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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-final stage Dinny Gould Bookmakers had the gambling odds at even money for Brannig  Riobamba and Castlemartyr Lad, with Soapy Eyes and Helens Jet still available to 2/1.  In the first semi-final both dogs were even until they broke past the training wire where Helens Jet started to establish a lead which kept his head in front until  the turn, taking it by a just-up.  In the second semi-final it was even up most of the field, with Soapy Eyes looking to be taking the advantage.  Brannig Riobamba put in a huge effort and both dogs got a lot of work after the turn; however a very tired  Soapy Eyes prevailed.  The final was not run following the unfortunate withdrawal of Soapy Eyes (Ballymac Maeve-Three Fools), who had showed power and pace throughout the two days, and is owned by Margaret Clancy and trained in Ballysheedy, Co. Limerick  by Neilus O’Connell.  Helens Jet (Droppys Saunders- Liscahane Fairy), also trained by Neilly O’Connell and owned by Pat Fitzgerald, was declared the winner.  This dog was very familiar with Joan Barry’s field having won his trial  stake here in 2010.  
The Nom Ryan memorial All-Aged Stake was kindly sponsored by Kay Campbell.  In the first semi-final of this stake Wise Lady was in control all the way to the turn against Portinard Nine, but in a very tight buckle the decision from Judge Ger Mulcaire,  went to Portinard Nine.  In the second semi-final the very impressive Snowy Express bombed out of slips to take command of her course against Clogher Road and took the first turn by five lengths.  Unfortunately for her connections, Dave Nelligan and family  from Castle island, it took a further nine turns before the hare finally decided to head for the sanctuary of Sean Thompson’s trap door, leaving a very tired Snowy Express in his wake.  Not surprisingly then she was withdrawn for the final which  left outright honours to Portinard Nine, owned and trained in Abbeyfeale by Maurice Collins.  The same Portinard Nine proved her worth when she went on the win the highly prestigious Champion Bitch Stake at the National Meeting at Clonmel in February.
The Reserve Derby Trial Stake was kindly sponsored by Seamus and Linda Carew, Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home in Newport.  Semi-final betting went Killeagh Matt 4/6, Patterdale Toby 6/4, Is Feidir Liom and Aherne for Mike at 2/1.  The first semi-final saw  Killeagh Matt take control from Richie Quinn’s slips and kept his advantage of a length and a half all the way to the turn from Is Feidir Liom.  The second semi-final saw Patterdale Toby come away smartly from slips against Aherne for Mike to take  the turn by two and a half lengths before falling heavily.  In the final Killeagh Matt, owned by David Casey in Caherconlish, commanded the course from halfway against a tired Patterdale Toby, owned by Roger Mounsey in Nenagh, to take the turn by two  lengths.
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-course Duffer stake against Cooga  Nina, owned by Shane McLoughlin and trained by his father ,and the clubs chief hare steward, Johnny, in Cooga.  At half way Cooga Nina seemed to have it all wrapped up as she was ahead by three lengths, but a last ditch effort from Gorgeous George saw  him take the flag by a length.
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-up, Cooga Text, owned  by Daniel Maher and Thomas McLoughlin and trained by Johnny McLoughlin, made it as hard as possible for the eventual winner.  Leaving slips, Cooga Text took an early lead and was two lengths ahead leaving the training wire chute but just as it looked  all over, Velvet Peppa found his stride and ate up the ground to get up at the turn by half a length.  This contest provided the best final of the day.
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.

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