature competitors from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Teams of 15 competitors will take part in qualifying events on Friday and Saturday, with the Supreme Champion event taking place on Sunday afternoon.

The event alternates between the four countries involved and this is the first time ever that the International Trials have been held in Connacht. 90 acres of the Hanley Family Farm in Kilbegnet, Creggs, will provide the backdrop for the event, which it is expected will attract 20,000 visitors. Free on-site parking for 2,500 cars will be available and event organisers have liaised closely with local Gardaí in terms of traffic plans for the event.

The event launch took place on Friday night last at Cuisle, Donamon, Co. Roscommon. Guests at the launch heard from Event Chairman John Hanley, who is also the IFA County Chairman for County Roscommon, Irish National President of the International Sheepdog Society, Con McGarry as well as representatives of sponsors Devenish Nutrition, FBD and Roscommon County Council.

The event was launched by Tom Turley, Connacht Chairman, IFA, who urged people across Connacht to support this event, which showcases all that is good about rural living and provides an opportunity for visitors from a variety of backgrounds to watch the beautiful spectacle of man and dog working in perfect unison.

Richard Kennedy, Technical and Marketing Director for Devenish Nutrition told guests at the launch, “We are absolutely delighted to be the sponsoring the International Sheep Dog Trials. It provides the perfect opportunity to showcase to a wide audience many of the aspects of country living that are so important to the local and wider communities and economy.”

Michael Garvey, FBD Director of Marketing and Sales said, “We in FBD are delighted to come on board as major sponsors of this unique event. With over 40 years’ experience working with local farming families and communities, we are proud to be supporting this international championship event. This event will bring a welcome influx of visitors to Ireland and to County Roscommon in particular and will support local businesses at an important time. The event showcases and celebrates excellence in this traditional farming skill and is a fantastic occasion for families and communities alike. We wish everyone visiting Roscommon and those competing at the event every success.”

Kepak was represented at the launch by Sheep Procurement Manager Bertie Mannion and he told guests that Kepak was delighted to be involved as a major sponsor of the event and he welcomed the fact that promotion of local food and Roscommon Lamb in particular would be central to the event.

Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council spoke of the enthusiasm of the local authority for the event, and he encouraged everyone who will meet visitors at the event to do their best to promote tourism in County Roscommon. He also congratulated event organisers and in particular Con McGarry for ensuring that the event is staged in his home county of Roscommon.

The local communities of Creggs, Castlecoote, Glinsk and Oran have come together to help with the hosting of the event and Chief Steward Sean Beirne thanked both An Garda Síochana and Roscommon County Council and asked local people to continue in their support of the event.

Entrance to the event is free for children under 16 and it is anticipated that many local schools will take the opportunity of visiting the event on Friday 12th September. The event is a family event, with fun-filled attractions for children and arts and crafts displays and other displays for adults. Trade displays and displays of local produce will also aim to showcase locally produced artisan food.

Of course, all eyes will be on the trial fields, with competitions getting underway each day at 8 am sharp and running to 6 pm. While the competitors will hail from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, thousands of international visitors are also expected to attend, including sheepdog trialling enthusiasts from Sweden, Austria, Denmark, South Africa and the US.

The Irish team of 15 was selected at the recent national trials in Burt, Co. Donegal, while last weekend saw the selection of the Welsh team and the teams to represent Scotland and England at the event will be selected in coming weeks.


For further information contact Event Chairman John Hanley on (086) 8125211, Secretary Mary Hopkins on (087) 6116376 or email



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