Knockroe Blue Fellow in the heather of the Wicklow Mountains,
breeder Eamon Dobbyn, owners Mary & Neville Elliott,
(photo copyright Elliott 1987)
If you go all the way to Ireland in search of this breed, don’t miss the beautiful Glen it was named after. You will need to rent a car. The Glen of Imaal is in the western slopes of the Wicklow Mountains, off N81 between Baltinglass and Hollywood. Take the road towards Donard or Davidstown, both will lead you into the Glen of Imaal.
This is just one view of the beautiful Glen of Imaal. Home to about 200 or 300 villagers, the Glen supports active sheep farming and timber industries. It is also steeped in history, as a visit to the Dwyer-MacAllister Cottage will show. Stop in at the general store and Post Office in Knockanarrigan in the middle of the Glen of Imaal if you need to ask directions.
There is an army artillery range occupying about 1000 acres on an eastern mountainside of the Glen of Imaal, but it is well marked with warning signs, so if you heed them you will be in no danger of stepping on a live artillery shell during your visit.
If you want to stay overnight in the Glen of Imaal, you can do so at the Ballinclea Youth Hostel.
You will need to phone ahead for reservations — country code (353) then dial 45-404657, or dial the AN ÓIGE head office, country code (353) then 1-830-4555.
Unfortunately, you will find no Glen of Imaal Terriers in the Glen of Imaal
HOW & WHO
To see actual Glen of Imaal Terriers in Ireland, you are best off visiting the right dog show. The conformation shows most certain to have a Glen entry are the Saint Patricks Day Show in March and the All Terrier Association Show in August. But you will see a few at other shows, too. By contacting the secretary listed for the show you would like to attend, you can get directions and an estimate of whether Glens will be there.
Breeder & owner Neville Elliott
Winner of the 1996 National Breed Specialty at the All Terrier Association Group
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