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The History of Glenfitor
In the late 1920’s my Grand Uncle John acquired his first Kerry Blue. He enjoyed hunting and his Kerry worked hard for him.
My Father was born in 1931 and it was through his Uncle John that he became acquainted with the breed. While Dad was
growing up on their farm in Kilkenny, they always kept a Kerry Blue, as they were used as all purpose dogs that herded cows,
hunted and retrieved, and generally worked around the farm as well as being their family pet.
It was inevitable that once Dad moved to Dublin and established the family home with my Mum and myself that he would once
again own a Kerry Blue. So in 1971 he purchased Countess Molly (Granemore Valley X Princess Obeida,) and at the tender age
of 2, I was the third generation to be introduced to this wonderful breed and so began my love of and involvement in the breed.
1974 Tom and Fionnuala with
Spider and Countess Molly
In 1977 Countess Molly was mated to Louisburgh Lochan Lurgain and from that
mating produced our next bitch, Greenhills Beauty who subsequently, by
Louisburgh Scleip, produced Dainty Dish the following generation to take up
permanent residence in our hearts and home. She was born on New Year’s Day in
1981, which was a memorable time as Ireland was completely covered in
unprecedented amounts of snow. Another from that litter, Rock View, was lightly
Greenhills Beauty also produced Ch Lost Valley Fame in 1982, he was the first
Kerry owned by Keith Byrne. A later daughter of Greenhills Beauty became the
foundation bitch for Rosheen Kerry Blues, South Africa.
In 1984 Victorian Lady was born and became the latest in a long line to reside with us, another
daughter of Greenhills Beauty, this time by Ch Louisburgh Oilean Cliara.
Countess Molly died prior to the birth in 1987 of the fourth generation to live with us, Master of
the Maroon (Music’s History Maker x Victorian Lady). She had been a loyal friend to me during
my early years and had followed me everywhere. If I could be correctly considered my Dad’s
shadow then she was definitely mine! During my childhood we lived at the edge of farmlands,
sadly today a lot of this land is developed for housing but some fields remain nearby where
Countess Molly taught all her descendants to hunt, swim and enjoy life.
Unfortunately during these early years we did not have a Prefix registered with the IKC and due to Dad’s work
commitments it was very seldom that we exhibited. although we first ventured into the ring in 1979 with Greenhills Beauty.
In 1991 we contacted John Foley with a view to getting a puppy, and so purchased a daughter of Ir/UK Ch Arranshire
Pioneer, Shandon Kontenance. Louisburgh Ring (Saoirse) joined us in 1993 and is the matriarch of our current stock. She
was lightly shown as a youngster.
It was during this period that I registered Glenfitor with the IKC. Ir Ch Louisburgh Coismeig
Mor came into our lives early in 1996. Among the highlights of his career were BIS at the
Dublin Irish Blue Terrier Club Show under Dan Ryan (Newgrange) and, at his final show,
earning the qualifying points for his Irish title, BOB under John Foley (Arranshire), Group 1
under Pat O’Regan (Brykar) and BIS.
In 1998 Forever Shy at Glenfitor (Hallsblu Rosskerry Lad X Ir Ch Stormblu Northern Dancer)
joined us from John Doran and Glenfitor Learo Dochais (Ir Ch Louisburgh Coismeig Mor x
Louisburgh Ring) took up residence with John, where he sired Libertas Star for the late Dessie
McCormick. She was owned till her death in 2008 by Barry Walker.
Through Saoirse ’s first mating to Hallsblu Rathlin Lad she produced Glenfitor
Northern Fancy at Hallsblu who in turn mated to Int/It/GB/World Balboa El Cid
produced Am Ch Hallsblu Royal Flush. Saoirse’s final mating to Int, GB, Ir Ch
Balboa Belmondo produced one pup, Glenfitor Niamh .
Forever Shy at Glenfitor
Ir Ch Louisburgh Coismeig Mor and Glenfitor Niamh together produced Glenfitor Niadh who is the sire of our 2005 litter.
Niamh’s last mating, to Nutleaze Mr O’Meara. produced Paul Netherwood’s Glenfitor Caoimhin who,was lightly shown.
