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.