Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival Shanes Castle 25 – 26th June 2022

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) is once again delighted to be in attendance at the Shanes Castle Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival.  The event which takes place on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June 2022.

The Fair gives CAI the ideal opportunity to showcase our organisation’s work while engaging with members, potential members and the public in general.  At Shanes Castle, our marquee will host the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Irish Red Grouse Conservation Trust.

Mid Ulster Air Rifle Club will once again be running the air rifle range and we would encourage those interested in taking part to get there early as this always prove popular with long queues.

Since 1978 the Great Game Fairs of Ireland objectives included promoting the importance of country sports, farming and conservation interests working together for the preservation of the Irish countryside and the rural way of life.

Over the past forty year on that objective, if anything more relevant, as the whole rural way of life if not threatened with government legislation or interference with tradition, is threatened with habitat destruction. There is the need for a strong unified voice to promote balance within the countryside amongst land users such as farming, building, country sports, conservation and tourism interests.

The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival

Shanes Castle, Antrim BT41 4ND

25& 26 June.  

  • Ireland’s only Game Fair this year with top quality country sports competitions and displays including Game Displays & a Game Keepers Marquee.
  • An award winning Food & Craft Festival – described by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best in Ireland, sited within a large tented trade village with several other unique country lifestyle products.
  • One of the biggest canine events of the year with terrier & lurcher showing and racing including the prestigious Five Nations Champions and Master McGrath and Mick the Miller titles;
  • top retriever and spaniel tests and displays;
  • KC Open Dog Show and Agility Dog Show and Demos. And a main ring demo by mounted and foot packs of hounds.
  • A huge Living History Festival featuring re-enactments and a tented village of costumed re-enactors in the evocative setting of the lough side ruins of the old castle. This year has a new Viking theme and we hope to have a full size Viking longship on site.
  • An enhanced Equestrian Village with the Donkey Breed Society mounting a static display of donkeys and a showing championship including arena displays of costumed handlers with their donkeys pulling all sorts of farm implements. Plus the Whip & Collar carriage elegant driving competitions and displays including possibly the debut in Ireland of a fabulous historical horse drawn vehicle. And of course the inimitable Johnny Fee with his compound featuring ‘life on the road’ and horse drawn threshing. And of course Horse and Hounds.
  • Animals galore, including static and flying displays of falcons and a ferret show & racing.
  • There are lots of opportunities for participation especially for children including air rifle shooting, archery, casting & fly tying instruction, gun dog scurry, handling animals of all kinds and a put and take fishery and getting practical advice on art, stick-making, taxidermy and woodturning. There are also many children focused stands and a dedicated amusement area.
  • Action in three arenas throughout the day to interest and entertain the whole family
  • NEW – A brilliant Fly Fishing Fair on the Game Fair site. Stevie Munn, organiser of the acclaimed international Fly Fair in Galway has brought the Antrim Fly Fair to the Game Fair. (

All of this quality entertainment for JUST £10 for adults £5 Children ( 6-16) or Family (2A+4C). Parking & Programme FREE. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite with the organisers absorbing the booking fee or pay at the gate.



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