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Breed Show 

Irish Red and White Sette

Saturday September 14th 2013      

Judge  :  Marc Ruymbeke


The Gathering, as Cathy Delmar and her team described this weekend of celebrating the breeds of Irish Origin, a weekend for people with a passion or interest in the native breeds. Kicking of with a Show event on Saturday and a Full Dinner in The Merry Ploughboy pub, followed by Field trials and an open format meeting with guest panel for all Irish breeds on Sunday. 

And what a weekend it was, the 3 main Irish ingredients were present, good weather, a bit of crack and a refreshing brew !

The whole event was jolly well organised and the show rings were beautifully presented and well decorated, on top of this a great atmosphere was bringing all Irish enthusiast together admiring the dogs shown in the ring or just discussing all the achievements from past and present breeds alike.

I was invited to judge for the first time at Green star level and would like to thank both the breed club and Cathy for giving me this opportunity, thanks go also to Sinead Taggart, my very professional steward of the day.  Our ring was nicely decorated by the Red Setter fanciers with whom we shared the judging ring.

As soon as the breed rosettes and trophies were dressed up, judging could commence.

Open dog : O’Shea Paudie & Martina, MIZEN ADAIR 01/06/2012, Br A. Miller, Dobhailien Aengus for Mizen  x  Mizen Ceili Cairbre

Very nice type displaying a friendly attitude, broad head well in proportion to the body, soft expression in the eye although I would prefer a slightly darker coloured eye. Good stop, clean and square muzzle with ears lying closely to the head.

Lovely muscular neck and shoulders well laid back, VG top line, well bent stifle.

VG hair structure but out of coat at the moment with VG colour. Powerful mover with great reach and purpose, typical for the breed.

Overall a promising young dog that will turn in a great breed specimen once completely matured. 1st Ex. GSD and Reserve Best of Breed.

Intermediate Bitch : O’Leary T, GALLIA 05/11/2012, Br Paulette Guilloux, Deargban Blanco  x  Easy Du Clos Lupin

Nice Type, very feminine. Pretty head with nice stop, good muzzle and lips, here as well I would prefer a dark coloured eye. Nice front, good length of neck and well laid back shoulders, VG top line, enough bent in stifle, good feet.

Good coloured coat and structure, not in show condition, fine feathering.  Lovely mover when she was moving but she didn’t show well on the day, could do with some ring craft training.

Overall a typical specimen for the breed and needs to be seen in better condition and well handled in the ring. 1st VG

Open Bitch : Kennedy, MIZEN DRUID DATHUIL 16/08/2008, Br A. Mizen, Sheebhin Fionn  x  Mizen Gael Gra Geal

Excellent type, Nice and typical strong head with expressive eye but a shade light in colour, strong front. Arched muscular neck with good shoulder position, VG top line, nice tail set with a tail of moderate length. Enough angulation and well muscled body whilst staying very feminine. VG good colour, should not be showing more red on the body, nice hair structure with silky fine feathering on fore and hind legs. I would prefer a bit more feathering on flank and chest. Graceful mover at the trot.

Overall an aristocratic bitch behaving perfectly in the ring, a bitch ready for the job,

1st Ex, GSB, Best of Breed and Best in Show.

Field Trial Bitch : O'Leary T, DEARGBAN BELLA, 06/03/2004, Br T O’Leary, Int Ft Ch Silent Seeker of Shannonbally  x  Bishopmill Bronze Quean

Nice type, shouldn’t be smaller, good head and mouth, head and ears are well coloured and marked. I would prefer more front, good neck and shoulder with a level top line, tail set could be better, enough angulation.

Out of coat, good colouring on the body, some visible flecks.

Fit mover when handled correctly.

Overall a nice specimen representing the Field trial section, she has proven her qualities in the field and that’s were she is at her best, 1st VG.


Marc R.




Show Champion Mizen Druid Dathuil has qualified at a field trial making her Champion Mizen Druid Dathuil carrying on the tradition of Irish Red and White Setters who are Show Champions qualifying in the field to become full Champions



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 !!



News from Sweden

Lena Fridén



This is Draksjárnans Giron - Best of Breed 2013 SISKá


Dear John and Deargban Pia


This is PáTá Confident Christof on the right.  He has grown into a wonderful boy this winter - 2 years old.  He is fun to work with, very energetic and a brother to Conor in France and Cormac seen here on the left.


Deargban Brendan


News from France

I would like to give  you some good news from France about IRWS, United Spots Red Kite 'Rodney' is an excellent hunting dog with natural pointing and wonderful self-control.

His prizes - Ist prise in field trial spring in Germany and 1st VG in autumn field trial also in Germany.  He is also German Champion, Luxembourg Ch, International Show and beauty champion.  World WInner 2012

He is HD A CLAD free - A wonderful dog !

Cathy & Christophe Forster

Elevage de la Cour Saint Florent


There is also a nice girl Glennamaddy Gaelic Gem de la cour saint Florent.  She began shows this year with excellent results in Frane, Germany and Belgium.  She will probably become a great show champion.  On the other side we began in the same time field trial training and she is very promising.

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.