Dogs have their day at Kennel Club show
MORE than 1,700 pooches were preened, groomed and coiffed to perfection to compete in the country's largest dog show at the weekend.
Some 160 breeds of dog of all sizes, shapes and colours competed for the coveted Best in Show prize at the Irish Kennel Club Dog Show held at the National Show Centre in Cloghran, north Dublin.
Dogs from all over the country were joined by pooches from Northern Ireland, the UK and as far away as Canada at the annual event, which was attended by up to 5,000 dog lovers.
The Canadian entrants had competed in the recent Crufts dog show in the UK before crossing to Ireland to take part in the Irish Kennel Club Dog Show.
Best in Show went to a dachshund smooth haired miniature, with the runner-up prize going to a two-year-old weimaraner belonging to Morag and David Connolly from Co Louth. The dogs are marked for their overall health and condition, coat, character, temperament and movement.
Also among the winners was a former racing greyhound called Clearwater Kelly, who took some time out from his retirement to compete in the show.
The dog, owned by Evan Flynn from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was one of a number of retired racing greyhounds paraded in front of the judges for the first time this year.
This follows on from a joint project between the Irish Greyhound Board and the Irish Kennel Club to introduce a new category for retired racing dogs into the show.
The project was set up to promote the adoption of retired greyhounds in the community and to show that once a greyhound has finished its racing life there are other contests to enter.
Local heats were held in stadiums all over the country, where retired greyhounds were judged by Kennel Club rules for qualification before going forward to the national final held on Saturday.
Source: Irish Independent