News - Ireland August 2014

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Our holiday to the South West of Ireland all start on Saturday afternoon of the 16th August. 2014.

I head off to Kent with Chaos and Casper, collecting Lesley McCourt and her two girls Eula and Holly on the way. From there we had the long drive to Pembrooke in South Wales where our ferry was to depart in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A lovely smooth crossing got us to the port of Rosslaird on time, and now our mad dash to get to Clonmel in time for our first show.

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2014 08 - Ireland our cottage
2014 08 - Ireland - action on the beach

Kilarney Show

Our second show was close to our cottage, under an hour away. In the town of Kilarney. It is a lovely setting with the cathederal as a backdrop.
What started of a very wet and damp day, turned into a very hot and sunny day.

Dog Green Star - Sh Ch Meadowdale Chaos, delighted to win 'Best of Breed' and go onto win the Group
Dog RGS - Meadowdale Cassapple Manhattan

Bitch Green Star - Sh Ch Calvdale My Girl at Fallenleaf
Bitch RGS - Woodspa Royal Ascot

Our breed judge was Ms S Beinke and the group judge was Mr R Tolson

2014 08 - Ireland Killarney group win
2014 08 - Ireland Casper and Chaos in the sand dun
2014 08 - Ireland Casper and chaos in the sea
2014 08 - Ireland - Casper and Chaos in the sea

Limerick and the ESS Club of Ireland Show

A busy day for us today, with 2 Championship Shows in a day. First up was the 'main' show and then the ESS Club of Ireland Show

It turned out to be another day for dodging the rain showers

What a fabulous day it was. Thrilled that Lesley McCourt and Woodspa Eucalyptus became an Irish Show Champion on the day, so so thrilled for them

Dog Green Star - Sh Ch Meadowdale Chaos, also winning Best of Breed and going onto win Group 2
Dog RGS - Templecriagg Catch The Wind

Bitch Green Star - Woodspa Euclyptus
Bitch RGS - Woodspa Royal Ascot

Our breed judge was Ms A Johansson and the Group Judge was Mr R Feyaerts

2014 08 - Ireland Limmerick breed win
2014 08 - Ireland Limmerick group win

In the afternoon we then had the ESS Club of Ireland hold its Championship Show. Our judge was Mr Chris Laverty, well known in Ireland for his Cocker Spaniels

A thrilling day:
Dog Green Star - Meadowdale Cassapple Manhattan - going onto win BEST IN SHOW
Dog RGS - Ir Sh Ch Calvdale Thief Catcher

Bitch Green Star - Woodspa Eucalyptus
Bitch RGS - Sh Ch Calvdale My Girl at Fallenleaf

After the show all the ESS peeps had a bit of a get together and a few nibbles - yum, but not good as I was about to go and run around the Group Ring!!

2014 08 - Ireland - ESS club of Ireland win
2014 08 - Ireland grop party at Limmerick
2014 08 - Ireland - Les and Eula ch

Tralee

2014 08 - Ireland Tralee breed win

Well next stop was the Tralee Show, this was is held at an athletic stadium.

Today was rather hot, yes that does happen in Ireland

Dog Green Star & BOB - Sh Ch Meadowdale Chaos (this award made him also into an Irish Show Champion
Dog RGS - Meadowdale Cassapple Manhattan

Bitch Green Star - Sh Ch Calvdale My Girl at Fallenleaf
Bitch RGS - Woodspa Royal Ascot

Our judge was a breed specialist Mrs J Hovila (Adamants)

The Black Red and Golden Cocker Club of Ireland

2014 08 - Ireland Cocker breed win
2014 08 - Ireland Cocker show group win

Above was our last show of the week, and what a change in the weather, it was wet and horrible. But this did not dampen our spirits!

This time we were at a greyhound track! But this was only for the gundogs at the Red Black and Golden Cocker show (but for all gundogs!!!)

Dog Green Star & BOB & Gp2 - Sh Ch Meadowdale Chaos
Dog RGS - Meadowdale Cassapple Manhattan

Bitch Green Star - Woodspa Royal Ascot
Bitch RGS - Ir Sh Ch Calvdale Carte Blanch

Our judge was Mr G Osbourne from the UK, a breed specialist

After this show we head off to the ferry for our journey home, with soggy doggies and very happy owners.

As we head back to the UK with 2 new Irish Show Champions!!!!

A wonderful holiday and the dogs did us proud

Below a little slide show of photos of our week in Ireland, hope you enjoy them .

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Until next year............................................