Irish Red and White Setter Club

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Janet Shanks


Last Updated

4 June 2015


































It is with a deep sense of melancholy that I wish to record the passing of William Gaynor on Saturday 16th May 2015.

 Willie was a gentleman of rare talent, his profession as an Art Teacher at Rockwell College, to his paintings, his sculptures of the entire range of  Irish Dog breeds are unique and enjoyed by people all over the world. His research of the origin of the Irish White and Red Setter was legendry in fact one was assured that any subject no matter how trivial would be given his full attention. Willie was well known as the breeder of quality horses.

Our paths first crossed many years ago when unknown to each other we both were looking for the same breed of Setter. We first met at a Pointer and Setter Field Trial at Willie’s home town of Thurles. We were introduced by John Nash, who had at that time a Red Setter with a white blaze on the head and white shirt front!

This was the start of a long association and many trips and long nights with Mrs. Cuddy in Midleton, who we both recognised as being the "Key" to the success or failure of the revival of our beloved white and reds. The first litter of White and Red Setters that Willie bred contained 13 pups, three of which were white and red. When Willie generously presented one of this litter, a White and Red bitch to Mrs Cuddy's subsequently to be registered as Gaye of Knockalla  as we are all aware, the rest is history and the future of our lovely breed was secure.

It was always a pleasure to go to Monadreen to be greeted by Willie’s wife Kathleen and family. Christmas 2015 will be a bleak one for me, as the customary Annual Report from Willie will not arrive, with its details of the year’s happenings.

To Willie’s dear wife Kathleen, son Joseph, daughter’s Miriam, Dervilla, and Teresa and their families I offer my sincere condolences on their irreplaceable loss.

"My feet are wearied, and my hands are tired—                                                                   

And with desire have I long desired Rest—only Rest                                                                 ‘

Tis hard to toil, when toil is almost vain, in barren way;                                                           

The burden of my days is hard to bear,                                                                              

But God knows best.

Sleep well dear friend,                                                                                                    

Dermot Mooney



IRWS Breed Information Stand on St. Patrick's Day 2015


Our information stand attracted a lot of attenton both from of the IKS and members of the public.  We demonstrated the versatility of our breed and caught up with Red and White fans - past and present.  Information and memories were shared!  All in al it was a positive day for our dedicated breed, displaying what can be achieved with a Red and White Setter.

Mark Ruymbeke






October 25th 2014

Irish Gundog Field and Show Society Ch. Show at which the

 Irish Red and White Setter Club Championship Show took place

Judge: Mr. Wil Hochstenbach (Holland)

Dog Green Star and Best of Breed Ir. & UK Show Champion

Casafelice Montadale  JW (Subject to IKC Confirmation)





owned by Fergus Donaldson

who wishes to maintain FEEAGH breeding - he has also had straws taken from the dog for breeding

- contact details

2 Chapel Cottages

Saints Hill


Kent 118ER

Tel. : (UK)  01892870946

see pedigree



AKC GCH CH Pata Conrad Curag

Owned by Wendy and Ed Bockman

Bred by Lena Frieden (Sweden)

Sire: Deargban Brendan Dam:  Drakstjarnans Ghosa

Conrad joined our family at Truly Red & Whites in Pennsylvania, USA in February 2014.

We started showing him in March and he finished this Championship in May.  He then completed this Grand Championship in August.  He is also in field training with our other dogs and is working towards his first hunting Title this autumn.



This litter shows the wisdom and benefits of the decision taken by the Irish Red and White Setter Club to pursue an international Outcross Programme

Terence O’Leary


Irish Red and White Setter Club


The second generation of the Outcross Programme arrived on the 18 August 2014 in Scotland.

A litter of fifteen puppies, ten are well marked red and whites, and five are red with white markings.

Sire is Pallas Green Laird.  He is DNA tested clear for CLAD, VWD, PRA (cdi and rcd4), hip scored 3.3 and has a BVA clear eye cert.  Dam is Dalriach No Pasaran.  She is CLAD, VWD and rcd4 clear, hip scored 0.0 and ha a BVA clear eye cert.

The litter has bee registered with the UK Kennel Club, with two asteriscks after the names to denote this is the second generation of the outcross.  The red puppies will be going to working and pet homes, not for breeding, but some of the red and white puppies are available t people interested in taking the outcross programme forward to the next generation.

Margaret Sierakowski

Dalriach Irish Red and White Setters





Congratulations to the newest IRWS FT Champion

Rosie Jim

We had a great day today on the Slieve Bloom Mountains at Kinnity.  Rosie had a first excellent win when she won the Cashel Field Trials Open.  This win now makes Rosie ‘Irish Field Trial Champion Rosie Jim. (By Raymond Munroe)



Donegal Field Trial Association OpenTrial at Scotstown 15/08/2014

1st Ex FtCh Craigrua Kansas IRWS dog handled by Dessie Linton - pictured.

The Trial was judged by Jim Sheridan and Declan O'Rourke





Owned by Mary Sherratt and run by Tony. 

We hope to see you over here later in the year for the Breed Show and confined stakes.



Dalriach Neige makes history !


                               Owned and bred by Margaret Sierakowski



Neige has won the English Setter Club open stake at Eggleston Moor on 19 July making her the first IRWS to win an Open Stake in mainland UK. 

She has also had other awards in Open stakes. She is handled in field trials by Colin Organ (seen on the left) who is also training other IRWS - Birdie of Bruicladdich and Dalriach Una










First generation of Irish Red and White Setter outcross litter bred December 2012


Owned by Margaret Sierakowski













Sire = IRS Buccaneer

Dam = IRWS Special Gift from Shadow Dog

Under IKC rules for outcross breeding this dog Ludo cannot be mated to an Irish Red setter but can only be mated to an Irish Red and White Setter.  He cannot enter for shows but can be entered in IRWS confined stake for breeders to assess his working capabilites.  Looking at these photographs he will undoubtedly make a fine shooting dog.




 Pata Counterpoint Conor









Conor got his first CACS ans CACIB in St. Brieuc exposition and the best dog breed. (confirmation was ok)a

Elite got CACIB and CACS too

He will return to training for preparation for TAN - I would like to qualify for the final of the national breed which takes place in July.  I hope he will start his Field Trials in September.



News from America



News from Cork, Ireland

Gerry Sparrow


The one with the sunlight is Podge (Deargban Casey) looking great for nine years of age.  The other photos are of Rodge) Royal Prince Roderick of Glenmise.  The ones in the beet and the field with the purple vegetation Podge is the one in the crops field.  I am on the lookout for a good bitch for Rodge - if anything comes available as he is spending so much time in the files its time he sowed his oats !!


30th Anniversary of the Irish Red and White Setter Club

Ch. Knockane Sherry

And the breed is still Flying !!


Ch. Ardbraccan Starlight Love  and Ch. Knockane Sherry


Mrs. Laura Dunne - a founder member of the Irish Red and White Setter Club judging the breed.