Dublin Dog Show Society
Oisin bows out in style!
Tom and Pat Hehir had decided that the Dublin Dog Show Society's All Breed Championship Show was to be the swansong for their top winning Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Gb & Ir Ch Cumhil Little Mischief. After all, Oisin was finishing 2001 as Top Terrier in Ireland 2001 as well as ranking among the top ten Staffies in England at the tender age of two and a half.
But Oisin had obviously decided he was going to finish his Irish career with a flourish as, to a tremendous cheer from the large group of spectators, he won yet another Best in Show title under judge Mr Terry Griffin. The reserve spot went to another dog who is well used to the spotlight in the BIS ring, Tong and Mary Mulvaney's Afghan Hound, Ir Ch Tejas Simply The Best At Chayzoe.
The atmosphere is always decidedly Christmassy as it takes place on the 27th December. As usual the main ring was decorated with Christmas trees; lots of presents were belatedly exchanged among exhibitors and the bar was doing a roaring trade. The committee, led by Rita McCarry-Beattie, work very hard preparing for the show at a time when everyone else is sitting back recovering from their Christmas day excesses. Denemore Forbidden Treasure won his third CC at LKA.
He celebrated the annexing of his GB crown by winning the Toy Group. Rio, who is owned by Dolly Kavanagh, was handled as usual by Sean Carroll. Second in the group was Daphne Smyth's Pug, Prumplestown 'Umdinger while in third spot was Oliver Noonan's 14 month old Bichon Frisé, Warmingham Jaunty Blume; Noa was Best Puppy Dog in the breed at Belfast and he won the Irish Club Show at 12 months of age.
Fourth in the group was Elaine Jenkins' Smooth Coated Chihuahua, Dachida Johnnie Go Go Go. The Toy Group was judged by Mr Tommy McCoy. Alan and Rita Fitzsimmons won both GSs in Yorkshire Terriers with Fitzelly Just William and Fitzelly Lady Casandra. Mrs Babs Fyfe awarded Best in the Gundog Group to Gerry Agnew and Jim Parkin's American Cocker, Sh Ch Afterglow Al Capone; he has been doing a lot of winning at group level, this although he has had to share the top honours with his kennel-mate, Sh Ch Danton Colouring Book At Kezkim.
Second in the group was Cathy Loughlin's Irish Setter, Erinade Jackpot, while in third spot was Mr and Mrs Archibald's Golden Retriever, Abinvale Capriccio. Fourth in the group was Stuart Cummings' English Setter, Sh Ch Kenandra Talk About Love at Sevenhills. Martin and Mary O'Donoghue won both GSs in Labradors with Philstown Prionsa taking BOB while Philipstown Kellie won GSB.
The Hound Group was judged by Mr Phil McGarry-Arthur. His choice for the top spot was Mary and Tony Mulvaney's Afghan Hound, Ir Ch Tejas Simply The Best At Chayzoe. In second spot was Felicity Thompson's Whippet, Catchmore Tiger Lily Of Barnesmore who was handled by Lucinda.
The Barnesmore kennels had a good day at the show as Elizabeth Martin handled her new Afghan, Hot Rumor At Barnesmore to win the Puppy Stakes under BIS judge, Mr Terry Griffen. Third in the Hound Group was Bill Warke's Long Haired Dachshund, Gb & Ir Ch Glasvey Special Edition. Ed, who has four CCs and one reserve CC to his credit, was handled in the ring by Gerry McFaul. Bill and Gerry completed the double in the breed with Ed's litter sister Glasvey Miranda.
Fourth in the group was Mrs Mary Anderson's Norwegian Elkhound, Realt Satg Mhor Av Swillyvalley. Mr Sean Delmar awarded Best in the Terrier Group to Tom Hehir's Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Gb & Ir Ch Cumhil Little Mischief. Second in the group was Mrs Tina Squire's West Highland White Terrier Bellevue Total Eclipse who was handled Geraldine Fitzpatrick.
In third spot was Harry O'Donoghue's Wire Fox Terrier, Blackdale Adventurer while fourth was Roy and Marion Gregg's Airedale Terrier, Bambusa Cameo. The Utility Group was judged by Mr Rodney McDowell. He chose Mrs Liz Wogan's homebred Keeshond puppy , Deminiac The Parisien for the top spot. Second in the group was Mr Michael Clancy's Tibetan Spaniel, Ir Ch Milbethan Toddie while in third place was Mrs R McDougald's Poodle, Supernova Scene Stealer At Dunollie.
Fourth in the group was Judi Andrews and Mike Tempest's Tibetan Terrier, Gb Ch Mikudi Gemima. Mrs Bernie Ladd chose David McKenna's Bouvier, Shepshadow Showstopper as her Best in the Working Group. Kofi recently won another reserve CC at LKA where he won the CC the previous year; he also won a reserve CC at Crufts. Second in the group was Barri and Maud Orr's Rottweiler, Ir Ch Cicero Frankie while third spot went to Mr H Rooney's German Shepherd Dog, Quarryvale Athlete.
Winning fourth in the group and also gaining his Irish title on the day was the Bullmastiff, Maragain Knightrider ; his owner, Gerry Flynn unfortunately passed away recently. The Pastoral Group was judged by Mr Anthony Kelly. He awarded the top spot to Des and Joyce Manton's Old English Sheepdog, Allamark Goes Ballistic With Scallywag.
Second in the group was Mrs Frances Toman's Pembroke Corgi, Ardenlee Desert Fox while in third place was Mr Tom Wall's Shetland Sheepdog, Mullafter Wittsend At Kilgowan. Fourth in the group was Kerry Davidson's Samoyed, Snowlegend Winter Breeze.
Can I take this opportunity to wish everyone belated New Year Greetings. I hope Santa brought you just what you wanted and may you have an enjoyable time at the 2002 dog shows.