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Doon Coursing Club 2008

The Doon Coursing Club was not favoured by good weather at their annual two day meeting, held at Kilmoylan on Saturday and Sunday November 29 th and 30 th  2008.  On Saturday coursing had to put back until 1:10pm as we were curtailed by fog which severely reduced visibility making it difficult to see the escape.  The club PRO Liam Barry was dispatched to the top of the field where he reported back on his  mobile phone, for the benefit of us that couldn’t see clearly, the quality of Richie Quinn’s slipping, to ensure that no undue pressure was put on the hares, and that each decision was decided fairly by Judge Tony Redden.  The fog gradually  lifted, which took the pressure off Liam, who at that stage was quite out of breath from his exertions. We weren’t sure whether the longer slips he was demanding were for the benefit of the hares or to give himself a break.

In Sunday it was a similar story as coursing was once more put back to 12:30pm in very cold conditions with a slight ‘bone’ in the ground.  The frosty ground eventually thawed and thanks to excellent hares, which were a credit to the hard  working committee, and a slick operation, we managed to get through the card by 03:10pm, producing some excellent coursing with many exciting buckles along the way, before a large and appreciative crowd.

The main event was the Corn Dun Bleisce and Matt Hyland Stake, kindly sponsored by Michael O’Donovan, with the Cup presented by the Buckley Family.  Wanderer Kieran (Trajectory-Four Fingers) owned by Betty Collins of Abbeyfeale had a direct route  to the final of this thirty-two greyhound all-aged event after receiving a bye in the semi-final when the fancied Cooga Johnson was withdrawn, having got a grueller when beating overnight favourite, Crafty Cetto, in his quarter final.  In the second semi-final  Tubele had a close call against Listen; a course in which there was no turn and in which the judge’s decision could have gone either way. In the final Tubele (Matt Hyland-Coonagh Blonde), trained by Dan Brassil for the Dream on Syndicate from Newcastlewest,  was smartly away from slips against Wanderer Kieran to lead all the way to take the €2,000 prize by six lengths at the escape.

The Nom Ryan Memorial Cup went to Listen (Bar Time-Cillowen Delight) as the last surviving bitch in the Corn Dun Bleisce.  This was kindly sponsored by Nom’s sister Kay who made the presentation to Listen’s owner Pat Daley from Cork.

The Reserve Derby Trial Stake was kindly sponsored by Miller’s Bar, Oola.  In the final of this sixteen dog event Auld Jack (Janey MacAroo-Queen of Thomond), owned jointly by Ger O’Callaghan and John Davern from Limerick, raced away from  slips to build up an eight lengths advantage over Haradsun, owned by Pat Conway, at the escape.  

The Oaks Trial Stake, kindly sponsored by Whelan’s Bar, was won by the well bred Newinn Droopy (Droopy’s Saunders- Fiery Mary), owned by Ciann O’Donnell from New Inn and Niamh Dunphy from Portlaw, when she came storming from behind  Magical Ava  to take the turn by three lengths.
The Working Members Stake and James Buckley Cup, was kindly sponsored by Jock Buckley’s Bar. In this stake the popular and dedicated working member Joe Riordan from Pallasgreen, who ran up for the same stake the previous year with West Ham Sardine,  went one better when his Ho John Ran (World Class-Across to Macs), which he jointly owns with trainer Ann Taylor from Cashel, took the honours.  In the final he came up against Droopy’s Snowdrop, owned by the Bobby Dazzler Syndicate from Doon,  and trained by Tadgh Buckley, and coming from behind had two lengths to spare at the escape.  Joe, as is his nature, was extremely gracious in victory.  He also gave us a fine rendition of his favourite song ‘House of the Rising Sun’.

The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup was kindly sponsored by Johnsie’s Bar, Toom.  In this two-course duffer Judy Mackey of Mooncoin’s Moonveen Topper (Top Savings-Battstreet Katie) proved a most impressive winner when he beat  Glenn Byrne of Kilmallock’s Come West by six lengths. The normally quite spoken Johnsie who lets his dogs do the talking was on hand to make the presentation.

In 2009 local man Pat Buckley firmly established himself as the top trainer in Ireland in only his fourth year as a professional when he won the Irish and Scottish Derby as well as the Puppy Derby, a phenomenal achievement which may never be equalled.   He won the Puppy Derby for the second time in a row with a super pup called Tullymurry Act.  He won the Scottish Derby with Cabra Cool and the Irish Derby with College Causeway.  It was College Causeway however, owned by Kerrymen Mike and Vincent McKenna,  who gave Pat his proudest moment when he went through the entire Derby unbeaten, breaking the track record in the first round and coming all the way from last at the second bend to win the final in breath-taking fashion.  Most experts agree that this  was probably the greatest Irish Derby winner of all time. Pat’s achievements are a credit to his entire family, all of whom contributed to his success in what is very much a family run business.  

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.  Finally I would like to give special thanks to the landowners  from Doon and surrounding parishes who allowed us to hunt on their lands.  We realise that they are the true custodians of the hares and we make every effort to ensure that each hare caught is returned to the same  area it came from after the meeting.  We look forward to seeing all of you again in 2009, when the meeting will be held on the 28 th and 29  th of November, at the usual venue.  

Timmy Ryan





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