Doon Coursing Club
The Doon and District Coursing meeting for 2001 was run on Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th. Glorious weather, big crowds and a well run meeting were the feature of the two days. The Slipper was John Doyle and the Judge for the meeting was Noel Loughnane.
The feature event the John Gangs Cup and Nom Ryan Memorial was won in highly impressive style by the Edmond and Ger Ryan owned Brothers Forever (Form of Tender – Tivoli Laura). In the final he was always in control and had three lengths to spare from Flashy Supreme owned and trained by Miss Riona Heffernan. Brothers Forever was trained in Tipperary Town by Michael O’Donovan, who also sponsors the event.
The Nom Ryan Memorial which is for the last surviving bitch went to the Robert O’Connell owned Countess Rebecca who was beaten at the semi-
The final of the Oaks Trial stake caused an upset when the outsider of the pair Another Marion got up for a half length success over Shaneboy Anna. This impeccably bred bitch (Tullamore – Smokey Marion) was owned by Michael Fogarty and Sean McLoughney and was trained by John Kelly in Nenagh. The runner up was owned by Denis Kiely of Kilmallock.
The Reserve Derby Trial Stake and Dan Carroll Memorial Cup proved to be a popular success for the Patsy Richardson locally owned Faithful James (Form of Tender – Faithful Heart). Recording big leads throughout the two days he proved four lengths too good for the Jack Molloy owned Lough Ross in the final.
The Working Members Stake and James Buckley Cup proved to be the closest final of the day with the Joe Riordan owned Across To Macs getting there for a neck verdict over Pat Ryan and Ger O’Neill’s Scarlet Knight. Popular Pallasgreen man Joe was recording his first success in this event.
The Working Member of the Year award for 2001 was presented to Liam Barry. Liam was a worthy recipient of this highly coveted trophy based on the major contribution he made to catching the hares for the meeting. His mentor Paddy Nolan has managed to transform Liam from being slightly apprehensive of hares not so long ago into an accomplished net man.
One of the most memorable social events of 2001 was a night we spent in John Joe Quinlan’s hostelry in Kilcommon following a days hunting. As is usual on these occasions following a few sociable drinks with the locals a sing song and recitation session developed. In top form for Doon were John Power, Liam Barry, Paddy Nolan, Tony Nolan and Ger Ryan among others. It wasn’t long before the Kilcommon lads were on their mobile phones calling in reinforcements from all around to match the Doon boys in the talent stakes. The ensuing competition provided for those present consummate entertainment which culminated at the end of the night in an impromptu guard of honour as a mark of respect from John Joe’s Kilcommon patrons as the Doon lads bade farewell for the night.
In a very magnanimous gesture Club Secretary Seamus Barry made available to the Club a substantial area of land for the erection of a permanent sanctuary for the hares. This has been duly erected and will ensure the quality of the hares is of the highest order as it provides them with conditions which are natural, dry and spacious. As is generally accepted the quality of the hares determines the quality of the meeting. Looking after the welfare of the hares has always been a priority for the Doon club.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to all of our many sponsors especially those that sponsored the different stakes. We would encourage the public to support them. We would also like to thank our many working members and all of those that contribute in any way to making the meeting a success. We look forward to seeing all of you again in 2002 when the meeting will be held on the 7th and 8th of December at the usual venue.