Doon Coursing Club 2011
There was some really great coursing in pretty atrocious conditions, especially on the Sunday, when Doon Coursing Club ran their 79 th Meeting on the 3 rd and 4 th December 2011. Strong hares and great handling of the greyhounds was the order of both days and the club can be very proud of running a top class meeting. There were some very exciting buckles and almost all courses had two or more turns, always a good sign of the quality of any coursing meeting.
The Oaks Trial Stake was won by Blazing Dilemma, owned by the Premier Syndicate and trained in Tipperary by Michael O’Donovan. This January whelp is by Murty’s Blaze and out of Uptown Dilemma. This stake is kindly sponsored by Whelan’s Bar Doon. In the final Blazing Dilemma took on Oileann Smile, owned and trained in Kiskeam, Co. Cork, by Sean Meehan. Blazing Dilemma took control out of slips and never looked in danger. Even though the short slip probably didn’t suit her, she still got to the turn a length before her opponent and took four more turns before claiming her ticket to the National Meeting in Clonmel.
The Corn Dun Bleisce & Birrane Perpetual Stake for all aged greyhounds was sponsored by Michael O’Donovan with the Cup presented by the Buckley family. At the semi-
The Nom Ryan memorial All-
The Reserve Derby Trial Stake was kindly sponsored by Seamus and Linda Carew, Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home in Newport. Semi-
The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial was kindly sponsored by Johnsie’s Bar, Toom. Gorgeous Rocky, owned by Susan Hayes and trained by her father Johnny in Oola, showed good heart in the final of this two-
The Surplus Duffer Stake was kindly sponsored by Paddy Dore Commercials. This stake was won by Cooneen Best, owned by Richard Bourke and trained by Joe O’Donnell in Cappamore. In the final he beat Christy’s Primrose, owned by Mary McNamara in Limerick and trained by Neilly O’Connell in Ballyneety by two and a half lengths.
The Working Members Stake and James Buckley Cup was kindly sponsored by the Local Bar, Doon. Velvet Peppa, owned by Mary Buckley and trained by her son Tadgh, was very impressive in this keenly contested local stake. The runner-
We would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the families of all members who suffered bereavement during the year. We would like in particular to offer our condolences to the O’Dwyer Family who lost their father Din during the year. Din was one of the last remaining founding members of our club, who could trace his association right back to our foundation year of 1932. Din was possessed of a very friendly personality and was extremely well liked by all who knew him for his pleasant humour and gracious manner. He shared his skill as a very proficient ploughman with the club to provide us with a sod that was always straight and through for the laying of the back run and escape wire. We would also like to offer our condolences to the Barry Family on the death of their Mother, Winifred. Winifred also had a long association with the Club, her late husband James was a former Secretary and her son Seamus is our current Secretary.
The Club would like 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, including Joan, Bridie, Peg, Ann Marie and Mary who organised a very successful cake sale during the year. We would encourage the public to support our many sponsors and advertisers in these financially difficult times. We would like to thank Damien and Liam for organising a very successful club lottery and to thank Johnny, Paddy and John for the excellent hare husbandry they provided as evidenced by the quality of the hares. 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 2012, when the meeting will be held on the 1 st and 2 nd of December, at Kilmoylan, by kind permission of Joan and Seamus Barry and when we will have the special honour of celebrating the 80 th anniversary of the Clubs foundation back in 1932.