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Eireannmada Irish Setters


The Eireannmada Story

The prefix "Eireannmada'was first registered in 1968 however Aust Ch Ballina of Irishflame, imported from South Africa in 1973 provided the important foundation for the kennel and introduced the Kinvarra, Tirvelda & Bayberry bloodlines to Australia. Her breeding with existing Australian stock based on Hartsbourne & Wendover lines produced Aust Ch Eireannmada Arizona, one of the most successful sires of the ‘70s.  His son, the multiple BIS Specialty & All Breeds BIS winner, Aust & NZ Ch Eireannmada Montana, continued the tradition producing many of the top winners in Australia & New Zealand throughout the '80s.  Other members of the stud team included Aust Ch Timadon Jaunty (Imp UK) and NZ Ch Redstone Oakley, Aust & NZ Ch Ballymoss O’Dougal and NZ Ch Ballymoss O’Carrig, all imported from New Zealand.   The stud team and Eireannmada bred dogs have sired well in excess of 100 champions.  It is not surprising, therefore, that their bloodlines can be found in the pedigrees of most of the successful kennels in our country.

  Charltons Marigold(Imp USA) (heavily linebred on Ch Candia Indeed) was imported from the USA in 1982 to consolidate the bloodlines previously introduced by Aust Ch Ballina Irishflame.  Marigold was mated with Montana to produce Wells Fargo, the sire of a string of Champions and Royal Challenge Winners including Aust Ch Eireannmada Dodge City, Aust & Indian Ch Pendoric Parade, Aust Ch Pendoric Izy Forreal, Aust Ch Quailmoor Jumpn Jackflash, Aust Ch & USA Ch Quailmoor Jamaican Rum, Aust Ch Brookfire Anzac Blue.

  The bloodlines of Aust Ch Meadowlarks Engergizer (Imp USA) has provided  this kennel with the opportunity to consolidate on previously introduced American bloodlines.   Energizer has sired for this kennel a host of champions including some of the most successful show dogs of this era.  They include Grand Ch Eireannmada At Tulane, Grand Ch Eireannmada At Harvard, Grand Ch Eireannmada Times Square, Aust Ch Eireannmada Liberty, Aust & NZ Ch Eireannmada Sequoia & Aust Ch Eireannmada Santa Monica.

 Gr Ch Eireannmada At Tulane & his litter brother Gr Ch Eireannmada At Harvard were representative of the successful combination of English & American bloodlines achieved by this kennel.  They were sired by Ch Meadowlarks Energizer (Imp USA), and their dam, Eireannmada Irish Whimsy, carries the English Cornevon and Wendover bloodlines.

  Outstanding bitches bred under this prefix include Aust Ch Eireannmada Hi Jinx, NZ Ch Eireannmada Heirloom, Aust Ch Eireannmada Zeralda, Aust Ch Eireannmada Ecstacy, Aust Ch Eireannmada Pastina, Aust Ch Eireannmada Matilda, Aust & NZ Ch Eireannmada Sequoia, Aust Ch Eireannmada Liberty & Aust Ch Eireannmada Requiem.

  The return to Australia of Aust Ch Marigold Maximum Delight in whelp to American Ch Sunshine’s First Rate has provided this kennel with the exciting young male Eireannmada Ode to Autumn.  Further development of bloodlines has been possible using frozen semen from America and England.  Eng Show Ch Thendara Okay Yaa has sired Aust Ch Eireannmada Top Class, Aust Ch Eireannmada Top Gun and the highly regarded brood bitch Eireannmada Top Drawer.  American Ch Sunnyhills Wings of the Wind has sired Indian Ch Eireannmada Manhattan and Aust Ch. Eireannmada FT Riley.

  With such an international background, it is not surprising Eireannmada stock can be found not only in Australia but in many other countries.  Recent exports to Asia include Indian Champions Eireannmada Kings Canyon, Eireannmada Reflections and Eireannmada Manhattan and Malaysian Champion Eireannmada Honour Roll.  Another successful export was Aust Ch Eireannmada Mustafa, the sire of multiple best in show winning Aust Ch Marigold Maximum Delight.  Mustafa was, by arrangement, relocated with Piet & Marga Roks in the Netherlands where his true potential as a stud dog could be realised.  He has achieved at the highest level as a veteran in the show ring and is now also a proven sire in Europe.

  Eireannmada is acknowledged as one of the most successful kennels, with an enviable record of many Dog & Bitch of the Year awards, Specialty & National wins throughout Australia and New Zealand,  together with an outstanding record of the prestigious Royal Challenges – many culminating in Royal Groups and, of course, the ultimate with Grand Ch Eireannmada At Tulane achieving Best In Show at Melbourne Royal in 1998.

Until recently Greg’s attendances at shows had been restricted to Royal and Specialty Shows but he continued to derive great pleasure and satisfaction from the success of others with  “The Eireannmada's”.  The awarding of Life Membership by the Irish Setter Club of Victoria was acknowledgment of his ongoing commitment to the breed. 

Greg has now returned to the show ring and is campaigning two of the most consistent Specialty and All Breeds Best In Show winning Irish for some time...Ch Eireannmada Fortuitous and Ch Eireannmada Springtime, both nearing their Grand Champions titles.