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Rathleague News and up dates will be listed here from time to time, check back often to see what's going on......

10th July 2011  
Today at the All Ireland Toy dog club, and Group 9 breeds Crufts qualification championship show in Clonmel, Co Tippeary, Ireland. Our two Russian imports take the double by both winning Green Star and Best Of Breed and both qualify for Crufts 1012. This is Natasha's 8th Green Star (Ir CH Gentle Kiss Everyday for Natasha - CJW '11, CW '11) and Vito's 6th Green Star (Gentle Kiss E'Black Joker) and his 5th Best of Breed awards. Many thanks to our breed judge today Mrs Barbara Henry who thought so highly of our babies, and to his breeder Marina in Russia for allowing us to have these two wonderful babies. Photo's below taken at today's show.

Photo's by Caroline Maher
Natasha (Griffon Bruxellois) & Vito (Petit Brabancon)
And their beautiful Best Of Breed Rosettes.

9th July 2011  
Today at the Irish Ladies Kennel All Breed championship show in Dublin Ireland, our Russian import boy Vito - GENTLE KISS E'BLACK JOKER wins his 5th Green star (5th CAC) and BOB at 17 months old and graded Excellent under breed judge Mr G Porter. Many thanks to our breed judge to day for thinking so highly of our Vito, and to his breeder Marina in Russia for allowing us to have this wonderful boy.

Vito - Gentle Kiss E'Black Joker

18th & 25th June 2011  
Introducing Cashew (Mytymos Cashew for Rathleague) and Tanga (Rathleague Barbaie) puppies. Born 14th November 2010 at Easties St Bernard Kennel, Roscommon, West of Ireland. These youngsters have recently started their show career and are enjoying every minute of it. A litter of all smooth coat puppies, it don't get any better than that!!

Show results so far.....Easties Ace, male, owner/handler Clare Gorman of Clarenbern St Bernards...1 Green Star, 1 Res Green Star, 1 Res BOB. Congrats and well done, off to a great start.

4th & 5th June 2011   Griffon Bruxellois - New Irish Champion
Great weekend in Cork during the Mini Circuit where our Russian import Griffons take the double on winning Green Star and Best Of Breed both days, Natasha (Griffon Bruxellois) win's her Irish Championship title and her litter brother Vito (Petit Brabancon) is on his 4th green star. Many thanks to our breed judges over the weekend and a BIG THANK YOU to their breeder Marina Lazareva of ''Gentle Kiss'' kennels in Moscow Russia for allowing us to have these two wonderful babies.

Also over the weekend at the same shows, our Alaskan Malamute  Tali (Chayo It's All About Me), wins GS & Res BOB on Saturday 4th June, and Res GS on Sunday 5th June and graded Excellent each time. Our St Bernard's, Fat Tony (long hair) and his litter sister Elvira (smooth coat) both winning Res GS.

28 May 2011   4 x Breeds, 3 x Green Stars, 1 x Res GS, 2 BOB, 1 x Res BOB & 1 x New Champion
Great day for Rathleague show team, 4 Breeds, 3 Green Stars, 1 Reserve Green Star, 2 Best of Breed, 1 Reserve Best of Breed and 1 New Champion.

Today at the Toy Group Championship show at the IKC show grounds in Dublin Ireland, our Russian imports
Natasha - Gentle Kiss Everyday for Natasha [CJW '11, CW '11)(Griffon Bruxellois) wins her 5th Green Star and 5th Best of Breed and graded Excellent under breed judge Mr Michael Forte (Ireland), also her litter brother Vito - Gentle Kiss E'Black Joker (Petit Brabancon) win's his class and is awarded reserve Green Star and graded Excellent under breed judge Mr Michael Forte (Ireland).

Also today at the BSD Club of Ireland breed Groups 1 & 2 Championship show at the IKC show grounds in Dublin Ireland, our home bred long hair St Bernard girl Claddagh - Multi CH, Multi Grand CH, Int CH Rathleague Ding Dong, wins her final green star and  reserve best of breed and is crowned IRISH CHAMPION to add to her list of many  titles, Claddagh now has 12 Championship titles before her name. Also her smooth coat daughter Elvira - Rathleague Elvira, win's her first Green Star and Best of Breed at 17 months old. Both girls were graded Excellent under breed judge Ms Leni Finne (Finland). Many thanks to all breed judges to day for thinking so highly of our fur babies.

