Irish Dog Sledders to compete in Canada

Updated: March 7, 2012

Dogsledding Championships: Burns and Morrissey to represent Ireland in Canada

This year “Les Internationaux de traîneau à chiens du Canada” – The International Dogsledding Championships- will take place from the 9th to the 11th of March.

Two representatives from Ireland will be attending the International Championships. Colm Burns and Fintan Morrissey plan to fly to Canada on the 7th of March. Colm is the Chairperson of the Irish Federation where Fintan is President.

Donegal’s latest International in the World of Sports is Letterkenny’s Colm Burns . Colm only took serious competition four years ago though as a kid he did have a dream of one day representing his country.

He told the “Donegal Democrat” :

“I always wanted a husky dog as a kid and when I got one, I got one, I got another and another and now I have six. I then found out that you could race them in Ireland in forests competitively and I thought I’d give it a go and now I’m heading to Canada to compete for Ireland next week so I’m delighted”

He is already Irish Champion having taken the All-Ireland title in Galway in February – now he takes off for the snow of Canada where he will try his hardest to bring home the championships of Ireland – and Letterkenny.

As the ‘Donegal Democrat’ rightly says :  “Not being able to train in snow like most other nations isn’t going to hold Colm on his journey” .

“A married man with four kids, Colm would like to thank all who have supported him in his quest to help fund the trip and welcomes any donations from people who would like to help”. You can reach Colm  at :

This year Saint-Just-de-Bretenières is proud to welcome Les Internationaux de traîneau à chiens du Canada (Canada International Championship of Dogsledding) to the Villégiature & Pourvoirie Daaquam site. This world-renowned event was an IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) World Cup stage. Imagine the enchanting décor with its great north tundra spaces, lakes, rivers frozen in an icy envelope and Boreal forests covered in snow.

The Irish Federation of Sleddog Sports is run by volunteers who generously dedicate their time and energy to the continued growth of Sled Dog Sports in Ireland. “ We are a group of enthusiastic people involved in all disciplines of Sled Dog Sports. All our committee members are always happy to answer your calls or emails…”

For more information on the Sport in Ireland you can reach the IFSS  via any of the  Committee members – contact details on

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