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IRISH COUNTRYSPORTS and COUNTRY LIFE
Ireland's premier quarterly magazine covering hunting, shooting, gundogs and country living is published seasonally Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter in March, May, September and November respectively.


FULL CIRCLE AND FORWARD

The title IRISH COUNTRYSPORTS and COUNTRY LIFE may just have been launched in 2002 but behind it lies a long history of success and ahead of it, a bright future as the leading journal for field sports and country living in Ireland.
Although the title was new, the magazine's credentials were already well-established, for IRISH COUNTRY SPORTS AND COUNTRY LIFE was simply the beginning of a new era for Ireland's longest established and continuously published field sports magazine - Irish HUNTING SHOOTING & FISHING .

Irish HUNTING SHOOTING & FISHING magazine was first launched in April 1985 by Albert Titterington, one of Ireland's best-known field sportsmen and founder of what under his direction is Ireland's largest annual country sports event, the Irish Game Fair, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2008.
"At the time, I launched the Fair and IHS&F field sports were under considerable threat and concurrently, there were a great many environmental issues that needed to be addressed and brought to public attention."

Many years on, it was not just field sports and the environment that was under threat, but the entire country way of life, and Albert Titterington and Emma Cowan (who took over the magazine from 1998 to 2002) recognised the need to once again provide a new and more potent unified voice for the Irish countryside. Thus Irish Countrysports and Country Life magazine and its companion web portal were born.

The Mission was simple, to use "The unique combination of the high quality Irish Countrysports and Country Life magazine, the web portal and a range of top quality family orientated Game Fairs to promote and defend Irish country sports, the Irish countryside and the rural way of life."



In parallel with the development of what is recognised to be the finest quality and largest circulation country sports and rural living magazine ever produced in Ireland, the team has developed the Great Game Fairs of Ireland brand encompassing the Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle; the Irish Game & Country Fair at Birr Castle and the new Ballywalter Game & Country Living Fair.

And in 2011, as we celebrate nine years of publishing Irish Countrysports and Country Life and a record for any Irish country sports publication of 25 years of continuous publication, the magazine takes a further stride forward in its circulation and history by becoming the first ever FREE to READ Irish online country sports publication.

We consider that our international team of writers is second to none and forecast that it will be not only Irish readers who will read and enjoy the new online version Countrysports and Country Life but that its content will appeal to a truly worldwide audience. For those who like the traditional hard copy journal beside their bed or on their coffee table, we envisage that Irish Countrysports and Country Life will be published for many more years!

The current magazine titles, IRISH COUNTRYSPORTS and COUNTRY LIFE and COUNTRYSPORTS and COUNTRY LIFE reflect the aim of bringing field sports and country life, which are inextricably linked, together. While the magazine will continue to bring readers comprehensive coverage of all field sports, it will also incorporate a great many other aspects of country life, presenting the public with a comprehensive and balanced view of what is, after all, Ireland's greatest natural resource - its countryside.

In a neat twist that linked the magazine's history to its future, the first cover of Country Sports and Country Life, like the first ever issue of its forerunner, Irish Hunting Shooting and Fishing, featured a pair of Braddells from the long established Belfast gunmaker, Joseph Braddell.

Old Magazine Cover

New Magazine Cover
With the unique combination of Ireland's premier countrysports magazine both hard copy and online: the web portal and the Great Game Fairs of Ireland, there is no finer suite of media to get the countrysports message across to a massive audience.


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