The British & Irish Vulnerable Breeds exhibition officially opened at the Kennel Club Art Gallery today. 24 breeds are represented and obviously the “well known” ones (Greyhounds, Otterhounds etc.) have more exhibits than the odds and sods i.e.Glen of Imaal Terriers! Glens are there though…..they are on the decanter, on the Mick Cawston calendar and on two prints that, if you are visiting, you may miss as they are literally round the corner.
One piece that is really interesting to anybody with a Glen interest is the picture of the Otterhounds of the Marquess Conyngham. It is dated circa 1909 and shows the pack outside the Woodenbridge Hotel. These hounds were kept at Slane Castle, Co Meath as the Marquess ran a big hunting estate. Why the interest to Glen of Imaal people? That well known photograph that shows a line of terriers consisting of Russells, Bedlingtons and possibly the first ever photograph of a Glen was taken circa 1909 at Slane Castle, Co Meath! It isn’t too beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere with those Otters is a Glen.