Cloonacool Sheep Festival goes ‘virtual’

A South Sligo sheep festival is going ‘virtual’ this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Cloonacool Sheep Festival began last year; it took place in September.

And such was its success that organisers were keen to keep it going this year, despite the coronavirus restrictions.

There are three main elements to this year’s virtual event.

They are a crook jiving competition involving dancing with a crook, which is the stick a shepherd uses to herd his sheep; an scarecrow exhibition, and a sheep photo exhibition — all online.

Pat McCarrick has been telling Ocean FM why they decided to go ahead with a virtual festival this year.

There will be an extended interview with Pat McCarrick about the virtual sheep festival 

on our AgriWeek farm programme on this Thursday at 9pm.