3rd Breed Championship Show – Schedule


Breed Championship Show

Sunday 20th  July 2014 At Bellewstown Racecourse, Bellewstown, Co Meath

Judge: Mrs. U. ‘Timmy’ Ralfe (Kusa) South Africa

Entries Close 4th  July 2014 (Postmark)

Enter online at www.dogshowentry.ie

Online closes at midnight on the 11 th July 2014

Show SecretaryMr. Ivan Gargan  Slanestown, Rathfeigh, Tara, Co Meath

Tel: 085 1728171  Email: igwolfhound0@gmail.com

Patron The Lady Glentoran

Officers and Committee

President ……………………………………… Ms A O Keeffe

Chairman ……………………………………… Mr P Campbell

Secretary ……………………………………… Ms I Pattison

Treasurer ……………………………………… Ms. H. Eivers

Members Secretary ………………………. Ms M. Wright

Trophy Secretary …………………………… Ms. S. Carter

Merchandise Secretary ………………….. Mr. N. O,Neill

Website ……………………………………….. Mr. B. Holmes
Committee  Mr T Fagan, Mr. B. Malone, Mr. F. O’Connor

Presidents Address

On Behalf Of The Members And Committee Of The Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland, I am delighted to welcome you all to our Third Breed Championship Show

Our expert judge this year is the charming Mrs U Ralfe , known to all as ”Timmy” . A lady with many years experience as a judge . This will be her first time to judge her beloved Irish Wolfhounds in its native land.
The IWSOI always offers something new each year and this year ,is no exception The society isdelighted to announce that a new Trophy Is on offer to the Best Intermediate .Generously donated by Ivan and Sabrina, we know that all the Intermediates will be competing to be the first Name To Be Engraved on this great new trophy . Good Luck Intermediates!

Looking to the future , as always , we look forward to seeing lots of our enthusiastic and dedicated Junior Handlers taking to the ring with their exhibits .There will be a Special Prize for the Overall Winner and Rosettes for places One to Six In Each Group .We are looking forward to seeing you all on the 20th.

Wish you all a successful and a very enjoyable day .

Best Wishes

Anne O Keeffe President


1. Jurisdiction: The show will be held under the licence and rules of the Irish Kennel Club as inforce on the 20 th  July 2014.

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 offeredunder Club conditions.

4. Exhibits: Each exhibitor shall be responsible for keeping their exhibits under proper control atall 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 exclude any exhibit which, in his opinion, is not in a fit state for exhibition onaccount 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 (£3.00 Stg)  per dog. 11. ENTRIES CLOSE 4 th July 2014 (POSTMARK).

Entry forms must be completed in ink. Details of entries and fees to be sent to

The Show Secretary, Mr. Ivan Gargan.  Email secretary: igwolfhound0@gmail.com

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.

Details of Irish Ferries

Click here to download the IRISH FERRIES Details


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 showdogs and pets. Most importantly we want to make people aware of health issues andcorrect diet to ensure that this breed continues to flourish. Your renewal is VITAL toaccomplish the many important services provided through the Society and its continuedmembership in the Irish Kennel Club.

With your help, we have had many fun days and meetings. With your help, we havehad 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

I was given my first dog, a Fawn Great Dane, in 1972. During the next few years, severalHarlequin Great Danes joined the family, as did a German Shepherd and a  Miniature Schnauzer.I saw my first Irish Wolfhound in 1975 in  a magazine photograph, and I was hooked. It was more than 2 years from that moment until I got my first Wolfhound:Charley (S.A. Ch Liscune Cormack). Charley was an extrovert – a lovely show man and an excellent stud dog who sired 9 champions. Wolfhounds were a big part ofmy life from then on. Ilost my last one in January 2000, but I remained very involved with the club.

I am the founder chairperson of the Irish Wolfhound Club in South Africa, which wasfounded in 1980. I have had the privilege to present several Irish Wolfhound BreedClinics, and have given countless training classes in basic obedience and basic showtraining to Irish Wolfhound puppies and their owners. I have handled several Wolfhounds,Great Danes and other breeds to Ch. Status.

I began judging in 1983, and have had the pleasure to judge Irish Wolfhound Specialtiesin South Africa, America and Russia. I am qualified to judge Gundog Group, HerdingGroup, Working Group and American Staffordshire Terriers.
I look forward to visiting Ireland and seeing your beautiful dogs. It will be an honourand a privilege to judge your dogs.

Timmy U. Ralfe 



Entry Form


Posted by admin on June 10th, 2014 Comments Off

3 Irish Wolfhounds looking to rent an unfurnished house in Dublin

3 Irish Wolfhounds looking to rent an unfurnished house in Dublin (and two humans)

Natara, Maya and Roxanne have been living in Inchicore for the last few years and now have to move. If you know of any suitable house for them and two humans, please contact roxanneannino[at]gmail.com Please share or retweet.

