National Taxidermy Championships 2018

Castle Oaks House Hotel, Limerick

On September the 28th & 29th of 2018 a momentous occasion will be held; Ireland’s VERY FIRST national taxidermy championship. This event will take place at the beautiful Castle Oak House Hotel in Limerick, and as you’ll see their service and hospitality has been incredible, including special deals for attendants wishing to stay at the venue itself! Read on to find out more and grab your day pass!

Who can enter, and what are the costs?

This competition is open to members of the Taxidermy Association of Ireland. For entrants it is required they purchase a day pass at the cost of 55,- euro, however entries to the championships are free of charge but limited to 5 pieces per competitor. The cost of the day pass will cover the attendance of seminars as well as the general costs of the event. It is to be noted that accommodation, food and drink, and any other purchases are at the cost of the attendant. Non-members can also attend the seminars by purchasing a pass, and for those just wishing to have a look at the entries we will have a general public viewing opportunity on the Saturday but details of this will be announced closer to the time.

There will be several categories in which to compete under two different skill levels. The two skill levels on offer are Hobbyists/Beginners and Professionals. The beginners category is open to everyone; from people that have done taxidermy once or twice and would like to receive professional and constructive advice to improve their skills as well as those practicing this art as a hobby. The professionals category is for anyone whom has ever made money from their art, be they part-time or full-time.

All entry forms must be received by the 16th of September. These forms are online and are found at the bottom this page. The actual pieces are due at the venue on the 28th of September and no later than 8pm so they can be properly processed and placed prior to judging!


Purchase your 55 weekend pass now!


Attendants of the T.A.I National Championships event are expected to book their own accommodation and sort out their own food and drink to make sure this event is open to as many people of all walks of life. That said, the Castle Oak House Hotel have graciously offered a special deal to all attendants. Instead of their normal rates, T.A.I event goers can benefit from an amazing discount if they wish to stay at this beautiful Georgian Manor House.

The special offers are as follows;

The rates are €55 per person sharing a double per night, with a €30 single supplement.

These bookings are direct with Castle Oaks Hotel, so you will have to contact them directly and quote the Taxidermy Association of Ireland’s Conference.

Castleoaks House Hotel, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick   –   T: +353 61 377666   –   E:

The Event Itself

Peter Sunesen

September 28th will be the day of arrival and settling for many, the real action starts the next day. While the professional and internationally accredited independent judge sets to work judging the pieces, the attendants will be able to follow seminars by fellow taxidermists on a variety of subjects. We will also have a taxidermy shop present, allowing members to stock up on well needed materials from tanning solutions to artificial eyes and forms.

The event will hold a seminar by Danish ornithological taxidermist Peter Sunesen, whom has won the World and European Championships several times. His work is an inspiration to many and he will gladly answer any burning questions that you may have on how to further progress and develop your work. A seminar by a top class professional and not to be missed!

To keep the suspense a more detailed program of the events on Saturday will be released closer to the time, so please keep an eye out for it on our Facebook page.


Click here to download entry form

Please note that the deadline for the submission forms is the 16th of September. Entries that are received after this date will not be accepted. Entries must be created by the person submitting and the use of commercial forms in either category will only be permitted if the creator alters the forms to make them ‘their own’.

Entries CANNOT have been shown previously at any other events nor have photographs of the work been posted online or elsewhere until AFTER the championships. Violations of these terms will result in the removal of the pieces from the competition.