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Thanks to Bridget and Mark Simpson I enjoyed reading a preview of a production entitled The Legacy about the Derrycarne Irish setters of Maureen mc Keever (Ireland) and the related Redsuns in South Africa.
According to the authors this production will be placed in December on the website of the SA kennelclub and spread amongst lovers of the breed in that country.
Congratulations for the Simpsons on filing a gap in recorded history. They document in The Legacy that the last great UK full Champion and supreme Crufts winner 1981 Ch Astley Portia of Rua had a lot of lineage to both the Derrycarnes and Redsuns and highlight the link between both legendary kennels.
For myself, reading The Legacy was a festivity since one of my favorite Irish setters as a boy was "Devils Dearest" Ailean O'Cuchulain, daughter of Derrycarne Harp (called Kells). Generation ten of her, Redwing Last Apache Standing, recently flew in from the USA, retrieving a part of Dutch history.
Therefore the news about the coming production was placed on my personal Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=576884095681554&set=a.4...
I was surprised to see this shared 22 times in a few hours, illustrating that the "old" dual lineage is still not out of time for many a breedfancier and maybe even has time on its side.
Pictured: Maureen Mc Keever with from left to right Derrycarne Alcoholic, Liquer, Tia Maria, Velvet Mist and Idea.