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Stitch sews up Nose of Tralee 2023 crown representing Limerick



Stitch crowned Nose of Tralee 2023 sewing up the competition representing Limerick

One-year-old Maltichon Stitch has sewn up the competition being crowned Nose of Tralee 2023 taking this year’s crown while representing Limerick

Stitch crowned nose of tralee 2023
Stitch pictured with his owner Courtney

Stitch’s journey to becoming a local hero exemplifies the loving bond between humans and their furry friends as the newly crowned Nose of Tralee came into owner Courtney’s life when she needed companionship.

On being crowned Nose of Tralee 2023, Stitch’s owner Courtney said, “We’ve met so many new people (especially his 31 other nose friends) and many other pets in the #IrishDogCommunity. We never thought we’d be where we are today. Thank you all for your generous support and being so supportive towards us.”

Celebrations are coming fast for Stitch who will celebrate his “Gotcha Day” with his family, Courtney added, “Our next celebration is Stitch’s gotcha day which is Sunday! It’s been such a fast year since he came into our lives last August. I remember I had chemotherapy that Friday (26th August) and I went out to pick up Stitch that Saturday (27th August). Even though I was exhausted and wasn’t feeling well, I put it aside and put my focus on my new companion.” 


Stitch entered the life of his owner in August 2022, just three months after she was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. Struggling to cope with the diagnosis, she knew she needed a new companion, and that’s when Stitch came into her life. As her first-ever dog, Stitch proved to be an unwavering source of comfort and support throughout her chemotherapy journey.

Courtney says, “I wasn’t coping well with my diagnosis so we decided I needed a new companion in my life! He was my first ever dog. He was by my side throughout my whole chemotherapy.

“I was losing my hair but that didn’t matter to him. He still loved me for me. I ended up shaving my head in October. I was afraid he wouldn’t recognise me or even want to be near me but that didn’t matter to him. He could see how hard it was for me to process and he comforted me through it.”

Congratulations to Nose of Tralee 2023 Stitch and their proud owner!

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.