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★Annual Breed Championship Show 2019★

★Annual Breed Championship Show

★ Save the day! ★

★ Sunday July 21st,  2019 at Bellewstown Racecourse ★

Class entries and fees available online @

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Click here to download the show Entry form

2019 Irish Wolfhound Annual Breed Show

2019 Irish Wolfhound Annual Breed Show

Posted by admin on March 17th, 2019 Comments Off

The Irish Wolfhound Chase

Annual Breed Championship Show Sunday July 23rd. 2017 @ Bellewstown Racecourse

Introducing  “The Irish Wolfhound Chase” 2017

Prizes Sponsored by TAYTO PARK

The ‘Chase’ is a timed sprint down a track.

The owner (or handler, or friend) of the ‘chasing’ Wolfhound  waits half way down the course, they call their Wolfhound to them,  he/she is released at the start line, then both race to the end where their finishing times are recorded!

Best ‘team’ wins and there will be more than one class on-the-day.

Open to ALL Wolfhounds! Both people and dogs can enter more than once,  come one come all. Bring your runners (or a fast friend) with you for this one.


Entries on the day — €3 per Chase.

Posted by admin on July 14th, 2017 Comments Off

2016 AGM and Hill Walk SUNDAY OCTOBER 16th.

2016 AGM and Hill Walk  SUNDAY OCTOBER 16th.

We would like to invite everyone to come to the Society AGM 2016.  It will be held in the Cofee Shop at Loughcrew Megalithic Centre, just outside Oldcastle, Co. Meath.

Here it is: Loughcrew.

If you haven’t been here already, it is an ancient and majestic site, a gorgeous setting for wolfhounds and well worth a visit.

If you get lost call Helen @ 087 9843047 We plan to meet in the carpark at the base of the cairn entrance at 2.00 p.m. We will walk up and around with our hounds between 2.00 and 3.45, then begin the meeting at 4.00 in the cofee house. We hear the cakes are great! Please don’t hesitate to email Trish with any questions Look forward to seeing you there.
p.s.Have you paid this year’s membership yet? If you’ve forgotten, please bring on the day. Fees are needed and welcome anytime! Thank you.

Posted by admin on September 8th, 2016 Comments Off

Westmeath’s Fore Abbey and surrounds Day trip

19th June 2016 – Meet 12 O’clock in the Abbey Car Park

The IWSOI would like to invite Members and Non-Members to a unique experience of a tour of one of the country’s most beautiful historical sites.

Fore, Fobhar is the anglicised version of the Irish name that signifies “the town of the water-springs” and was given to the area after Saint Feichin’s spring or well, which is next to the old church a short distance from where the ruined monastery still stands. It was St. Feichin who founded the ancient Fore Abbey around 630. By 665 (the time of the yellow plague) there were 300 monks living in the community
The Abbey is also noted for what are locally known as the “Seven Wonders of Fore” which include:

  • the monastery in the bog,
  • the mill without a race,
  • the water that flows uphill,
  • the tree that has three branches/the tree that won’t burn,
  • the water that won’t boil,
  • the anchorite in a stone and
  • the stone/lintel raised by St Fechin’s prayers

Included in the day will be the recently created walk around the ruins of the Motte and Bailey built for Hugh De Lacy in 1180 following the granting of Fore Lands to him in 1169 by Henry II. We will be regaled with the gory details of the hangings on ‘hanging hill’ carried out not far from the Motte site, the condemned having being held in the Gaol sited in the now village which is recorded as the Westmeath Gaol during the 1800’s before being moved to Mullingar.
Following the tour, there is a quaint coffee shop in the village where we can stop for soup and sandwich’s or for those who prefer a stronger drop there are two traditional bars selling the best pint for miles around !!

Posted by admin on June 9th, 2016 Comments Off

*Free* Know-how-to-Show Day

Many Irish Wolfhound lovers, especially new owners, are daunted by the many skills and disciplines that seem to be needed to bring their wolfhound into the show ring and get that lovely rosette. Well, we want to help you with that!

We are hosting a *free* Know-how-to-Show Day on APRIL 3rd. 2016
There will be experienced owners on hand to talk through and demonstrate all the grooming and showing basics.
Anyone who loves Wolfhounds is welcome. We will need plenty of beginner volunteers so please bring a friend!
Where: ‘The Castle’, Dillonstown, Dunleer, Co. Louth (just outside Annagassan) GoogleMap

When: 12.00 noon, Sunday April 3rd. (Perhaps arrive a little early so we can start on time)
We will begin our day with a walk down The Castle lane to Annagassan strand, let everyone burn of some energy!

