Representatives of the Irish Kennel club pictured after the FCI delegates meeting in Helsinki on Monday June 12th. Fronting the Irish flag is James Hammond, the victorious Junior Handler who represented Ireland at the show. FCI delegates from Portugal, Rumania, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Ukraine and Israel amongst others are pictured and representing the IKC were President Sean Delmar, Chairman Nicky Hammond, and Treasurer Rita McCarry Beattie.
The Irish Kennel Club has won its bid to host the FCI's European Winner's Show in 2009 after a resounding vote in favour of the Irish proposal following last weekend’s show in Finland.
The Irish delegation of President Sean Delmar, General Purposes Committee Chairman Nick Hammond and Treasurer Rita McCarry Beattie presented an outline of what can be expected of the show to be held in Dublin in June of 2009 and of the attractions of Dublin and Ireland as a whole, beating off stiff competition from the kennel clubs of the Netherlands and Russia, while Lithuania and France withdrew their application late in the day. An application from Italy failed to materialise on the day.
The meeting saw Ireland's bid receive 20 of the 31 votes cast by member countries with the Netherlands taking eight and Russia receiving three. Two countries abstained from the vote. It was a nail-biting time for the Irish delegation as after 14 votes cast the IKC bid found itself behind the Dutch bid by one vote with the Russian application on one.
As the counting continued a sudden surge saw Ireland race ahead and the IKC were not to be denied this huge developement in its history. The delegation had worked extremely hard throughout the three days of the show in Helsinki, putting its case to the other representatives on the ground and it brought the result for which the canine fraternity in Ireland had been wishing.
Speaking immediately after the meeting at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre adjacent to the venue in Helsinki on Monday morning, General Purposes Committee Chairman Nick Hammond told OUR DOGS that he was delighted with the outcome and the exceptional level of support afforded to the Irish bid for Euro '09 from fellow member kennel organisations.
He added that he was delighted that fellow delegates from other countries would now have the chance to experience what Ireland has to offer, explaining that with Ireland regarded as one of the 'new kids on the block' amongst member countries, the FCI would be looking to this ‘new generation’ to form an integral part of its future, echoing one of the key soundbites of the winning presentation: ‘We promise to make you proud’.