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What is your favourite settersong, -book, -movie, -history, -photo and -story?

Wondering while reading your posts: what is your favourite settersong, -book, -movie, -history, -photo and -story and why?

My favourite settersong is “Abergavenny,” on a picturesque town in Wales. Shannon sings praise on a red setter in this 1969 hit if I'm correct and reportedly there was an Irish setter on stage as well. Closely followed by Start me Up (Rolling Stones), could be a good song for start of a working day.

Book - The trilogy Big Red, Irish Red and Outlaw Red by Jim Kjelgaard (USA) Closely followed by T.H. White: The Goshawk. Because they portray adeventures with working Irish setters. Closely followed by the more recent UK one (inspired by Kjelgaard) for kids on an Irish setter aboard of the Titanic.

Movie - Walt Disneys Big Red. I've never seen the Bonanza-series with an Irish setter in it so this one might be still be beaten.

History - the giant task a few people set themselves up with in the fifties to restore the Irish setter into former fieldglory in the USA as portrayed in The Modern Red Setter. Closely followed by The New Irish Setter (Thompson) as you can see how the Irish setter changed from an athlete into a showclown.

Photo - The kid that was saved from a burning car by an Irish setter in St. Louis. I've still got the picture.

Story - A short story of Colin Mc Kelvie (Ireland) on working Irish setters all year around. In it is decribed work on all kinds of game so not only specialist stuff (feathers). Closely followed by a short Internet-story on Clancy howling all of the village at the time his owner was shot in Vietnam.

Whats yours?

Henk ten Klooster.

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This dog is one of the most beautiful I have seen.A fantastic advert shown here in the East Midlands:


Was just going to say the same thing Howard as have just seen this ad on ITV 3 down here in the south!!

Read about the dogs used in this advert by clicking on the link.


how amazing!!! just shows the difference a few extensions make lol!!! Brilliant though

Hi all,


Favourite Movie - Disney's Big Red

Favourite Book(s) - The Irish Red Setter It's History, Character and Training by Raymond O Dwyer & The Irish Setter by Janice Roberts

Favourite Song/Poem - (To be recited with Glass in hand!!)



Toast to the Irish Red Setter

Then here's to the Spaniels, they're dogs of renown,

Which many men follow but few will mark down,

The Labrador too, is well loved far and near,

And there's many regard him as having no peer.

The German dogs now are most useful breed,

To hunt, point and retrieve - they fulfil every need.

A Pointer's the choice of many a man -

To find the Red Grouse, he'll do all that he can.

And Setters - there's Gordons and English ones too,

To set the game birds is the job that they do.

But the Irish Red Setter - he's my number one -

his speed and his skill just can't be outdone.

To follow a Red Dog just feels best of all

On a wide lonely moor with the haunting grouse call.

So my glass Ill now raise to the Irish Red Setter,

For as we all know - there's none any better.

"Glynlark" 1989


I obtained the above from the 2009 "Irish" Irish Red Setter Yearbook - I thought it was brilliant!!!
It IS brilliant, love it!!!
Great stuff!

A celebration of gun dogs. Wonderful


Says it all....lovely.x

I have asked Gene to try and sort out the mysterious vanishing comments Malkie;o)

Malkie, I would love you to re-post that song. I read it quick yesterday and it brought a smile... thought I'd go back - and now I can't... :-( 


Great song and thanks for the Norfolk translation!! Would never have guessed it was a springer;o)




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