Natasha
Gentle Kiss Everyday for Natasha CJW '11, CW '11

 

 



Claddagh
(daughter of Sage & Unique)
 

Elvira
(daughter of Claddagh & Yondo)

 

27 May 2011  
Up Coming litter page is now up dated to announce 2 new litters for Autumn 2011. We are breeding Tara x Cashew, and Claddagh x Ustinov in the Autumn of 2011. Check out ''up coming litters'' for more details or click HERE

21 May 2011  
Today at the Hibernian All Breed Championship show in Dublin, our Russian imports Griffon Bruxellois - Gentle Kiss Everyday For Natasha (CJW '11, CW '11) ''Natasha'' wins Green Star bitch and Best of Breed. Also her brother a Petit Brabancon - Gentle Kiss E'Black Joker ''Vito'' wins Green Star dog and Reserve Best of breed. Both were graded Excellent under breed judge Ms June Wall from Ireland. Many thanks to their breeder Marina Lazareva of Gentle Kiss kennels in Russia for allowing us to have these beautiful babies.



Left to Right....Natasha & Vito

1 May 2011  
Great day today at the Fermoy International CH Show, Clonmel Co Tipperary Ireland, our Russian import girl Natasha Gentle Kiss Everyday for Natasha [CJW '11, CW '11] is graded Excellent and wins her third green star point, her third best of breed award and her first CACIB at 15 months old, many thanks to her breed judge Dr Andreas Schemel (Austria).

Natasha
Gentle Kiss Everyday for Natasha (CJW '11, CW '11)

22 April 2011  
Rathleague St Bernards are flying the flay for Ireland in MONACO at an all bred CH show whear our home bred girl ''Claddagh'', Multi CH & Multi Grand CH Rathleague Ding Dong, won CACM, CACIB, BOB and short listed in the Group at 3 and a half years old. Also her son ''Fat Tony'', Rathleague Eh Fat Tony, wins CACM, CACIB and Res BOB at 16 months old. Many thanks to Breed and Group judge Dr Tamas Jakkel from Hungry.
 

Photo's by Maher
Monaco International All Breed Championship Show - Monaco, April 2011
Breed & Group judge Dr Tamas Jakkel (Hungary).

Left Photo..
''Fat Tony'' - Rathleague Eh Fat Tony - CACM, CACIB, Res BOB
''Claddagh'' - Multi Ch, Multi Grand CH, Int CH Rathleague Ding Dong - CACM, CACIB, BOB & Short listed in the Group.

Right Photo...
Claddagh taking part in the Group.

9 April 2011  
On Saturday 9th April at the Banbridge All Breed Championship show, Northern Ireland, our home bred smooth coat girl Enya (Rathleague Enya) win's green star bitch and BOB under breed judge Mrs Bernie Ladd (Ireland), also our UK import Alaskan Malamute, Tali (Chayo It's All About Me) also win's green star bitch and BOB under breed judge Mr Colm Hastings (Ireland). Both girls were graded Excellent. Many thanks to both judges on the day.

3 April 2011  
On Sunday 3rd April I judged St Bernards at the Orange Coats St Bernard Fancier, California USA. Below are some of my top winners on the day. Many thanks to the show committee for inviting me to judge at their show and to all breeders, owners and handlers who exhibited under me on the day and for an enjoyable day.

Photo's by Maher

26 & 27 March 2011  
Wonderful news from our exhibition at Luxembourg International show this weekend. Claddagh our home bred Multi Champion and Multi Grand Champion & International Champion girl win's CACL, CACIB and Res BOB which gives her her Luxembourg championship title AND her International Beaute CH title at just 3 years and 4 months old. Her son Fat Tony win's reserve CACL at 15 months old at his very first show in Europe this year. Our Alaskan Malamute girl Tail (Chayo It's All About Me) win's her class, CACL and Res CACIB. All 3 were graded the highest FCI grading - Excellent. Our judge for both breeds was Mr
Miodrag Vretenicic from Montenegro, many thanks for thinking so highly of our boy and girls.

