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Curragh Chase Walk 13th May 2018

The Great Dane Association of Ireland had another successful Great Dane Walk. Held at Curragh Chase Forest Park on Sunday the 13th of May 2018.


We had a nice gathering of members with their Danes who enjoyed the picnic and walk after. The weather stayed dry and not too hot for the doggies who also had a ball walking around the beautiful grounds of Curragh Chase and stopping to take the odd photo here and there.

The beautiful scenery provided a great opportunity to take some stacked photos and some lovely casual photos in the bluebell patch.

All of the Danes looked stunning surrounded by the beautiful trees, flowers and the lake.

The kiddies who also came along also had fun at the playground.

Looking forward to next years walk already.

I wonder what part of our beautiful island the Danes will appear  next time, watch this space.



On Sunday the 7th of May 2017 the GDAI had an informal meet and greet at Lough Boora Discovery Park, Boora, Co.Offlay.Many members decided to meet, walk and later picnic with their Danes and families. Our objective was for many new and old members might like to take the opportunity to meet and get to know each other better. Those of us who have agreed to gather have decided to contribute and collect on the day a small contribution towards Great Dane rescue also on the day. We were blessed with beautiful sunshine and there was a great turnout. All the Danes walking side by side pleasantly drew great attention and we finished the day with a wonderful picnic.


Pet Expo 2016

Great Dane Association Of Irelands first pet expo was a huge success. Held in the RDS in Dublin on the 15th and 16th of October.

There was a massive crowd around the GDAI stand. GDAI members were happy to pass on information and hand out our association flyers and health and breed information packs. The general public were queuing to stroke and cuddle the Danes and lots of children getting their pictures taken with them. It was a huge testament of our gentle giants temperament, they loved all the attention and were all so well behaved.

Thank you to everyone who attended and was involved in the GDAI stand at pet expo this year. Another successful event for GDAI.

GDAI Inaugural event

Our inaugural event took place on sunday the 2nd of October 2016.

The event was held at

Doyles Equestrian centre,coole lane, rathvilly, Co Carlow

The day was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone for coming and enjoying the day with us.

We had a meet and greet stand with health and information packs. We had our new range of GDAI merchandise stand which was a huge success. There was agility training and a course, many thanks to Nuala O’Brien and her team for setting it up and running it. We had a PEATA pet therapy stand and Great Dane PEATA dogs, many thanks to Catherine. We had a kiddies corner including face painting, colouring in and pony rides. Guess the Great Danes weight. Fun dog show sponsored by Royal canin, thanks so much to Mary Davidson for donating Royal Canin vouchers and prizes. Training and socialisation run by Anne marie which everyone enjoyed. There was also a cake stand, a raffle and tea, coffee and refreshments made available all day by Karen Rice and her mum Trish, thank you both.

To round of a fantastic and most enjoyable family fun day we had celebratory GDAI cake and champagne.

Thanks again to  everyone for the huge effort put in and the fantastic turnout it really made for a very special day indeed.





Curragh Chase Walk 2018

Hi everyone, 
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Sunday 13th of May

Many members have decided to meet again this year after a lovely time we had last year, and have a walk and later picnic( please bring your own food )with their Danes and families. We thought many new and old members might like to take the opportunity to meet and get to know each other better. 
Those of us who have agreed to gather have decided to contribute and collect on the day a small contribution towards Great Dane rescue. If you are interested in attending please feel free to come along, picnic and BBQ areas area located over looking the lake, and a large playground for children , everyone is welcome. Please note that there is a charge of €5 to enter curraghchase Co Limerick , there are toilets and Cafe facilities on site. All dogs will need to be supervised and kept on a lead, with responsible ownership as always in a public place. We look forward to seeing you all from 1pm. Link to curraghchase

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Facebook Christmas photo competition.

Delighted to announce our GDAI xmas photo competition!!
We are looking to see all of your Great Dane winter/christmas pictures. Please post your favourite picture, one per member under this post. All the pictures will be put into a voting poll and the winning picture will be framed and presented as the prize for winning the competition 🙂
Cut of point for posting pictures is 19th December, winner will be announced on 21st of December 🙂
Good luck everyone, can’t wait to see all of your pictures!!

Check out our Group Member page to enter

Our Inaugural event took place on  October 2nd 2016 at Doyles Equestrian Centre, Coole Lane, Rathvilly, Co Carlow.

See our Facebook Page


A fantastic and informative day was had by all Great Dane enthusiasts and many other breeds attended on the day.

GDAI would like to thank everyone for their attendance and support on the day.

Our day included a meet and greet stand with health and information packs. Our brand new association merchandise stand. Guess the Great Dane weight. Fun show sponsored by Royal Canin, many thanks to Royal canin for sponsoring prizes on the day. Kiddies corner including pony rides and face painting. Peta pet therapy stand. Agility with thanks to Nuala O’ Brien and her team. Raffle, cake stall and crufts best of breed Chandon.

To round of a very enjoyable and fantastic day we has celebratory GDAI cake and champagne, which was enjoyed by all.

Thanks to everyone again

Photos to follow