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Doon Coursing Club 2010
There was a good fall of snow the night before the second day of Doon’s two-day fixture held on the 27 th and 28 th  of November and coursing had to be delayed for half an hour to allow time for the hard working members to remove it from the field, nevertheless there was some really top class sport attended by a large crowd who witnessed some excellent courses with  great hares and very fast greyhounds.
The feature event on the card, the Corn Dun Bleisce (Presented by the Buckley Family) and Birrane Perpetual Stake, sponsored by Mike Donovan of Tipperary Town, carried a winner’s prize of €1200.  In the final March Is On (Trajectory-Dedicated)  the property of Dan O’Connor from Scartaglin and Pat Fitzgerald from Glin, who earlier in the season won the Cup at Freshford and was beaten in the semi-final at Regional, beat Windfarm Eiscir (Bexhill Eoin-Windfarm Lady) owned by Claire Eustace  of Ennis.  The winner led from the start in a short slip to take the decisive turn by a length.  This win qualified March Is On for the Champion Stake at the National Meeting in Clonmel, which he duly won in very impressive fashion.
The Nom Ryan Memorial Bitch Stake was sponsored once again by Nom’s sister Kay Campbell.  This event was for 16 all-age bitches and carried a winner’s prize of €1200.  In the final, Sylvie Begley’s Lady Nimble (Droopys Caesar-Emers  Pride) was smartly away from slips against Same Over to win by three lengths.  The winner hailed from Castleisland, Co Kerry.
The Reserve Derby Trial Stake and Dan Carroll Memorial Cup was sponsored by Joe Cribben and Martina Ryan of Millers Bar, Oola.  In the final Helens Jet (Droopys Saunders-Liscahane), owned by Pa Fitzgerald from Croagh and trained by Neilly O’Connell,  after being level early on, pulled away from Suncroft Lad to hold a three lengths advantage for the only turn, the loser changing sides on the run-up.
The Oaks Trial Stake for 32 bitch puppies was sponsored by Whelan’s Bar, Doon.  In the decider Rock Music (Musical Time-Best View), owned and trained by James Bourke of Oola beat Coolree Covert by a length and a half to qualify for a tilt at the  Oaks in Clonmel.
The Working Members Stake and James Buckley Cup was won by Fr. Dan Green’s Back To Shannon.  In the final she beat Richard Burke's Cooneen Black.  This stake was sponsored by Tony’s Crystal Bar, Doon.  
The James Barry and Martin Lonergan memorial Cup, sponsored by Johnsie's Bar, Toom, for two-course duffers was won by Seamus and Aiden Duggan of Quin’s Ballyhannon.  Incidentally this same greyhound was narrowly beaten in a heat of the St Leger  at Limerick Track the previous night.
It was with great sadness that we witnessed the passing of one of our most stalwart working members and member of the executive committee for many years, the much loved and respected James Buckley of Glengar.  James was a great coursing man and all round  great sportsman, having excelled in the hurling field for his beloved Glengar and later in life on golf courses all over Ireland and abroad.  He’s trophy cabinet was filled to overflowing with his many awards.  He had many victories on both track  and field with greyhounds he owned and trained, probably none being more enjoyable for him than dogs he had in joint ownership with his great friend, the legendary Nom Ryan, and in particular the Local Stake victories they enjoyed on the coursing field  In Doon.  James comes from a family well soaked in greyhounds and music.  James himself was an excellent singer who was particularly good at interpreting the songs of Jim Reeves.  There was many a great night we had in his company and he will be sadly  missed.  We would like to extend the Clubs sympathy to his wife Noreen and to all of his family.  
We would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the families of all members who suffered bereavement during the year, 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 fund raising events such as the great work carried out by the Ladies Committee who organised a very successful cake sale during the year.   We would encourage the public to support our many sponsors and advertisers.   We would also like to thank our many working members and junior members and all of those that contribute in any way to making the meeting a success.  We 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  2011, when the meeting will be held on the 3 rd and 4 th of December, at Kilmoylan, by kind permission of Joan  and Seamus Barry.
Timmy Ryan


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