Ciara dominated the show ring in 2002 and thus became Annual Champion. Among her many wins were BIS at the Dublin Irish Blue
Terrier Club under Tony Markey (Dasmuianco), BIS at The All Terrier Association show, as well as many Group placings.
Ciara ’s first mating, to her nephew, produced Ir & Am Ch Glenfitor DJ Carey. who earned his Irish title at the age of 17 months, he was
previously owed in the USA by Kanchit Singhamongkolkhet, but is now owned by Gabriel Rangel, USA. Walter Pfenning’s Glenfitor
Penny’s Billy and our own Glenfitor Cliodhna who was only shown as a Puppy and was the winner of BPIB and Group 4 St Patrick’s
Day, BPIB and Group 3 Combined Canine Club Show, BPIB Monkstown International Show, BPIS Dublin Irish Blue Terrier Club and
BPIB South Wales Show, she was also the winner of multiple Green Stars and Reserve Green Stars.
Clodagh was Reserve Top Irish Show Dog of the Year 2001-2002, she also has 2 CC’s and 2 CACIB’s to her credit. She produced an Int
Cz. Pol, and SK Junior Ch Edbrios Blue Ivanhoe, World Show Res CAC winner 2006, for Philip and Eddie O’Brien and Jarka Polouva
from her litter by Ch Torum's Ready to Rumble. He has now returned to them after spending his early years with the Braudag Kennel.
Clodagh's 2004 & 2005 litters are by Edbrios Bohemia Ivanhoe, a son of Ir Ch Louisburgh Coismeig Mor. with whom she has produced
Sorcha commenced her career in 2003 and finished her title in 2004, along the way she also earned a CC and a CACIB. All our puppy
buyers are advised that if, for whatever reason, they no longer can keep their dog, no matter what age or condition, the dog will be taken
back by us. This was the situation with Sorcha and we are thrilled to have her back with us !
Fionn Mac Cumhaill has sired some litters for Phil Davies’ that include Uk Ch Perrisblu Queen of Dreams and Sonya Welch & Brendan
Lang's Perrisblu Miss Ele. Queenie earned her title in 2005. David Cowden currently has a Hallsblu bitch also by Fionn and to Hugh
Jordan’s Miculadh Bright Dream Fionn sired Barb Ward’s Am & Can Ch Miculadh Brocaire at Kingael and Miculadh Oisin.
Sadly Louisburgh Ring (Saoirse) passed away in 2004, she was a wonderful character right to the end, and is fondly remembered and
2005 was all about development for the future. Our 2005 litter, out of Ciara. by Niadh produced three bitches, Luis de Castro's Glenfitor
Siobhan. Orla Coyle's Glenfitor Aoife and our own Glenfitor Cadhla. Sadly this will be Ciara's last litter as she suffered a pyometra and has
been spayed, thankfully it was caught in time and she is still with us and is enjoying her retirement !
Sam Moffett mated his Sky Dancer to Ir & Am Ch Glenfitor DJ Carey and kindly allowed us to take DJ's son home. He is named after yet
another infamous Kilkenny Hurler, Henry Shefflin. A daughter from this mating, John Weatherhead's Neat Petit of Hallsblu has earned her
Irish and Uk titles and another daughter, Mrs Austin's Classy Lassie of Hallsblu is being campaigned by George Wright in USA.
The 13 August 2005 we visited Phil Davies to collect a daughter of our Fionn Mac Cumhaill. She is the latest to carry the name of
Saoirse. From a later litter by Fionn Phil Davies produced Cathy Neill's Uk Ch Perrisblu Streetwise for Kensbridge who was BIS & BPIS at
his first outing, The Ulster Kerry Blue Terrier Club Show. He was later a qualifier for the 2007 Pup of The Year Finals.
At The All Terrier Association Show 2005 I had the pleasure of Judging and I progressed in the Terrier Group and am now passed to
award Green Stars to Kerry Blues, Irish Terriers, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Scottish Terriers.
Regretfully 2005 saw the death of Fiach (Ir Ch Louisburgh Coismeig Mor) to prostate cancer, but his progeny live on. You can see details
of his, and indeed all Glenfitor dogs available to us on our Progeny page.
