It’s Dog Show Weekend in Castleisland

A village of tents at a typical Irish Kennel Club, Castleisland Dog Show. This year’s show takes place on this Saturday, August 26th. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Dog lovers will flock to An Riocht AC here in Castleisland on Saturday morning from 9:30pm for the annual Irish Kennel Club Show.

As one of the biggest events of the year in Castleisland, the event attracts visitors from all corners of Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

It also provides a great day out and talking point for locals who just love dogs.


It is eye opening to see how these show dogs are treated and looked after. They have their own compartments in huge camper vans and their needs are seen to before those of their loving owners.

The event is organised by Maudie and Ned Burke and a team of volunteers and they have the use of the spacious Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard for the fleet of camper vans which usually arrive on the evening before the show.

Doggy faces at a recent show at An Ríocht AC in Castleisland. ©Photographs: John Reidy
Doggy faces – 1 at a recent show at An Ríocht AC in Castleisland. ©Photographs: John Reidy

Enter a Competitive Event

The Irish Kennel Club describes shows like the Castleisland event as an exciting way to meet other dog owners, to socialise your pet, and to test his or her abilities if you choose to enter a competitive event.

Shows also represent a great opportunity to get up-to-date information on caring and training for dogs.

Irish Kennel Club

Competitive events can feature agility tests, obedience tests and working tests. Judges and event organisers are carefully vetted by the Irish Kennel Club.

If you would like more information on the types of competition involved in a show or on what dogs are eligible to enter and on the process of entering your dog you can do so with a click on the link here:

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