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A Show For Shan , Jed And Patricia Donaghs Charity Dog Show At Duleek , Sunday 9Th July 17

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A Show for Shan , Jed and Patricia Donaghs Charity Dog Show at Duleek , Sunday 9th July 17


Duleek is situated in the quiet valley of the Nanny River, in the beautiful County of Meath, and borders on the outskirts of Drogheda, nestling in the shadow of the flowing waters of the River Boyne.


This was the venue for last Sundays outstanding Working Dog Charity Show and Race Day in Duleek. It was in this rich Countryside, that a very popular Country Sportsman with a heart of gold had a dream. And this dream soon became a reality, by reaching out a helping hand to Shan, a young lady from Carlow who is fighting a severe illness at the moment.


The Canine folk of Ireland took this dream a little further and came out in force last Sunday to support this special cause. I have never seen crowds like it at a dog show on this island before. I have said it before and I will say it again, the generosity of our Country Sports fraternity knows no bounds when it comes to Charity events.


From early morning the cars, trailers, huntsmen and their dogs began to arrive, and by noon the cars were parked 4 deep in the field. There was a real carnival atmosphere in the field with the laughter of children playing on the Bouncy Castle, and on site a Country Sports Clothing stand, Catapult Tent, Cahill Leads and Collars, Video stand with the eye in the Sky Drone, Burger and Ice Cream van, and a Nik Nak stand. Something for everyone.


The weather was kind, with good spells of sunshine, but got a little cooler in the evening with a spot of rain as we were packing up to go home. Everybody and anybody from the dog show scene North and South of the border and further afield was at this show, and all out to contribute in some small way to this very special cause.


I would like to say, I was so proud to see at last a dog show recognising the now famous Plummer Terriers, and giving them a ring and a judge all to themselves. I counted 20 Plummers around the ring on Sunday. What a turnout. Hopefully this will be the norm at the shows in 2018.



Patricia Donagh, Jeds wife was in charge of the PA system and Master of Cermonies on the day, and did she not do a great job. A real professional that lady was, backed up with a lovely personality, and definitely a big flair for auctioneering. As Tricias beautiful southern brogue rang out over the field, the money kept rolling in. The quality of the items in the auction and in the raffle were unique and were of a very high standard, all donated from various caring individuals in the community.


Fiona Devlin went home with a set of Antlers to hang above her bed. Poor Conor will be having nightmares when he wakes up and sees them set of horns looking back at him. John Mc Stay kept betting on a Weather Vane, and after many Euros later between the auction and the raffle, went home a happy camper with the car boot full.


There was a very solemn and special moment in the show when Jed Donagh presented a beautiful inscribed plaque to the Welsh Family, in memory of their dear son Brian junior, an avid Country Sportsman, who passed away far to early in his young life. Knowing this lovely family, and also knowing the late Brian Junior, it was hard to hold back the tears at this presentation. Also Jed did not forget his good friend and keen huntsman, Simon Murphy, who passed away suddenly a few years back. Jed looked after Simon to the end of his life, and again on Sunday presented his mother with a beautiful inscribed plague in Simons memory.


Time passes so quickly when you are having fun, and very soon it was time for Racing, followed by showing. The race track was the best I have seen this year and in mint condition. Any dog that won on that track deserves his winnings. It was a good length, with a sharp up hill climb at approach to the finishing line.


Here are the Plummer Results given to me by the Godfather of the Plummer world Hagan Mc Quaid from Sligo. It was nice meeting up with you again Hagan at the show. You promote and do so much for this breed, and it looks like your hard work has payed off.



