Show organisers hit paws button to beat bad weather
Not even the Dublin Championship Cat Show was immune from the threat of bad weather yesterday.
Show organisers closed up early to allow participants who had travelled to Dublin from all over the country to return home safely.
It also allowed the judges who had flown in from the UK to make it back home in good time.
The annual show, which was held in Knocklyon, was a huge success, attracting a wide mix of pedigree and household cats, said spokesperson Karen Sluiters.
From Siamese to Bermese, Persians and exotics, the show - which has become a must-see for cat lovers nationwide - had them all.
"We had two shows in one," said Karen.
"The SABCCI (Siamese and All Breeds Cat Club of Ireland) and GCCFI (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Ireland) came together for a two-in-one show.
"It truly was a cat lovers' paradise."
British Shorthair, Bengal, Birmans and Sphynx were all on show. Seven judges were present at the event, which attracted nearly 90 cats of all shapes and sizes.
There were also a variety of stands for people to browse around, said Karen.
The show has been growing in popularity, and is one of the biggest cat events to be held in the country.
Some 61pc of Irish households own either a dog or a cat, figures show.