—We will then practise ring-skills in the arena around other dogs, just like at a show.
—We will have a basic grooming class and be ready! There will be many tips given on what judges look for and ideas to make your dog really look their best!

The Glyde Inn in Annagassan will have a Wolfhound Special available afterwards for anyone who shows a phone picture with a Wolfhound on-the-day!

Questions/enquiries to:

See you there!

Posted by admin on March 19th, 2016 Comments Off

AGM 2015

AGM 2015

AGM will take place on Saturday the 24th of October 2015 in the Snail Box, Killmoon, Co.Meath at 12:00pm

The following is the Agenda,

    Chairman Address
    Minutes of the last AGM 2014
    Secretary Report
    Treasurers Report
    Election of Officers
    Changes to the Breed Standard
    Championship Show 2016 (List of Judges)
    Any other Business

Posted by admin on October 19th, 2015 Comments Off




26th July 2015 ENTRIES CLOSE 10th July 2015 (postmark)
Enter online at On line entry closes at midnight on the 17th July 2015
Show Secretary: Mrs. Aisling Briscoe,, Belwood House,. Bellcotton, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. Tel: 041 98 81188

Presidents Address

On Behalf of the Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland, I would like to welcome you all to our Show and thank you all for your continued support over the years. We would also like to welcome our Judge today Dr. Ronald James (UK).
Like previous years we will have special classes. We look forward to seeing you all on the 26th of July and more importantly we want you to enjoy your day.

See you then.

Best Wishes
Ann O’ Keeffe


1. Jurisdiction: The show will be held under the licence and rules of the Irish Kennel Club as in force on the 26 th July 2015.
2. Registration, etc.: All dogs entered for competition, or otherwise, must be registered at the Irish Kennel club, Fottrell House, Unit 36, Greenmount office Park, Dublin 6W.
3. Rosettes will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Reserve in each Class. Cups and trophies will be presented to paid-up members of the Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland only and are offered under Club conditions.
4. Exhibits: Each exhibitor shall be responsible for keeping their exhibits under proper control at all times.
5. Judge: Judging will commence at 11:00 am. In the event of the appointed judge failing to keep his/her engagement, the Committee shall have the right to appoint another Judge or Judges.
6. Interpretation: All disputes (if any) shall be dealt with by the committee. Parties to such a dispute shall have the right to appeal to the Irish Kennel Club.
7. Accident or Damage: The club shall not be responsible for any loss or damage sustained through accident by exhibits, exhibitors or other persons attending the show.
8. Veterinary Examination: The Veterinary Surgeon in attendance will have the power to ex-clude any exhibit which, in his opinion, is not in a fit state for exhibition on account of disease,vice, lice or other causes.
9. Entries: The Committee reserve the right to reject any entry.
10. ENTRY FEES: €18.00 (£18.00 Stg) for first dog, €7.00 (£7.00 Stg) for second dog in same owner, and €35 (£35.00 Stg) for 3 or more dogs. Stakes classes and Special classes €3.00 (£3.00Stg) per dog.
July 2015 (POSTMARK). Entry forms must be completed in ink. Details of entries and fees to be sent to The Show Secretary, Mrs Aisling Briscoe, Belwood House, Bellcotton, Termonfeckin, Co. LouthTel: 041 98 81188 Email secretary:
12. CATALOGUES will be available on the day €2.50 (£2.50 Stg) The catalogue will be compiled from the entry forms submitted. While every effort will be made to correctly interpret the forms, the committee cannot accept responsibility for mistakes which may bring exhibitors within the purview of the Irish Kennel Club.
13. Car Park €3.00 on the day.

Directions To Venue

Access to Bellewstown Racecourse is via the M1 Motorway, exiting at Julianstown/Drogheda South to join the N1.
Follow local signs for Bellewstown Racecourse. Bellewstown Racecourse is 37km from Dublin City Centre and 11km south of Drogheda.

Membership Renewal

On behalf of the Committee, THANK YOU for your support and continuing participation.

