Gaye O'Conner (Caispern)
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Gaye O’Connor,
Caispern Irish Setters & Irish Red & White Setters, after a short illness.
Gaye was a successful exhibitor, breeder and judge. She had been showing since the early seventies
and had much success in the show ring with both her Reds & Red & Whites. Gaye was a committee member
of ISBC & IRWC, she was also the Secretary of Sutton Coldfield & DCS for over 20 years.
She will be greatly missed by all her friends in the canine world.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Gaye's husband Eamonn, sister Wendy and family at this sad time.
Anne Nihlen Eisgard - Sweden
Anne passed away on 15th July 2020. She was late Tommy Eisgards wife who only passed away in August last year.
Anne was found dead in her home this morning. Anne and Tommy shared a very special deep love for each other
and for all their Red Tails dogs, now they are finally together again.
at Windsor Championship Show 2011
Bridget Margaret Simpson
25-01-1947 - 03-07-2020
I received this very sad news from a friend in South Africa.
Mark Simpson and his late wife Bridget both orininally from Britian.
Click here for obituary
‘Virtual’ ISAE FUN Irish Setter Breed Show
21st June 2020
Full results & photos published on the ISAE Website & Facebook Page
Best In Show Copper’s Popsicle
to Kasia Czapla (Diervilla Irish Setters)
It is with great sadness we report the deaths of four Irish Setter exhibitors
all having tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Jean Naish (Cardale) - 21st May
Do any of you remember Jean Naish of Cardale Setters? If you know anyone who would please share this. An ISBC member since 1976. She used to be based in Wantage and was well known in the showing world . She bred really sound correct animals with calm and sweet natures, ideal both for the ring and as adored pets. When we met her 40 plus years ago her foundation dog was the magnificently deep chested Cardale Syndic the image of his illustrious relative Wendover Gentleman. He is responsible for my love affair with setters which has lasted to this day.
Jean sold me Cardale Sonata my first beloved Irish, helped me learn to show and later breed with very good success despite my inexperience and we remained in touch for some 40 years. She moved to Mid Wales after her husband retired and had lots of space and riverbank access for the setters which was much enjoyed. Later , after Stan’s death, she returned to Oxfordshire . She had given up breeding when older but young enough that no dog would outlive her and need a home- typical of her.
She went into care a couple of years ago Today I heard that she had had a fall aged 97 and went into the John Radcliffe in Oxford. She died on 21 May having picked up corona virus. Irish Setters have lost someone really special. I would go from my home in Wales to the funeral but cannot which is a sadness.
Please give all your dogs a very special hug instead.
We offer our deepest sympathy to her family & friends
Bob Bouttell (Ixia) - 9th April
Bob a father of three, grandfather of five and great grandfather was a hugely respected dog lover and breeder. Bob, who lost his wife Deb four years ago, was a lecturer at Eastleigh College and later had a dog grooming business. He was only 71 years old and had lived in a nursing home for the past few years.
Our deepest sympathy to his daugher Hannah & partner James & family
Shelia Gramlish - 6th April
Ron Gramlish - 11th April
(Rickashel Irish Setters)
Many will remember Ron & Shelia Gramlish, from Ruislip, Middlesex.
Ron was a Championship Show Judge. They were both committee members of the Uxbridge Canine Society for many years. Ron photographed above with Robbie at the ISAE Open Show 2015. We offer our deepest sympathy to their family & friends
Kennel Club advice for Dog Breeders and anyone purchasing a puppy
Please click on KC Logo above
New Information to bring to your attention:
As the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill was agreed by Parliament and received Royal Assent, the UK left the
European Union on 31st January 2020 and has now entered a transition period until 31st December 2020.
During the transition period, to travel with your pet to the EU until the end of December 2020, you can continue to use your
Pet Passport. If you don’t have a current UK–issued EU Pet Passport.
GILL TULLY (HIGHCLARE)
12th April 1952 - 7th March 2020
Gill was a very well known breeder / exhibitor and Judge
She will be missed by many of Irish Setter friends.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Gill's family at this sad time.
