Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club

NCIWC is dedicated to promoting the continued well being and preservation of  Irish Wolfhounds by example and education. NCIWC  sponsors many activities for this purpose. The activities range from specialties and matches to beach walks and public events, such as Celtic festivals and parades.

Board meetings are held four times per year. An annual general membership meeting is held in June each year.  Members and guests are invited to attend; however, only board members may vote on business.



The NCIWC October specialties, obedience, rally, and lure courses planned for October 13, 14 and 15, are around the corner.  And now the NCIWC premium list is available! Entries open at noon August 23 and close at noon September 27. 2023.

The online store for specialty logo items opened August 12, 2023, and closes September 24 at noon.  Items will be sent in time for the show. Contact Lisa Burr – with questions.   Go to the Boutique Page of this website by clicking here.  Go directly to the online store by Clicking here.

Be sure to watch the following video to get a preview of the show. You won’t want to miss it!

Click here to go to Dogzibit show secretary, including online entering.  Click here to go directly to the premium list. For lure coursing, click here to go to NCIWC lure coursing page and premium lists.

Looking forward to:  Judges Frederic Maison (Friday), Lou Guerrero (Saturday) and Brenda Fairbanks (sweeps on Saturday).  Hazel Olbrich: obedience/rally (Friday). Junior showmanship (Saturday), ASFA lure on Friday evening, AKC lure on Sunday morning. Heart clinic, All Star Hound, Parade of Veterans, raffle and auction, boutique, friendly pot luck,  exceptional food at the judges’ dinner. 



The Grass Valley Celtic Festival is returning September 29, 30 and October 1, 2023, after a short hiatus.  The organizers have invited the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club members to join them with their wolfhounds.

Sign up by September 1.

For more information click here.


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It’s not too soon to plan for the specialty weekend on October 13, 14 and 15, 2023 in Woodland.


NCIWC Wolfhounds win First Prize in Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Scroll down for details 



NCIWC Sanctioned B Match

Saturday, April 8, 2023
Once again, the NCIWC has proven itself to be the most fun, social Club in existence!!  Our Annual Match was a huge success.  Teamwork is always apparent.  We used a new venue in Vacaville, which proved to be perfect and, after months of rain, the sun was shining!!!
Our Trophy table looked terrific.  I always love hearing the comments about the Awards.  Robin R. did a great job as the instructor in our very well attended Handling Workshop.  Lynne R. gave useful tips on Grooming.  Cindy S. recently became an AKC CGC Evaluator and we had 3 proud owners with passing dogs.  
Let the Shoe begin!!
Best Puppy  –  Lori with Bria
Best Adult  –   Robin with Ollie
BOS Adult  –  Jon with Banshee
Junior Handler  –   Savannah with Keeva
Ally was hiding from her girl, Remi, who was being ably handled by her Daughter, Jenna.
Lisa and Junko set up a scrumptious Pot Luck lunch, which was followed by an informative seminar given by Lynne.  Bill’s girl, Pinkalicious, was a perfect Demo Dog.
Then,  Kevin set up a practice Lure Course which the dogs LOVED !!
Of course, being Easter weekend, we had an amazing Easter Egg Hunt !!!!
Like I said, the NCIWC is the BEST !!!
Carol Gabriel

For photos click here to go to match page



Today I received a message from Club Treasurer, Lori Finucane. The message read, in part, “I have the check”.  Therefore, I now have the pleasure to formally announce that the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club won First Place and received a generous check in the amount of $200.00 as Best Irish Unit Other in the 172 nd St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Thanks go to everyone who, despite the horrible weather, came to San Francisco in support of our club. Thanks also go to the United Irish Societies of San Francisco for continuing to invite our club’s participation in this great annual event and giving us the opportunity to share our magnificent Wolfhounds with so many people.  It doesn’t take very many Irish Wolfhounds to make a VERY BIG impression.

I hope to see you next year at the 173 rd running of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!
Tom (Bourdon)

The Magnificent Five 

by Carol Gabriel

Only 5 Wolfhounds this year, but they made a HUGE impression!!  Jack, Banshee, Tanner, O’Malley, and Fiona walked with their proud families and received applause all along the Parade Route.  If we had a Dollar for every picture taken, we could all retire in style.

We met some very important people, especially the Chief of the Irish Police.  He was visiting from Ireland and was so anxious to have his buddies take pictures of him with Banshee and Tanner.  Love hearing their Irish accent.  🇮🇪
The Captain of San Francisco’s Fire Department.  She is posing with Banshee.  Then, the Police Lieutenant with Tanner.  ☘️

Our Hounds were Celebrities !!  They deserve ANOTHER First Place Award !!!   🤞


Past Events

The lure courses on March 4 and 5 were a huge success. BOB in Irish Wolfhounds both days was Aggie – loved by Kevin and Lynn Lawrence.  Congratulations!

For stories of the day and pictures, Go to Lure Course page.


January 21 Monterey Beach Walk


Click here for more January 1 Holiday Party Dillon Beach Pictures




The results of the 43rd and 44th Specialty shows held on October 14 and October 15, 2022

Click here for show photos.

Best of Breed, Friday, October 14, 2022

Kerryarc Fire Away

Owner: Mandy Tyler and Chandler Tyler

Best of Breed, Saturday, October 15, 2022

GCHS Passion Ionmhain Norman

Owner: Sharon Miller, Jamie Souza Bartlett

2022 All-Star Hound Award

Ch. Finnegan’s Gotta Have Another Round CGCA, RI, BN, FDC, TKN

Owner:  Kevin and Cindy Steele


Click here for show photos from the specialties.






NCIWC supported the entry at Lost Coast KC and those in attendance had a blast!




Sunday, April 10 Sanctioned B Match.  Dixon, CA.    Judge: Charlotte Fielder of Crestfield Whippets

Click here to go to Fun Match page for more Pictures!


Best Puppy

Best Adult


Best Opposite Sex Puppy


Best Opposite Sex Adult


March 5-6, 2022

 NCIWC ASFA and AKC Lure Coursing trials


Huge Success…largest entry by far!



Monterey Beach Walk 2022

January 15, 2022



Annual Howliday Pawty

Was a Blast!!!  

Organizers Junko and Carol



Click here for full details:  2022 New Years (2)


Past Events

Gathering of the Cu, December 4, 2021

Gathering of the Cu December 4, 2021 Melinda Chaney, Judge


Best Puppy: Carroy Caoimhe of Darragh


Best Adult: Gabriel’s Tanner Moore of Raven Lily


BOS puppy: Inis Airc Balgonie’s McLaughlin


BOS Adult: Finnegan’s Gotta Have Another Round




Candid Pictures

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