Game fair launched by Deputy First Minister
THE DEPUTY First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA today launched the 50th Game Fair of Ireland by ‘making the first cast’ into Lough Neagh.
Some 30,000 people are expected to visit the event, which is being held at Shane’s Castle near Antrim over the weekend, for an action packed celebration of country pastimes, conservation and the rural way of life.
Each year ‘The Great Game Fairs of Ireland’ organise three fairs which bring the very best in country life and entertainment to a wide range of people throughout the country. These events are held at Shane’s Castle, Ballywalter and at Birr in Co. Offaly. The overall theme of the fairs in 2012 is “the Year of the salmon and the Trout.”
In launching this year’s Game Fair the deputy First Minister said: “As an enthusiastic angler I am honoured to have been invited to launch the 50th Game Fair of Ireland. It is appropriate therefore that the overall theme for this year is a fishing one, although this Fair will offer an action-packed weekend and will showcase all that is good in Irish country life.
“The Fair is a great Irish tradition and I commend ‘The Great Game Fairs of Ireland’ for their efforts in preserving this way of country life, and I congratulate them on now having organised fifty game fairs. By introducing new attractions, concepts and themes they have continued to maintain very high levels of interest in this wonderful celebration.”
During his visit to Shane’s Castle Mr McGuinness met a range of guests including Albert Titterington, Director of The Great Game Fairs of Ireland, Eirin Corbett, Miss Country Lifestyle, and the Mayor of Antrim Councillor Roy Thompson.
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