Shannon Conn ‘over the moon’ after Countryfile ‘One Man and His Dog’ success

Magilligan teenager, Shannon Conn, is “over the moon” after winning BBC Countryfile’s ‘One Man and His Dog’.

The 13-year-old Limavady High School student competed for Ireland in the final with her beloved dog, nine-year-old ‘Bill’ in the final of the competition which was broadcast on Sunday, along with John Maginn from Co. Down.

The pair notched up an impressive 146 points, beating teams from England, Scotland and Wales to win the totle for Ireland for the third year in a row.

Shannon said: “I’m over the moon. It still hasn’t sunk in. The local support, and even the worldwide support, has been unbelievable. Everyone has been getting in touch and texting congratulations. When they called out Ireland had won my heart was beating so fast. I was hoping we had won. Competing alongside John Maginn was an experience in itself. It was all amazing.”

Shannon added; “Bill was the main man. It was one of his best performances. He was working really well, and listening so I was really happy.”

During her time with the Countryfile crew, Shannon made sure to do her bit for local tourism.

Shannon Conn with her dogs, Bill and Harry. INLV4015-013KDR

Shannon Conn with her dogs, Bill and Harry. INLV4015-013KDR

“I met Adam (Henson) and he was lovely and I was telling him about Binevenagh and the Blue Flag Beach at Benone. He was great,” she said.