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Fiona Hurley was judging BIS at Clonmel Ch Show, the first of the 2017 Munster Circuit events and also the one with the top entry as they had 1705 dogs entered. At the end of the day, in the centre of the excellent BIS ring, Fiona gave the nod for the top award to Jalena Semjonova’s Giant Schnauzer, Ch Robmarralee Back in Black, two year old ‘Gaffer’ following on from his Best in Show win at Cork, having earlier won his fourth group of the year, which takes him to the top of the GAIN Petfoods/Irish Canine Press Group 2 Top Dog Leaderboard. Reserve BIS was the Whippet, Brendan Nolan’s Collooney Candy Floss; 23 months old ‘Flossy’ was BIS at Sligo. Ivor and Michelle Keelan’s American Cocker Spaniel, Sh Ch Bunnybois Brainstorm at Tejas, another just 2 years old, was BIS 3. Clonmel’s generous sponsors were once again GAIN Petfoods, represented on the day by Sean Martin and Rob O’Sullivan.
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On to Killarney on Tuesday where the Killarney club hosts its championship show in the spacious grounds in the shadow of St Mary’s Cathedral, where, from an entry of 1,359 dogs, BIS judge elect, Andrew Beare gave his big rosette to Ivan Gargan’s Irish Wolfhound, Ch Ferseithean of Skerryhill, giving ‘Paddy’ the first all breeds BIS win of his career, with the Reserve BIS rosette to Holt’s English Springer Spaniel, 2 year old Bethryn Devil Moon, over from Manchester for the Circuit. HAPPY DOG were again the sponsors of Killarney, having been with them for several years now, represented by Jackie and Andrea Stubbs.
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Limerick’s venue nestles in the grounds of the Fitzgeralds Woodlands Hotel, outside the picturesque village of Adare and on the Thursday it welcomed 1,585 dogs for the multi-national panel of judges with local terrier man, Jimmy Byrnes ring centre to make the final decision.  His winner was the English Springer Spaniel, Lesley McCourt’s Sh Ch Woodspa Royal Ascot, a 4 year old visitor from Gillingham in Kent, who also has 1 CC. Reserve BIS went to Cork resident, Alice O’Reilly’s Toy Poodle, Ch Tirkane Limited Edition, 22 months old ‘Eric’ a POTY ‘16  qualifier. Limerick was again generously sponsored by HAPPY DOG, with Jackie and Andrea Stubbs in attendance.
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Back southwards again, this time to Castleisland, for the Tralee Club’s annual event, this year with 1,414 dogs. It was Canadian, Dr Michael Woods who had the task of bringing Tralee, and the 2017 Circuit, to a close, and this he did when he handed the large BIS rosette to a delighted Alice O’Reilly for her Toy Poodle ‘Eric’; Ch Tirkane Limited Edition having moved up one place from his RBIS spot just two days earlier. Reserve BIS this time went to another Cork resident, Colm & Rose Hastings’ ‘Guinness’, the Old English Sheepdog, Ch Lambluvs Irish Brew being no stranger to top honours with his many groups, currently top of the GAIN Petfoods/Irish Canine Press Group 1 Top Dog Leaderboard. This show was sponsored for the first time, by PETMANIA, represented here by Linda Cavanagh.
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