Cillin Hill hosts World Sheep Shearing

THE 2011 Sheep and Wool Festival at Cillin Hill runs all day Saturday and Sunday and free shuttle buses run from hotels in the city all day Saturday to the edge of city venue.

THE 2011 Sheep and Wool Festival at Cillin Hill runs all day Saturday and Sunday and free shuttle buses run from hotels in the city all day Saturday to the edge of city venue.

The family festival is expected to draw 15,000 plus to the region and its centrepiece is the Clik All Ireland & International Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships which features champion shearers from all over Australia and New Zeland, mainland Europe, Britain and Ireland.

The two day family festival includes:

- IWW Wrestling Shows Saturday at 12 & 3pm, Sunday, 11am &3pm

- Strongman exhibitions on Sunday at 12 noon

- The 24-hour charity sheep shear

- The All Ireland Young Sheep farmer and European Young Sheep Farmer competitions on Saturday

Circus shows at 11am and 2pm both days and magic shows 12.30 and 2pm, also both days

The festival includes outdoor stalls and a massive indoor food and craft hall. It traces the story of wool from producer to user and includes felting workshops with Nicola Brown on Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 2pm; an exhibition of fashions by internationally-renowned felter, Thomas Horst, and a display featuring the work of the Kilkenny Knitting Project and craft pieces from children from the Presentation primary school all day, both days.

Other attractions include a mobile farm and the RSA interactive shuttle; sheepdog trials and a dog show on Sunday and live music throughout the extensive exhibition grounds.

The festival ends on a high note on Sunday night with a live concert with The Conquerers. It promises to be a great musical spectacle and a fitting end to an event which will focus the international spotlight once more on Kilkenny city. Admission to the festival is €10 for adults, €5 for children, 10 and over and all under 10s go free on both days. Family concessions are available at €25.

Don’t Miss - If you’re in to the Sheep shearing Championship, you really should not miss any of it.

Something Different - Well the world sheep Shearing championship is certainly differerent for Kilkenny, but the marathon event should be worth catching the ‘tail end of’ on Sunday at 2pm