ISAE Open Shows June 2020
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation the Committee of the Irish Setter Association, England
has made the decision to cancel its forthcoming open shows which were scheduled to take place at Steventon,
Oxfordshire on 13th June 2020. The Committee is currently considering options with regards to the rescheduling
of the shows, and will provide a further update when plans have been finalised. They would like to thank the judges
for their understanding and look forward to seeing our Members and other exhibitors later in the year.
The Committee of the Irish Setter Club of Wales are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. David Morgan,
who had been a long-standing, dedicated Committee member from 1979 – 2003. Some of the present
Committee members and many at ringside have fond memories of a most helpful gentleman.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family with our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
The funeral will take place at 1300 hours on Monday 16th December at Flintshire Memorial Park
and Crematorium, Oakenholt Lane, Northop CH7 6DF
It is with great sadness that that we learn from Barbara Wharton that Kath Warmington (Ryleens) passed
away peacefully in the early hours of this morning (8th November).
Kath was a delightful lady, always so happy, kind & caring!!
91 Years Young!. We offer our deepest sympathy to Kath's family & friends at
this sad time.
Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Banbury Crematorium OX16 1ST at 2pm on Tuesday 3rd December
A New Show Champion
Sh Ch Bardonhill Eternal Flame Among Amberlight JW
Congratulations to: Paula & Phil Lucas
A New Show Champion
Sh Ch Alolfrana Hotter Than U'Know JW
Congratulations to Beccy Danks-Kemish
Irish Setter Association, England, Championship Show
5th October 2019
Thanks to everyone who provided prizes & purchased raffle tickets.
Once again the raffle was a great success raising over £400
Thank you on behalf of ISAE
Lynne Dale (Hartsfell)
News just in - we were shocked and saddened to hear that Lynne Dale passed away on 21st September
No more details available at present.
Lynne was a very well known breeder / exhibitor and Judge. She had served as a committee member of
Irish Setter Breeders Club for many years and was the clubs health representative.
She will be missed by many of Irish Setter friends.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Lynne's partner Martin & family at this sad time.
Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
1pm Wednesday 9th October 2019, Wakefield Crematorium,
The Station Pub, Bretton Lane,
Crigglestone, Wakefield WF4 3ER
A New Show Champion
Congratulations to Diane Stewart-Ritchie & Alec Stewart
Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Weekend Warrior
Animal Exhibit Regulations in Wales
Kennel Club urges exhibitors to have their say on animal exhibit regulations in Wales
The Kennel Club is urging dog show exhibitors from across the UK to write to the Welsh Government to prevent thousands of people who show dogs in Wales being caught in a newly proposed licensing system.
The Welsh Government is currently consulting on new Regulations regarding Animal Exhibits, including the proposal that anyone exhibiting an animal in Wales will need to be licensed and inspected. This will not only apply to those who live in Wales, but any exhibitor who shows dogs at any Welsh show. The Regulations will also require anyone who lives in Wales and exclusively exhibits their dogs outside of Wales to also obtain a licence and be inspected.
Although those competing in activity disciplines are exempt, the proposed amendment to the Animal Welfare Act in Wales would affect a huge number of dog show exhibitors; there are around 200 local dog shows that take place in Wales annually, as well as two major shows run by the Welsh Kennel Club and the South Wales Kennel Association. The Welsh Kennel Club show attracts around 9000 dogs.
Go to: Kennel Club Press Releases on Homepage for more information
Connemara Photoshoot for Dubarry with The Clannrua Irish Setters
(Produced by Colin N Waddell)
New Secretary at the Kennel Club
Kathryn Mansfield (Symns) takes over from
Caroline Kisko who left on 30th August after 21 years of service
See KC News
East Midland Social Region ISBC
Stewarding & Critique Writing Seminar Sunday 6th October 2019
Tommy Eisgard (Kennel Red Tails)
News from Anne Eisgard today to advise that Tommy had passed away in his sleep - 16th August 2019
My Tommy fell asleep today, his body couldn't handle the blood poisoning and bleeding ulcers.
