The GCCFI Rules have been updated on the About Us Page


2021 SHOWS

Following a recent meeting of the Executive it has been decided that there will not be any shows held under GCCFI licence before 1st June 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation and further information will be provided when available.


Please visit the Notices Page for the latest on registration procedures following the temporary Coronavirus Emergency procedures


JUNE 2019

All Champion/Grand Champion and Premier/Grand Premier Titles are now automated and you will be informed when one of these titles is achieved.  See the Notice Page and the Form Page for full details.



New Post re: Genetic Testing on the

Notice Page



There is very important advice and information regarding buying a kitten on our Information Page and we very strongly urge any person considering buying a kitten to read it carefully before proceeding.



Regretably, there is currently a lot of misinformation being propogated by some kitten sellers.  Please read this NOTICE, the information on Buying and Selling a Kitten on our Information Page and please use our Contact Us page PRIOR to purchasing a kitten if still in any doubt as to the veracity of the information you are receiving from potential sellers.




The GCCFI (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Ireland) was founded in 1968 and is to the Cat Fancy what the Kennel Club is to the Dog World.


The Council is concerned with the welfare of all cats, both pedigree and non-pedigree.
The Council grants licences to affiliated clubs to run shows under strict rules of procedure.
The Council deals with the Registration and Transfer of pedigree cats and kittens, the issuing of Certified Pedigrees for cats being exported and the verification of titles claimed as a result of winning Certificates at shows.
The Council is responsible for the organisation of the Supreme Show which is held annually. Cats must qualify for this show by winning at a Club Championship Show.



The earliest idea of a Cat Fancy in Ireland came with the founding of the Siamese Cat Club in 1953.  Those involved at the time tried unsuccessfully to became affiliated with the GCCF in the UK. The Siamese Cat Club subsequently started a registration system for Siamese cats which they continued until the founding of the GCCFI (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Ireland) in 1968.  The registrations were then handed over to the new body, where they expanded in due course to include new breeds as they emerged and were developed.


The GCCFI formed its own constitution and dealt with the affiliation of clubs and the running of championship shows, as it does to the present day.  It took many years of negotiations before we received recognition from the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in the UK.  This enabled our breeders and exhibitors to register their cats in the UK and show them at GCCF shows, and the UK people to register and show their cats at our shows here in Ireland.  This in turn, with mutual agreement, led to cats being able to compete for International Status between the two countries, which is the norm at the present time.


The Council consists of not more than 30 members comprised of Founder Members, Life Members, Elected Members and Club Delegates. The day to day business of the Council is dealt with by the Executive Committee which consists of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and five others all elected at the AGM and holding office for two years. The AGM is held in June or July of each year and there should be at least two other general meetings.  Contact details and further information may be found on the Contacts Page

The GCCFI currently has three affiliated Clubs; SABCCI (Siamese and All Breeds Cat Club of Ireland), The Cork Cat Club and the Midland Cat Club - all detailed below in the order in which they were affiliated.


CHAIRMAN:Karen Sluiters086 384 3314


VICE CHAIR:Dionne Dixon 086 411 2551  purdia@hotmail.com
SECRETARY:Gloria Hehir(01) 492 2300  gloria@sabcci.com
SHOW MANAGER:Ronnie Brooks   

087 741 3710



CORK CAT CLUB  www.corkcatclub.net
CHAIRMAN:Liz Buckley blarneywholesalesupplies@eircom.net
VICE CHAIR:Denise O’Donovan andersonrowena@gmail.com
SECRETARY:Clare McCarthy085 732 8403clairenmcc@yahoo.ie
TREASURER:Lavinia Anderson087 970 3053laviniaanderson@gmail.com
SHOW MANAGER:Ger Bowles gerbowles@hotmail.com
MEMBERSHIP SEC:Patricia Starkey


MIDLAND CAT CLUB OF IRELAND www.themidlandcatclubofireland.weebly.com
CHAIRMAN:Shirley Ward             061 374 533 shirleyward@eircom.net 
VICE CHAIR:Veronica Brooks

087 741 3710

TREASURER:To be advised   
SECRETARY:Caroline Wren063 86942 hoonikatz@hotmail.com 
SHOW MANAGER:Carmel Byrne087 692 1365  carmelbyrne50@gmail.com


Please click HERE for a copy of the GCCFI Constitution (Copy Date: June 2019).

Please click HERE for a copy of the GCCFI Rules (Updated December 2020)