Country/Date of Origin: Ireland/1700s
The Glen of Imaal these dogs were named for is in County Wicklow in the south of Ireland. Farmers there used this tough terrier as a "go to ground" dog against badgers and foxes. Its courage is legendary.
The breed did not come to attention of the show world until 1933 when it was recognized by the Irish Kennel Club. To date it has not gotten the nod from the American Kennel Club although it can be shown in the miscellaneous classes.