After the entrée of various group shows on the Saturday, all roads led to the Ferryhouse Complex in Clonmel where Clonmel Canine Club hosted its annual championship show. As ever, when you arrived at the venue on the Saturday evening, the grounds were in pristine condition, and show manager John O’Gorman was still busy giving a final cut to the well laid-out rings.
With Gain Petfoods as its sponsor, Sean Martin and Adrian O’Keefe representing in the photographs, the show, under the stewardship of secretary Margaret O’Gorman, had attracted over 1,800 dogs, the largest entry so far this year in Ireland, for a judging panel which had been drawn from around the dog world.
There was a sombre start with a minute’s silence, accompanied by suitable music, in memory of popular Bulldog exhibitor Dave Scully who had tragically lost his life in an accident just a few days before the shows, the cloudy start to the day reflecting the mood.
Thankfully the sun eventually made an appearance, giving hope that it would be the forerunner of things to come and so it turned out; as ever at Clonmel, it’s a tried and tested formula and with a start time of 9am, and employing pre-judging in many of the groups, the finish at 5pm was easily achieved and those still left around the grounds could make their way onwards to Killarney, the next stop on Circuit week.