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Doon Coursing Club 2009

It was a fantastic achievement for Pallasgreen man and dedicated working member Joe Riordan and his trainer Ann Taylor from Cashel at the two day Doon and District Coursing meeting on Saturday and Sunday November 28 th  and 29 th 2009 when they combined to bring off a unique double.  They won the featured Corn Dun Bleisce Stake, the 32 All Aged event with a very fast bitch called Mary Kates Coin,  having earlier taken the Working Members Stake with another bitch, Toome Ban.  In addition to taking the €1,500 prize with Mary Kates Coin, they also managed to capture an extra €500 and the Nom Ryan Memorial Cup for being the last standing  bitch in the All-Aged Stake.

In the first semi-final of Corn Dun Bleisce, Lixnaw View, owned by Kevin Gleeson from Lixnaw, came from behind to have a length to spare over favourite John McLoughlin’s Cooga Dan. In the second semi-final Mary Kates Coin (World Class-Across to  Macs) was never in trouble when disposing of Mephisto, racing all the way to the escape for a five lengths success. Mary Kates Coin was the outsider in the final but she left no doubt about her superiority as she was fast away from slips to be up four  lengths against Lixnaw View at the first turn of the hare before he made the safety of the escape. The Corn Dun Bleisce is kindly sponsored by Mike Donovan with the Nom Ryan Memorial Cup for last surviving bitch sponsored by Kay Campbell.

In the first semi-final of the Oaks Trial stake Chyna Pet, the property of the three members of the N-C-R Syndicate from Monard, and trained by John Nash, took the only turn in her buckle with John McLoughlin’s Cooga Jess by two lengths.  In the  second semi-final Bower Sign was always on line in her course against Funny Honey as she led all the way to the escape.  In the final Bower Sign (Bexhill Eoin-Sullane Sign), owned and trained by John Saunders from Rathmore, Co Kerry was strong favourite  but she had to come from behind Chyna Pet in a hard won course to take the stake.  The Oaks Trial Stake is kindly sponsored by Whelan’s Bar.

The Reserve Derby Trial Stake, for 16 dog puppies, was run in full on Sunday with Cooga Benji the 2-1 favourite before coursing.  In the first semi-final of this stake Fionntra Dinny beat Cooga Benji by two lengths.  In the second semi-final Polar Twilight,  the property of Billy O’Toole from Charleville and trained by Kevin Barry was fast away from slips against Rathmore Pine to take the first turn by four lengths.  Polar Twilight was a hot favourite in the final but he failed to produce his previous  form and it was Sinead Ni-Mhurchu’s (Tipperary Town) Fionntra Dinny (Trajectory-Gentstown Storm) who was smartly away from slips to win by four lengths.  The Reserve Derby Trial Stake is kindly sponsored by Millers Bar, Oola.

In the final of the James Barry & Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup, for two course duffers, the honours went to Joe O’Donnell of Cappamore when his bitch Megans Amy got the better of Javier & Joaquin Martinez’s (Spain) dog Golfus, who is trained  by Tadgh Buckley, by four lengths in a course in which there was no turn.  This stake is kindly sponsored by the affable Johnsie Ryan of Johnsies Bar in Toom.

As mentioned previously Joe Riordan and Ann Taylor took the Working Members Stake for one course duffers with the bitch Toome Bar (Boavista-Across To Macs).  She raced away from Tadgh Buckley’s dog Velvet Rocket in the decider to have a six length  advantage when she turned the hare.  Interestingly the mother of the winner Across To Macs won the Working Members Stake in Doon back in 2001. She also bred the winner of the Derby in Clonmel in 2005 with Yes Jimmy Ha. The good natured and likeable 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.  This stake has been kindly sponsored for many years by  Mike Buckley, proprietor of the Crystal Bar. We wish him luck in his retirement from the bar and offer good wishes to new tenant Tony Maher.

It was a great year for local woman Finola Richardson on the track with her dog Definate Opinion winning both the Cesarewitch and the Dundalk International Open 550.  It was also a good year for her brother Damien who recently returned from Australia  with his lovely wife Ann Marie and sons Padraig and Ned and had the honour of being elected to the role of Coursing Club Secretary.  We wish him well in his new responsibilities and also the best of luck to new Treasurer Liam Barry, and new Chairman George  Allis.  Both Liam and George are sons of founder members who carry on a proud tradition of coursing in Doon.  Liam is an excellent public speaker who is never found wanting when it comes to saying a ‘few words’.  George has been a steadfast  member of the club for over fifty years and was a special friend of the legendary John Hayes Manager.

We wish the best of luck to Seamus Barry who retired this year and was on outstanding Secretary for twenty five years bringing many new initiatives and   improvements to the club during his tenure, such as developing the coursing field, improving prizemoney,  raising new sponsors, organising fund raising events, bringing modern technology to the entry system, and ensuring top quality coursing year after year.  He kindly made the field in Kilmoylan available to us as an excellent venue and ideal location for  coursing every year. We must also give credit to his wife Joan who’s house was always open to us around the time of the coursing at all hours of the day and night.  We were always received with warmth and hospitality even on occasions when we must  have tried her patience due to not being completely coherent having imbibed a little too much ‘up the street’.   Joan we say thank you for humouring us and for all your dedicated work on entries, food provision and the excellent work you  did on video and camera to provide a lasting record of many highlights and memories of the past twenty five years.

I would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the families of members who suffered bereavement during the year such as the gentlemanly Stephen Ryan of Murroe, and 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 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 2010, when the meeting will be held on the 27 th and 28 th of November, at the usual venue.   

Timmy Ryan

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