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Rhodesian Ridgebacks "go green" at the Congress Ireland 2008

The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Ireland is delighted to announce that it will host the Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress – Congress Ireland 2008.

This four yearly ‘get together’ for Ridgeback fanciers started its World Tour in 1984 with host country – South Africa and since then the ‘tour’ has visited Denmark (1988), England (1992), Australia (1996), the Netherlands (1998) and most recently the USA (Texas 2004).

The Congress Ireland gathering of Rhodesian Ridgeback enthusiasts will take place at the Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club, Portumna, Co. Galway - situated on picturesque and historic Lough Derg and directly adjacent to the 1,500 acre Earls of Clanricarde estate, in the midlands. The Shannon Oaks Hotel offers family friendly accommodation.

The provisional Congress Ireland dates are Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th August 2008 (dates are subject to ratification by the Irish Kennel Club Ltd.)

Visit the Congress Ireland 2008 website - - for details. The host club - The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Ireland – - will provide a link to the new Congress Ireland 2008 website.

It is anticipated that delegates, many with their dogs, will attend Congress from Britain, Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.

The R.R.W.C. 2008 will take place over four days with renowned international speakers participating and the business of congress will be of an exceptionally high standard. Congress delegates will attend seminars and workshops on subjects ranging from breed history and standards, health and medical advancements and to debate relevant new issues pertaining to the breed.

The social aspects of the gathering will be another highlight of the congress as the Irish are famous for their hospitality!

The Congress will culminate with The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Ireland’s championship show – in conjunction with the R.R. World Congress 2008.

Congress Ireland is being organised to precede the annual "Munster Circuit" – a week long series of championship shows commencing on Saturday 16th August. Shows will take place in Navan, Clonmel, Killarney, Limerick and Tralee.

Already enquiries are being received in anticipation of a memorable few days of conversation, camaraderie, canine competition and ‘céilí’.

For information please contact the Congress Ireland Press Officer – Dennis Boyd