Rathleague St Bernards
Left to Right.....Claddagh & her son Fat Tony with breeder/owner/exclusive handler Caroline Maher
Claddagh - Multi CH, Multi Grand CH, Int CH Rathleague Ding Dong.
Fat Tony - Rathleague Eh Fat Tony.

Photo's by Mr Karl Dunvil (Our Dogs Newspapers)

17 March 2011  
Great day today at the IKC Celtic Winners show in Dublin Ireland, our Russian import girl Natasha is graded Excellent and wins her second green star point, her second best of breed award and is also crowned Celtic Junior Winner Bitch Champion (CJW '11) AND Celtic Winner Bitch Champion for 2011 (CW '11), many thanks to her judge Mrs Z Thorn Andrews (UK).

Natasha
Gentle Kiss Everyday for Natasha (CJW '11, CW '11)

27 February 2011  
Great day at Newtownards show today whear my son Aaron's 2 new Russian import Griffons - Natasha (Griffon Bruxellois) and Vito (Petit Brabancon), both won their first green stars and best of breeds and graded Excellent at their first championship show, many thanks to their judge Mr V. Van Raamsdonk from Netherlands. And many thanks to their breeder Marina in Russia (Gentle Kiss Kennel) for allowing us to have these two wonderful Griffons.

Natasha & Vito
Photo by Breeder: Marina Lazareva

Aaron with Vito & Natasha
Photo by Noel Beggs ICP
 

12th & 13th June 2010  
Shilo, Alaskan Malamute (Libertia Shilo For Rathleague) win's Best of Breed at the Midlands County Canine Open show from puppy class, breed judge Mrs J Farrell. Also at the same show, our St Bernard puppies Fat Tony and his sister Elvira did very well at their first open show, Fat Tony winning his class and Elvira going best of breed from the puppy smooth coat class under breed judge Ms N Sinclair, many thanks to both judges on the day for thinking so highly of our puppies. Our St Bernard puppies Fat Tony and Elvira are out of our home bred girl Claddagh (Rathleague Ding Dong) and sire Am CH & Can CH Benbarons Yondo Von Gizer. Check out our E litter page to view their litter mates coming to a show ring soon.

Claddagh our long coat female St Bernard (Rathleague Ding Dong) win's Res CACS at the Douai France all breed championship show under breed judge Mr Joao V Pocas from Portugal, and on Sunday 13th June win's her second CACS and Res CACIB under breed judge Mrs L Mash from Switzerland, Claddagh was graded Excellent each time, handled as always by breeder/owner Caroline Maher. Many thanks to both judges over the weekend.

Photo by Rathleague

Caroline and Claddagh
Rathleague Ding Dong - ''Claddagh''
12th & 13th June 2010 - Douai France

5th & 6th June 2010  
Shilo, Alaskan Malamute (Libertia Shilo For Rathleague) our new addition and expertly handled by our very good and trusted friend Stephanie Kelly, on Saturday 5th at the Munster Canine All breed championship show in Cork under breed judge Mr T Barry, Shilo win's the reserve green star.  On Sunday 6th June at the Cork and District canine championship show under breed judge Mrs B Henry, winning his first Green Star towards his Irish CH title. Many thanks to both judges and to Stephanie for looking after our boy over the weekend.

Photo by Irish Canine Press

Stephanie & Shilo
Libertia Shilo for Rathleague - ''Shilo''
June 2010

1st May 2010  
Shilo, Alaskan Malamute (Libertia Shilo For Rathleague) our new addition attended his second championship show today which was also his first International championship show and he again won his puppy dog class and went on to win Best Puppy in Breed, he was also FCI graded Very Promising which is the highest FCI grade for puppies. Many thanks to our judge Mrs June Bollard for thinking so highly of our new boy.  Shilo was handled by my husband James Maher.
Claddagh, our home bred long coat girl (Rathleague Ding Dong) was exhibited in Open Long hair St Bernard breed class and was placed 2nd and FCI graded Excellent under breed judge
Dr Adriana Griffa from Italy. Claddagh was handled as always by Caroline Maher.

