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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Plans afoot for ‘the Olympics of sheep shearing’ two-day event

Clonmany Agricultural Show, which will celebrate 54 years in 2023, “returns with a bang this year” for two days on August 8th and August 9th.

According to organisers, the show is “a celebration of rural Ireland, all things farming, the environment and arts”.

A spokesperson outlined that this year is “made extra special with a unique aspect”.

Nations Shearing and Wool Handling will add what they described as “an incredible dimension to an already wonderful” two-day show.

Over the course of the two-day event, spectators can expect to see a staggering 1400 sheep shorn.

“This will be an exhilarating spectacle on a purpose-built stage while commentators keep the crowd up-to-date and entertained,” a spokesperson told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane.

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“Plans are in place to live stream the event all over the world. All roads lead to Clonmany for the biggest event in the Irish sheep sector this year.”

Shearing competitors are at the peak of physical fitness, and Irish sheep shearer and veteran commentator, George Graham, describes the event as “the Olympics of sheep shearing with the finest athletes from all over the world”.

Other attractions

“Traditional livestock competitions, as well as amusements and activities for children, pet shows and arts and crafts, make it the perfect family day out,” a spokesperson told That’s Farming’s editor, Catherina Cunnane.

“Many agricultural shows in modern Ireland have advanced from traditional livestock showing. Clonmany is a leader in the show revolution with the addition of high fashion.”

“This year, the award-winning McElhinneys will have a pop-up shop and fashion show.”

Celebrity chefs, Gary O’Hanlon, Shane Smith and Brian McDermott, will scintillate and delight in the food marquee, and well-known producers will showcase their wares too.

According to organisers, an event not to be missed is the live draw, ten prizes, where one lucky person leaves the show with a brand new tractor or a brand new jeep.

There will be bands and musicians and singers, and the stage is set for waltzing and jiving.

In addition, a local master weaver and full-sized loom will be demonstrating their skills on the day.


  • Date: August 8th and 9th, 2023;
  • Location: Pollan Green, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal;
  • Admission: €13/person/day, €25 per couple and children free
  • Parking: Free on-site parking
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