Showing Judge - Janine Dooner


Plummer Classes




Child Handling

1 Ava Moran and Ferncliffe Fawn

2 Ben Cox and Ballyman Rose

3 Ollie Devlin and Dargle Valley Dixxie


Best Pup

1 Dargle Valley Viper – Sam White

2 Dargle Valley Dixxie – Ava moran

3 Dargle Valley Daisy – Thomas Brien


Best Bitch

1 Ferncliffe Tilly – Thomas Brien

2 Martello Radar – Alan Kenny

3 Oakfield Meg – Ronan McKenna


Best Male

1 Brimar Nathy – Alan Kenny

2 DRD Rambo – Ronan McKenna

3 Pendragon Lan Cash – Phil Pugh


Best Pair

1 Oakfield Butch & Ferncliffe Tilly – Thomas Brien

2 Trentside Potter & Oakfield Meg – Ronan McKenna

3 Trentside Sampson & Ferncliffe Fawn – Kian Connolly


Best Progeny

1 Ferncliffe Fawn & Dargle Valley Dixxie – Brian Noble

2 Oakfield Meg & DRD Rambo – Ronan McKenna


Best Working

1 Ferncliffe Tilly – Thomas Brien

2 Oakfield Butch - John Tierney

3 Brimar Nathy – Phil Pugh


Best Condition

1 Brimar Merlin – Sam White

2 Oakfield Butch - John Tierney

3 Brimar Nathy – Phil Pugh


Best Outcross

1 Drimina Gul - John Tierney

2 Drimina Sol – Kevin Macken



Best In Breed

Brimar Nathy – Phil Pugh


Reserve Best In Breed

Dargle Valley Viper – Sam White





Childrens Handling Class


Brooke Rafferty



Lurcher Results :


Given to me by Jennifer Gately


Lurcher Showing Results



Dog pup

1st James wood

2nd Colman Keigrey

3rd Harry Roche


Bitch Pup

1st Ashton Keeta

2nd Rose McCoy

3rd Mark Dupplow


Coursing Lurcher

1st Michelle Rafferty

2nd Brain Grady

3rd Lisa Beggs


Collie Cross

1st Maurice Mcdowell

2nd Sheamus Hart

3rd Lisa Beggs


Whippet cross dog/bitch

1st Billy Harper

2nd Mal McFall

3rd Brain Grady


Bull Cross Dog

1st James Boyd

2nd Michael Quinn

3rd Colm Keighley


Bull Cross Bitch

1st David Wear

2nd Charlene Rafferty

3rd Billy Harper


Lamping Dog/Bitch

1st Ceilum Tinnelly

2nd John Ryan

3rd Paddy McCarthy


Hare Dog ( Saluki Type)

1st Phil Owen's

2nd Jayna Griffin

3rd Niall O Cloghan


Overs Rough Dog

1st Andy Bouche

2nd Tracey Crosbie


Overs Smooth Dog

1st Billy Harper

2nd James Boyd

3rd Kirsty Harper


Best Pair

1st Harry Roche

2nd Fiona Devlin

3rd Darren Mc Fetridge


Under 24 Rough Dog / Bitch

1st Mark Dupplow

2nd Darren Mc Fetridge

3rd Harry Roche


Under 24 Smooth Dog/Bitch

1st Mal McFall

2nd Brain Grady

3rd April Dickson


Terrier Type

1st Ian Greer

2nd David Dickson

3rd Barry Holland


Best Entered Lurcher

1st James Boyd

2nd Ceilum Tinnelly

3rd Andy Bouche


Veteran Lurcher

1st Chairman Grady

2nd Mal McFall

3rd Fiona Devlin


Champion Lurcher

James Boyd


Reserve Lurcher

Maurice McDowell





Overall Show Champion and Reserve Winners



Overall Champion Ferret Showing

1st Michael Quinn with Sandy

2nd Niall O Cloghan with Bonnie



Overall Champion Ferret Racing

1st Rose Mc Coy with Conker

2nd Niall O Cloghan with Bonny



Overall Champion Strong Dog Pup

1st Charlene Martin with Willow.

2nd Jamie Lee Mc Kinistry with Hank.


Overall Champion Strong Dog

1st Sean Lawlor with Rondal

2nd Charlene Martin with Rohan


Overall Champion Whippet Pup

1st Janet Duke with Levi

2nd Gabriel Frank with Todha


Overall Whippet Champion

Karen Cummins with Maisie

Reserve Melissa Greer with Turbo.