I wonder if you might be able to help, Jean Yves and I and more importantly, Natara, Maya and Roxanne have to move home as the landlord is selling the house where we have lived for over 10 years.  We are therefore looking to rent a house which would be suitable for 3 Irish Wolfhounds in Dublin during something of a housing crisis…. Would it be possible to share the message below with your Facebook page and/or the IWSOI website to spread the word amongst the Wolfhound community?   We would be most grateful.Thank you so much


Posted by admin on April 17th, 2014 Comments Off

Spring Outing – Coolmore Stud

The Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland announces its Spring Outing !

We promised you something really special , a visit to the world famous  Coolmore Stud  and the IWSOI always  delivers !!! ….

Our Visit to ‘Coolmore’ Stud  is arranged for Saturday  26th April 2014 .

Just a quick overview of our spring outing on Saturday April 26th.

We will be doing a tour of Coolmore, then lunch at Jolly’s Café, a talk on AI/DNA with Dr. Sarah Mitchell from Southview Vets. Sarah is an AI specialist so have your questions ready. And finally to round off the day a walk thru The Grove.

Now down to details.

Our tour of Coolmore will start at 10:30am. Our tour will take about an hour and a half. Jason will be our tour guide. Because it is foaling season and there will be mares and foals out in several of the paddocks no dogs will be allowed out of the cars. Willie O’Meara will be meeting everyone at the Fethard Ballroom (directions below)  between 10:00am-10:15am this will give you a chance to let the dogs out of the car to do there business and get a drink before heading up to Coolmore.

After of our tour of Coolmore, we will head to Jolly’s Café on the main street of Fethard. This is a wonderful little café with loads of soups, sandwiches & tasty treats. Weather permitting they will be putting tables out front for us so we can eat al fresco and get the dogs out of the cars.

After lunch we will head to The Grove. The Ponsonby Family has generously offered us the use of their hall for our AI/DNA talk and our tour of The Grove. After our talk we will head for a walk around The Grove. The Grove is several hundred acres of farm & woodlands. And it is one of the most scenic privately owned estates in South Tipperary. So don’t forget your cameras.

This will be a wonderful day out and one not to be missed. So please RSVP by Thursday April 24th. We will need numbers for Coolmore.


Click here to Download Directions

Contact  us  as soon as possible .

Posted by admin on April 12th, 2014 Comments Off

Battle of the Boyne Walk

Battle of the Boyne Walk

The Boyne Valley Visitors Centre welcomed the Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland with their wonderful Irish Wolfhounds for a Heritage History Walk on Sat 1st December.  We had a wonderful day and here are the pictures






Posted by admin on February 22nd, 2014 Comments Off

Irish Wolfhound Pups Available

Irish Wolfhound Puppies Available

Buyers and breeders must read and accept the terms and conditions. Click here to read

Unfortunately, our breeders do not have any puppies available right now. Please check back again for an update.

Posted by admin on January 5th, 2014 Comments Off

The Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland next walk

The Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland next walk is: Saturday 30th November

A very rare opportunity to see one of the most exclusive racehorse training grounds in the world.

Aidan O’Brien & Ballydoyle have kindly opened their gates to the Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland.
This is part one of a two part tour, we will be doing a tour of Coolmore Stud in May along with a historical tour of the 800 year old town of Fethard.
Our tour will begin at the security guarded front gates where many legends of racing past & present have passed through. We will see the statue of the legend Nijinsky. We will walk up the tree lined avenue next to the original gallops that Vincent O’Brien built. We will stop off & see the Giants Causeway yard. This yard was named after the great horse. This was home to such champions as Yeats, St. Nicholas Abbey & Duke of Marmalade. Onward to see the original yard built by Vincent O’Brien, were many champions past & present were trained.
In our tour we will see the pool & spas. Yes, they have special spas!
This is only the start of our tour. Your tour guide will be Jenny O’Meara she has worked for Aidan O’Brien for about the last 15 odd years give a few more than take. So a few stories to tell & any questions answered. Even if you have no interest in horse racing Ballydoyle is a not to be a missed opportunity. It is set on over 300 acres of some of the beautiful land in Tipperary. So don’t forget your cameras.

Our walk thru Ballydoyle will take about an hour & half to 2 hours. After our tour we will head to Fethard for lunch at McCarthy’s Hotel.

This will be a unique experience , lets remember to keep this beautiful venue as pristine as we find it , so please dont forget to bring plenty of plastic bags for ‘poop scooping’ and our own bits and pieces of rubbish …. See you there


Please contact

Jenny O’Meara at jlomeara@yahoo.ie or 0877611008 after 5pm. If you are interested in going.

