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Bereavement Notice

There is profound sadness at the Co. Cavan coursing club on the death of Harry Reilly, Urney, Ballinagh Co Cavan. Not only was Harry a hugely popular figure in the Club but he was also an extremely hard working member and a quality net-man who rarely missed a day’s catching. This season his absence due to illness was felt by everyone and all in the Club had to work a lot harder to cover Harry’s duties. Possibly the biggest cheer ever heard at the Aughterra venue rang out when Harry’s dog Longway Rio won the Derby Trial Stake. Sadly he won’t be at Powerstown Park to see him run but everyone will be hoping he can do as good if not better than his other pride and joy, Longway Home, which reached the semi-final of the 2018 Irish Cup.

To his wife Theresa, children Linda, David, Nicola, Raymond & Keith, grandchildren & the Reilly family we extend our sincere sympathy.

Removal from his residence on Sunday afternoon (January 26th) for Requiem Mass at 2pm in St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh followed by burial in St Felim’s New Cemetery.

May he Rest In Peace.

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National Meeting 2020 – Notices

NATIONAL MEETING DRAW
The draw for the 2020 National Meeting will take place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel on SATURDAY February 8th at 7pm sharp. All are welcome.

CLASSICS CLUB 600 DRAW 
The closing date is this Friday, January 24th and after this date the Classics Club 600 Committee reserve the right to replace those who have not taken up the invitation to rejoin with names from the waiting list. Thank you to over 500 members who have rejoined to date but thank you also to those who got in touch with Eugene (052 6188508 or e-mail eugene@sportingpress.ie) to say they were not rejoining this year as it allows the committee to allocate numbers to people who are on the waiting list and anxious to become members. You can pay your membership Online or ring Eugene with your Credit/Debit Card details or post your ticket with payment to the ICC Offices, Davis Road, Clonmel.

JUDGES & SLIPPERS  
By now most owners with National Meeting runners should have received their voting paper for selection of National Meeting officials. Completed voting papers must be received in the Irish Coursing Club office, Davis Road, Clonmel by 5pm this Friday, January 24th. The counting of votes is due to take place on Monday 27th January. We will announce the Officials for the 95th National Coursing Meeting later that evening.

PLEASE RETURN ACCEPTANCE FORMS  
Will owners of greyhounds qualified to run in the 2020 BoyleSports Derby or Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks please return your acceptance form if you have not already done so. These are the forms which issued with the trial stake certificates. Forms must be signed by the Owner, Joint Owner (where applicable) and Trainer (where applicable). No tickets can be issued until the form is returned fully completed. If you have already submitted the form but now wish to notify us of a change (e.g new trainer, change of ownership) please ring Eugene @ 052 6188508.

NATIONAL MEETING WITHDRAWALS / REPLACEMENTS / CHANGE OF OWNER
In the unfortunate event that a Derby or Oaks runner is not available please let us know and we will then issue you with two x 3 Day Complimentary passes as a small token of thanks for your co-operation.
The Irish Coursing Club must be notified of the withdrawal no later than 4.30pm on Friday 7th February. Please confirm withdrawal to Eugene by ringing 052 6188508 or 087 2953377. (E-mail or Letter must also be received).
Please also note that any change of ownership must be effected with the ICC no later than 4.30pm on Friday 7th February.
Owners should note Rule 163 E
163 E-An owner or partnership or syndicate shall not have more than two entries in the Derby or Oaks. You may win an unlimited number of trial stakes. Two greyhounds in the same ownership shall be guarded provided

  • (i) the greyhounds are registered in the same ownership at time of first registration

or

  • (ii) are in that ownership before the commencement of the coursing season

or

  • (iii) are subject to transfer to comply with this rule (provided they satisfy i or ii).

HARE SCHOOLING SESSION  
The trials at Powerstown Park are most likely to take place circa February 5th. The exact date will not be confirmed until early next week so please refrain from ringing to book trials until Monday next 27th January. To book ring Eugene @ 052 6188508. Single Dog Trials – National Meeting runners receive preference – Ray Timing in operation. 

THE DUBLIN COACH COURSING BUS 
We are delighted that John O’Sullivan is once again providing this wonderful service on three different routes. The coaches will leave each morning from Galway, Dundalk and Tralee with strategic pick-ups along the way. All who travelled this way in recent years have had nothing but the highest of praise for the service so early booking is advisable. The booking office will be open from 9am this Thursday, January 23rd. Click Here for details on how to book.

PATSY BYRNE JUNIOR NOMINATOR
Thank you to the Club Secretaries who have already sent in details of their Junior Nominators for the National Meeting.  Thanks to the generosity of the Byrne family we have €2,000 in prizemoney for this competition and of course it is very exciting for the two first prize winners as they get invited to the Coursing Awards Dinner Dance to receive their cheque for €500. Can we appeal please to the Club Secretaries who have not already submitted their Junior Nominator form to do so immediately.

MICHAEL HORGAN CLUB AWARDS
We are delighted to announce that Michael Horgan, Mitchelstown will once again sponsor a prize of €1,000 each to the two Clubs from where this season’s Derby and Oaks winners qualified. It is a great honour for any club to produce a Classic winner from their meeting but the generous prize from Michael also makes it very worthwhile  .

