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.
So the first Club event in some time will take place in just a couple of weeks time on the 11th of May at 12:00 in Dromin House, Dromin, County Louth.
On the day we’ll have plenty to entertain, with scurries kindly supported by the Dunleer gun club, free for all agility classes, guest lectures, dog grooming demonstration and lots more.
We really hope to get a great turnout on the day. All are welcome, we’d especially love to have as many Irish Water Spaniels there as possible so if you are an owner it would be fantastic if you can make it. Of course all breeds are welcome on the day so please invite friends and family.
Access to the venue is very easy, just a 2 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 approx 1km to next crossroads and turn right, Dromin House is on the left after approx 1km.
At the St Patricks day Irish kennel Club Dog Expose we had great success at our breed stand. Lots of lovely people interested in the IWS and Willow charmed the crowd.
On Saturday at the Celtic winners show Willow (aka Azariel Come O’er The Sea) won Best Of Breed and Group 3. She also was placed 4th in Best Native Irish Breeds Final! Well and truly flying the flag for the breed both in and out if the ring this weekend.
Congratulations to our very own Club Committee member Emma O’Donnell on this great achievement. We hope there’s lots more to come.
For some more great photos from the day check out our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-Water-Spaniel-Club-of-Ireland/704384549592100?ref=stream
So, the committee have just finished their first meeting of 2014 and we’re proposing to run a fun day for Irish Water Spaniel owners and the general public on the 11th of May. At the moment the venue is tentatively set as Dromin, Co. Louth and we’re posting this to give as much notice as possible but also to seek feedback on what you’d like to see on the day.
If you’ve got an idea that would help make the day a success please post a reply here or email email@example.com, we really would like to get ideas from members so we can host a great event and kick off the year with a long overdue day that everyone can enjoy.
The first confirmed event for the day is a free grooming lesson from Emma O’Donnell. Emma will be doing a live demonstration on the day to show owners (and anyone considering the breed) how to groom an IWS.
It promises to be a great opportunity for IWS owners all over Ireland to meet up, have some fun, meet the committee and give their dogs a great day out. We hope you can join us on the day.
Please check back here for further updates and confirmation of the date and venue which we’ll post as soon as the final decision is made.
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.