January 6th 2012  is the first anniversary of the passing of  Anthony Killykeen-Doyle. He had been ill for some time, but being the private person he was only his closes friends knew of his illness.

Tony and his beautiful Killykeen Irish wolfhounds were treasured and well known worldwide. He was a truly wonderful gentleman, devoted to his own beloved hounds and to the breed .He had great knowledge of bloodlines, conformation and the history of the breed. He always said he cared too much, and the development and the commercialisation of the breed made him sad and worried. Now that he is gone, is no doubt that he will be remembered himself in the Irish wolfhound history as a legacy through his writings and his Killykeen bloodlines.

Tony was very close to his true friends old and new, and I am honoured to have known him and to be able to call him a dear friend. He was my oldest friend, going back over 40 years. I have some wonderful memories that will never fade. To Anne Mette, Ballygran Irish Wolfhounds he was a great friend, mentor and his house was her second home in the 14 years they knew each other.

He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.


Velda Clark, IWSOI Committee Member.


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