It’s nearly Easter

and Glen of Imaal Terrier owners are adding rosette colour to their Easter displays. An excellent weekend for the Gleann Kennel with Cotton Cody and Damn Daisy taking Best of Breed & Best Opposite in Tallinn with Ungus MacGuire taking the top award at Vaasa International over Balloo Girl.

A cluster of shows in Massachusetts saw 2 Best of Breeds for Ber-D-Mar Sweet William O’Shea (with a Gp4 at Cheshire KC) over Daulton’s Tupelo Honey of Galore but she flipped it around at Trap Falls by getting the big rosette over him. The big news though are the three Glens showing the brains and putting initials behind their names. Tipperary Sweet Rosie O’Grady got her Canine Good Citizens, Griffin earned his third qualifying score in Rally Excellent with a second place and now adds “RE” to his titles and Niamh became a Master Barnhunt titled girl.

Great going everybody, you all do the breed proud.

Out and about over the weekend

Nice to get Glen of Imaal Terrier wins from a “new” place. In Tennessee at the Oak Ridge Kennel Club GCH Kilkenny’s Sullivan of Castlerock was BOB and Group 4. A Group 4 was also taken at Framingham District Kennel Club by Ch Liberty’s Padraig who also took a BOB at Souhegan Kennel Club. In Estonia Rosears Halo was Best of Breed both days at Tartu International. In America more Glens are taking up Barnhunt with Dermot, Kylee and Niamh all earning qualifying scores in Instinct.

Well done everybody!!!

let’s hear it for Ollie!!!

Monique sent this a couple of month’s ago “if there was an opening” it was busy over the summer so it was still in the file.

Rainbow Springs Oliver Twist SE RN NW1  RATN has been enjoying the new sport of Barn Hunt over the last few weeks.  He’s traveled to trials in North Carolina and New Jersey in addition to staying in his home state of Connecticut.  After failing at his first few attempts in the novice class by either eliminating on a hay bale (what’s a boy to do?) or choosing tubes with dirty litter instead of a live rat, he finally succeeded by qualifying at 3 trials in a row.  Oliver ran through tunnels formed by hay bales,  climbed at least one bale high, and finally indicated the tube with the live rat. By earning a Novice Barn Hunt title (RATN) at the mature age of 13 ½ years old, Oliver is the oldest Glen of Imaal Terrier to ever title in an AKC recognized sport.  We are immensely proud of our working dog!  For more information on this new fun event, go to

Then over the weekend this happened! Oliver became Rainbow Springs Oliver Twist  SE  RN  NW1  RATI  RATO

The Open class differs from the Novice class in that the dog must locate 2 hidden live rat tubes instead of 1 (plus, there are 2 dirty litter tubes hidden without rats to trick the dogs), the tunnel of hay bales is longer with a turn, and one section of bales is 3 levels tall so the rats can be hidden higher up (and one must be).  2 ½ minutes is the time limit to find 2 rats, climb bales, and tunnel. 3 qualifying legs are required to earn a RATO title.

He has  now moved into the Senior class; appropriate considering his age.  4 live rat tubes are hidden (plus 3 with dirty litter sans rat) in the more complex course, the tunnel has at least 2 turns, and 2 sections of bales are at least 3 levels tall.  The time limit increases to 3 ½ minutes, but it is a fast paced event with rat tubes being located and handed out of the ring constantly so the dog can refocus and find more vermin.  A very fun sport, especially for spectators!Oliver-RATN-sm



Good few days!

Glen of Imaal Terriers have been showing how rounded they still are as a breed.

From Mark Brown: Finnabair Winston O’Reilly RN, BN,CD, THD, TD, ETD and his handler Kelli became the first Glen team to earn a barnhunt title as well as earning a first place ribbon today in North Carolina.  Another Glen, Rainbow Springs Oliver Twist also earned a leg working with Monique Anthony.  For those not familiar with barn hunt, in the novice trial, the dog and handler must work in a simulated barn with stacked hay bales and hay bale tunnels and find hidden rats secured in a pvc tube.  There are 3 tubes but only one holds the rat.  The dog must indicate the correct tube which is then called by the handler.  The dog must also jump up on the hay bales and run a specified tunnel made of hay bales.  The dog has 2 minutes to indicate the tube and complete the exercises.  3 successful legs are required for a title. Any dog can play.  It’s Disney World for dogs. Oliver created some excitement when he disassembled the tube and the rat fell out (the rat is ok)!  For more information see

Also in America Monroe, Kylee and Daisy all qualified Intro to Quarry in Earthdog with Disy taking her first JE leg. In Finland Tampere International Show had Gleann Ungus MacGuire taking BOB and Gleann Ode Best Opposite whilst over in Ireland Ch Abberann karl was BOB and bailielands Leanbh Orga was Best Bitch. Congratulations to one and all!!