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Irish Kennel Club News

Friday, July 15th was the occasion for the launching of the Irish Kennel Club Microchip database and the announcement that we are now full members of the FCI writes Wendy Jackson.

We have also been granted approval to award the new title of Celtic Winner at the 2006 St. Patrick’s Show. This title will be open to all exhibitors and available in all breeds.

The launch was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin and was attended by a prestigious group of invited guests and the An Ard Chomhairle [Council of the Irish Kennel Club]. Mr. Sean Delmar, President of the IKC, welcomed everyone and gave the good news from the FCI. He greeted Mr. Jim O’Callaghan, Convention Bureau Officer at Failte Ireland who had greatly facilitated the attendance of himself and the Chairman of the General Purposes Committee, Mr. Nick Hammond, at the FCI meeting in Buenos Aires.

He then turned to the subject of Microchipping in general and stressed the benefits of being able to identify microchipped dogs who were lost, stolen or strayed or behaving in an anti-social and unsupervised manner. He then introduced Linda Martin who is well known to television audiences and equally well known in the area of animal rescue. She was able to illustrate the advantages of microchipping with real life examples of dogs who had been identified and re-united with in one situation their registration papers and in another with an owner 15 months after it had been stolen.

Mr. John Costello who is supervising the Microchipping programme for the Irish Kennel Club then introduced some of the guests who as well as being his friends were also very influential in the veterinary and political arena. He then gave a practical demonstration by microchipping two ten week old puppies. The first one is owned by Helen Dillon of RTE’s Garden Heaven fame and the second one has an Italian owner and this will be the first step towards its Pet Passport

There was then a presentation on the Database by J. R. Walsh of Mathcom Software Systems Ltd. and he was joined in a further presentation by Alain van Weert from Datamars on the way in which microchipped animals can be identified on the international PETMAXX data base.

Mr. John Melville, Supervising Veterinary Officer of the Department of Agriculture gave a valuable talk on Pet Passports and referred to ongoing consultations with airline and ferry companies with regard to the transport of dogs. The last word was left to Dublin’s Deputy Lady Mayoress, Bronwen Maher of The Green Party, who welcomed the I.K.C. initiative and said she was glad to see the cross-party representation fellow councillors Maurice Ahern and Andrew Montague at the meeting. The evening ended with refreshments which were enjoyed by everyone.

Wendy Jackson,
PRO Irish Kennel Club