A hot-dog disaster was narrowly averted at the Cratloe Doggy Show on Sunday! Firefighters Hugh Kelly and Ryan Adams saved the day when they arrived to extinguish a blaze at the hot-dog stand. Thankfully only a few burgers and sausages were over-cooked in the fire!

Firefighters Ryan Adams and Hugh Kelly averted a hot-dog disaster!

Firefighters Ryan Adams and Hugh Kelly averted a hot-dog disaster!

Shannon Fire Service was mustered to attend to the episode and the pair quickly responded despite having been to a more serious incident at Element Six until 3.00am.

Getting into the spirit of the occasion, Hugh and Ryan opened up their fire tender to the many happy pooches and their owners while some of the kids were allowed to sound the siren on the big red fire engine.

Once again, this year’s Doggy Show was a great success with many hundreds of proud dog owners in attendance. Heavy rain on Sunday morning cleared in the afternoon and the weather remained dry as did the dogs!

Siobhan Crowe with her magnificent Dogue de Bordeaux.

Siobhan Crowe with her magnificent Dogue de Bordeaux.

Cratloe’s All-Star hurler Podge Collins was on hand to help judge the twenty doggy classes for a fun event that included best biscuit catcher, the dog with the waggiest tail, prettiest bitch and the dog that looked most like its owner. The wheel of fortune, or rickety wheel as it was once called, was among the most popular side stands, attracting both young and old to chance their luck.

The rain held off to allow the youngsters enjoy the two bouncy castles, while the older kids had the opportunity to test themselves in a penalty kick competition against experienced Cratloe goalkeeper Pierce DeLoughery. There was also pony rides, face-painting, long puck, and a golf competition.

Elsewhere the bookstall did a steady trade, as did the ice cream van. After getting off to a tricky start, it has to be said great business was done at the hot-dog stand.