Our focus is this magnificent breed in its entirety: showing, breeding, lure coursing, fun days, get-togethers and walks in various parts of the country.
We provide for all Irish Wolfhound owners throughout the island of Ireland, both show dogs and pets. Most importantly we want to make people aware of health issues and
correct diet to ensure that this breed continues to flourish. Your renewal is VITAL to accomplish the many important services provided through the Society and its continued membership
in the Irish Kennel Club.

With your help, we have had many fun days and meetings. With your help, we have had many well-attended coursing events. With your help, we have maintained perhaps the busiest, well-read and informative breed club internet website in Ireland.
With your help, we will continually develop through the year and beyond. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to do and we could not have done it without you!

Introducing Our Judge

Ron James grew up in a household where Bullmastiffs were bred and exhibited and following completion of his studies to become a veterinary surgeon he established the Jasmorne kennel of Pointers in 1978 and added Basenjis in 1989.

Ron has bred/owned and exhibited champion Bullmastiffs, Pointers and Basenjis including
multiple group and best in show winning Pointers.

Ron has been judging since 1969 and is approved by the Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates to more than 50 breeds drawn from the Gundog, Hound, Working, Pastoral and Utility groups as well as Best In Show and the Gundog, Hound and Working Groups.

Ron has been awarding Challenge Certificates to Irish Wolfhounds at UK Championship shows since 2010 and is very much looking forward to judging the breed in its country of origin.

CATERING Available on the day

Class Definitions

(The word dog includes both sexes)

Baby Puppy Class is for dogs over the age of four months and under six months of age on the day of the show computed from and inclusive of the date of its birth.
Puppy Class is confined to dogs over six months and under twelve calendar months of age on the day of the Show, computed from and inclusive of the date of its birth.
Junior Class is for dogs between 9 and 18 months of age on the day of the show, com-puted from and inclusive of the date of its birth.
Intermediate Class is for dogs between 15 and 24 calendar months of age on the day of the show, computed from and inclusive of the date of its birth
Open Class is for dogs over 15 months of age on the day of the show, computed from and inclusive of the date of its birth
Veteran Class is for dogs of eight years or over on the day of the show, computed from and inclusive of the date of its birth Champion Class is for dogs who have gained the title of Champion under Irish Kennel Club rules or under another recognized kennel authority confirmed by the date of
closing of entries.
Brace Stakes is for two exhibits of the same or different sexes of the same breed belonging to the same person, each exhibit having been entered in some class other than brace or team.

Team Stakes is for three exhibits of the same or different sexes of the same breed belonging to the same person, each exhibit having been entered in some class other than brace or team.

Please note:
A Dog or Bitch may be entered in one breed class only. (No double entries) Baby Puppy winners are not eligible to challenge for Green Stars.

Stakes Classes

Brace Stakes, Team Stakes. Entry Fee €3 per class
These classes will be judged after Best In Show. Specials to be entered on the day of show.


DOGS: Baby Puppy Puppy Junior Intermediate Open Champion Veteran
BITCHES: Baby Puppy Puppy Junior Intermediate Open Champion Veteran

Best Head & Expression , Best Movement, Tallest Dog, Tallest Bitch, Best First Time Exhibitor, Junior Handling, (10yrs to 13yrs), (14yrs to 17yrs) Best Handler, Best Altered Male / Female,.
Best Presented Dog on the Day, Best Brood Bitch, Best Stud Dog,
Entry Fee €3 per class

These classes will be judged after Stakes Classes
Rosettes will be awarded in each class for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and reserve.
Best In Show, Reserve Best In Show
Best Baby Puppy, Best Puppy, Reserve Best Puppy,
Best Junior, Best Intermediate, Best Open,
Best Champion, Best Veteran,
Green Star Dog, Reserve Green Star Dog, Green Star Bitch, Reserve Green Star Bitch.
” Willing Hands and Volunteers are always needed and are greatly appreciated.

You help to make The Society’s Special Day a success ….let us know if you can spare a couple hours on the day or the day before to help set up …”
A full list of trophies available to Society members only will be printed in the Catalogue. These trophies cannot be removed from the Island of Ireland.


