Irish setters at Birr Castle
Irish setters were out in force as were many other kinds of dogs, the canine visitors seemed to out number the human kind at the 3rd annual
Irish Game & Country Fair
held recently at
But they were no match for the dog whisperer Keith Matthews another handsome hat-wearing dude with a soft northern accent no dog dared disobey. Even unruly Fionn the great big Newfoundland slobberchops/babe magnet was putty in his hands....
Lord and Lady Rosse arrived in a fairytale white and gold carriage drawn by two black horses to open the event which added a touch of magic for the children....
bringing the living history tented village in the castle grounds to life with costumed characters going about their mediavel business, of hunting, fishing, shooting....
An impressive falconry display by
Prince Bishop Falconry
included a barn owl much to the delight of one little girl! several hawks and a fantastic bronze Kite, who hovered above the crowd oblivious to the difficult wind conditions and noisy clay pigeon shooting in the background, a testament to the handlers 20 years experience.