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Education and Events: Meet the Breed

As responsible owners, we believe in educating ourselves and the public about the Irish Wolfhound.  Every time an owner goes into public with their hounds, they are approached by people who want to know more and meet the hounds.  Below is an example of some of the old and new events we participate in throughout the year to help educate the public on the breed.  The best way to learn about on-going CURRENT EVENTS that we participate in, please join our our Facebook Group called "Irish Wolfhound Association of the Mid South".  You may also email us from the "Contact" button at the top far right.  We are out generally starting in early March through our Spring Gathering no later than the end of June.  Then we pick back up in September and usually end with the Winston-Salem Christmas parade.  Plans and events change every year - it is wise to check with us first.

St. Patrick's Day Parades

Every March, the Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina St. Patrick's Day Parades draw tens of thousands of people into their downtown areas for a parade and festival. Irish Wolfhounds traditionally lead the parades and guard the pipers from ambush or attack.  IWAMS also participates in St. Patrick's Day parades, and Celtic heritage festivals during the year in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia, and in Greenville, Camden, and Charleston, South Carolina.  Several of these involve an educational meet-the-breed tent where hundreds of people stop by to meet and greet the hounds, ask questions, and pick up various literature on the breed.  

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Held in the Holhouser Building at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, IWAMS members and friends have a table at this educational event for the day where the public and meet and greet the breed in person, ask questions, and pick up literature on irish wolfhounds.  Each year the Responsible Dog Ownership Day is held on the first or second Saturday in September.  For a schedule of events, go to: http://www.akc.org/events/responsible-dog-ownership-days/raleigh-flagship-event/

Irish Cultural Events

On July 18, 2015 IWAMS members and friends participated in the inaugural opening ceremonies for the first Virginia Coastal Cup for Hurling and Camogie in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Event organizers wanted irish cultural touches for the teams who were participating.  We had an educational tent and 16 hounds and owners participating.  Photo at left courtesy of Erin Morrissey. 

IWAMS members and friends
also were invited to attend the
Winston-Salem Wolfhounds
Gaelic Football Cup on July 25,

2015 for the first time also  In
between matches, we met
the teams and their families
and answered questions
with the hounds, followed
by a team picture.  After,
all retired to the Foothills
Tasting Room where we met
more of the public, answered
questions about the breed,
and posed for pictures.  Photo
at left courtesy of Rebecca
O'Donovan.