In 2004 I officated at The Swedish Kerry Blue Speciality Show and I judged Kerry Blues at Manchester Show, UK, in January 2006. In
April 2006 I was honoured to Judge the 10th Anniversary Russian Kerry Blue Terrier Club Show. I also had a wonderful time judging the
Futurity at Montgomery weekend 2006. Needless to say I feel honoured and priviliged to have been chosen for these appointments and
truly enjoyed the experiences. Details of my winners are on our News page.
09 December 2006 my Father, Tom, reached another milestone in his life by celebrating his 75th Birthday !
In 2006 we started health testing our dogs and in 2007 we imported semen from Norway, Link to Shyloch Iz Goluboi Legendy. We are
very grateful to Helge Kvivesen for allowing us to do so. In 2007 we consolidated by mating Saoirse to Clodagh 's son, Multi Ch Edbrios
Blue Ivanhoe Top Dog All Breeds (Ireland) 2007, to produce a litter of 6 Dogs and 2 Bitches. We have kept a dog, Glenfitor O'Maoileoin
who we will be campaiging in 2008 and beyond and we have sent a dog, Glenfitor Bradan Feasa to Finland in partnership to Gaeltacht,
Leannan and Rosarnach Kennels. We look forward to both their careers. Indeed Eoin. Glenfitor O Maoileoin is already a Junior Champion
and won his first Green Star at Kilkenny Show 2008.
In February 2007 I once again progressed within the Terrier Group, this time at Newtownards All Breed Championship Show. I am now
passed by the IKC to award Green Stars to Kerry Blues, Irish Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Irish Glen of Immal Terriers,
Scottish Terriers, Lakeland Terriers and Airedale Terriers.
At Deise All Breed Championship Show in 2008 I progressed within Group 3 and awarded Green Stars to Australian Terriers, Australian
Silky Terriers, Mini Bulls, Welsh and WHWT. In July 2008 I completed all the Breeds in Group 3 at Sligo and District Canine Club Show
by judging Borders, Bulls, Fox Smooth and Wire, English Toy, Skye, Staffordshire and Yorkshire Terriers. Many thanks to the
Committee's of Deise and Sligo for affording me these opportunities. Thank you also to the Exhibitors who supported me.
Niall, my husband, became an active member of Glenfitor in 1999 when we became involved. Although other committments do not always
allow him to be a regular in the Show Ring he is an integral part and a huge support and is heavily involved in the foster care of our Rescue
Kerries and more recently Dobermanns. We got engaged on 21 September 2001 and have had to wait for many years to get married,
happily this took place on 26 September 2007. Niall's children, Ashley and Jack love the dogs also and are always on hand to socialise
puppies. Niall is the current Auditor for The Ulster Kerry Blue Terrier Club and Treasurer of the Scottish Terrier Club of Ireland. Niall
commenced his judging career at Omagh and District All Breed Open Show (under KC rules) on 26 April 2008. He judged most of the
Terrier Breeds and we were pleased with the excellent turn out and appreciate the support he received. On 16 November 2008 Niall judged
for the first time under IKC rules at the Scottish Terrier Club of Ireland All Breed Open Show. He had a fantastic entry of 16 Kerry Blues.
Christmas Day 2008 saw Perrisblu Saoirse of Glenfitor have her second and final litter of four dogs and three bitches, by Nedavir
Notorious. From this we kept a dog, Glenfitor Uaibhreach (Mac). In February 2009 we were delighted to have a lovely litter of four dogs
and 2 bitches out of Glenfitor Cadhla. by Ir & GB Ch Edbrios Amadeus .
In April 2009 Niall won his first Green Star and BOB with Glenfitor O'Maoileoin. Unfortunately I was not there to witness it as I was
judging the Northern Kerry Blue Terrier Club Show in Liverpool. At South Tipperary Canine Club Show, May 2009 I presided over Group
In November 2010 I will have the pleasure of judging some breeds in Group 3 and progressing into Group 9 when I commence by judging
I believe that for all the joy and pleasure Dogdom gives me it is only right and proper that I give something back to it. For many years I
was a committee member of the Dublin Irish Blue Terrier Club. From 2001 to 2011 I served as Secretary of The Scottish Terrier Club of
Ireland and Niall served as Treasurer for the same period. In 2002 I had the honour of becoming Secretary of The Ulster Kerry Blue
Terrier Club. I have been the Breed Representative for the Scottie Club at IKC in 2004 and 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (An Ard
Chomhairle), and also serve as Chairperson of The All Terrier Association and The Lakeland Terrier Club of Ireland. From 2008 to 2011 I
was the Treasurer of The All Ireland Irish Terrier Club and in 2012 I was honoured to become that Club's Secretary. I have also served
on the committees of the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club and Irish Ladies Kennel Association. I have been Breed Note writer for
Kerry Blues, Irish Terriers, Lakelands and Scotties for many years with Irish Canine Press.
