Up to 10,000 expected to attend Kepak Shearfest 2024 in Mountbellew

It’s ‘the Olympics of sheep shearing!’

‘Like the ploughing, but with sheep’ – that’s a ‘short’ way of describing Kepak Shearfest, a weekend of sheep shearing, family fun, and much more! And this year, it’s taking place locally in Mountbellew, kicking off at the mart grounds on the June bank holiday weekend (June 1st and 2nd 2024).

Up to 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the elite event, which is being held in Mountbellew for the first time ever! Competitors will come from across the island of Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Australia, and New Zealand. It will be the largest dedicated sheep event of the year in Ireland. This is ‘the Olympics of sheep shearing’.

Organiser Brian McHale of Mountbellew Mart says, “This event will promote the West of Ireland and Irish wool to a worldwide audience”.

The packed two-day programme includes kids’ entertainment, live music from Claudia Buckley and Ciaran Rosney, sheepdog demonstrations, raffles, food trucks, crafts, an Irish Wool Experience and much more!

But the fun doesn’t end at dusk. There will be two nights of brilliant live music at MARTBEAT. Taking place at the mart grounds, the guests lined up to perform include Mike Denver, George Murphy and The Rising Sons, Michael English, and Cliona Hagan. Gates open at 8 pm.

Tickets are available via tickets.ie or shearfest.ie. Don’t miss out!