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.
I was 16 when I started to judge, I awarded CCs (UK) in Boxers aged 25, the youngster person ever to do so, and I am now approved to award CCs in 60 breeds in UK, all the groups and Best in Show. I became an F.C.I. All Breeds judge in 1984 and have judged in more than 50 countries, including Australian Royals, Several World Shows, AKC Shows, Orlando & Westminster, and most European countries.
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. Past President of The Poodle Club of Ireland and Irish Boxer Dog Club and currently chair of Munster Agricultural Club, Canine Section, I am still very involved in working with clubs.
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 have traveled to Canada, Peru and other European Countries over the last few months.