have now retired from Showing and Breeding, but this is our
The Affix was registered in 1974, but we did not breed our
first litter until 1987. This came from our first Show Champion
- Fearnley Fireheather of Kirkavagh. Purchased
as an eight week old puppy from Pat and Barry Rhodes, she
won 6CC’s and 4 Res CC’s and her JW.
There have since been 13 home bred Kirkavagh UK Show Champions
and one NZ Champion ( the only puppy we have ever exported)
plus 2 other CC winners, all descending from Fireheather.
Our Affix has now been carried by the winners of 86 CC’s
& 86 RCC’s and 40 KCSB entrants in the UK. We are
very proud to have been UK Top Breeders in 2001, 2002 &
2004. We are also enormously proud of our Sh Ch Zabara,
who was Hills/Dog World Top Brood Bitch ALL Breeds
produced our first home bred Show Champion - Kirkavagh
Corejada (6CC’s, 7 RCC’s), and her brother,
Kirkavagh Fireboy, (winner of 1CC & 2
RCC’s). Subsequent litters contained the dual RCC winner
Kirkavagh Ragotsky and Sh Ch Kirkavagh Musidora
(the only bitch in a litter of six), winner of 4CC’s
and 3 RCC’s. Fireheather lived to be almost 15.
Sh Ch Corejada produced our beautiful Sh
Ch Kirkavagh Zabara, (9CC’s, 10 ResCC’s)
and RCC winner K. Valoris, who produced JW
winners K Corrida and K Carnegie.
Zabara produced just two litters, both by
Sh Ch Caspians Intrepid, in the first, came the four
Sh Ch’s; Kirkavagh Khaydara JW, Kirkavagh Kalaglow JW,
Kirkavagh Kooyonga 16CC’s, and Kirkavagh
Kandy J.W. (also a South African Ch, when her owner
moved there.) This was just the third time in the Breed’s
History that this had been achieved. (It has since been equalled
and may even yet be surpassed, by a fourth litter, and with
lowering entries all the time, may well be achieved a lot
more in time. It is so sad that the first breeder to achieve
this feat, Mrs Walker, was virtually ignored by the Breed
Correspondents of the time, which almost assigned that litter
forgotten in to History, and made it seem that the second
litter to achieve it was actually the first... She would surely
have been disappointed, as I know that we were, when our own
litter was not exactly ‘cheered from the rooftops’.
It is hard to watch others achieve greater fame for just equalling!!
Another member of our K litter, Karamita,
was the dam of Townsend’s Sh Ch Follidown Red Hot Poker
Zabara’s second litter of three pups
contained just one bitch who became Sh Ch Kirkavagh
Sh Ch Kirkavagh Musidora had just one litter
and we kept the delightful dual RCC winner Kirkavagh
Gazala, who, when mated to Intrepid, produced Sh
Ch Kirkavagh Fidalgo JW (13 CC’s, 12 Res CC’s
Gundog Group SKC (Aug) 2004), and his sister Kirkavagh
Frivola 1CC & 2RCC’s. Gazala’s
second litter, by Sh Ch Kirkavagh Kalaglow,
produced KCSB entrants - K Neolanta and K
Nikellora, who was the dam of 2 separate CC winners.
JW and Lalibela JW together produced
the beautiful Sh Ch Kirkavagh Jumilla JW,
who became our fifth generation Sh Ch female, in
direct descent from Fireheather. This was an
important litter for the future as Jumilla’s litter
sister, KCSB entrant Jakomima, was the dam
of Sh Ch Kirkavagh Ivanjica JW (by Clachnahar
Ami Pierrot JW) as well as Championship Show first prize winning
litter mates Iliona, Intermezzo, Istabraq and Ivoroski
and In The Groove (BPIS at the ISAE Centenary
October Open Show). A repeat of this mating contained RCC
winner Kirkavagh Hernando ShCM and Championship
Show first prize winners, Helissio and Hula
had two litters of three puppies by Clachnahar Ami Pierrot,
her oldest daughter Sh Ch Kirkavagh Ebadiyla JW
gained her title in 2015, and became our sixth
generation Sh Ch Female in direct descent from
Litter sister Escena was a Championship first
prize winner. Jumilla’s second litter
contained Championship first prize winners Xakala
The late Sh Ch Kooyonga 16CC’s , 6
RCC’s, won her first two CC’s on consecutive days,
was twice BIS at the Setter &
Pointer Championship Show in 2001 & 2002 and was Top Irish
Setter (Dog World) in 2001. She was the dam of Sh
Ch Kirkavagh Bikala JW and two other JW winners,
the male K Black Tie Affair and a daughter
Kirkavagh Bayakoa JW, who was mated to Clachnahar
Ami Pierrot JW and produced Championship Show first Prize
winners Kirkavagh The Wizard JW, Wayward
Lad, Wheel of Fortune and our own
Windmill Girl JW.
Ch Khaydara JW was dam of the RCC winner Stravinsky
and 5 other Championship Show first prize winners here and
of New Zealand Ch Kirkavagh Priolo at Marindallas,
who sired Champions in New Zealand, his litter sister, our
own Primera JW won 2 RCC’s but unfortunately
did not produce any live progeny.
Sh Ch Kirkavagh Kalaglow JW sired a Sh Ch
and a number of RCC winners.
Ch Ivanjica JW, had one litter from which we retained
Kirkavagh Zenyatta JW, who won one RCC before
we decided to retire and is perhaps unlucky not to have been
campaigned further. Our fault!
We only ever bred occasionally, from mature, winning bitches,
carefully selecting stud dogs to suit, both mentally and physically.
Our dogs all live in the house and our puppies were all reared
in the house, we would not have expected our youngsters to
move to a kennel environment.
Unfortunately we did not consider export, unless to someone
personally known to us.
All our breeding stock was hereditarily clear of PRA rcd1
and CLAD, and tested for PRA rcd4.
Linda first awarded CC’s in Irish Setters in 1994 and
was honoured to judge Irish Setter Bitches at Crufts in 2010.
She has also judged in Australia, Sweden, Belgium and both
Islands in New Zealand. She is also approved by The Kennel
Club to award CC’s in Gordon Setters and Irish Red &
White Setters, she is currently the Treasurer of The Irish
Setter Association and also serves as a Committee Member of
Having lost five of our dogs during 2020, we now have just
two Irish Setters.