Doon Coursing Club
Despite gale force winds and some intermittent heavy showers, the Doon Coursing Club managed to run off their 75 th anniversary meeting at Kilmoylan on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 st and 2 nd 2007, in excellent style with the standard of coursing really top class and the quality of the hares outstanding.
The main event was the Corn Dun Bleisce and Matt Hyland Stake, sponsored by Michael O’Donovan, with the Cup presented by the Buckley Family. In the opening semi-
The Nom Ryan Memorial Cup went to Quarrymount Dee as the last surviving bitch in the all aged stake. This was kindly sponsored by Nom’s sister Kay.
In the final of the Reserve Derby Trial Stake, sponsored by Millers Bar in Oola, Magical Jamie (Tullamore-
The Oaks Trial Stake, sponsored by Whelan’s Bar, was won by the well bred Skellig Beag (Ashmore View-
The final of the Working Members Stake and James Buckley Cup, sponsored by Mike Buckley’s Bar, provided an exciting decider with West Ham Sardine, owned by Joe O’Riordan and John McLoughlin leading from slips against Jody Shanahan’s Amarillo Rose, but the latter finished very strongly to take the vital turn by half a length before the hare went home to the escape. This victory was celebrated well by the popular Jody and his family.
The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup, sponsored by Johnsies Bar, went to Ned Murphy’s (Mallow) Determined over Liam Mark’s and Elva Taggart’s (Dublin) Razldazl Adam. The winner was ahead by four lengths before the hare made the safety of the escape.
It was a very successful year for our dedicated hare steward John McLoughlin on the coursing field nationally when he qualified both Cooga Clause (Tullamore-
A prolific winner on the track this year was Doon trainer Pat Buckley who provided the runner-
Finally I 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 events. We would encourage the public to support them. We would also like to thank in a special way our many working members and junior 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 2008, when the meeting will be held on the 29 th and 30 th of November, at the usual venue.
Unfortunately the meeting this year will be run without the presence of our hard working Secretary Seamus and his wife Joan (the real Secretary) as they will be toiling in South Africa on the Niall Mellon Township Initiative, building houses for poor families in Cape Town. We wish them luck in this most worthy cause.