“Why Not Make A Weekend of it”
“Two Days and Two Sets of Green Stars on Offer”
Irish Lennel Club All Breed Championship Show will be held on Saturday 25th July 2015
Irish Wolfhounds will be judged by breed expert judge, Mr. Ian Finney.
For Entry forms see or
Contact the Secretary
Irish Kennel Club
Harold’s Cross Bridge,
Dublin 6 W

Posted by admin on July 8th, 2015 Comments Off

All Wolfhound lovers

All Wolfhound lovers
As some of you may be aware the Irish Wolfhound is the symbol of the Abbey Theatre which in turn was the artistic home of one of our most famous playwrights – WB Yeats

“W.B Yeats was a key figure in the establishment of the Abbey Theatre; he went on to found the theatre in 1903 along with Lady Augusta Gregory. On December 27th 1904, the Abbey Theatre opened its doors for the first time. The establishment of the theatre was just the start of his relationship with the Abbey; he was also a prolific playwright with many of his plays being performed in the theatre throughout the years, as well as sitting on the board of directors. W.B Yeats was involved in the theatre right up until his death in 1939″

The Abbey Theatre

The Abbey Theatre

Yeats & Lady Gregory were devoted nationalists and were responsible for collecting and publishing much of our Irish Foklore which might otherwise have been lost. In honour of their contribution to our history there is a week of celebrations been planned culminating in a Parade on Sunday 22nd of March.

The organisers would love the parade to include as many Wolfhouds as possible to symbolise the connection of both Yeats & Lady Gregory to our most loved theatre – the Abbey (if you would like to attend or know someone missed from this distribution that you think would like to be included please forward this mail. Also could you reply with your intention to so she can be aware of the approximate attendance)

W.B. Yeats & Lady Gregory Grand Marshals at Gort Parade
I Will Arise and Go Now, the first line of W.B. Yeats poem The Lake of Inisfree, gives the name to a week’s celebration of Yeats 2015 taking place in the town of Gort, Co. Galway from March 13th to 22nd.  A week of cultural events for all ages will culminate in a spectacular, Yeats themed St. Patrick’s parade at 12.30pm on Sunday 22nd March.  There is a prize for the best spectator’s costume.  The crowd can take their inspiration from 1900-1930 dress.  Full details can be found on Facebook at gort.stpatrick The festival will be launched at 7pm Friday 13th March in Gort Library with an exhibition by KAVA (Kinvara Assoc. of Visual Artists) and music by Sonic Strings.  The exhibition will run for one month.  An Over The Edge Yeats 2015 special will take place at 6.30pm on Wed. 18th.  There will be a screening of Seamus Heaney:  Out of the Marvellous at 8pm in The Lady Gregory Hotel, accompanied by a short film Analogue in a Digital Age filmed in Gort.  Other events include storytelling for adults by Eddie Lenihan, a family puppet show by Yer Man’s Puppets and an Open Mic for Teenagers.  All culminating in the grand parade on Sunday 22nd with trad music and a tug of war.The I Will Arise and Go Now festival is the third in a series of events in South Galway in association with Yeats 2015 nationally.  The festival is a collaboration between community groups in South Galway, the spiritual homeland of W.B. Yeats and the birthplace to the Irish Literary Revival.  A big thank you must go to the Gort St. Patrick’s Committee in association with the Kiltartan Gregory Museum, Galway Co. Libraries, Burren Lowlands, The Lady Gregory & Yeats Trail Group, KAVA (Kinvara Assoc. of Visual Artists), Gort Vibes Cinema Club, Gort No Name Club and South Galway Athletic Club.Contact:

Posted by admin on March 14th, 2015 Comments Off

AGM 2014

The IWSOI will hold an SGM on Sunday the 26th of October at 10:30 am at the Snail Box, Kilmoon Cross, Co. Meath.

The Agenda for the SGM will be
1. Association rule changes
The IWSOI will hold there AGM on Sunday the 26th of October at 11:00 am at the Snail Box, Kilmoon Cross, Co. Meath.

Membership subscriptions are due for renewal. Membership must be paid up to date to be eligible for voting.

The Agenda for the AGM will be as follows:
1. Apologies

2. Minutes of last AGM

3. Chairman’s Report

4. Secretary’s Report

5. Treasurer’s Report

6. Election of officers and committee

(a) Chairman

(b) President

(c) Honorary Secretary

(d) Honorary Treasurer

(e) Committee Members


Posted by admin on October 9th, 2014 Comments Off

3rd Breed Championship Show – Gallery

Irish Wolfhound Society Of Ireland, 3rd Breed Championship Show


IWSOI Breed Ch Show Judge Timmy Ralfe

Pics P. Briscoe




Posted by admin on July 21st, 2014 Comments Off