Monday, August 10, 2020


A south Sligo-based virtual sheep festival is set to showcase the creative side of Ireland’s shepherds.

Just one year after its successful inaugural run the Cloonacool Sheep Festival in south Sligo is set to go virtual.

Set at the foothills of the Ox Mountains near Tubbercurry, Cloonacool and its surrounds are renowned for sheep farming.

Last year locals got together to showcase this asset with the launch of the inaugural Cloonacool Sheep Festival.

The event surpassed expectations and the organisers are determined not to allow the Covid-19 pandemic to stall their momentum.

They have compiled a programme of online-friendly events that will allow the festival to run throughout August and early September without breaching Covid-19-related public health guidelines.

Organisers are appealing for entries to the event’s novel competitions which include a crook jiving contest wherein participants will be able to use a shepherd’s staff to ensure they maintain a social distance while demonstrating their jiving talents on film.

Further attractions include a local scarecrow exhibition and a photo competition geared at finding the best sheep farming images.

In a statement a festival spokesperson said: “These events are very suited to social media. The crook jiving and the photo competition could even have a national or international appeal while the scarecrow competition is specifically designed for local families. We feel we have something for everyone and we hope it will help keep our place on the festival circuit.”

For further details of festival events, guidelines and deadlines contact the festival organisers by emailing: [email protected] or message them via their Facebook page.

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