Roscommon Lamb Festival will take place at Loughnaneane Park on Sunday, May 6 next at 3pm. One of this year’s highlights will include an attempt by sheep shearers in Roscommon and Mayo to set a Guinness World Record. Each participant will be required to shear one sheep with no time limit.
“In Ireland on smaller farms, hand shearing remained the norm until the end of the 1960’s,” a spokesperson added. “Some people however remained with the traditional practice of hand shearing even up to the present day. Non farming people are fascinated to see sheep being hand shorn and it remains a very popular demonstration at the Lamb Festival every year.”
An attempt will also be made at the Festival to set a new record after the success of the knitting record achieved last year. “We are calling on people nationwide to join us in this novel event, which is not a competition but rather a demonstration of what is an ancient practice,” the spokesperson explained. “If the weather is unsuitable the event will be transferred to Roscommon Mart where it will take place under cover. Already people from Sligo, Galway, and Westmeath have registered along with people from Co Roscommon. Brazil will also be represented as some of the Brazilian men resident in Roscommon are from sheep farms back home where hand shearing is still practiced.” Each participant will be entered into a draw confined to those shearing and the winner will receive a pure bred border collie pup, kindly sponsored by Con Mc Garry. To register contact Liam Dolan (087) 6370351; Pat Naughton (086) 3203292 or Michael Tully (087) 6757252.