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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Canine lovers to flock to dog show

Brodericks and O'Connors and an array of faces at the annual Tralee and District Cannine Club Show at An Riocht AC at last year's event. This year's show will return to the same venue on this Saturday morning from dawn 'til evening. Photos by John Reidy

The annual Tralee and District Canine Club Show is back at An Riocht Athletic Club grounds in Castleisland on the coming Saturday morning. If you like dogs at all - you'll love this day. If you want to see and smell dedication, determination at its peak - you'll love this day.

The annual Tralee and District Canine Club Show is back at An Riocht Athletic Club grounds in Castleisland on the coming Saturday morning. If you like dogs at all - you'll love this day. If you want to see and smell dedication, determination at its peak - you'll love this day.

Here, the show, in its tented village surreality seems to have found a permanent home after several years of post to pillar pitchings in and around Tralee.

Many of those who travel long distances to 'show' their dogs here do so by camper van and motorhome and they bring all including the proverbial kitchen sink with them.

For the past few years they had been increasingly facilitated by being able to park before and after the event in the spacious Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard right behind the 'show grounds' here.

It is generally accepted that the Castleisland move was the best made by the club. Many visitors were high in their praise of the organisation of the event and the facilities put at the disposal of the exhibitors and the spectators.

Last year's entry of a whopping 1,745 dogs from all over Ireland the UK and some from even further afield kept the busy stewards on their toes and the locals agog all day long.

One visitor, after establishing that I was a local, heaped praise on Maudie and Ned Burke and assured me there would be no 'Tralee Show' - as he put it - without them.

"The facilities here couldn't have been better or more suitable for us. They know what we want and they have provided it here for us. They both, and their team of stewards, deserve all the praise we can give them - they even did their best with the weather. I believe it was bucketing down all week long," he enquired.

"And the week before and the one before ...." I replied. I was tempted to tell him that a child had been born here the previous week with webbed feet. I was sorely tempted - I was only tempted.

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