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(Updated 31/7/01)

Obituaries - Mrs Jane Veevers
An appreciation - Eithne Cleary

Mrs June Veevers

ENTHUSIASTS IN the West Country will be sorry to hear of the death of Mrs June Veevers a past secretary and vice president of the South West Working & Pastoral Breeds’ Association. Despite some years of ill health she maintained an interest in canine events and affairs in the West Country.

An Appreciation - Eithne Cleary

I learnt with sadness of the death, after a short illness of Eithne Cleary. Eithne had throughout her life been actively involved in dogs. She owned amongst others Irish Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Wheaten Terriers, and Irish Glen of Imaal Terriers. She is particularly remembered for her involvement in Glens, a breed of which she was tremendously fond. Her knowledge of the breed is reflected to some extent in the numerous publications she penned and in the seminars she organised and participated in. She was instrumental in establishing the Worldwide Irish Breed Council and to her great credit the recent Native Terrier Millennium Show.

Eithne was a well know judge both at home and abroad, she was due to Judge the Terrier Group for this years St Patrick’s Day Show that was unfortunately cancelled due to the Foot and Mouth epidemic. It was an appointment to which she had been looking forward. Her involvement in all Breed Clubs was over the years extensive. Her knowledge of the rules and regulations was unsurpassed and she displayed a high level of professionalism in her dealings.

She will be best remembered for The All Ireland Bull Breeds and The Bray & District Canine Society.

She was a colourful character with a bark that was worse that her bite, but anyone who took the time to know her found she had a heart of gold. Eithne was a woman of strong opinions who was ‘never backward in coming forward’ and it is unlikely we will ever see such a flavoursome character again. She was unique and will be sadly missed.

Thanks for the memories, Eithne, agus ar dheis Dé I measc na n-Aingeal agus Naomh go raith d’anam dílis.

Her husband Tom survives Eithne, along with her three sons and two daughters. I extend my sympathy to them and extended families in their great loss. Warm thoughts to Tom from not too far away.

Ni bheigh ar leithead ann aris.
Ar dheis Dé go raith a anam

Simon Rooney
Assistant Secretary, Bray & District Canine Society