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Kilkenny (Iverk show ) – Sheep shearers

Sheep Shearers 1
All images using a Nikon D7000
Sheep shearers and the Kilkenny county show
Events photography : Nigel Borrington

The Kilkenny – Iverk show, is held in the village of (Piltown, county Kilkenny) each September.

It’s a great day of agricultural events from horse and cattle shows to equipment demonstrations.

The sheep shearing competitions and demonstrations each year bring in a big crowd. The images below show how sheep are sheared both in modern and older times.

Sheep shearing demonstration gallery

Sheep Shearers 3

Sheep Shearers 4

Sheep Shearers 1

Sheep Shearers 2

14 responses

  1. 1annecasey

    Great angles and contrasts. And another wonderful social history record.

    September 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    • Hello Anne.. πŸ™‚

      Thank you, it was great to watch them at work – like this. The speed they worked during the competition was amazing πŸ™‚

      September 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  2. I like the old timer with hand shears, I have never seen that in real life, although we had the hand shears for trimming hedges when i was young πŸ™‚

    September 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    • Hello Andy πŸ™‚

      It was an amazing thing to watch, I could get my head around the electric shears and that fact that all the wool came of in one go but to see exactly the same thing repeated with hand shears was just, well like I say Amazing πŸ™‚

      September 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm

  3. What a great tradition to share in these images, Nigel. The light on the wool is lovely.

    Nice warm sheepskin rugs for the winter!!


    September 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      Thank you, pleased you liked them πŸ™‚

      Yes that sound like a great idea, just in-front of the wood fire πŸ™‚

      September 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  4. Those old shearers make me cringe but they know how to use them thank goodness. Wonderful shots! πŸ™‚

    September 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    • Thank you Norma πŸ™‚

      Yes, that’s very true but like you say – the skill they have is just wonderful to watch, I bet they get more cuts with the electric one’s in truth !!!!

      September 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  5. These are great!!

    September 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    • Hello Navery πŸ™‚

      Thank you, I am as ever very pleased you like them and commented πŸ™‚

      September 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  6. Cynthia

    Amazing shots. Image #3 truly stands out for me.

    September 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  7. The guy in the 2nd and 3rd pics could use some trimming on his arms
    Just kidding πŸ˜›
    Nice photos

    September 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

  8. Holy sheep shearing, Batman!

    September 14, 2013 at 4:12 am

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