Ireland’s Premier Country Sports Event
Sunday 4th & Monday 5th June 2006
The National Country Fair is a celebration of all that is good about country pursuits and rural life in Ireland. The core disciplines showcased are Game Angling, Clay Shooting, Gundogs, Falconry and Equine Events. We host world champions in each discipline to ensure we provide the highest quality to our visitors. Year on year the standard of competition has consistently risen with sporting excellence achieved in 2005 with a world record set in the International Open Spey Casting Championship.
All the fun of the Fair
Not just for the country sports enthuisiast, the Fair has something for everyone. There is a variety or attractions and plenty of entertainment. Both adults and children can try their hand at many of the activities including archery, clay shooting and fly fishing not to mention the Willie boot throwing!
Ireland is Top Dog in Massbrook International Spaniel Competition
In the 2005 Massbrook Kennels Spaniel International, the Republic of Ireland team triumphed with margin of thirty one points to spare. The winning team comprised of Team Captain M. Walsh with F.T.Ch. Poppet Rocket and Bulterstown Buddy, P.J. Davitt with F.T.Ch Monalue Cherry Blosom and Pat Brennan and Clonduff Eagle scored consistently in the mid to high 80’s and were clear winners. Northern Ireland finished second, Wales third and England fourth. Brendan Arbuckle’s (N.Irl) dog Kenmar Yorkick got top Hunting Dog award with a score of 49 x 50.
Fair Director Margaret Edgill with Scot McKenzie
Scot MacKenzie Sets another new World Record At Emo
Scot McKenzie set yet another world record in the Irish Ferries International Open Spey Casting Championships with an astonishing cast of 60.5 yards in Sunday’s heats of this prestigious competition.
Angling commentator and demonstrator Welshman Hwyel Morgan said “we thought Scot’s cast last year was awesome but to go over 60 yards this year, is truly amazing”. McKenzie really is world class, his performance at this year’s National Country Fair breaks the record of 59 yards he set at the 2004 CLA Game Fair.
The Championship was dominated by the Scottish, with McKenzie going on to win with a cast of 54.5 yards, second place was Gordon Armstrong and James Chalmers took third place.
Up Up and Away!
This spectacular balloon flight brought the event to a conclusion in 2005. Piloted by Frank Meldon and kindly sponsored by Green Isle Foods, the balloon is an amazing 150 feet high when inflated and it was quite a sight at Emo Court in 2005.