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Irish Game Fair postponed

The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival, which was due to be held later in the summer at Shane's Castle, County Antrim, was today postponed to June 25-26, 2022.
The decision was made "very reluctantly" by organiser, Albert Titterington, deciding he had little option after Northern Ireland Assembly prolonged its cap on attendance numbers at outdoor events at 500. With tight restrictions in Southern Ireland making it impossible for people to visit, and despite meeting local health and safety protocols, Mr Titterington, a veteran of the show for over 40 years, had to cancel for the second year running.

He was disappointed that whilst in England the Burghley Game & Country Fair took place over May 29-31, the Irish government Covid restrictions lagged behind the rest of UK.

"We were in constant liaison with the Environment Health department of the Council and had put in place full precautions to run a safe event, including a new layout and programme; a safer form of tentage; sanitising procedures, signage and stations; and in consultation with our professional consultant protocols for the public (including provision for ticketing by Eventbrite); traders, event organisers and performers" he said.

"There appeared to be great public demand for the fair to take place", he added.

"However in spite of continuous lobbying and consultation, as of yesterday we simply could not get final guidance on what more we needed to do or what other restrictions we would have to meet. With more uncertainty from the UK government delaying the exit from lockdown, the Executive delaying giving their guidance, and the threat from a third wave of the Delta variant, we considered that it was in everyone’s interest to postpone until 2022".

Disappointed that he could not hold an event on a 100-acre site attracting 5,000 people, Mr Titterington expressed concern over the loss of the part-time jobs that the show provides normally. He plans to hold a virtual show event in August.

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