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AKC spokesperson Gina Lash appeared live on the Today Show earlier today to celebrate the many dog breeds which hail from Ireland: the Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Wolfhound, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Irish Red & White Setter. Watch the segment.

Following the Today segment, the dogs and their owners headed over to the nearby Irish Arts Center in Manhattan — offering the best in Irish arts and culture since 1972 — for a photo opportunity with news media. The dogs were photographed amidst a backdrop of black and white photographs capturing the landscape and people of Ireland, taken by renowned Irish photographer Bill Doyle.

AKC’s Gina Lash with Today Show host Lester Holt and an Irish Setter.
Gina Lash with the Irish Setter, Irish Terrier and Irish Water Spaniel on the Today Show set.
The Wheaten Terrier, Irish Red and White Setter and the Irish Wolfhound on the Today Show set.
Irish Wolfhound poses for the camera
Irish breeds show off in front of the Irish flag at the Irish Arts Center
Irish breeds line up in front of the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan
The Kerry Blue Terrier proudly shows off his shamrock scarf in front of the Irish Arts Center



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