Updated:  06 July 2020 
Melvyn and "Ziva" picking up  

August 2019: The Kirkmarsh crew getting ready for the 2019/2020 season.
Back row from left: Lab Vilendal Bewitched at Kirkmarsh (Stella); Kirkmarsh Green Charmer (Dede); Kirkmarsh Whip O'Diamond (Polly). Front row from left; Mizenhead Dream at Kirkmarsh (Ziva); Lab Vilendal Bloomdido at Kirkmarsh (Nancy); Kirkmarsh Favourite (Sadie); Fynder Line of Reason at Kirkmarsh (Logan) and Spancilhill Kate at Kirkmarsh (Kate)

Welcome to the Kirkmarsh Irish Water Spaniels' web site, where you can find out a little about us, our dogs and what we do.
We own and occasionally breed IWS and our passion is to use them in the shooting field, predominantly for picking up on formal game shoots but also on Grouse moors. We also use them competitively in retriever (the IWS is classified as a retriever) gundog working tests and the occasional field trial. We also enter the odd show as do some of our Kirkmarsh owners.
Our water spaniels are bred for temperament, for working in the shooting field, competitive gundog tests and trials but most of all they are bred to be great companions with fantastic personalities. Our owners too use them for a wide variety of activites: picking up, beating, wildfowling,  deer stalking, mink tracking but also competitive flyball, showing or just taking part in an active family life.
The dogs we now use for breeding are all hip scored, elbow scored and have annual eye tests. In addition, mating considerations are checked against a breed database and genetics program to ensure we achieve low levels of inbreeding.
Our current dogs come from the United States, Sweden, Ireland and homebred by us in the UK.
We devote most of our time and energy to the breed, including the promotion of the IWS in the UK.
We occasionally have puppies available and would be delighted to talk to you about the Breed and whether it is suitable for you.

Melvyn & Denise Hurst

Dede (Kirkmarsh Green Charmer) in action picking up during the 2017/2018 season.
Photo © Julian Simcock

Meet the latest addition to the Kirkmarsh Kennel
This is Logan, also known as Fynder Line Of Reason
Born 21 February 2018.

Left is our American import boy, Yeates (Ballyhoo's Quarry Seeker at Kirkmarsh) on picking up duty during the 2015/2016 shooting season.

Below is Denise's Dede (Kirkmarsh Green Charmer) picking up during 2015 and 2016.

Above right is Melvyn's Ziva (Mizenhead Dream at Kirkmarsh) on a walked up shoot day

Photos to the left courtesy Debbie Turska
Showing the Kirkmarsh IWS team in the Galloway Gundogs team gundog working test. Melvyn with Ziva and Yeates, Denise with Sophie and Joy Waddington (in hat) with Bann.

On the grouse moor in Scotland

Picking up at Chillington Hall

Gundog working test, Mawley Hall

Kirkmarsh Zephyr - New Zealand bound

Irish Show Champion - Kirkmarsh Countryman

Kirkmarsh Boaster - Crufts team flyball competitor.

Kirkmarsh Baffler and friend