35 years together is now just a warm memory of my Tompa
Tommy was a well known breeder, exhibitor & judge from Sweden and a frequent visitor to the UK.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Anne & her family, at this sad time.
Below a Tribute by Gill Cooke
TOMMY LENNART EISGARD
I was so sorry to hear the sad news that Tommy Eisgard had passed away on Friday 16th August 2019 He was a well known breeder and exhibitor of Irish Setters under his Red Tails affix in Sweden and he'll probably be remembered more
by many of our older UK exhibitors and breeders. He judged Irish setters and gun dogs in the UK at open show level
and had his first championship show appointment giving challenge certificates at Paignton in 2008.
I first met Tommy in 1983 when I was showing Sh Ch Caskeys Bo-Jo. Bo jo's sire was Sowerhill Sailor of Wendover (Digger!)
who sired only two litters in the U.K before being exported to Sweden and to his new home with Tommy and Anne Eisgard.
“Digger “ was Tommy's pride & joy & quite rightly so, he was a very successful dog in the show ring and as a sire.
In the 80's and the 90's Digger's winning progeny and his many group progeny class wins proved him to be a prepotent
sire and one of Sweden's Top Stud dogs.Today he will be found at the back of most of the swedish Irish setter pedigree's !
Tommy always tried to breed to the breed standard and keep to the old “Wendover” type of setters ,which he
most certainly achieved!Over the years he & Anne bred some beautiful quality winning dogs with some classic heads,
and their overall general appearance were balanced throughout. Tommy was passionate & sometime quite opinionated
about the irish setters of today and he was very concerned that we were losing the characteristics in appearance
of our setters especially by different interpretations of the breed standard.
Tommy missed his long telephone conversation with Christine Heron (as we all do!) about his concerns regarding
our breed of today as she was very much at that time of the same opinion.
On the occasions when we stayed in Sweden with Tommy & Anne they were very welcoming & excellent hosts.
Tommy had a very dry sense of humour, he liked his little tipple & loved to cook , his speciality was when he
cooked a whole Salmon, I'm not a great fish lover but I thought that his Salmon dish was absolutely delicious!
He will be Sadly missed and our sympathies go to his wife Anne, their Immediate family & his close friends at this very sad time,
Kennel Club Updates Judging Regulations and Code of Best Practice
24th July 2019
The Judges Committee and the Board consider there is value in bringing forward a number of new show regulations and a range
of additional supporting statements in the code that recognises and protects best practice and underpins and protects the integrity
of judges at every level of show.
This is because, in all areas where pedigree dog competitions are discussed, there is always a range of opinions expressed about judges.
Their decisions and practices are critiqued and commented on in a variety of different ways and expressed across many different media.
This high level of rigorous oversight and debate has led to a high number of judges who on a regular basis deliver excellence,
who care a great deal about the decisions they deliver and are rightly proud of their experience and knowledge.
It is considered important that the show regulations and the code of best practice for judges includes criteria and advice that
underpins this level of excellence.
There are many situations in which judges’ actions could be misconstrued. The code of best practice describes some of those
situations to be avoided and helps all to better understand what is not acceptable and where criticism might arise.
The code discusses how judges can best present themselves across the media, including social media.
This public forum is an area where people freely debate the finer points of all that happens at a licensed dog show and
the code provides guidance to judges as to how their actions could be perceived and where their integrity could be compromised.
It is recognised that judges, in many cases, also exhibit. In fact in order to continuously improve, this can only enhance the
knowledge and experience of our judges. That said care must be taken to avoid certain situations which may be misconstrued
and lead to the appearance of irregularity.
