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Report 2005

Coursing Reports 2001-2010

Doon Coursing Club

Doon and District Coursing Club’s annual two day meeting for 2005 was run at Kilmoylan by kind permission of Joan and Seamie Barry on Saturday and Sunday the 3 rd and 4  th of December.  The Slipper for the meeting was Richie Quinn and the Judge was Tony Reddan.  

In the final of the Corn Dun Bleisce, Nom Ryan Memorial and Matt Hyland Stake, Misty Hyland (Matt Hyland-Misty Harmony) owned and trained by Michael Houlihan of Ballyduff was the favourite over the James Leahy and Tom Skeehan (Thurles and Templetouhy)  owned King Of Puccas (Micks Magic-Meridian Express).  Misty Hyland was out in front from slips and led all the way for an impressive five-length victory.  

In the final of the Oaks Trial Stake, the favourite Stop Yawning (Multibet-Eoin Og), owned in Nenagh by Jake Flynn-Maher and Hazel Murray-Flannery met Stand Again (Cool Blues-Bold Robin), owned and trained by Seamus Bourke of Oola.  Stop Yawning was first  from slips and was over a length and a half in front before she had to hold on from a late determined run from Stand Again.  Stop Yawning’s litter brother Bexhill Eoin went on to win the Derby in February at the National Coursing Meeting in Clonmel.

In the final of the Reserve Derby Trial Stake and Dan Carroll Memorial Cup, Michael and Noel O’Flaherty’s (Ballinlough) Glencoo Big Boy (Tullamore-Queen Rebecca) met Michael Shields (Gorey) and Roddy Keane’s (Clonmel) Stephens Day  (Multibet-Moll Daly).  Stephens Day who went off favourite, powered up the field for an impressive four-length victory.  The same Stephens Day went on to win the Keen Laddie Stake at the National Coursing Meeting in Clonmel.

Unfortunately only one round of both the Working Members Stake and the Two Course Duffer were completed on the direction of the ICC Control Stuart for the meeting.  The Club would like to apologise for this to the disappointed owners and sponsors.  The  total prize money for the two events was distributed evenly amongst the surviving first round winners.

We would like to congratulate John McLoughlin, Pat Coffey and Patsy Richardson, all who have won coursing cups already this season.  With very many promising greyhounds in the ownership of club members we feel sure that there will be many more winners  before the season is over.

The 17 th of December was a very sad occasion with the death of our Vice-Chairman, John Horan after a brief illness.  John, from Pallasgreen, was a very friendly and outgoing man who  contributed hugely to our club over many years. We are forever indebted to him for the effort he put in always in his dedication to the club.  He was particularly skilled in the area of fund raising and his efforts contributed hugely to the sound financial  state that the club is now in. The huge attendance at his funeral was testament to the high regard in which he was held. Bill Barry sang a very moving version of John’s favourite song The Chapel Gates of Cooraclare, at his internment.  We extend  our condolences to his wife and family.

We extend condolences to all club members who lost relatives during the year, in particular the Allis family on the death of James and the Ryan family on the death of Paudy.  Both families are tireless workers for the club.

The club would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to all of our many sponsors and advertisers.   We would encourage the public to support them.  We would also like to thank our many hard 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 2006 when the meeting will be held on the 2 nd and 3 rd  of December at the usual venue.

Timmy Ryan

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