18th April 2010  
Shilo, Alaskan Malamute (Libertia Shilo For Rathleague) our new addition is added to our web site. He attended his first championship show today and won his puppy dog class and reserve green star dog, and FCI grade Very Promising which is the highest FCI grade for puppies. Many thanks to our judge Ms K Davison for thinking so highly of our new boy.

Photo by Rathleague

Libertia Shilo for Rathleague - ''Shilo''
April 2010 at 6 months old.

6th April 2010  
Now home from our trip away to Luxembourg, France and Netherlands for 2 International and 1 National shows, Claddagh (Rathleague Ding Dong) our home bred girl did us proud in winning 2 CAC, 1 CACIB, 2 Res BOB and 1 Res CACL and graded FCI EXCELLENT each time, many thanks to our judges from Spain, France and Belgium.

9th February 2010  
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gambler (Nor CH Toffe Loffe's Go Go Gambler) on Wednesday 3rd February from old age, he died on his 8th birthday. Gambler was co-owned by Caroline Maher and Edna Waterhouse.

5th February 2010  
Our E litter puppy photo's are up dated at 8 weeks old, all are staying here at Rathleague.

14th January 2010
Our E litter puppy photo's have their own page, click HERE to view the puppies at four weeks old.

28th December 2009
Our American Import boy, Sage (AM CH & Ir CH New Sage Just for Rathleague [CW '08]) win's his Irish Championship title today and Best of breed and graded Excellent under breed judge Mrs Joyce Crawford Manton, and later he was placed 4th in the Group under Group judge Mr Des Manton. Many thanks to both judges on the day.

21st December 2009  
Rathleague Barbie and her owners at Easties St Bernard Kennel in the west of Ireland now have their own web site, see our ''Link's'' page for their web site link.

Rathleague Barbie
December 2009

8th December 2009
Claddagh (Rathleague Ding Dong) and Yondo (AM CH & Can CH Benbaron's Yondo Von Gizer) puppies are born. There are 4 girls and 1 boy. All puppies from this litter are staying here at Rathleague. Mother and babies are doing great, photo's to follow soon.

17th October 2009
Today at the Portadown Canine Club all breed championship show in Belfast, Tanga (Rathleauge Barbie) win's her 3rd Green star point and reserve best of breed under breed judge Mrs Lyn Richardson. Tanga is owned and handled by her owner Mrs Angela East. Congrats and well done.

Rathleague Barbie - ''Tanga''

19th September 2009
Today at the Carlow & District All Breed Championship show, Sage (AM CH New Sage Just for Rathleague CW '08) WIN's his 6th Green Star and his 5th Best of Breed awards. His daughter Tanga (Rathleague Barbie) WIN's her 2nd Green star and is awarded reserve best of breed to her sire Sage. Both Sage and Tanga were graded Excellent. Breed judge today was Mr J Kieser from South Africa.

Left to right - Father and Daughter - both winning green stars & Best of Breed & Reserve Best of Breed.
Sage - AM CH New Sage Just for Ratheague (CW '08)
Tanga - Rathleague Barbie

18th September 2009
Today in Canada at the Club Canin Chomedy Championship show, a son of our boy Sage wins his Canadian Championship title. Cosmo - AM CH & Can CH Skydancers Cosmo Gazr Rathleague, was handled by Mr Denis Gros-Louis, breed judge Ms Janet Buchanan, owner Sue & Bob Carter - USA.  Congratulations and well done.

24th August 2009  
This morning I received the BVA (British Veterinary Association) hip and elbow scores for our 3 youngest saints. Proof of original BVA results available on request. The results are as follows....

''Cashew''

Mytymo's Cashew For Rathleague

BVA Hips    6
BVA Elbows 0

''Tara''

Rathleague Diva Doll

BVA Hips    9
BVA Elbows 0

 

''Claddagh''

Rathleague Ding Dong

BVA Hips    6
BVA Elbows 0

 

*Click here for hip score table*

23rd August 2009  
The Munster Circuit championship shows took place in the past week, we had judges from Canada, Poland and Sweden. Sage, our American import boy (AM CH New Sage Just for Rathleague CW '08) took green star dog and best of breed twice during the circuit and was handled by our very good friend Marty Glover our professional handler from CA USA, and at Tralee show father and daughter (Sage and Claddagh - respectively) took green star dog and best of breed with his daughter taking green star bitch and reserve best of breed to her Sire.  Our breed judge was Mr K Johansson from Sweden. His other daughter Tara (Rathleague Diva Doll) and sister to Claddagh (Rathleague Ding Dong) won her class at each of the 4 shows during the week and was handled by my husband James. Many thanks to our judges during the past week.