Some examples of a conflict of interest are provided in the code and are published in the updated regulations. New show regulations
will allow judges to request a dog be withdrawn from competition should he/she believe the exhibition of the dog creates a conflict
of interest. A regulation is to be introduced to state that exhibitors should not enter a dog for exhibition if a conflict of interest
with the judge is apparent.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Our show community continually strive to exhibit the highest quality of dog, to be
judged by our highly competent and experienced judges. The continued evolution of the advice provided to the judges, and
recognised by all who show and exhibit, will add a further layer of support for all to see and which will further enhance our shows
in the future.
“Perception is important to the reputation of Kennel Club licensed dog shows, their standing in the world of pedigree dogs and
the value of awards won and titles gained. Both judges and exhibitors have a responsibility to ensure that dog shows are a
positive experience and promote the positive aspects of owning and showing a pedigree dog.”
The new regulations will be effective from 1 January 2020 and may be read at the following link: bit.ly/32O698c where all changes
are marked in bold.
A new edition of the Code of Best Practice for Judgesmay be accessed on the Kennel Club website at bit.ly/2K3XPbY.
JUDGING ARRANGEMENTS DURING JCF REVIEW
The way in which judging appointments are dealt with for breed shows as of 2020 has had to be modified in view of the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) having been put on hold while a review is carried out, the Kennel Club has announced.
Until further notice, the Kennel Club has removed the requirement for all judges to have met JCF Level 1 or above or be
on a B list or above in order to be able to judge from 1 January 2020.
Show societies are also instructed that, during this interim period, future appointments should be offered based on the current criteria only, ie the traditional system involving judging lists, the number of dogs a judge has judged etc.
Due to the review, all judging appointments contracted on the presumption that judges would be on JCF Level 2 will be honoured. This is for judging contracts signed by 21 May 2019, the date of the Kennel Club AGM where it was resolved that a review of the JCF would take place.
Judges who fit into the above category will be entitled to officiate over an unlimited number of classes of the relevant breed.
Championship shows are also asked that questionnaires be submitted for forthcoming CC appointments until further notice.
Congratulations to Tania Gardner winning 2nd CC with Caleb
At Windsor Championship Show 29th June 2019
Alanea Game Reserve With Danwish "Caleb" Irish Red & White Setter
Judge: Richard Bott
Rae Millan (Landscot)
Obituary & Funeral Arrangements HERE
Anne, John & Sheena (Lymish)
Congratulations to Gill Ann & Graham Hart
A new Show Champion Gilliegrae Swift N’chic (Neala)
Neala gains her crowning CC at Border Union Championship Show
Judge: James Cuddy
Ted Eldredge with President Richard Nixon and his Irish Setter Tirvelda King Timahoe at the White House.
King Timahoe was bred by the famous Ted Eldredge who had gone to the White House to trim him!!!
By Ch. Tirvelda Rustic Duke x Ch. Tirvelda Maidavale.
After the original Tirvelda line had been wiped out, Ted imported Hartsbourne Sallyann (Born 1957) from Mrs Walker.
Not only did Sallyann resurrect the Tirveldas, but she had a profound influence on the development of the modern
Irish Setter in the USA. (See the book “Trend Setters” by John Savory and Constance Lyons.)
The above photo was featured in our slideshow - thanks to Eve Gardner for the background information
Irish Setter Club of Wales
Breed Appreciation Day 30th March 2019
See Full Resport & More Photos
East Midlands Social Region of the I.S.B.C.
Annual Sponsored Walk & Garden Party 2019
In Aid of Irish Setter Rescue & Rehome
Hosted by the “East Midlands Social Region of the I.S.B.C.
Where: Treetops ,111 Cavendish Rd Matlock DE4 3HE
SUNDAY 5TH MAY 2019
Full Report & photos by Maggie Parker -
Kennel Club supports new exhibition celebrating man's best friend
The Kennel Club has lent a number of significant items from its Art Collections to support a new exhibition,
due to open tomorrow, which explores the enduring bond between man and dog. The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth,
inspired by the Duchess of Devonshire’s love for her four-legged friends, runs from the 23rd March to the
6th October 2019 at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
Congratulations To Tania Gardner & Caleb at Crufts
Alanea Game Reserve With Danwish "Caleb" Irish Red & White Setter
Wins Res CC - Judge Pennie Williams
Have a Go Dog Shows
Have you ever watched Crufts and wished you could take part? Here is your chance !