Overall Champion Plummer Pup

Sam White with Dargle Valley Viper

Reserve Ava Moran with Dargle Valley Dixie


Overall Champion Plummer

Alan Kenny with Brimar Nathy

Reserve Ronan Mc Kenna with DRD Rambo.



Overall Champion Terrier Pup

Darren Martin with Castro Handled by Mariano Parisella

Reserve Jack Lynch with Jackie


Overall Champion Pup

Darren Martin with Castro

Reserve James Woods Buster


Overall Pet champion

Melissa Greer

Reserve Jennifer Brady



Racing Results


Lurcher Pup

Michelle Rafferty with Dino

Charlene Rafferty with Jet


Whippet Pup

Barry Chambers with Alfie

Janet Duke with Florence


Under 21 Elites

Joe Leonard with Whitney

Joe Leonard with Amber


Over 23 Master McGrath

Stephanie O'Connor with Bear

Gary Smith with Seven


Under 23 Elites

Mal McFall with Bandit

Karen Cummins with Angel


Mick the Miller

Shane Ennis with Flash

Paddy McCarthy with Pip



Charlene Rafferty with Zio

Barry Chambers with Ruby


Under 23 Lurcher

Eddie Kane with Shelby

Seammie with Jessie


Over 23 lurcher

Paddy McCarthy with pip

Ian Greer with Bud


Bull Cross

Kirsty Harper with Regal

John Ryan with Roy


Hairy Lurcher

Eddie Kane with Frank

Eddie Kane with Scooter




Sam White with Finn


Under 21 Lurcher

Mal McFall with Boster

Niall with Blade


And Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank the judges on the day for a job well done.


Whippets: Graham Versey

Lurchers : Ste Moran

Terriers : Kevin Maguire

Strong Dogs : William Flynn (Senior and Junior)/

Pets : Theresa Donagh

Ferrets : Ryan Hill, Leanne Mooney


The highlight of the day was in the Lurcher ring, when Miss/Missed World appeared walking her Champion Lurcher. All the men were eyeing her up big time, with her flowing ginger red hair, magnificent chiffon flowing dress, and the best pair of hairy legs I have ever seen, orange underpants to die for, and a million tatooes everywhere. What a set up. I was buckled in two with laughter. Maurice Mc Dowell you are a great sport, and always up for a laugh. We all enjoyed the craic, and thank you for bringing a smile to all our faces.


There is one young lady who worked tirelessly on the day between the rings along with partner Shane Ennis who helped out with racing. Yes Jennifer Gately, its you I am speaking about. Thank you so much for getting all the results to me. I know later on in the year you and Shane are expecting a happy event, and all the luck in the world for that special event in your life. The racing went like clockwork, and this was down to the skills of the helping hands of Maurice Mc Dowell, Shane Ennis and the man himself on the lure Pat Lee.


As a special request, Jed and Patricia Donagh has asked me to thank Aidan Ryan most sincerely for allowing them to use his excellent field and venue for their charity show. Aidan, without your generosity, none of this would have been possible, and of that we are truly thankful.


And Finally, Finally, what happens when a Dream comes true. Last Sundays Charity Show was the biggest gathering of Country Sports people I have seen at a show this year. This was all down to two of the most popular, caring and thoughtful people on the Canine scene. Jed and Patricia Donagh your giving hearts know no bounds. Your Charity Show for Shan, for a first time show was a roaring success. And now I am told today by Jed, the Shan fund will be getting £4000 from the proceeds of this very successful Show, and the Boyne Fishermans Rescue will be getting £ 200.


It is a thrill to know that these two Charities will benefit from the giving hands of the Canine community and other good hearted sponsors that contributed in any way for this worthy cause. Hopefully this large contribution will help Shan along the way to getting a cure to ease her awful painful days.


Again, Jed and Patricia Donagh and your brilliant band of helpers, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a wonderful day in Duleek, and who says Dreams don’t come true. What a beautiful ending for a great cause.



Margaret Mc Stay

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