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Abbeyleix  Lurcher, Terrier, Whippet and Hound Dog Show and Race Day . Sunday 14thApril 19

The quiet midland town of Abbeyleix came alive on Sunday morning 14thApril 19 with the echoes of barking dogs, as the Canine men and women from north and south of the border filled the field, for another days showing and racing at the now annual Abbeyleix Dog Show and Race day.  

The weather was not kind to us on the day, with continuous heavy rain and cold winds for most of the day. 

We arrived in the field around 10.00am, with a trouble free journey down to Abeyleix. Walking around the field I could see the rain was not going to dampen the spirits of our great huntsmen and women. It was evident after the long winter in the field, the time had come to allow their Canine friends a day out and to show off the other side of their talents in the show ring. 

The rings were well spaced out, with a brilliant race track , some lovely rosettes and trophies and loads of dog meal for our winning pooches.

Families and children were out in force, with all the fun of the fair for the wee people. There was a bouncy castle, chip van, ice cream van, and stalls with plenty of hunting gear, dog leads, and every thing for all aspects of Country Sports and Country Life.

Time passes so quickly, and very soon it was time for showing and racing.

Here are the Results of The Abbeyleix Racing:

Master McGrath over 23

1st/  Mark O Connor with Bear

2nd/ PJ  Nolan with Missy

3rd/ Conar Nolan with Jody

Mick the Miller 

1st/ Michael McGrath with Amber

2nd/ Eddy Kane with Scooter

3rd/ Conor Nolan with Prince

Open Whippet 

1st/ Alex Savage with Murphy

2nd/ Barry Chambers with Jill

3rd/ Paddy McGrath  Bobby

Bullcross

1st/ Jed Donagh with Chunk

2nd/ Patrick Hempenstall with Billy

3rd/  Conor Nolan with Tyson

U21

1st/ Paddy McGrath with Amber

2nd/Larry Connors with Rose

Open Lurcher 

1st/ Nicky Smith Scooby

2nd/ Michael McGrath with Tucker 

3rd/  Kirsty Harpur with  Sky

Showing Results

Pet class

Champion  Pet

Willie O Meara with Rodge

Reserve Champion  

Gail Canning with Roe

Whippets 

Champion Whippet

Alex Savage with Murphy

Reserve Champion

Amanda Delaney with Penny

Terriers 

Champion Terrier

Philip Dalton with Jess

Reserve Champion  

Trevor Moody with Lucy

Lurchers 

Champion Lurcher

Jed Donagh with Jake

Reserve Champion  

John Keane with Glin

Hounds

Champion Hound

Adrienne Frost-Treadwell with 

Duhalla Lady 2017

Veteran 

Champion Vetern

Mark Delaney with Junior 

Reserve Champion   

David Nolan with Julie 

Overall Show Champion 

Jed Donagh with Jake

Reserve Champion

Adrienne Frost-Treadwell with Duhalla Lady 2017

A Big Congratulations to Jed and Adrienne and all above winners.

And Finally, on behalf of Brian and Charmaine, a big thank you to the judges for job well done. A very special word of thanks to a very talented photographer Jim Mulcahey, the other half of these two brilliant photographers, for the lovely photographs. We wish Jims wife Ann Marie a speedy recovery and hope to see you around the  ring again with your camera very soon. 

And Finally, Finally, despite the terrible weather at Sundays show, Brian and Charmaine Grady and team, you produced a brilliant top class show, and sent some happy campers and their canine friends  home with pride in their hearts, dog food, and an armful of trophies.

It was evident a lot of sleepless nights and hard work went into getting this show together, but Brian and Charmaine you pulled it off 100%.

Thank you for your friendship on Sunday, and I look forward to going back to Abbeyleix in 2020 for more of the same

Margaret  Mc Stay

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

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