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Attendance restricted at Sheepdog Trial event

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By Sean Moriarty

Access to next month’s Irish National Sheepdog Trials in Fossa will be restricted to 250 members of the public at any one time.

However, organisers will operate a ‘one in, one out’ policy in an effort to allow as many people as possible see the event.

The three day national championship will take place at Killalee, Fossa, Killarney between August 5 and 7. It is the first time the Irish National Sheepdog Trials will take place in Kerry – as revealed in last week’s Killarney Advertiser.

The trials will see 150 of the country’s top handlers, working with their sheepdogs to compete for the much coveted trophy and be crowned national champion of Ireland. The event judges will also select 15 of the top dogs in the country to represent Ireland in the International Sheep Dog Trials later this year.

The event is similar to the popular TV show ‘One Man and his Dog’'

Organisers are mindful of the current health restrictions but want as many people as possible to see the event without breaking health rules that may be in place for the duration of the event.

The event currently expects a capacity of 500 people including competitors, local committee members and the general public. As a result only 250 spectators will be left though the gates at any one time and on a strict first come, first serve basis.

“Due to the limited number of people allowed to the event the local committee would like to make people aware that entry will be restricted once the allowed capacity at the time has been reached. They would respectfully ask that the general public appreciate this. It is advised to arrive early to avoid the disappointment,” said organising committee chairman Tom O’Sullivan. “The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19 which was disappointing but understandable. An event of this calibre is a wonderful opportunity for people to watch the best handlers and sheepdogs in Ireland showcasing the age old skill of working sheep on the trials field. The event will select the 15-person Irish Team to represent Ireland at the 2021 International Sheepdog Trials in Aberystwyth, Wales.

The Europe Hotel have granted use of their 52 acre field outside Killarney to host the event. The sheep for the event will be from the farm of Jim Dennehy, Gap of Dunloe Road, and Con Healy, Millstreet.”

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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