THE ANNUAL Munster Circuit week of shows centred on the South West of Ireland once again attracted large numbers of exhibitors from around Ireland and the UK and this year there was also a sprinkling of overseas teams including some exhibitors from Germany.
The big four, Clonmel, Killarney, Limerick and Tralee are preceeded by the Dublin based Navan Group 1, 2 and 5 shows which attracted the visitors to Cloghran for a number of breed specialties also.
Limerick & District Canine Club
Photo by Paul Scanlon
The super surroundings of the Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel welcomed the exhibitors to the 83rd Limerick Championship show and as always the show was an excellent event. Claudio De Guiliani’s Best in Show winner was Sean Carroll and James Newman’s Papillon male Multi CH Denemore Iconsruben who was handled by James to the top spot and who was repeating his 2009 BIS win at the same venue.
Photo by Paul Scanlon.
At Killarney it was John Bond of the Kanesbrook Rottweilers from Northern Ireland who had the honour of choosing Best in Show 2012 and taking home the spoils was the Bessbox Boxer team of Paul Keenan and Darren Griffen from Newry with their CH Walkend Boy at Bessbox who was handled by Paul.
Photo by Paul Scanlon
Topping the entry of 1,930 dogs at Clonmel was Eamon Murray’s top winning Beagle CH Heathergrove Persian Warrior who was the selection of popular Irish all rounder Seamus Oates. Mervyn Webb of show sponsors PetMaster foods is also pictured.
Tralee and District
Photo by Kelly Lawless
As always there was a great welcome for the fanciers at the Tralee and District Canine Club show at An Riacht showgrounds in Castleisland where 1,715 dogs were entered and the team led byMaudie and Ned Burke did all they could to get the exhibitors on their way home or back to their base as early as possible after a long week. Joan Walsh of the Joshren Rough Collies and Shelties was centre ring for the main decision and taking home the big rosette was Willie and Joanne Mullen and their Irish Wolfhound CH Broghadowey Tir Eoghain making it a great day for them.MervynWebb of PetMaster once again represented the generous sponsors.