The team behind the Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival at Shanes Castle was the one that brought the
Game Fair concept to Ireland in 1978 and has been involved in running successful Game Fairs in Ireland for 36
years. This makes them one of, if not the most experienced Game Fair organising teams in the world. They are
also responsible for the Irish Game & Country Fair, Birr Castle County Offaly and The Irish Countrysports
and Country Life magazine (available as hard copy glossy and FREE to READ online at
Albert & Irene Titterington Marketing and Planning Directors
Albert brings to the team, creative marketing flair, vast event organising experience and a lifetime's
commitment to the promotion and enjoyment of all countrysports.
He was born in Belfast and educated at Liverpool University (BSc Natural Science); The University of Ulster
(DMS, DipM) and QUB (MBA and top student overall). Albert was not only founder and director of the first major
Irish Game Fair at Clandeboye in 1979, but also a Director of the National Town and Country Fair, at Slane, Co
Meath, and organiser of Printing, Technology, Educational, Security and Pharmaceutical exhibitions throughout
the UK. He is currently a Director of the award winning Irish Country Lifestyle Festival at Shanes Castle,
Co.Antrim and the Irish Game and Country Fair at Birr Castle, Co Offaly - these two Fairs are undoubtedly the
PREMIER GAME FAIRS IN IRELAND and are appropriately branded as such as the GREAT GAME FAIRS OF IRELAND.
A Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the Queens University of Belfast for 22 years, Albert's marketing flair
and expertise has been recognised by the demand for his consultancy services both locally and throughout the
world with organisations such as the World Bank, the EU, DTI, DFID and The Asian Development Bank. He has
completed assignments in Indonesia, Cuba, Moldova, Belarus, France, US and Georgia. He currently lectures on
the University of Liverpool's international internet MBA.
Albert is actively involved in running a shoot, stalking and in gundogs through his chairmanship of the
Ulster Golden Retriever Club and Ruadth Kennel of working golden retrievers and Gordon setters. He has
been the publisher of several country orientated books and conservation articles, facilitated the BBC
series The Peer and the Park, and was the publisher of Ireland's longest continuously published country
sports magazine which has now been subsumed into his current publications Irish Countrysports and Country
Life magazine and internet portal. We think it is fair to say that few if any Game or Country fair organisers
anywhere in the world would have either Albert's wide range of experience or marketing ability.
Born in Belfast, Irene Titterington brings to the show exemplary administration skills gained in
management positions within the insurance industry (Royal Exchange), health service (Belfast City Hospital)
and Titterington family! Irene has provided the back up for teams in over 30 years of organising major
exhibitions, publishing, events and promotions.
She is currently the deputy editor of Irish Countrysports and Country Life magazine and a Director of
the award winning Country Lifestyle Festival.
While Irene actively supports all countrysports her main interest is in helping Albert with his Ruadth
kennel of Golden Retrievers and Gordon Setters, and in facilitating countrysports events although she does
enjoy occasional clay pigeon shooting.
Their sons Johnny, David and Michael have been 'brought up with' the fairs and with their wives and
increasingly their children form provide an impressive and highly experienced 'back up' team for all areas
of the Fair.
The Late John McClelland & Liz Mc Cracken - Admin Director
Our late colleague John McClelland brought to the Fair a lifetime of commitment to shooting and fishing
including wildfowling on Lough Neagh.
In spite of having suffered from a debilitating lung disease John contributed fully to the development
of what are now the leading media in their fields i.e. the premier Irish countrysports magazine and web
portal and the Great Game Fairs of Ireland.
He was delighted when the team's hard work and the primacy of the Shanes Castle event was recognised by
the award of an NITB tourism award with the National Countrysports Fair at Moira in runner up position.
And in spite of increasing ill health he helped plan the successful rescue of the Ballywalter Fair in 2010
and deliver the record breaking Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle.
Unfortunately we lost John after Shanes Castle 2010 but we are delighted that his partner Liz Mc Cracken
who has been involved in all facets of the fair has taken John's place as a Director of the Northern
Liz McCracken presenting the John McClelland Memorial Cup at Ballywalter Game Fair
Operations Director Edwin Dash brings to the Fair impressive customer relations skills honed in a
position as customer complaints manager for a large international telecommunications company and as
site manager and assistant Director of various Game Fairs for 34 years. He is recognised on the show
circuit as one of the most helpful and welcoming Game Fair site managers.
A keen shooting and fishing enthusiast Edwin has developed an interest in equestrian driving and
has competed and exhibited successfully at a number of events throughout the UK.
Since taking early retirement Edwin has lived the "good life" in rural County Down with his small
holding, game rearing, horses, dogs and poultry.
Paul Pringle - Director of PR
After a lifetime working as a PR professional, involved with strategic news management at the highest
levels, that experience is now put to work for the benefit of country sports.
He is Editor of Irish Country Sports & Country Life, the leading quarterly magazine which has
reached record numbers of readers in the shops through its hard copy version and internationally for an
75-80,000 Internet audience worldwide.
An avid game shot and flyfisherman, with his finger on the pulse of country sports, Paul's investigative
journalism has seen the magazine tackle a wide range of thought provoking topics, making it a 'must read'
for anyone seeking the 'story behind the news.'
He is particularly pleased to be PR Director of the Great Game Fairs of Ireland and has brought much
added value to the media and publicity campaigns aimed at promoting and publicising the events at Shanes
Castle, Antrim and Birr, Co Offaly.
As he says himself: "Despite being the leading game fairs and country lifestyle festivals in Ireland,
the challenge is always to get the latest news out to the public as quickly as possible, so that everyone
can plan ahead to take in these unmissable events.'
"The Great Game Fairs of Ireland have always been at the forefront in Ireland. It's my job to make sure
the public know well in advance the many exciting new developments planned for the next game fair."
Steven McGonigal Director of Development & Countrysports
Steven McGonigal is a widely respected author, journalist and country sports enthusiast who has
worked with the Great Fairs of Ireland in the Main Arena since 2008 as the notorious 'Victorian
Poacher' and as Country Sports Arena Director at Shanes Castle.
From Donegal and brought up 'in the thick' of country sports since he was a child, Steven lives and
breathes the traditional ways of county life. Steven writes for several publications including Irish
Country Sports and Country Life Magazine, and is the Irish correspondent for the Countrymans
Weekly. He is also author of 'The Seasons End' and has contributed to various working dog publications.
He grew up accustomed to working Springer Spaniels, he found his true passion with running dogs at
an early age and currently has two Lurchers, 'Fudge' and 'Molly' and a young Teckel called 'Archie.'
A man of many passions, Steven enjoys a variety of country sports, but counts ferreting, lurchers,
shooting, beagling, fishing and reading country sports books among his favourite pastimes.
Specialist & Experienced Event Directors:
The organising team is supported by a very experienced team of event directors all of who have
extensive experience in organising major events: Stevie Munn; Paddy Keenan and Mark Tierney (Angling) a world famous caster and organiser
of the Irish Fly Fair in Galway; Joe Johnston & Geoff Peoples (Retrievers) & Ken Lindsay (Spaniels); Kenny Thomas (Clay
shooting) and Tom Barry (Terriers, Whippets and Lurchers).
With such a team in place and a superb venue in Shanes Castle, provided by most dedicated hosts, Lord &
Lady O'Neill,we are convinced that both the Shanes Castle and The Birr Castle Fair will continue to grow as the
Great Game Fairs of Ireland.
To contact the organisers call 028 (from ROI 048) 44839167/44615416 E: email@example.com