‘Grandfather’ rights for established judges during
Judges Commpetency Framework transition period
Under newly-approved changes to the Judges Competency Framework (JCF), beginning later this year,
the Kennel Club has announced that there will be ‘grandfather’ rights for established judges who meet certain criteria.
Click on the logo below for more information
Congratulations to Tania Gardner at Manchester Championship Show
Alanea Game Reserve With Danwish "Caleb" Irish Red & White Setter
Wins his first CC & BOB - Judge Shelagh Walton
Kennel Club announces changes in Stud Book Bands for 2019
Summary - Irish Setter moved from Top Band E - to Band D Effective 1st January 2019
Challenge Certificates, Reserve Challenge Certificates and Junior Warrants qualify in
ALL BANDS in addition to the class awards below
Qualifying classes changed to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Open Class - 1st Limit Class
Click on the logo above to read more
ESTABLISHED SINGLE BREED CC JUDGES TO BE LICENSED FOR FREE
- Must have been approved to award CCs by 1 July 2019
- Must apply for licence within 18-month window (ends 31 December 2020)
- Eligible to judge additional breeds at JCF Level 1 (open show level)
Under newly-approved changes to the Judges Competency Framework (JCF), which begins in 2019, the Kennel Club
has announced that there will be no licence fee for single breed judges approved to award Challenge Certificates by 1 July 2019.
In order to qualify for a free licence and maintain it, judges must not aspire to award CCs in an additional breed.
These changes have come about as a result of a review of the JCF carried out by the Judges Committee following feedback, including comments received at the Kennel Club SGM in November. Such judges will be exempt from paying a fee provided they apply for their licence between the latter half of 2019, when the JCF online system goes live, and the end of 2020.
After this period, the option of a free licence will no longer be available and all single breed CC judges will be charged £10
annually for the duration of their judging career. The previously announced £26 annual licence fee will apply to judges who award CCs
in more than one breed, including those who judge a breed with more than one variety (eg Dachshunds and Poodles). This charge also
applies to any licensed judge who judges more than one breed at JCF Level 2 or above (entitled to judge more than 3 (4) classes at
open shows), including single breed CC judges who aspire to judge a further breed at CC level.
It has also been announced this week that all licensed single breed CC judges will be entitled under the JCF to judge up to 3 (4)
classes of an additional breed or breeds at open show level (JCF Level 1). There is no change to plans to allow these judges to
continue to be able to judge BIS, groups and AV classes at such shows. Recently-approved changes to the JCF also include additional arrangements for existing judges during the Framework’s transition period which ends on 1 January 2022.
A further announcement will be made in due course. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “In making this announcement,
the Kennel Club is responding to feedback from established judges, including those at the recent SGM, and hopes that this
latest development will go some way to showing that the Kennel Club acknowledges the important contribution made by breed
specialist judges approved under the traditional system. We would urge any judge who is eligible for a free licence to register
as soon as they are able in the latter half of 2019 in order that they do not miss out on this opportunity.”
JCF FEE STRUCTURE
||ENTITLED TO JUDGE
Free of charge
Single breed CC judges who do not aspire to judge further breeds at CC level. Must have been approved to award CCs by 1 July 2019 and must apply for their judge’s licence by 31 December 2020.
Entitled to award CCs in one breed, as well as judge 3 classes of an additional breed or breeds (4 if a puppy class is scheduled) at open shows where they are also entitled to judge BIS, groups and AV classes.
Single breed CC judges who do not aspire to judge further breeds at CC level and who do not qualify for a free licence.
For judges who judge more than one breed at any JCF level or those judges progressing through the JCF system but have not yet met JCF Level 4 requirements.
Entitled to judge any breed for which they are registered at appropriate JCF level. This includes CC judges of breeds with varieties, eg Dachshunds and Poodles.
