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25/09/2021

Dog show in Limerick village goes virtual due to Covid

Dog show in Limerick village goes virtual due to Covid

The competition is open until 4pm on Sunday, August 15 when judging will take place | FILE PHOTO

THE annual Pattern Day celebrations in Barrigone, Foynes have fallen victim to Covid-19 restrictions for the second year in a row.

But Christina O’Connell is determined to keep the flag flying, virtually at least, and has organised an online dog show. 

Last year, when the field-day events were unable to go ahead, Christina took it on herself to organise a pictorial dog-contest, asking people to send in their actual photographs. 

This year, however, it is all online, and hopes are high that it will attract the attention of a great many dog-lovers. The competition, Christina says, is not confined to Limerick. “It can be any part of the world really."

There are two categories in the competition: Cutest Female and Cleverest Male. 

And there are trophies for the winners and rosettes for the runners-up. 

The competition open until 4pm next Sunday, August 15 when judging will take place. 

To enter click here.  A small charge of €5 is made for each entry and proceeds will be donated towards a simple improvement at St John’s Well. 

The tradition of Pattern Day celebrations has been given a new lease of life in Barrigone over the past few years. August 15, the Feast of the Assumption,  was traditionally a big day out, particularly in rural communities, when Pattern Days or festivities were held in parishes.  In Barrigone, it was also associated with a Mass at the local holy well. 

But due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Pattern Day was cancelled last year and in May, the decision was taken not to go ahead with this year’s event also. 

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