It’s that time of year when the great topic of discussion on the bogs and in the byres of South Donegal has nothing to do with SACs, SFPs, CAPs, REPs, AEOS. 

The field is ready to be cut and the jockeys are getting the silks all ready for the big day. The stars of the show, the sheep, are being fed the usual high fibre, mineral packed diet specially designed for them in the weeks running up to the races. This is to ensure they have a ‘hop in their trot’ on the big day at the annual Sheep Racing Festival, which takes place at Leghowney on Saturday, August 2 starting at 1pm.

All the attention is on the form for the Black Sheep chase and the likely winners of the five other sheep races next month at Leghowney near Donegal Town. The licence has been granted before any tickets were put on sale and discussions with local residents have been cordial.

There are six races sponsored by local businesses. This year there will even be a race for black sheep only, which will suit quite a few people.

The Country Market will be there and hay rope making and plus Paddy Carr and his basket weaving. Vintage display and races and activities for children are also planned.

All in all it will be a great day in Leghowney for all.

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