Mission Statement

The object of the Irish Society of Poultry Fanciers is to encourage and promote the preservation, improvement and protection of all breeds of poultry and waterfowl in keeping with breed standards, through advice and education in the use of good genuine poultry practices and disease control.

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The History Of The Formation Years Of The Irish Society Of Poultry Fanciers

In 1982, Deirdre and Sean Rowsome produced on a commercial basis the first Annual Poultry Directory in order to put breeders of standard bred fowl in touch with each other, and called it The Irish Poultry Fancy Directory.

In 1984 and 1985, subscribers to The Irish Poultry Fancy Directory mounted an impressive display of poultry and waterfowl at both Spring Shows held in the RDS in Dublin.  At the 1985 show, a meeting was held in the RDS to bring exhibitors and people with an interest in poultry together to see if it was feasible to form a poultry club.  Attending the meeting were: Deirdre and Sean Rowsome, Bro J. Linnane, R.T.B. (Tom) Robinson, Gwen Robinson, Brian Molloy, Peter McCarthy, Ian Caulfield, Ann Lawson and Jim Armstrong.



Having decided to form a poultry club, the name of “The Irish Society of Poultry Fanciers” was chosen for the newly formed Society.  Having formed a Society to promote and encourage the keeping of purebred poultry and waterfowl, Deirdre and Sean donated The Irish Poultry Fancy Directory to the newly formed Society after having put a lot of effort and hard work into establishing the Directory and its membership base.

Our first year as a Society attracted a membership of 145 from all parts of the country.  Our first Open Day was held in June 1986 at Drimnagh Castle and our first Annual show was held in November 1986, also at Drimnagh Castle.