All roads will surely be leading to Burt on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May for what promises to be Inishowen’s biggest and most awaited event of 2015.
The All Ireland, International and Six Nations Sheep Shearing Championships are returning. Many will remember their last visit to Burt in 2009 when over 20,000 made their way to the Grianan Estate for the now legendary festival of music, rural crafts, family fun and, of course, sheep shearing!
This year’s plans are for an event as ambitious as, or even more ambitious than, the 2009 festival. Work has been ongoing for many months and final preparations are underway at the Estate.
As in 2009, a new Grianan Queen has been crowned and this time the much coveted title has gone to Burnfoot’s own ever charming Arlene Arbuckle. Arlene will be tasked with formally making the presentations to some of the world’s best shearers following a gruelling set of competitions which will attract competitors from all over the world.
Festivities kick off in earnest on Friday night with a concert by Mike Denver.