Paul's Father bought Paul his first gun dog for his 12th Birthday back in 1992, a Black Labrador Retriever Bitch named "Darby Lass" a daughter of FTCh "Darby". Paul is a very keen rough shooter and loves shooting over his English Springer Spaniels, Irish Setters and Labrador Retrievers in Ireland and has enjoyed so for over twenty years now, their main quarry would be Woodcock, Snipe, Pheasant and Duck. Paul worked as a Gamekeeper in Dromoland Castle Estate Shoot and he learned so much more about gun dogs and game from his experience as a gamekeeper picking up and in the beating line which stands to him today when training gundogs for the Shooting Field. Paul is relatively new to Retriever Trials (since 2010) but in that time of competing Paul has made up three Field Trial Champion Labradors, Field Trial Champion Bitch "Corrib Ruby" and her litter mate brother Field Trial Champion Dog "Corrib Mafi" and their half-brother Field Trial Champion “Corrib Warwick”. Paul has qualified and ran every year in The Irish Retriever Championship since 2010 and was placed 4th in The 2014 with FTCh "Corrib Warwick". Paul’s current bitch “Lurriga Cedar of Corrib” aka Carra has only a second placement to get to earn her FTCh title. Carra is a daughter to FTCh “Corrib Mafi”. Paul also has a three year old bitch “Corrib Brooklyn” and she has already qualified for Open Stake Field Trials and has earned two green stars after her first Trial. Paul is an “A” Panel Judge with The Irish Kennel Club for Section Two Retrievers. Paul enjoys Judging and competing and is very honoured to have been asked to come and judge and he is very much looking forward to The Go South Cup and wishes everyone running the very best of luck.
Kind regards Paul O'Brien