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It’s cool to be part of this herd! Golden Shears Festival 2014

Lamb traffic jam in the Kilkenny hills, Ireland

Lamb traffic jam in the Kilkenny hills, Ireland

It’s cool to be part of this herd!

People from all over the world will be heading to the fun-filled Golden Shears Sheep & Wool Festival May 22-24 2014. You should, too!

Ireland has scored an international coup with individual competitors and teams from China and Russia now registered to travel and compete at the 16th Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships, a unique festival of farming and family fun will have 300+ competitors from 30 different countries compete over four days of wooly fun. 6,600 sheep, provided by farmers in Wexford and countrywide, will be specifically treated and prepared for shearing during the Championships!

The Cat Shepherd of Zwartbles Ireland

The Cat Shepherd of Zwartbles Ireland

If you follow The Cat Shepherd and/or Suzanna from Zwartbles Ireland, be sure to go on the weekend, as she’ll be there with her special wool blankets and some of her wonderful photos of the Farm & the animal characters there. I’m also excited to see Wexford artist & maker Roisin Markham’s exhibition From Sheep To Frame. The Golden Shears Festival in Gorey is going to be some fun, and my tip would be to have a county Wexford holiday break and combine Golden Shears with the Wexford Food and Wine Festival on in Wexford town. Sunny Southeast  Ireland vacations are tops!

More about Golden Shears Ireland 2014:

Activities highlighting the best of Irish agriculture, heritage, food and music from the 22nd to 25th May in Gorey include Sheep Breed Shows, the ICM FBD Young Shepherd Competition, sheep dog trials, Queen of the Wool pageant in conjunction with Macra na Feirme, vintage display, arts and crafts marquee, photography and design hall, dog show, children’s entertainment, wool and felt demos, as well as local and national businesses trading goods from Thursday to Sunday.

To add to this, a number of tailored Irish Cultural heritage demos by Visit Wexford are scheduled. The GOOD FOOD IRELAND® VILLAGE will highlight Ireland’s Culture through its food where visitors can experience a real taste of Ireland and meet the people behind the products.

The GOOD FOOD IRELAND® VILLAGE will be the place to chill out, meet new people and share food with friends and family. Visitors will be able to have a “dine around Ireland” experience and savour the taste and flavours of the very best of Irish food. Visitors will not only enjoy top quality Irish food but meet the people who grow, rear, make and cook the food of our country. Chefs, cheese makers, chutney makers and bakers will all assemble to serve and showcase Irish food.

Golden Shears Ireland 2014The village will be open from 8am to 5.30pm Thursday to Sunday and until 9.30pm on Saturday. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, teas, coffee, ice creams and treats can all be purchased in the village throughout the day. The cookery demonstration theatre will feature cookery demos and talk from Ireland’s leading chefs and local food heroes over the four main festival days.

Events will take place on a 25 acre site on the outskirts Gorey town, adjacent to the Amber Springs Hotel. Located, just off the motorway and minutes from the railway station, the venue can be reached in just over an hour from Dublin airport and is only 60km from Rosslare Ferry Port. Accommodation is listed on the website below.

Tickets from €10 are available online at and children under 12 go free with an adult.


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