Regional Clubs

In addition to the national Irish Terrier Club of America, there are 5 approved regional Irish Terrier clubs across the United States and one club in the application process. The regional clubs — based in southern California, northern California, Washington DC/Baltimore area, New York, and Chicago — are a great way to meet with other Irish terrier enthusiasts at a club specialty or supported show or at one of the educational or social events they host. We hope to have the Irish Terrier club based in New England join the approved regional clubs very soon. Click on each club below to visit their website.

The 5 Regional Clubs are:

Irish Terrier Club of New York (ITCNY) 

CITC logoChesapeake Irish Terrier Club (CITC)

The Chesapeake Irish Terrier Club (CITC) is a regional breed club dedicated to the health and welfare of the Irish Terrier. Our members primarily live in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The CITC is a very active club which will host an annual AKC specialty show weekend every Fall and Designates 2 shows in the Spring, educational activities, rescues local Irish Terriers in need of new homes, and has meetings throughout the year with other activities, to name a few of our regular functions. We are open to all people who have an interest in helping support the continued growth of Irish Terriers be they pets, companions and/or show dogs – round and old.

2021-2023 Club Officers and Board Members 

President: Doug Rapport [email protected] 571-216-2491

Vice-President: Sean Meehan [email protected] 703-582-1805

Treasurer/Secretary: Robert Fry [email protected] 202-664-6198

Board Members:

Kelly Edwards [email protected] 240-444-6768

Mechele Thacker [email protected] 304-545-5450

Irish Terrier Club of Chicago (ITCC)

Founded in 1926, the Irish Terrier Club of Chicago will be celebrating its 95th year in 2021.  General membership meetings of the ITCC  are usually held at the Quigley’s Irish Pub, Naperville, IL.

Officers of the ITCC are Stuart Cartwright, President;  Connie Swenson, Vice President; Steve Rybacki, Treasurer; Patrick Beyrow, Corresponding Secretary; Holly Zimmer Kuhn, Recording Secretary; and Robert W.  Geddes and William Webber,  Executive Officers.  For more information about the Chicago Club, contact Patrick Beyrow at [email protected].

June 15, 2019  – ITCC Specialty with the Great Lakes All Terrier Association, Grayslake, Illinois

Irish Terrier Club of New York (ITCNY) 

Founded in 1957, the ITCNY offers events throughout the year to members and guests. The ITCNY is open to persons in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of the club including: “to encourage and promote quality in Pure Bred Irish Terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection”.

From our modest beginnings of 8 members, the ITCNY now has a membership of over 100 people, a large percentage of who are active in AKC Conformation and Performance events. We boast members from the greater New York area, Mid Atlantic, Europe, and both the Mid-West and West Coast.

Inquiries concerning the club may be directed to club officers: Marianne Kehoe, President: [email protected], Rose Marie Saporito, Vice President: [email protected],  (610) 363-7088, Celene Smith, Corresponding Secretary: [email protected], (201) 836-6163, Christine Accurso, Membership Secretary, [email protected], (613) 734-8671, and Pat Schlegel, Breeder Referral Coordinator: (631) 732-2828

For 2016, the calendar if the Irish Terrier Club of New York includes:

Sun, May 8: Supported Entry and Meet the Breed, Trenton Kennel Club Show, Mercer County State Park, West Windsor, NJ

Sat, July 16: Annual Grooming Seminar and Annual Dinner

Sun, September 11: Annual ITCNY Specialty & Sweepstakes, Westchester Kennel Club Show, North Branch Park, Bridgewater, NJ


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The Irish Terrier Club of Northern California (ITCNC)

The Irish Terrier Club of Northern California has approximately 80 members.  The ITCNC is a very social group that holds quarterly events for the membership and sponsors two Irish terrier specialties each year.  One of the specialty shows is held on a Saturday in conjunction with the Golden Gate Kennel Club, a large benched show, and occurs in San Francisco during the last weekend in January each year.

Many officers and members attend the show and help to educate the public with regard to the Irish terrier breed.  Our second specialty of the year is held in conjunction with the Northern California Terrier Association on a Friday during the second week of April in Sacramento (there are 4 days of shows available during that week due to back-to-back placements of the NCTA and Kennel Club of Sacramento shows).

Every March the ITCNC holds a St. Patrick’s Day party on the Sunday closest to March 17th at the Napa Valley Dog Training Center.  All members and their dogs are invited for a luncheon and games.  In July the Club holds its annual membership meeting and 4th of July social and barbeque at Diana Martin’s ranch in Sonoma on the Sunday closest to the holiday.  Dogs are also invited and the Club holds a raffle and puppy parade.  The fall social activity varies.  Past events have included a group dog walk with picnic lunch and a pool party.  The ITCNC holds a Christmas party with catered food and a raffle every year, usually on the first Sunday of December for the membership and dogs are definitely invited

Contact Janice Herring, ITCNC Secretary, for more information about the club at:

916-481-7108, or [email protected] or check the club’s website at:

For 2016, the Irish Terrier Club of Northern California calendar includes:

Sat, January 30: ITCNC Specialty, Golden Gate Kennel Club, San Francisco, CA

March TBD: St Patrick’s Day Party, Napa Valley Dog Training Center

Fri, April 15: ITCNC Specialty, Northern California Terrier Assoc, Sacramento, CA

July TBD: Annual Club Meeting and BBQ

December TBD:  Club Christmas Party


The Irish Terrier Club of Southern California (ITCSC) 

The Irish Terrier Club of Southern California (ITCSC) is dedicated to Irish Terriers in all walks of life. We support our members who compete in performance events as well as members who own a wonderful Irish as a pet. We are always ready to rescue and find a home for an Irish Terrier that has lost its way!

The ITCSC supports the entry of the Desert Empire Terrier Club of Southern California held on Thursday and Friday in the first week of January. This comes before the Palm Springs shows on Saturday and Sunday and located at the Polo Fields in Indio.

Specialties take place in late June, in conjunction with the Great Western Terrier Association (GWTA) at the Sante Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. The Specialties are held on Friday and Saturday with a supported entry at GWTA on Sunday. The ITCSC takes great pride in our hospitality at this event with lunch provided on Friday and Saturday. We sponsor no-host dinners on Friday and Saturday nights.

Contact Information:

Linda Honey, President, 310-519-8640, [email protected]

David and Judi McMahon, Vice President, 562-879-8068, [email protected]

Shari Haldane, Secretary, 951-237-0945, [email protected]

Jeanne Smolley, Treasurer, 310-541-3413, [email protected]

New Clubs in Process of Application

ITCNEThe Irish Terrier Club of New England