John is a much respected elder statesman of the Yorkshire Canary fancy, and is an accomplished breeder, exhibitor and judge.

He won Best in Show at the YCC in 1977 with a variegated buff hen.

He has done much to promote thehobby of breeding and exhibiting Yorkshire canaries all over the world, and was mainly reponsible for starting the tradition of Irish fanciers to make the annual trek to Saltaire to exhibit their birds.

John is the first Irish citizen to be elected as President of the YCC.