The Golden Shears World Championships take place in Gorey, Co. Wexford from Thursday 22 May to Sunday 25 May.
Known as 'The Olympics of Sheep Sheering' the four day event is a display of top shearing action, trade stands and exhibitions, live music, craft and food.
For more details on the event, visit www.goldenshearsireland.com
The Golden Shears Championship was last held in Gorey, Co. Wexford in 1998 when David Fagan from New Zealand was the champion shearer.
We take a look back to a RTÉ News report by Joe O'Brien from 1998. This report includes an interview with David Fagan, Debbie Helms and Eileen O'Connor. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was also in attendance and comments on the importance of the competition.
This report was broadcast on 5 June 1998.