The O’Regan family have made a kind invitation for IWS owners and guests, to go to their home on Sunday 3rd December. The meeting is to start at noon, with a walk round the fields and a swim in the lough. There will then be a demonstration by local retriever, spaniel and HPR owners. the demonstration will be followed by a chance for your dogs to”give it a go’. As we all know our dogs will do their best to embarrass us (well mine will), but at least help and advice will be on hand.
Whilst IWS run as retrievers, they have been described in an article in a shooting magazine as “the first all round gundogs” This is our chance to put that theory to the test!
The address is,
Please let us know if you intend to come, we want to make sure there are enough mugs for everyone to get a cup of tea.
There will be a EGM of the club in Connors Pub Dunleer Co. Louth at 2pm as agreed with the IKC. on Sunday the second of April after which we hope to be able to except renewal of membership and new members.
Definitely one to set your reminders for! The Irish Breeds Documentary “Madraí na nGael” starting 15th November 8PM on TG4
Schedule Below –
Ep 1 – Wolfhounds – 15th Nov
Ep 2 – Kerry Beagles – 22nd Nov
Ep 3 – Setters – 29th Nov Ep 4 – Water Spaniels – 6th Dec
Ep 5 – Irish Terriers/ Glen of Imaals – 13th Dec
Ep 6 – Wheatens/ Kerry Blues – 20th Dec
A club event coming up on the 20th of September at Dromin House, Dromin, County Louth.
The progamme starts at 10:30am with Gun Dog training run by our Field Trial Secretary Tony Sellars. This will be followed by a Scurry in the afternoon.
We really hope to get a great turn-out on the day. All are welcome and we’d especially like to see as many Irish Water Spaniels there as possible, so if you are an owner it would be fantastic if you could make it. Of course all breeds are welcome so do invite friends and family to come along!
Access to the venue is very easy, just a two minute drive off the M1 motorway. Take exit 13 off the M1 towards Dunleer. Pass the Village Saloon pub on your left, follow the road on for approximately 1km to next crossroads and turn right. Dromin House is on the left after approx. 1km. There will be posters to guide once you turn off the motorway.
You are advised to bring lunch on the day and bring wellies!
On the 3rd of May the Irish Water Spaniel Club of Ireland will be celebrating a very special day, the 125th anniversary of the Club. Many of you will already know that the Club is amongst the oldest in the world but may not have been aware such a significant milestone was just around the corner.
We would encourage as many IWS owners as possible to enter the show but you can also just come along to watch, meet other IWS owners, club and committee members and catch up with what’s happening in the world of the IWS these days.
Entries Close 6th April 2015 for postal entries. Enter online at www.dogshowentry.ie, online entry closes at midnight on the 14th April 2015. Judge: Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper
We’ll be posting more details here on the site over the next week or two so make sure to check back but for now here are the vital details to mark in your diary:
03rd of May 2015 Where: The Ferryhouse Sports Complex, Waterford Road, Clonmel
Trophies and Cups for the 125th Championship Show
Best in Show – The Dolford Cup 1 presented by Mr. John Danford & Bronze Medallion
Best Opposite Sex – The Dutch Members Trophy presented in 1990
Best Puppy – The Teal of Tully Cup presented by Mr. Joe Douglas
Best Intermediate – The Bogwater Cup & Bronze Medallion
Best Veteran – The Curry Cup presented by Mrs. Pat Wake
To win any Cup or Trophy a dog must win a 1st in a class and an Excellent or Very Promising Grade.
We had a very successful weekend at the Shane’s Castle Games Fair this year. Committee members had a full IWSC stand in operation and fielded questions throughout both days. There was great interest in the breed in general, we managed to sell some merchandise and had several enquiries from potential new club members. Well done to all involved volunteering their time to help out. A special thanks goes to our very own Committee member John Dorian and in particular his wonderful children who through their gift of the gab brought in much needed funds for the club – it seems will all make extremely good salesmen when they grow up!
We had sunshine, rain and hail but not even the bizarre May weather could stop us from having an amazing day. By all accounts the Club fun day was a roaring success. We had our grooming demonstration, scurries, agility class, dog shows and an obedience talk. Add in a dozen or so Irish Water Spaniels and many other breeds of dog with people who travelled from far and wide, from all corners of the country, from the very north to the very south, and there’s no denying what a great day it was.
Irish Water Spaniel owners old and new alike met and along with a large number of non-IWS owners just along for a fun day out, shared stories, information, laughter and the odd curse at the weather but by in large had a wonderful time. There were lots of people interested in information on breeding from their own dogs for the first time and in any litters that may be on the horizon who were able to get practical advice from committee and Club members.
Key to the success of the day was the amount of help and goodwill we received from numerous sources. We must thank Carmel Humphreys for kindly hosting the event in the beautiful setting of Dromin House without whom none of this would have been possible, to Richard Filgate for donating the marquees and keeping us dry, to O’Dowd’s veterinary in Louth who did great work promoting the event locally, running the rally-o and providing advice and help on the day, to Mary Wendland and Jim Stephens from Wenden boarding kennels who became the unofficial photographers of the day in addition to being show judges, selling raffle tickets and giving obedience talks! to the Louth gun club and vintage tractor club who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and in particular did a fabulous job organising the scurry, to Brambles cafe for keeping us warm with their hot teas, coffees and other goodies, to for their excellent agility demonstration and finally to all those who kindly sponsored our raffle, The Irish Landmark Trust, Wenden Kennels, O’Dowd vets, The Village Saloon Dromin, to Red Mills for the huge bags of dog food.I’m sure there’s someone we’ve forgotten but as you can see there’s a huge amount of goodwill that goes into making an event like this happen and we are truly grateful to all those involved. Without them this could not have happened.
Head on over to our Facebook page now to check out some photos from the event and make sure to sign up to our newsletter and keep a close eye on the website and facebook so you don’t miss out on the next Club event.