Sage - AM CH New Sage Just for Rathleague CW '08
 Owner: Caroline Maher
Handler: Marty Glover
Munster Circuit Shows 2009

8th August 2009  
Claddagh (Rathleague Ding Dong) straight back from Croatia and wins Green Star bitch and reserve best of breed at Bangor Championship show in Belfast Northern Ireland, and graded Excellent under breed judge Mr R.M Alcrudo from Spain.  

4th August 2009  
This is Claddagh (Rathleague Ding Dong) in the show ring at Split Croatia in July. Split Croatia is 4 summer nights shows (2 x National & 2 x International) and are held back to back in the beautiful historic city of Split on the Adriatic coast. Claddagh won 3 x CAC (National awards), 3 x BOB (Best of Breed) & 1 x CACIB (International award). All these wins were gained under International judges from Spain, Sweden & Uruguay. This is a major achievement in Europe for any dog - and definitely a first for a St Bernard from Ireland !! 

Claddagh at Split Croatia 2009
3 x CAC
3 x BOB
1 x CACIB

27th July 2009  
Our American Champion import boy, Sage....AM CH New Sage Just for Rathleague (CW '08), is awarded by the St Bernard Club of America (SBCA) in honour of production of excellence being the Sire of more than 2 Champions in 2008 at AKC championship shows. Congratulations and well done to all.

Introducing Sage's 3 sons and 1 daughter in USA

''Cosmo''

AM CH Skydancer's Cosmo Gazr Rathleague

 

Male, long coat.

Owner: Sue & Bob Carter. CT USA

''Walker''

AM CH Skydancer's Earth Walker Rathleague

 

Male, long coat.

Owner: Marty Glover & Lori Latimer. CA USA

 

''Lotus''

AM CH Skydancer's White Lotus Rathleague

 

Female, long coat.

Owner: Marty Glover & Lori Latimer. CA USA

 

''Dreamer''

AM CH Skydancer's Dreams Wonder on Rathleague

 

Male, long coat.

Owner: Lori Olson.  USA

 

4th July 2009  
Vincent
and Aaron attend their second show today and win their first green star point to their Irish Ch title, and reserve best of breed, congrats and well done to both of them and many thanks to their breed judge Mr K Stevenson from Ireland.

19th June 2009  
Cashew, our new American import smooth coat boy is now added to our web site. He is a nephew of our Canadian Multi Champion long coat girl, Unique. His Sire is Unique's litter brother from a repeat breeding, you can view all our saints pedigrees on the ''pedigree'' page. Click on Cashew's name to visit his page. His first show is coming up, check back later to find out how he gets on.

12th June 2009  
OK noting to do with dog shows but hey it was our 18th wedding anniversary and the weather in Paris was better than in Ireland that weekend, yep any excuse to get away lol

James & Caroline Maher

3rd June 2009  
Four new pages have been added to our web site, Up Coming Litters, Rathleague Champions, Stud Dogs, and  Vincent.

 

1st June 2009  
At the European Winners International Dog show today in the RDS Dublin, our youngest son Aaron (age 14) exhibited his Griffon Bruxellois puppy, Vincent, and won his puppy dog class, graded Very Promising (which is the highest FCI grading for puppies), won Best puppy in breed and took part in Puppy Group 9, breed judge Mr Stelios Makaritis from Greece. Many thanks to his judge and to all who helped Aaron on the day and wished him well at his first show.

Vincent now has his own web page, click on his photo to visit his page.

