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John Bell Young - Mike Connolly
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How many Irish Setters do you have?
How long have you owned Irish Setters?
Almost two and a half years
About Me:
To introduce ourselves: I'm John Bell Young, and my partner is Mike Connolly. I'm a concert pianist and recording artist (Newport Classics, Americus Records, Sony Classical) and also a widely published music critic and author of five books published by Amadeus Press. We are devoted to our two wonderful dogs: Justice, our nearly two and a half year old Irish Setter, and Ben, our nearly three and a half year old Black Labrador Retriever.

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At 10:56pm on May 2, 2011, graham edwards said…

Welcome to the site guys, be warned this site can become addictive. I joined for a look and to see setters from other parts of the globe but I would never have thought I would log in as much as I do. Enjoyed the photos.


At 11:40pm on May 2, 2011, graham edwards said…

Hi again, Not a lot of years with setters really, My wife and I showed Setters and Cavalier king Charles spaniels in the 70s and 80s. Gave it away because of life and work comittments (had to pay the bills) but a trip to Ireland a while ago got my interest going again. We are hopeing for a female pup at the end of this year. (can't wait actually.) But going into this site and reading the blogs and replys has been an education. plus looking at the photos from around world of some of the show chanpions is my high light



At 4:58am on May 3, 2011, Chantal McIlveen-Wright said…
Welcome to the ES site!!!   hope you will enjoy it as much as I do  :-)
At 7:09am on May 4, 2011, Sue and Cash said…


Just noticed you here on the site.  I have followed Justice on youtube and just realized it is the same dog!  Your video's on the homecoming where great to watch. 

At 2:08pm on May 4, 2011, Chantal McIlveen-Wright said…

Hi John & Mike,

Many thanks for the invitation and very happy to become your new ES friend!!!

I am really really pleased that you have joined ES, it looks like you will bring a kind of exotic note to the site.. vive la difference!!!

Cuddles to Justice and Ben  :-)


At 2:26pm on May 4, 2011, Chantal McIlveen-Wright said…

John, Mike,

I must admit I am a baddy because of being a softy ... as far as dogs/animals/nature are concerned :-)

Apologies but all my pictures are from 14 years ago and from my alpha first Irish setter - MC. I joined ES last summer, just after loosing him and couldn't, haven't had the courage to put a rational set of pictures. My grieving is quite intense ...

So MC is unfortunately no more, and I have Darwin who is 6, will be 7 mid October. It is a wee angel, so docile, sweet and soft ... almost too nice  :-)

 (too see Darwin, please go to David mcilveen-wright ES page, he has plenty of pictures of the two boys)

Will have a look at all your pictures now.. and video  :-)


At 2:52pm on May 4, 2011, Chantal McIlveen-Wright said…

Re moi, oui je suis francaise, de Lyon.

Vous avez un appartement a Paris !!! vous etes tres internationaux tous les deux !!! j'ai l'impression que vous etes super !!!! je suis vraiment tres contente que vous soyez sur ES

De plus j'adore la musique classique et surtout les operas.

Felicitations pour ton francais !!! tres tres bien  :-)  :-)

At 1:10pm on May 13, 2011, Marjolein Bogaard said…

Like your pictures very much!!

At 3:37pm on May 20, 2011, Jean-Luc R Jonola X. Sametsuz H. said…


Very nice and charming photos album !

Kind regards from Geneva and Burgundy in France.

At 1:49pm on May 28, 2011, Jean-Luc R Jonola X. Sametsuz H. said…

Bonjour John et Mike,

C'est très gentil de me répondre en français, je peux aussi vous dire que vos deux chiens sont aussi très beaux et toutes vos photos sont très sympathiques ! En plus d'être un amateur de setter irlandais, je suis aussi grand mélomane de musique classique, et j'ai joué aussi beaucoup de piano classique, surtout Chopin.

Peut-être vous arrive-t-il de jouer en Europe, à Paris ou à Genève ? C'est magnifique de pouvoir voyager avec vos deux chiens.

Jonola Xuberance est le nom de pedigree, son petit nom est Lucky ...

If you prefer to talk in English, it's fine for me, no problem.

By the way with whom I'm talking Mike or John ?

Take care.


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