Published on : Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Recently, the Game Fairs at Birr Castle in Offaly and Shanes Castle in Antrim are doubled under the brand of Great Game Fairs of Ireland. And because of this, more and more, frequent tourism exchanges are happening here.
A visual link was created this year between the two events – Master McGrath lurcher racing challenge in Northern Ireland and the new Mick the Miller challenge which would take place at Birr Castle on coming August 27th.
This was highlighted by bringing a painting of the two great dogs done by internationally much-admired Antrim born artist, John R. Moore. The Great Game Fairs of Ireland Master McGrath Challenge race is one of the first-rate racing events for Elite Lurchers, with participants pouring from Ireland and the UK. Also, there was a hotly contested final at Shanes Castle Game Fair in June.
To quote Director Albert Titterington stated: “It had to have been the closest racing I have ever seen at Shanes Castle resulting in a blanket finish, and Scooby from County Carlow took first place by the smallest margin over his closest rivals, all from the Carlow/Offaly area.”
Large number of people witnessed the racing; many of them had travelled long distance from place like Offaly, the location for the forthcoming event, the Irish Game & Country Fair at Birr Castle on August 26 and 27 to witness the race.