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-
The Nom Ryan Memorial Cup went to Listen (Bar Time-
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-
The Oaks Trial Stake, kindly sponsored by Whelan’s Bar, was won by the well bred Newinn Droopy (Droopy’s Saunders-
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-
The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup was kindly sponsored by Johnsie’s Bar, Toom. In this two-
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-
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.