Champion of Champions 2018
Sh Ch/GB Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper
Winner of the Champion of Champions
Event, held at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin Owned by Diane Stewart-Ritchie & Alec Stewart.
Judge: Petru Muntean (Romania)
Photos: Caroline Reynolds K9 News (L) Jean Lawless - Our Dogs Ireland (R)
See full photo coverage in Show Results Section
Congratulations to Christine & Peanut
Northern Ireland Gundog of the Year for the 3rd Year running!
Northern Ireland Gundog of the Year 2016, 2017 and 2018
Sh Ch /Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Nuts Aboutu Glenavna JW (Peanut)
Owned by Christine McLarnon
Photo by: Alex Douglas
Keith Lewis (Kegil)
Sad news from Wendy Keele today 22nd November "Keith Lewis (KEGIL) Irish and English Setters, passed away peacefully this morning, after a short battle. He’s now with his beloved Gill." (photo with Denver).
A very well known breeder / exhibitor and former Iish Setter Breeders Club Secretary.
A perfect gentleman, will be missed by many.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Keith's family, at this sad time.
Funeral arrangements as follows:
Keith's funeral will be held on - Tuesday 18th December 12:45pm
St Mary Magdalene,Tanworth Green, Tanworth-in-Arden, West Midlands, B94 5AL
Followed by refreshments at The Oak Hotel, Hockley Heath,Stratford Rd, Hockley Heath, Solihull B94 5NW
(4 miles from the church)
If you are intending to attend please notify Merry Lewis-Medard - Please email: email@example.com
Have We Got News For You?
The Gwendariff Triple
Congratulations to Diane & Alec
Northern Ireland Show Dog of the Year Winner - All Breeds 2018
Gwendariff Weekend Warrior (Hero)
Congratulations to Diane Stewart-Ritchie& Alec Stewart
Following on from Sh Ch & GB Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper Champion of Champions Win, &
runner up with Stripey Setter at the NI Show Puppy Of The Year. Today Gwendariff Weekend Warrior (Hero)
wins NI Show Dog of The Year. All breeds 2018.
Judges: Morag Connolly, Ralph Dunne & Lilja Dora Halldorsdottier (From Iceland)
Photo: Caroline Reynolds K9 News
*** The Triple for the Gwendariff Kennel ***
Best Dog & Group 3 , Best Bitch & Best Puppy & Puppy Group 2
See - Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland Championship Show
10th November 2018
Congratulations Jim & Sue Cuddy
Midland Counties Championship Show
Dog CC, BOB & Group 3
Sh Ch Taxus Golden Prince In Balbriggan JW
ISAE Photos available for purchase - click link above
The Officers & Committee of the ISAE would like to thank all those who brought Raffle Prizes and
purchased Mega Raffle tickets. The Raffle was a enormous success with over 70 prizes.
Changes to breeding regulations in England
4th September 2018 - 2:07 PM - Posted by the Kennel Club
As of October 2018 new breeding regulations are being introduced in England by Defra and the Kennel Club is providing information to its customers on how some of these changes will effect dog breeders and some of those involved with dogs.
The main legislative changes being made are:
- A breeding licence will be required for anyone breeding three or more litters and selling at least one puppy in a 12 month period. This is a reduction from the previous litter test of five or more litters.
- A licence is not required if documentary evidence can be provided that none of the puppies or adult dogs have been sold.
- Anyone in the business of selling dogs (even one or two litters in a 12 month period) may require a licence. This is not new and has been in place since 1999. The Government provides guidance on what local authority inspectors should consider when assessing whether a breeder meets the business test.
- A new star rating system is being introduced based on welfare conditions and breeding history which has been designed to reward high performing breeding establishments and to give further help to puppy buying public in identifying good breeders.
Further examples are provided within the Government’s guidance document “The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs” which can be found on CFSG under the legislation and guidance tab. There is also further information on the Kennel Club website click here.
