On Tuesday 20th November we were delighted to make a return to the lovely natural woodlands of Birr Castle Demesne, Co.Offaly after a 4 year break. We were there by very kind permission of the Earl of Rosse and the Castlefields Shooting Syndicate.
Although visually there had been a few slight changes to some parts of the ground, it still proved to be excellent testing ground for Spaniels, with game being produced steadily all day long, which was a credit to Liam Kenehan and his team in the Castlefields Shoot.
Steward of the Beat for the trial was Tony O’Brien who along with John Keeshan had walked the ground on a couple of occasions and had put a lot of thought into plotting a course which they felt was going to keep us in touch with game for the day.
Tony’s planning combined with very positive judging by Ronan Gorman and PJ Davitt kept the whole trial running smoothly.
Our team of Guns for the day were Daniel Bourke, John Clooney, Pat Brennan & Ivan McAlister who all put the game on the ground efficiently and safely when it was produced and shot with the interest of the dogs in mind at all times.
This was an excellent trial for the Club to make a return to Birr with.
Our good friends at Feedwell Dogfoods once again very kindly sponsored the event, with a bag of there premium food Feedwell Sport on offer for 1st, 2nd & 3rd.
1st Muggleswyck Lilly – ESSB
(Int.F.T.Ch. Skronedale Romulus X F.T.Ch. Glenlaggen Gazelle)
Owned and handled by Kevin Somers. (Excellent)
2nd F.T.Ch. Sliabh Rosie – ESSB
(F.T.Ch. Helmsway Henry X F.T.Ch. Wyndhill Shona of Sliabh)
Owned and handled by Fintan Kelly. (Excellent)
3rd Emerald Queen – ESSB
(Emerald Hero X Malinmore Queen)
Owned and handled by Eddie Byrne. (Excellent)
4th Westbourne Rocket – ESSB
(F.T.Ch. Greenbush Iced X Megan of Rolaghbridge)
Owned and handled by Ieva Grigaite. (Excellent)
Hillbilly Bouncer at Glanavaud – Kevin Murphy.
Billistown Ruben – Eamonn Taaffe.
Kirsto Wiggle of Miskinfern – Conor Kelly.
F.T.Ch. Blackguard Ivy – James Casey.
Firedrane Jinky – Fintan Kelly.