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Discover the Irish

Some say, Ireland is the most Celtic nation because the fall of the Roman Empire occurred before reaching Ireland.  It is the only Celtic land unto itself.  The best way to experience Island is to go there.  For now, take a journey through our videos & Vignettes, the educational modules, and listen to the language.  That should get you started.  



Ireland has brought so much to the world as a whole.  We celebrate their contribution and legacy.

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Native Pet Breeds of Ireland

  • Wolfhound

  • Irish Setters

  • Terriers

  • Water Spaniel

  • Kerry Beagle

Irish Wolfhound

Photo by: Celtic Heritage Foundation (c) 2017; Young wolfhound relaxing at Cabra Castle, Co. Cavan

The most ancient breed in Ireland, the Irish Wolfhound, is actually extinct.  There are records as far back as Roman times of the large and warrior dogs called cu faoil in ancient Gaelic.  They were so revered only the highborn and elite could own them.  In 1571, Edmund Campion wrote in his "Historie of Ireland" that the Irish had wolfs but also greyhounds to hunt them.  And hunt wolves they did - to the point of extinction by 1786.  With the last wolf killed the wolfhounds were seemingly no longer needed and the breed was believed extinct by 1836.

About twenty five years later, Captain George Augustus Graham, a Scot, decided to revive the ancient breed.  He owned what he believed to be an Irish Wolfhound and collected as many as he could find for breeding.  He introduced the Scottish Deerhound to try and get as close to the original Irish Wolfhound as possible.  The modern Irish Wolfhound was shown and recognized as a breed 1879 in Dublin.  

Wolfhounds are the tallest of all dogs.  A male can stand nearly three fee tat the shoulder and weigh as much as 180 pounds, although the average is closer to 150 pounds.  Irish Wolfhounds were recognized by the AKC in 1925.

Photo by: Airwolfhound, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

full grown adopted wolfhound meeting new friends

“Large Irish Hound”. A plate from the book “Entwurf einiger Thiere” (1738) (Design of some animals) by Johann Elias Ridinger (1698-1767).

The world is rich in diversity of culture.  In the United States, there is a meeting of many cultures and the ones people came from can be forgotten over generations.  

We strive to preserve Celtic heritage for Americans of Celtic descent so they may be connected to the threads of their past, present, and future.

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Clifden Castle Ruins - Sue Malone, (c) Celtic Heritage Foundation

Bridge at Glendalough - Anne Tipper (c) Celtic Heritage Foundation