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(Updated 22/4/01)

Munster Circuit shows victim of Foot and Mouth
-but it is business as usual at Birmingham

LAST SUNDAY after a crisis meeting between representatives of the four principal Irish Munster Circuit shows it was decided to cancel all four Green Star events.

The decision came as three more cases of Foot & Mouth Disease were confirmed in Northern Ireland. Restrictions on the movement of dogs into Eire from the UK remains in place.

This did not affect dogs on their return to Eire going to Birmingham show last weekend where many enjoyed success in the ring.

Following the decision to ‘pull the plug’ on the whole of the 2001 Munster Circuit’s Clonmel, Killarney, Limerick and Tralee events, two other shows held over the weekend prior have also cancelled. Navan Pastoral, Working & Utility Breeds championship show and that of the Hound Association of Ireland will not now be held.

A decision on whether or not to proceed with the Irish Kennel Club Championship show is expected in time for next week’s issue.

Birmingham National show last weekend went ahead as planned with a good gate and what looked like low absenteeism each day.

Impregnated matting was placed across all car park entrances and across dog entrances into the hall.
The trade stands reported brisk business at this the largest show since Manchester held in the second week of February.