    

Left to Right:
Left: With Mr Sean Delmar, President of the IKC
Right: Taking part in Puppy Group 9

31st May 2009  
At the European Winners International Dog show today in the RDS Dublin, Unique win's her 11th CACIB, 41st Green Star and 2nd BOS awards today and is also crowned EUROPEAN WINNER CHAMPION 2009 at only 3 1/2 years old. Placed 2nd in his class was Gambler which I co-own with Mrs Edna Waterhouse, also placed 2nd in her class was Claddagh. Placed 3rd in their classes was Tanga and Khuma. All were FCI graded Excellent. Many thanks to our breed judge today Mr Julian Hernandez from Spain.  

23rd May 2009
Claddagh
''Rathleague Ding Dong'', win's her second green star point and second reserve best of breed in the long coat's today at the Belgian Shepherd Dog Club of Ireland Groups 1 & 2 championship show, and our old girl Nikita ''Ir CH Rathleague Celtic Mist'' comes out of retirement for Veteran class (Veteran class - 8 years or older) and win's Best Veteran in Breed, Smooth coat, both girls were judged under Mr Stephen Richardson from Northern Ireland.  Nikita later goes on to WIN the Veteran Group under Group judge Mrs N Abela from Australia. Many thanks to both judges on the day.

Nikita - Ir CH Rathleague Celtic Mist
Age: 8 years & 2 months
Best Veteran in Breed - Smooth Coat - Breed judge Mr S Richardson (N. Ireland)
Winner Veteran Group 2 - Group judge Mrs Nellie Abela (Australia)

16th April 2009  
Claddagh
, Rathleague Ding Dong, win's her first green star point today at the Hibernian All breed National championship show, many thanks to Clare Gorman for showing Claddagh for us today as we could not attend the show our self's. Breed judge Mr N Beggs from Ireland.

19th April 2009  
My most beautiful eldest sister Elizabeth Harkins (nee Betty Dowling), age 42 passed away peacefully after a long battle borne bravely against many Cancers. She will be sadly missed by her husband Derek and 3 young boys Patrick, Derek and Humphrey, her parents Humphrey and Kathleen, brothers Humphrey & Michael Dowling, sisters Caroline, Patricia & Colette, brothers-in-law James Maher, Dan Carroll, Alan Harkins, Dermot Berry and the late Peter Byrne (RIP), sisters-in-law Maureen & Natalie, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, most wonderful neighbours and a large circle of many dear and true friends. May she rest in peace.

    

Elizabeth Harkins (nee Dowling)
4th July 1966 - 19th April 2009
RIP

God saw she was getting tired
and a cure was not to be.
So he put His arms around her
and whispered, ''Come with me''.

With tearful eyes we watched her suffer
and saw her fade away.
Although we loved her dearly,
we could not make her stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
he only takes the best.

06th April 2009  
Unique
, Ir CH, GB CH, Int CH & Lux CH Benbarons Unique of Rathleague AN CH '07, CW '08 & CW '09. our Canadian import girl wins her Luxembourg Championship title and her 9th CACIB in Luxembourg. Many thanks to her judge Mr Joseph Van Hummelen from Belgium.

17th March 2009  
Unique
, Ir CH, GB CH, Int CH Benbarons Unique of Rathleague AN CH '07, CW '08 & CW '09. our Canadian import girl wins Celtic Winners Bitch title at the IKC All Breed Celtic Winners Show on St Patricks day, she now has CW '09 title after her name having won this title two years running. She also won her 39th Green star point today.  Many thanks to her judge on the day Mr R.A. Searle from the UK.

17th March 2009  
St Bernards on the Irish Times newspaper issue 18th March 2009...


Photographer: Brian Farrell.

....left to right
April......Lanleadane April at Easties.......age 35 months, co owned Caroline Maher and Angela East.
Tanga....Rathleague Barbie...................age 20 months, owner Angela East, breeder Caroline Maher.
Ginger...Ginger V.D. Burggravehoeve......age 22 months, owner Angela East.

18th December 2008  
Our American import boy Sage, his son Cosmo (AM CH Skydancer's Cosmo Gazr Rathleague) who lives in America with his owners Sue and Bob Carter (North Star St Bernards), was shown recently at Montreal Canada and he won 2 Best of Breeds and 1 group 3rd placement. Congratulations Cosmo and best of luck at the Westminster show February 2009 in NY.

Photo L - R
Group Judge, Cosmo with his handler Mr Denis Gros-Louie & owner Sue Carter.

