On May 4th Ireland lost another great dog person and I lost a dear friend. On Sunday May 6th, with deep sadness I attended Linda’s funeral accompanied by Catriona Hartley Cufodhla Wolfhounds, Frances Ryan and Barbara Hoffman Oaklynn Wolfhounds who had flown in from Florida USA.
Linda was a hard working committee member of Fermoy Canine Club and as we had been intending to show at Fermoy, we were looking forward to seeing her there. Alas it was not to be, as she was destined to be at another show, where we cannot join her just yet.
Linda and I both met when we lived in Somerset for a time, and often travelled to shows together, wolfhounds and dallies all getting on together. Some people may not know that many years before Linda broke her spine in a riding accident, nor that she co owned and handled Dalmatians. Anyone seeing her running around the wolfhound ring, then straight across the showground into the Dalmatian ring to handle our co-owned Dalmatian Irish Champion Leixlip Leinster Leader, would never have thought she had previously sustained such a serious injury. Fred lived with me but he sometimes had holidays with Linda, his adoration for Linda was obvious. Linda got the very best out of him as with all dogs that she handled. Linda also handled Fred’s half sister Rosie Irish Champion Leixlip Leading Lady to her title and handled both Dallies many times in the brace stakes with quiet expertise.
In 2006 at Bull Breeds All Breed Championship show after judging all her hound breeds, Linda awarded greenstars in Dalmatians for the first time, which I know she enjoyed immensely.
Linda was very forthright in her opinions, and if she did not like something about a dog (even if the dog in question was a friends dog, just ask Frances!) she would tell you. She took her judging appointments very seriously and was always deeply honoured to be asked. It was this integrity which led to her being in demand as a judge all over the world.
The last time I spoke with Linda she was very enthusiastic about the future of Cliona and her other students; she adored teaching them and they obviously felt the same about her as they formed a guard of honour, escorting Linda from Fermoy to where we parted at the crematorium
Such was Linda’s generosity of spirit, her willingness to share her knowledge and encourage up and coming wolfhound people.
Linda had other talents besides dogs and horses; a qualified cordon bleu cook, Linda also enjoyed gardening, was very artistic and had a book on her beloved Irish wolfhound published.
To her husband Eddy who supported her in every way with all her interests and throughout her illness, we offer our sincerest condolences.
We will carry her infectious love for life and dogs with us always, the world will now be that little bit duller with her no longer in it.
Julia Lamont Walsh