Highland Games at Dalriada Festival

Published Saturday, 14 July 2012
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It is Ireland versus Scotland at the Dalriada Festival this weekend as the Highland Games get into full swing.

Highland Games at Dalriada Festival
It is Ireland versus Scotland at the Dalriada Festival (© Bernadette McAllister)

The Clash of the Celtic Giants Highland Games is being held at the Glenarm Castle Estate for a fourteenth year.

Although the two-day games are just a portion of the events in the Glens of Antrim, estate manager Adrian Morrow said they are set to be the highlight of the festival.

"We like to fight these boys hard," he told UTV.

"The Northern Ireland competitors have been training for the best part of 12 months because they're not used to tossing cabers. They want to give these Scotchmen a good run."

Strongman Glenn Ross was on hand to support the Irish team, and said he has never lost at Glenarm.

"Team Ireland, Celtic warriors that we are, we haven't come here to lose. We've had great support here," he added.

Elsewhere on the estate some shear beauties displayed their woolly trends during Northern Ireland's first ever sheep fashion show.

"When I heard about Northern Ireland's first ever sheep fashion show, I just had to come and bring my very good friend Lady Baa Baa," explained one sheep owner, whose animal took to the catwalk alongside Muhammad Baa-li, Super sheep and Frank Lamb-hard.

The festival is also about more than about fun, it also helps the local economy.

"We're bringing people into a very small rural community," said Mr Morrow.

"They stay up here for the day, they spend money, they stay in all the hotels and bed and breakfasts all around here are booked up solid.

"It's a fantastic week for events to showcase what we do in the Glens of Antrim."

The Dalriada Festival will also feature a rowing regatta, horse hunt chase, triathlon, while on Saturday evening Ronan Keating and Sharon Corr will perform.

Northern Ireland singer-songwriter Brian Houston will take part in a free Gospel Concert on Sunday and the event finishes with a show-stopping fireworks finale on 21 July.

© UTV News
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