As well as changes to the breeding regulations, revisions have been made to the licensing regime for boarding kennels, home boarders and day boarding establishments. The same star rating system will be implemented for these businesses. The performing animal regulations have been amended and are now only applicable to those in the business of keeping or training animals for educational or entertainment purposes. The exemption for those keeping or training animals solely for military, police or sporting purposes has been maintained.
For further information and to see a full list of FAQ’s please see the Kennel Club website.
We feel immense sadness today (27th August) with the loss of a dear friend Kate O’Callaghan, whom we have known for over
30 years. Pamela & I got to know Kate extremely well, during the five years I was Hon. Secretary of the ISBC and she was
Hon Treasurer at that time. A more dedicated & loyal person you will never meet. Kate loved our breed and said many times
it’s not about winning but the taking part!
She had time for everyone offering advice and friendship and will be dearly missed, by all who knew her. We offer our deepest sympathy to her son Mark & his family.
Colin & Pamela Waddell
See a tribute to Kate by Brian Ross ISBC President below
A tribute from Brian Ross President
- Irish Setter Breeders Club
Catherine “Kate” O’Callaghan: 18/2/1934-27/8/2018
As many of her friends will know, Kate O’Callaghan has experienced a number of health problems recently, involving stays in 3 different hospitals, including surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, before returning to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.
Sadly, her health took a downward spiral and she passed away on the morning of Monday 27 August, in the presence of son Mark, and members of her family… to whom we send our sincere condolences for the loss of our treasured friend.
Below are the words offered in our ISBC Yearbook 2007, when Kate retired from her role with the club – RIP Kate x
“This photo is offered as a tribute to our retiring Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Kate O’Callaghan; our Chairman, Brian Ross, charts Kate’s service to the ISBC committee in his report for 2007. However, suffice to say, Kate is held in great affection by our members - not to mention a modicum of trepidation at membership renewal time if we’re late with our subs!
We wish you a truly happy and healthy “retirement” Kate – although, somehow, I don’t think you quite understand the concept yet and we’ll still be seeing you lending a hand here and there.
With warmest wishes from all your friends and colleagues”
“This edition of our Year Book will, as usual, be circulated to members in the early months of 2008 and by then all will be aware that Kate O’Callaghan, our Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary, will be retiring from the Committee at the 2008 AGM. With 32 years unbroken service I am certain that, in terms of Committee membership, Kate is second only to Miss Sybil Lennox.
Kate first joined the Committee in 1976, at which time I had been on the Committee for two years and was therefore one of those delighted to welcome and work with her until work commitments made it necessary for me to resign in 1979. From the outset, Kate was ready to take on any task and very quickly became Cup and Diploma Secretary - a job she carried out until she succeeded Jennie Lee (known to everyone these days as Jennie Reed, our legal adviser) as Honorary Treasurer in 1981. At this time the role of Membership Secretary was a separate function until Kate volunteered to add it to her existing role in 1983. It is important to remember that at this time, with the rapidly growing popularity of the breed, our membership was also increasing very fast bringing with it a substantial increase in workload for Kate. Typically, not satisfied with this, Kate added to her multi-tasking by taking on and significantly developing the Club’s sales activities. It will come as no surprise that the Committee has decided to split the three roles after Kate’s departure in order to encourage others to volunteer for them!!
How does one summarise the vast contribution Kate has made to the ISBC over a complete generation? One can only admire and celebrate her dedication and commitment to our breed and Club. She joined the Committee when Chris Tonkyn was Chairman and has seen six chairmen before me come and go in the intervening years. By a happy coincidence, I was present when she joined the Committee and am delighted to be in the Chair at this time to have the honour of thanking her for her total dedication to serving the Club. I am sure members will enjoy memories evoked by the photo montage tribute assembled by Sandy Waterton appearing in this issue.
Of course, being Kate, she has not totally retired as she will be taking on the role of Treasurer of the ISBC Rescue Sub-Committee.”
Kate never forgot her friends… and, right up until she went into hospital I, and I’m sure many others, enjoyed a weekly chat on the phone with her – what a wonderful lady.
Brian Ross (President ISBC)