Barking mad for Limerick and District dog show

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

John Hartigan, Adare, with his prize-winning Smooth Fox Terrier, Flash, at the Limerick and District Canine Club Dog Show, Woodlands Hotel
THE Limerick and District Canine Club attracted dog owners from all over Ireland and Britian to their annual dog show held in Adare last Thursday.

THE Limerick and District Canine Club attracted dog owners from all over Ireland and Britian to their annual dog show held in Adare last Thursday.

The event, which was held on the grounds of the Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel on Thursday, marked its eighty-fourth year, displaying more than 1,800 dogs and 180 breeds.

Club chairperson Anthony Kelly told the Limerick Leader that it was a special year for the event and that the show-goers had the opportunity to see dogs they had never seen before.

“It’s been super. We were very blessed this year. It has been fantastic weather so that has really added to the actual event today. The variety has been excellent. We’ve had over 180 different breeds, here, today. And in that 180, there were at least 10 breeds that have never been in this country before, so it is great to see new breeds coming on board.

“The variety that you can see here has just been phenomenal this year. If you look around, there is a fine crowd around here. The sun is out and people are really enjoying themselves and you have the hotel, which has been very complimentary for us. We are very pleased to be out here at the Woodlands.”

Though the event swarmed with dog breeds and dog owners from all over the globe, John Hartigan, of Adare, was a successful candidate in this last week’s dog show circuit.

“I won the green star and Best of Breed in Smooth Fox Terriers with Flash. They are low maintenance in comparison to a lot of other breeds. There is a certain amount of clipping to get them perfect on the day. He’s a great family dog and he has a great personality. I will be campaigning him with the other championship shows in the next year,” he said.

Stratford-Upon-Avon dog owner, Keith Savage, who brought his Swedish Imperial Pyrenees Mountain dog to the show, said it was one of the most interesting dog shows he has been to yet. Though the 2-year-old giant did not win, he said Harry the puppy did him and his wife proud.