of the Irish Pointer Club
On 17th March 1942 a meeting was held
at Ballsbridge Grounds, Dublin, to form the
first Irish Pointer Club. Capt. J.W. Gore
presided at the meetingThe objectives of the
club were outlined:- to promote the breeding of
high class Pointers, to define and publish a
description of the true type and to urge the
adoption of such type on breeders and judges.
Also to establish field trials, to offer prizes
and to adopt any means as might be deemed
advisable for the encouragement of the breed.
After a number of years the club was disbanded
due to problems with the Irish Kennel Club.
The Irish Pointer Club in its present form was
founded in 1965 by a group of enthusiastic
Pointer people. Its first President was Mr John
Murray of Youghal, with Mr J.J. Blake as
Chairman and Mr Hugh Jordan as Treasurer. The
Secretary was Mr Robert O’Farrell.
Club in its early days was small and
efficient.In 1969 Mr S. OLoughlin succeeded Mr
J.J. Blake as Chairman who retired, and in 1971
Robert O’Farrell was succeeded by Mr M.A.
Carroll. 1974 saw Mr James Dalton succeeding Mr
M.A. Carroll as Secretary and Mr Andy Morrissey
succeeded Mr John Murray as President.
1975 Mr M.J. Early succeeded Mr S. OLoughlin as
Chairman and Mr S O'Loughlin succeeded Hugh
Jordan as Treasurer the same year. Mr A.
Morrissey became President in 1975, a post he
held until his death in 1985.
M.A. Carroll was elected Treasurer in 1978, and
Mr M. Doherty succeeded him in 1980. After Mr
Morrissey’s death, Mr J.J. Blake was elected
is the record of the officers of the club in the
early years and much of the success stems from
the foresight of those dedicated officers who
brought the club to its present strength.
Looking back to when the club was formed, it had
at its disposal very good foundations on which
In 1969 the club decided to hold its first breed
show in conjunction with the Irish Gundog Field
& Show Society and the club continued with
them until 1975. In 1976 the Club joined forces
with the Irish Red Setter Club to run both Breed
Championship shows together and the venue was
C.I.E. grounds at Inchicore, Dublin with Mr Des
McGarry (Toberdoney) as judge. In 1982 the club
joined forces with the English Setter Club of
Ireland to hold both Championship shows together
with Mrs Cicely Robertshaw (Crookrise) as judge
and this partnership has proved very successful
to the present day.
club ran only one Open stake up to 1969, it held
a puppy and novice in 1969 and in 1970 it had
its first Breed Stake on Grouse on the Dublin
Mountains.Entries for the breed stake were:-
Hugh Jordan two dogs, Jack Stanley two dogs,
Michael Early three dogs, Martin O'Connor two
dogs, Brian Carr, John Nash, Sean Fleming,
Seamus O'Domhnaill, Michael Carroll, Ken Larkin,
Dr P.J.O'Flynn and James Dalton, one dog each.
first autumn trials were run in 1971 at Enfield,
Co Meath on pheasant and snipe and the clunb
moved them to Athy, Co kildare in 1975. The club
held its first Open Spring Trial in 1973 on the
1980 Mr Michael Carroll resigned as Treasurer
and Mr Michael Doherty was elected to succeed as
club celebrated its 21st birthday in 1986 with
the Championship show at Russell Park,
Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, judged by Mr Sean
Fleming of Barradaw fame. Best in Show was
Rossenarra Diamond Lil, a bitch by Crookrise
Pepper ex Int. Ch. Rossenarra Buckskin, owned by
Mr & Mrs T Brophy. It held a two day
sponsored Open Stake at Athy, Co Kildare with
forty-five entries, judged by Mr P. Cashman and
Mr T Kavanagh. The winner was Int FT Ch Lagopus
Everst by Int FT Ch Millview Thunder ex Kerry
Star owned by Mr J Dalton. A dinner was held in
Athy on the first night of the trial with over
fifty people attending and many sore heads
appeared on the following day!
also saw the launch of the Irish Pointer Club
1990 the club celebrated its 25th birthday with
the Championship Show held in Russell Park, and
the judge was Mrs D. Dufton (Abidan). Best in
Show was once again Ir. Ch. Rossenarra Diamond
Lil and reserve Mr J Dowdall's dog Speed Ace.
The club ran three days of trials at Athy, first
day Open Pointer & Setter Stake, and then a
two day sponsored Open Pointer Stake with fifty
entries. The winner was Lagopus Lucky
(Klofjellets Lagopus Gratis ex Lagopus Flint. A
dinner and dance was held in the Vicarstown Inn
in Vicarstown for the large attendance who
enjoyed the night.
1991 Mr Michael Early became President and Mr J
Stanley took over as Chairman.
1993 the club decided to produce a professional
yearbook and Mr Sean Fleming produced it from
1994 to 2002, Mr James Dalton has produced it
from 2003 to 2011. The yearbooks give the
history, results, articles, personalities of the
club over the years and are a collector's
reference. Many of the yearbooks are available
for purchase from the Hon. Secretary.
1995 Mr James Dalton resigned as secretary and
Mrs Susan Brophy took over as secretary. Mr M
Doherty resigned as Treasurer and Mr Robert
Reamsbottom took over this important position.
Michael Carroll was elected President in
succession to Mr Michael Early.
1995 the committee decided to have an award for
the best Pointer of the year at field trials and
Sean Fleming presented the club with the
Barradaw Trophy. The first winner in 1996 was
Paddy Collins' dog Bracks Walk.
Championship show moved to a new venue in 1996,
Rathcrogue House in Carlow, and a successful and
popular venue it was until it was unfortunately
burned down in early 2002. Carlow Rugby Club
proved a useful stopgap for the 2002 show, until
a new venue was sought in 2003, in Ballon, Co
Carlow, at Ballykealy Manor Hotel and the show
remained there until 2016.
officers of the club remained the same with S
Brophy, Hon. Sec., R. Reamsbottom Hon.
Treasurer, M. Carroll President and J. Stanley
chaired the committee during this period.
Committee meetings were lively and well
attended. In 2002 R. Reamsbottom retired as
Treasurer and Mr P Rohan was elected to the
position, P. Collins was chairman of the