In 2011 I took over the Fair City column in Irish Canine Press, this is a column dedicated to Dublin dogs. It was an eventful year with the
All Terrier Association hosting Interra Show and later that year the Secretary David Cassidy resigned and I have the honour and privilege
of becoming the Secretary and IKC Representative for the All Terrier Association. I am looking forward to the years ahead with the All
Terrier. On 09 December 2011 - Tom celebrates his 80th Birthday. At the Dublin Dog Show Society Show in December 2011 I
progressed further into Group 9 judging Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu and Tibetan Spaniels. I am grateful to the Society and those exhibitors that
Easter 2012 was a great weekend for us, on the Saturday we went to National Terrier to collect our lovely Lily, Kebulak Burning Love
for Glenfitor. The following evening Pa and Cian O’Regan’s Glenfitor Kilfane Glen of Brykar attended Pup of the Year for which he had
qualified at Clonmel Dog Show and it was my pleasure to handle him at the Event. During 2012 he won a number of Green Stars and
I continue in my roles as Chairperson of the Lakeland Terrier Club of Ireland and Secretary of the Ulster Kerry Blue Terrier Club and the
All Terrier Association and in May 2012 I became Secretary of the All Ireland Irish Terrier Club. I remain the Breed Note correspondent
for Irish Canine Press for all Group 3 Breeds as well as the Fair City columnist. I also remain in situ as the All Terrier Association’s
representative to the IKC’s Árd Chomhairle.
The All Ireland Irish Terrier Club is having a social night for members and their families in January and the All Terrier Association is
hosting its inaugural Terrier Extravaganza and All Breed Limited Show in February so there are exciting times ahead. We are excited at the
prospect of showing Lily over the next year and I am looking forward to Judging in Ireland during the Summer. Unfortunately 2013 has
not been the year I expected to date. Due to work commitments I have been unable to attend any shows and our beloved Ciara passed
away on 30 March. Her ashes are back with us and some will be scattered in her favourite places. I had the honour to judge some Terrier
and to progress further in Group 9 at Kilkenny Show and Terrier Breeds and Group 3 at Irish Ladies Kennel Association Show. Many
thanks to the Committees and all exhibitors who presented their dogs to me. In May 2014 I had the honour and privilege of judging Group
9 at South Tipperary Show. CH & GB. CH. TIRKANE THE BIG ISSUE CW12 was my Group winner and he went on to win BIS.
In September 2013 Niall became the Treasurer for the All Terrier Association and in September 2014 Dad had the honour of becoming the
President of the Ulster Kerry Blue Terrier Club. He was truly honoured and humbled by this position.
In January 2015 I had the honour and privilege of joining the Judges Committee of the Irish Kennel Club. I look forward to working in this
role and will give it 100% commitment. 2015 is continuing to be an exciting year for me, in May I h ad the pleasure
of judging my first BIS at South Tipperary All Breed Championship Show. On a very special date, my wedding anniversary, I will have
the honour of judging Kerry Blues at Belfast Championship Show level under KC rules for the first time.
We strongly believe in being responsible breeders and therefore only take approx two litters from each of our bitches. We are careful to
build a lasting relationship with the people we sell dogs to and are always on hand to help Kerry Blue people in any way we can. While it
may be viewed as being naiive we believe that working together is the only way forward for our wonderful breed. We run Kerry Blue and
Dobermann Rescue as we love these breeds and are interested in the less fortunate among them. All dogs deserve a second chance of
happiness and we work very hard to ensure this happens.
We are looking forward to a bright and promising future at Glenfitor !
If you are interested in our future plans, or we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us!
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