Launch of KEPAK All-Ireland Sheep Shearing Championships 2024

On Friday, March 1st, at 7 pm, Mountbellew Mart will launch the KEPAK All-Ireland and All Nations Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships 2024 at The Malt House, Mountbellew, Co Galway.

The championships will take place over the June bank holiday weekend, Saturday, the 1st to Sunday, the 2nd of March, and will welcome the elite of international sheep shearers and wool handlers for two days of highly competitive action.

The weekend also includes two fun-filled days of family entertainment. There will be sheepdog demonstrations, Irish dancing, trade stands, pony rides, food trucks, children’s amusements, an Irish wool experience, fashion shows, an interactive magic show, cookery demonstrations, pedigree and rare sheep exhibits, a community time capsule ceremony and live music from artists like Claudia Buckley and Ciaran Rosney.

Over both nights, ‘MARTBEAT’ will take place on the Mountbellew Mart grounds, featuring live music from some of Ireland’s finest musical artists – Mike Denver, Michael English, George Murphy and The Rising Sons, and Cliona Hagan.

All are invited to attend the upcoming launch and admission is free. Food and refreshments will be served, and entertainment will be provided by local musicians.

The evening will include the launch of our ‘March Madness’ early bird weekend family ticket. The early bird ticket is available during March only, or while limited tickets last. The price of only €50 for the whole weekend of activities represents a discount of over 50%.

As this is the only national sheep event in 2024, it is expected to bring a large influx of visitors to the region over the June bank holiday weekend. It is hoped these championships will leave a legacy for Mountbellew, one that reflects the spirit and culture of our local community.