27th September 2008
Khuma's (Ir CH & Int Beaute CH Rathleague Jumpin' Jack Flash [Joint AN CH '03]) web page linked from our home page.

10th August 2008
My brother-in-law, Mr Peter Byrne, age 32, died tragically from a motor bike accident on Sunday 10th August 2008, he leave's behind his wife Colette (my youngest sister) and their 3 year old daughter Kate. Peter will be sadly missed by his wife, daughter, parents, parents-in-law, twin brother, sister, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in peace.

Peter Byrne - RIP
12 March 1976 - 10 August 2008

19th July 2008
At the Sligo show today, Tanga (Rathleague Barbie), wins her first Green Star Point & Best of Breed from Junior Bitch class under breed judge Mrs Brigitte Schjoth from Denmark. Congratulations to Angela (owner) and her daughter Noelle who handled Tanga at todays show.  Congrats and well done.

28th June 2008
Having arrived home late yesterday evening from 10 days in the UK for 2 championship shows at Blackpool and Windsor with Unique (Ir CH & GB CH & Int Beaute CH Benbarons Unique of Rathleague [AN CH '07 & CW '08]), she wins her 4th CC and Reserve Best of Breed at Windsor and continues her winning in Ireland with her 31st Green Star point and 16th Best of Breed award at today's show in Kilkenny in Ireland. Also at Kilkenny show today,
Sage (AM CH New Sage Just for Rathleague [CW '08] ) retains 2nd place in Champion dog class and their two daughters Claddagh (Rathleague Ding Dong) and Tara (Rathleague Diva Doll) compete against each other once again in Puppy Bitch class and both are graded the highest FCI Puppy grading of ''Very Promising'', their parents both being graded the highest FCI grading of ''Excellent''. Many thanks to our breed judge Mr P Embleton from Ireland.

31st May 2008
At the IKC International Championship show, Unique wins her 8th CACIB award and her two daughters
, Rathleague Ding Dong - aka Claddagh, and Rathleague Diva Doll - aka Tara, are once again both graded the highest FCI puppy grading of ''Very Promising'' under breed judge Mrs F Hickey.

Tara - Rathleague Diva Doll, goes BEST PUPPY IN BREED under breed judge Mrs F Hickey from Ireland and later in Puppy Group 2 she's placed 4th (working group) under Group Judge Mr JJ Walsh from Ireland.  Many thanks to all judges on the day.

24th May 2008
At the Belgian Shepherd Group 1 & 2 Championship show, under Breed Judge Mr John McManus from Scotland, our two young girls Claddagh, Rathleague Ding Dong, handled by James Maher, and her litter sister Tara, Rathleague Diva Doll, handled by myself, they take part in their first championship show today. We are delighted that both puppies get the highest FCI puppy grading of ''Very Promising'', and then Claddagh wins Best Puppy in Breed (BPIB).
Their dam, Unique, (Ir CH & GB CH & Int Beaute CH Benbarons Unique of Rathleague [AN CH '07 & CW '08]) handled by my self, wins GS Bitch and Best in Breed and is short listed in the Group.

Claddagh and Tara's web pages are now online.

20th May 2008  
Tanga's web page is online. Rathleague Barbie, owned and handled by Mrs Angela East.

17th May 2008  
Unique wins her 7th CACIB award and gains International Beaute Championship title at the Hibernian International championship show under breed judge Mrs J Wall from Ireland and later in the day is placed 4th in Group 2 (working group) under Group Judge Mr M Forte from Ireland. Many thanks to all judges who thought so highly of Unique and to her breeders Mr Brian & Mrs Toni Beninger and Mr Eugene Queener from Canada and Texas for allowing me to have this wonderful girl.

Other wonderful news, today in America, Dreamer....AM CH Skydancers Dreams Wonder on Rathleague, win's his American Championship title. Owned by Lori Olson, bred by Lori Latimer & Marty Glover, handled by Marty. This win put's Dreamer's sire, our import boy Sage (AM CH New Sage Just for Rathleague [CW '08] ) in the running for the top Stud dog of the year award with the SBCA. Congrats to all, well done.
 

