Doon Coursing Club
Doon and District Coursing Club’s annual two day meeting for 2004 was run at Kilmoylan by kind permission of Joan and Seamie Barry on Saturday and Sunday the 4 th and 5 th of December. The Slipper for the meeting was Richie Quinn and the Judge was Walter Dick. Coursing enthusiasts in their usual high numbers flocked to the event and were met with good weather, warm hospitality and good coursing. Both hares and dogs performed admirably over the two days.
The Corn Dun Bleisce and John Gang Stake, kindly sponsored by Michael O’Donovan of Tipperary, was the main event on the card and the betting for this event on the second morning, after two rounds, saw Atlantic View replace Trajectory as the even money favourite. Trajectory, who was coursing dog of the year in 2003, was beaten at the quarter final stage. In the final, the strong favourite, Atlantic View (Kilucan House – Atlantic Beauty) and Shoestown Lady (Hilltown-
The Oaks Trial Stake was sponsored by Whelan’s Bar and before the quarter finals the betting was 6/4 Rith Gan Gaisce and La Torre, 2/1 Forgotten Boston, 3/1 Atlantic Foam and Say La Vie. The final was contested between the two Gerry Holihan trained bitches, Rith Gan Gaisce (Hilltown-
The betting in the Reserve Derby Trial Stake, sponsored by Millers Bar, Oola, saw Pedal and Crank and Velvet Venture at 2/1 at the start of coursing. In the final the Michael O’Donovan trained Gondolfin Syndicate owned Pedal and Crank (Matt Hyland-
The Working Members and James Buckley Cup, which was sponsored by Mike Buckley’s Bar, saw a very popular winner in Willy Kett’s Malfunction (Fortune Mike-
The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup, sponsored by the Sibin Bar, gave us an impressive winner in the Michael Ryan; Cappawhite owned, bred and trained Clongana Bypass (Dual Type-
This year the Derby at Clonmel was won by Yes Jimmy Ha owned by John McCallin from Belfast and bred by Joe Riordan from Pallasgreen. The good natured and affable Joe is one of the most popular members of our club and everybody was overjoyed with his success. His rendition of the Animals song ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ is a wonder to behold.
The 15 th of November was a sad occasion with the death of a former Vice-
Our Secretary Seamie Barry continues to do us proud in the contribution he is making to the Niall Mellon Township Challenge where he and fellow tradesmen offer their services free to building houses for the poorest of the poor of Capetown, South Africa each November. This year he is accompanied by his wife Joan and their sacrifice for such a worthy cause is an inspiration to us all.
The club would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to all of our many sponsors and advertisers, especially those that sponsored the different stakes and made their premises available for very successful fund raising nights. 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 2005 when the meeting will be held on the 3 rd and 4 th of December at the usual venue.