Millicent Ingram

The Tirkane Prefix was established in 1939 by Mrs Millicent Ingram (nee Sinclair) after seeing the Boxer Breed whilst on holiday in Switzerland. She bought a puppy from the Stainburndorf Kennels ,Stainburndorf Autocrat out of the first litter of Boxers born in the UK.

She was closely associated with the Allon Dawson (Stainburndorf) and has a copy of the original Breed Standard signed as approved by Allon Dawson and several of his peers  [to view it as PDF  as a PowerPoint presentation or as a word doc.   They are big files so take some time opening, all are slightly different to incorporate the different formats]. She won the Open Dog Class at the first Championship Show  held after the war with Stainburndorf Bombard.  

Millicent with 2 of her dogs

She spent a year of her life in her early 20s confined to a bed in plaster paris after a fall from a horse damaged her hip.

Her first champions were made in the early 1940s with Ir. Ch. Tirkane Troublemaker being the first homebred champion.



One of Millicent's early Boxers served during the war.

She  attended the first championship Show to  be  held after
the war winning Open Dog with Stainburndorf Bombard
under the well known American judge
 J. P. Wagner.


Knoxie with one of his Wires.

In 1946 she married Knox Ingram a well known "Terrier man" and professional handler of Terriers and Gundogs. ‘Knoxie’ showed Wire & Smooth Fox Terriers also Irish Terriers under his own prefix of Cranmore and made up countless champions.


Knoxie judging the Terrier Group at Belfast Ch. Show with
Harry O’Donoghue’s Wire winning
, and Judy Averis’s Airedale  Reserve.


Cranmore Pets Hotel & Grooming Business  was established by Knoxie, originally in Stockman’s Lane,
 Balmoral , Belfast and then in Dundrod, where his daughter Ann carried on the business until 2001.

1950s - By the late fifties the very young Ann Ingram took up the interest handling some of the dogs in Children’s handling classes . This lead to a passion for the dog breeding world which still survives today.

1960s - Ann was interested in Boston Terriers to have something different and at age of 14 years made up her first English Champion Ch. Miss Print of Torlu.

1970s  saw the crowning of the first English Champion Boxer Tirkane Avaunt  who was the top winning bitch of the year. The late seventies also saw the arrival of the Toy  Poodles , originally white ones but this progressed to Apricots and blacks. The first Irish Champion was made up in the mid seventies followed by many more.

1980s - The eighties saw the Poodles in partnership with Mrs Angela Corish and the first Eng. Ch. Toy Poodle Hornstar Modern Millie started a successful run of champions.  The Lhasa Apso Ch. Saxonsprings Orianna was added to the Show Team and she became an English Champion and the Top winning dog all breeds in Ireland.  Also the Miniature Poodle Ir. & GB. Ch. Sealaw Pacesetter who won 15 C.C.s.


1990s  Ann & Millicent Ingram both judged at Crufts.  Ann, now an All Breeds Judge, judged in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Portugal & Spain. For her Judging CV click here


2000s The Poodles in partnership with Kay Ryan, have carried on their winning ways with another Eng. & Ir. Ch. Tirkane Fire Flicker.  The Boxers are not so actively shown now due to an injury to Ann’s leg, but are still being bred in a smaller way.  To date there have been over 100 Irish Champions and 19 English Champions produced at Tirkane and the count is still rising.


Millicent as a Debutant

Judging Boxers at Crufts


Knoxie with the Whippet Ch. Moonraker of Longleath

Knoxie with Flash Girl at Newtownards 1958

Millicent with Ch. Sheafdon Hot Toddy winning Best In Show at Dun Laoghaire Ch. Show and Knoxie winning Reserve with Ch. Cranmore On Parade