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Celebrating our 40th anniversary of
IKC National Championship Dog Show
IKC CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 13/14 November  2021
There have been calls for shows almost since the original lockdowns on the island of Ireland began, exhibitors becoming more vociferous as time moved on, vaccinations became the norm, and other countries began hosting shows. The Irish kennel Club’s original decision to put a hold on shows, postponing St Patrick’s Day 2020,  was completely in line with the law of the land, although for some reason, people didn’t understand, or want to understand the situation, they just wanted to get back to normal, and shows.

So, as soon as they felt that the restrictions were such that they could contemplate running an all breed championship show, the board of the IKC set about organising what the exhibitors wanted. As our NSC at Cloghran was serving the city of Dublin’s needs, the HSE using our venue for essential services for local people, first for testing for Covid and latterly as a vaccination centre, a venue, outdoors, had to be found. Navan Racecourse came to the rescue as an ideal venue for requirements, and so it proved to be, over the weekend of 13th and 14th November, when around 1,200 dogs, entered for the first all breed event since the start of the pandemic, descended on the racecourse, close to the County town of Navan, in the scenic and historic Royal County of Meath, one time seat of the High Kings of Ireland on the Hill of Tara. Steeped in history, the Donaghmore Round Tower, a 10th century ancient tower, is just a stone’s throw from the racecourse, which sports the most modern of facilities set against the spectacular backdrop of the Slane valley countryside. Well done to the IKC board, secretary Karen Murphy and her staff, and all those who pulled together to present an extremely well run and well timed event, with good sized rings, facilities,  parking, weather and a great atmosphere over the two days, with exhibitors delighting in meeting up with friends they hadn't seen for nearly two years. It seems to have been declared, and rightly so, a great success by all who attended who appreciated this new venue in the heart of the Meath countryside, where I suspect there will be many more shows held in the future. An added attraction was that this show was a Crufts Qualifier, the winners of both the Green Stars and Junior classes, (as long as they were qualified Excellent) were qualified for Crufts 2022. The show was sponsored by GAIN.
Osaat’s Triple Crown at Show Return
Photographs: Patrick Fortune
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