9th May 2008  
We went to the Birmingham National championship show in the UK and brought 2 saints for exhibit. Unique got 2nd in Open Bitch class, and Tanga (Rathleague Barbie) also won 2nd in her puppy bitch class, this was Tanga's second show ever, well done to Tanga and her owner/handler Mrs Angela East. This win qualifies Tanga for Crufts 2009.  Tanga's web page is under construction.

22nd March 2008  
Unique wins her 6th CACIB award and her 23rd green star award and was
the only female St Bernard to be awarded an FCI grading Excellent at the Combined Canine International Championship show, many thanks to her judge on the day, Mr E Hendal from Israel.  

20th March 2008  
Sage and Bonny's son Walker (AM CH Skydancer's Earth Walker Rathleague) wins his final point to his American Championship title at the Santa Cruze Kennel club CH show. This is the latest champion from Sage and Bonnys litter with only Dreamer (Skydancers Dreams Wander on Rathleague) waiting on one point to finish. Congrats to his owner, handler and breeders. Photo coming soon.

17th March 2008  
Sage and Unique, our two imports win Celtic Winners Dog and Celtic Winners Bitch at the IKC All Breed Celtic Winners Show on St Patricks day, they now have CW '08 title after her name. This award is only awarded to the dog and bitch in each breed who win Green Star dog and Green Star Bitch on the day and this is the only show all year to win this title.  

Sage win's his 3rd green star point at this show and reserve best of breed, he was beaten by Unique for best of breed, many thanks to breed judge Mr Tegwyn Jones from the UK for thinking so highly of our two saints.   

19th February 2008  
Unique, our Canadian import girl is crowned by the Irish Kennel Club as the top winning St Bernard in Ireland for the 2007 show year.
She now has AN CH '07 title after her name. The title of Annual Champion (AN CH) will be awarded to the dog/bitch with the highest amount of Green Star points in that breed from championship shows between 1st January and 31st December of that show year. This brings a total of 3 championship titles she has won in one show year and between two countries in 2007.

2nd February 2008  
Sage's son Cosmo (AM CH Skydancer's Cosmo Gazr Rathleague) won his last point in style today with a 3 point Major at the Saratoga New York Kennel Club show in NY America, judge Mr James Frederiksen. A big well done and Congratulations to Cosmo and his owners Sue and Bob Carter. Check out Cosmos web site for up dates coming soon.

22nd January 2008  
New web link added in our Links box above, check out ''North Star St Bernard kennel'' in America, home to Cosmo (Skydancer's Cosmo Gazr Rathleague), he is a son of Sage our American Champion import, (AM CH New Sage Just For Rathleague). Cosmo is currently waiting on 1 point to finish to his AM CH title, he will be 2 years old May 5th this year. Cosmo's mother Bonny (AM CH Skydancer's Anne Bonny) is the 2007 Top 20 SBCA National St Bernard Specialty winner.

15th November 2007  
Unique & Sage litter born. This is Unique's first litter and a third time for Sage to be a dad. We kept all puppies from this litter, they will be in the show ring in 2008.

29th October 2007
Sage our American Champion import wins his 2nd Green star point and Best of breed in Ireland at the All Ireland Bull Breeds Association all breed CH Show under breed judge Mrs Helen Hegarty from Ireland.

 Later in the day he win's 3rd place in Group 2 under Group judge Mrs Noreen Clarke from Ireland.
(Under FCI rules, the Working Group is called Group 2)

8th September 2007 
Unique at Richmond Championship Show in England, wins her 3rd CC & Best in Breed under breed judge Mr Frank Kane from UK.
**This win gives Unique her UK Championship title**

19th August 2007  
Khuma
Ir CH & Int CH Rathleague Jumpin' Jack Flash (Joint AN CH '03) win's his final CACIB award and gains his International Beaute Championship title (subject to IKC and FCI approval) at the Clonmel & District Canine Club All breed CH International show breed judge Mr Avi Marshak from Israel.

1st July 2007  
Julie & Sage litter born. This is Julies first litter and a second time for Sage to be a dad. We kept one pup from this litter, his name is Chip. All puppies from this litter are now with their new families, Chip and some from this litter will be in the show ring in 2008.

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