About me:

I was born into the dog world, with a father who was a Terrier Specialist and a mother who introduced the Boxer Breed to Ireland, both were All Breeds Judges. I began to show dogs almost as soon as I could walk and under the Tirkane Prefix, I have bred or owned, over 100 Irish and 31 UK champions in Boxers, Boston Terriers, Poodles, and Lhasa Apsos, also 2 World Winners.

Past President of The Poodle Club of Ireland and Irish Boxer Dog Club and currently chair of Munster Agricultural Club, Canine Section.


I was 16 when I started to judge, awarded CCs (UK) in Boxers aged 25, the youngster person ever to do so, and became an F.C.I. All Breeds judge in 1984. I have judged in more than 50 countries, including Australian Royals, Several World Shows, AKC Shows Orlando & Westminster, and I am approved to judge all the groups and Best In Show in the UK.

I retired from breeding and showing a few years ago after an involvement of over 50 years but still retain a keen interest in the breeding and development of the breeds. Currently I judge regularly around the world and this year I judged the Working Group at Crufts, (2024 I will judge Best in Show) and will travel to Canada, Peru and other European Countries where I will finish the year with the honour of being the Best In Show Judge at Stockholm Winners Show.

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