The Daily Mail – January 17th 1927!

Thanks to our very own Pica Harvey Kelly we have a copy of The Daily Mail from January 17th, 1927 which not only mentions the Irish Water Spaniel but has a photo of one for the article titled Do Dogs Reason?

“one of the cleverest of the gun dogs”

Reads the caption that accompanied the photo. The article, which is sub-titled Why a Puppy is More Intelligent than a Child of the Same Age, appeared all of 85 years ago and has been stored safely by an IWS lover ever since.

Stay tuned as we hope to bring a you the article in full.


Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we have been delayed in collating our newsletter this year. If you would like to submit an article please contact us using the form below, the deadline for this is March 1st.

This is a great opportunity for you to voice your opinion and thoughts on the breed or perhaps share some interesting stories about life with an Irish Water Spaniel and help spread the word about about our historic breed.

We would really appreciate articles on the following subjects for the benefit of new members to the club.

Health Issues, Working Issues, Showing Hints, Breed History, Pet Stories

If you would like to place an advert for your Irish Water Spaniel, the suggested donation is €15 / £13 for the first page and €10 / £8 for subsequent pages. Please include a photo of your dog and their age, name and pedigree. These adverts will also be appearing on our website later in the year. You do not need to be a breeder or own a top show or field trial dog to contribute.

In Memoriam Section
If you have unfortunately lost a dog since the last publication, the format is similar to the advertisement page and will be published for free.
Please send all articles and advertisements to the honorary secretary (these will be returned to you with your copy of the newsletter) or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary.

Championship Show 2012

The Championship Show 2012 took place at Cloghran, Co. Dublin on Sunday 23rd September in conjunction with the Irish Native Breeds Society Championship show. A wonderful day out was had by all. If you were there on the day and have any photos of the event please email them to and we will publish them on the site.

Trophies awarded are as follows:

The Dolford Cup for Best In Show
Mr J Caulfield & Ms J Furlong’s IRSHCH, INTSHCH, GBSHCH Fynder on Shifting Ground

The Dutch Members Trophy for Best Opposite Sex
Mr A & Mrs D Costley’s Beaufield First and Foremost at Axlehurn

The Teal of Tully Cup for Best Puppy
Mr J Caulfield & Ms J Furlong’s Banysun Enya

The Bogwater Cup for Best Junior
Mr R Conway & Miss E O’Donnell’s Azariel Come O’er the Sea

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