If we could get rough numbers that would be great. And you never know who might pop up to see the hounds.

Please find a small sample for McCarthy’s & directions to Rosegreen. We will meet in Rosegreen on Saturday, November 30th between 11:45 and 12:00 then head for a tour you will never forget! All our welcome.

Lunch At McCarthy’s http://mccarthyshotel.net/
Just a small sample of the lunch menu
Chef’s Salad or Ceasar Salad €7.95Lasagne €9.95
Curry €9.95
Build your own Sandwiches
This is the best restaurant in Fethard and you won’t leave hungry.

Directions to Rosegreen

From Dublin: Take The M7 to the M8 towards CorkAt Junction 8 take the R692 Cashel / Fethard / Clonmel exitAt the first roundabout take the 2nd Exit towards ClonmelAt the second roundabout take the 1st exit towards ClonmelAt the 3rd roundabout take the 1st exit towards ClonmelRosegreen is about 5km up the road. When you get into Rosegreen you will see a petrol pumps and a pub on your left that is where we will all meet up.

From Cork:Take the M8 towards DublinAt Junction 8 take the R692 Cashel / Fethard / Clonmel exitFollow the signs on the next three roundabouts to ClonmelRosegreen is about 5km up the road. When you get into Rosegreen you will see a petrol pumps and a pub on your left that is where we will all meet up.

Posted by admin on November 17th, 2013 Comments Off

Return of the Hounds to the Boyne ValleySaturday 1st December at 1pm

Return of the Hounds to the Boyne ValleySaturday 1st December at 1pm

The Boyne Valley Visitors Centre welcomes the Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland with their wonderful Irish Wolfhounds for a Heritage History Walk on Sat 1st December. We encourage members of the public, tourists, and everyone to come along and experience what will be a memorable spectacle when this ancient breed assembles in front of Old Bridge House.
The Irish Wolfhound is a breed which is intertwined with the myths and legends of Ireland and with the Irish nation. Brun na Boinne (Boyne Valley) was their ancient home where they hunted large game and became famous for their size, strength, courage, beauty and loyalty.
Come and see for yourself these gentle giants, the magnificent hounds of Ireland, the Kings & Queens of the canine race.
Warm clothing and wellies/boots are recommended for the walk.
The Tea Pavilion at the centre serves light meals, speciality teas and coffees in beautiful surroundings.
The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located on the South bank of the River Boyne, 3km north of Donore Village. The site is sign-posted from the  M1 (Dublin/Belfast), Exit 9, off N51 (Slane/Drogheda).



Posted by admin on August 18th, 2013 Comments Off

Wickerman Fesitval of Fire

Wickerman Fesitval of Fire

Dear Members,
We have been invited to become part of the Wickerman Fesitval of Fire at the Navan Centre in Co. Armagh. The event happens on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th of August. 

Our reason for being part of the festival is to bring wolfhounds back to birthplace of the Cu Chulainn legend, to promote the breed and the Society and generally to have a great family day out! There are lots of other attractions as part of the festival and these are listed on the enclosed flyer. 

We have been invited to be at the centre on Saturday from 3pm to 6pm. 

On the Sunday there is to be a grand parade (including us!) as part of the festival which will climax with a 40’ tall Wicker Man being set ablaze. There are no fireworks involved in the festival, and we will be able to take the hounds away from the Wicker Man before it is set alight. 

We have been invited to be at the centre on Sunday between 6pm and 9pm. 

So far, we are going to be taking part, along with Cathy & Sean and Velda. 

Enclosed is the flyer for “The Wickerman” and full details can be seen on the Navan Centre website.http://www.armagh.co.uk/place/navan-centre-fort/ 

The centre’s address is 81 Killylea Road, Armagh BT60 4LD- about three miles from Armagh City 

Telephone from Northern Ireland: 028 3752 9644 and from the Republic: 048 3752 9644 

If you and your hounds can join us on one or both days that would be great! Please let us know, 

Best Wishes,
John & Mary
on behalf of the IWSOI


Posted by admin on August 18th, 2013 Comments Off

2nd Breed Championship Show

Hope you enjoy the pictures from the 2nd Breed Championship Show.

Show report coming soon!


Posted by admin on August 4th, 2013 Comments Off

Additional Lure Coursing Event this Sunday

The Kennel Club have kindly granted permission for us to use the facilities at the Show Centre in Cloghran for a Lure Coursing get-together on this Sunday, 3 March 2013, starting at 11 am. sharp.

The usual rules and regulations will apply.

Our scheduled meet for next Sunday, 10 March 2013 at Bellewstown Race Course will still go ahead as planned.

As always, all are welcome to join this fun event.

Posted by Lois on March 1st, 2013 Comments Off