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Leaderboards 2019-20

The following is the state of play on the Leaderboards following the conclusion of coursing at Castleisland & Sevenhouses today. Congratulations to the connections of Netflixandchill on winning the Island Cup, it is a great honour to be the leading points scorer for 2019/20 and 17 points is fantastic considering we lost the first six weeks of the the season. Under the rules of the ICC a coin must be tossed to split Barbican Blitz and Jeffys Gold and this is likely to happen on January 27th when the votes are also being counted for the National Meeting judges & slippers. Share The Dream‘s third visit to Powerstown Park has been assured for some time now but congratulations to her connections too. Our Girl Adajio made certain of her place in the line-up at Clonmel by running up at Castleisland today to Southofhere. The latter is now on course for a second chance at the Champion Bitch Stakes, an event she ran-up to Blades Of Honour 12 months ago. The success of Undersupervision in the Seamus Hughes Memorial Cup at Sevenhouses today sees Michael McEnery back on top on the Fantasy Coursing leaderboard but last season’s winner Sean Doyle is also creeping into contention.

KEVIN SMITH CHAMPION STAKES LEADERBOARD 19/01/20
  Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1 Netflixandfchill 17 5,500
2 Fire And Hope 15 7,000
3 Cruyff 15 6,500
4 Boylesportsmagic 14 5,000
5 Return Ticket 14 4,900
6 Freestone Hill 12 3,300
7 Clever Jack 11 3,500
Jt 8 Barbican Blitz 10 3,000
Jt 8 Jeffys Gold 10 3,000
10 Huntingtown 9 2,750
11 Undersupervision 9 2,600
12 Banba Las Vegas 9 2,400
       
GRACE & MATT BRUTON CHAMPION BITCH STAKES LEADERBOARD 19/01/20
  Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1 Share The Dream 11 3,100
2 Our Girl Adajio 11 2,600
3 Catch Kazuri 9 4,000
4 Kilty Candy 9 2,500
5 Cooga Lady 8.5 2,750
6 Ballymac Marge 8 2,000
7 Seaside Lucy 7.5 2,100
8 Southofhere 6 2,000
9 Ballinakill Gaga 6 1,500
10 Crafty Perfecto 5 1,700
11 Ballymac Meena 5 1,620
12 Big Sive 5 1,600
       
SPORTING PRESS FANTASY COURSING LEADERBOARD 19/01/20
1 Michael McEnery Lurgan 400
2 Ian & Grainne O’Carroll Kilflynn 390
3 Patrick J Savage Slane 385
Jt 4 Niamh Enright Rathkeale 375
Jt 4 Patrick J Savage Slane 375
Jt 6 Sean Doyle Ennis 360
Jt 6 Niamh Enright Rathkeale 360
Jt 6 Helen Leahy Tralee 360
Jt 6 Michael McMahon Ballybunion 360

 

16 ALL AGE PRIZEMONEY WINNER RUNNER -UP SEMI-FINALIST
  €1,000-€1,499 4 2 0
  €1,500-€1,999 5 2.5 0
  €2,000 or > 6 3 0
         
32 ALL AGE PRIZEMONEY WINNER RUNNER -UP SEMI-FINALIST
  €2,000-€2,999 7 4 2
  €3,000-€3,999 8 5 2.5
  €4,000 or > 9 6 3

Champion Stakes Points System

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Classics Club – Closing date is Friday

The closing date for renewal of Classics Club 600 membership is this Friday, January 24th and after that the Classics Club 600 Committee reserve the right to replace those who have not taken up the invitation to rejoin with names from the waiting list.

Thank you to our 502 members who have rejoined to date but thank you also to those who got in touch with Eugene (052 6188508 or e-mailed eugene@sportingpress.ie to say they were not rejoining this year as it allows the committee to allocate numbers to people who are on the waiting list and anxious to become members.

You can pay your membership Online (see home page of ICC website on right hand side) or ring Eugene with your Credit/Debit Card details 052 6188508 or post your ticket with payment to the ICC Offices, Davis Road, Clonmel EP1 N9P9.

The date and venue for the 2020 Classics Club draws will be announced early next week but it is likely that they will take place on Friday February 7th which is 24 hours before the draw for the National Coursing Meeting itself.

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Order of Running

CHURCHTOWN SOUTH OPEN
Sunday 26th January
Judge: Bernard Goold; Slipper: Shane O’Brien
Meet in Village at 9.30am sharp.

KNOCKGRAFFON OPEN
Sunday 26th January
Judge: Alan Robinson; Slipper: Joe Egan
Meet at Whitelands Cross at 9.30am.
First brace in slips at 10.00am sharp.

In the centre John O'Gorman presents the Donal Breen Memorial Perpetual Cup to Joe Kelly of the Boglane Synd from Sixmilebridge,Co. Clare. Also included are from the left Nicklosas O'Dwyer,Tom Keogh John McInerney,carmel Burke,Tony Stephens,Kevin Ryan,Stephen Murray (trainer) and Maeve McGuane. In front are other young members of the  Boglane Synd. with  BOGLANE SWift.

Reserve Trial Stakes 2019/20

The draw for order of Reserves in the Oaks and Derby at the 2020 National Coursing Meeting took place on Thursday December 5th. The Oaks draw was made by Mr Gerry Meehan and the Derby draw by Mr Aidan Supple.
Both draws were witnessed by Mr Fran Mangan and Mr DJ Histon.

Reserves for Oaks & Derby
(Draw Order)
  OAKS  
1 Lixnaw BALLYMAC SMOKEY
2 Borris In Ossory BUGGIES ROSE 
3 Ballyheigue COLOURSOFTHEWIND 
4 New Ross ASHWOOD BETH 
Gorey Winner won Full TS 
5 East Donegal  COLOSSAL DELIGHT 
Limerick City  Full TS from  Mitchelstown
  DERBY  
1 Balbriggan  SPITAL HONDO
2 South Clare BOGLANE SWIFT
3 Waterford BANBA THE BOSS 
4 Cappoquin FLEETWOOD LINCON
5 Doon DOWNTOWN BLAZE
6 Killimer Kilrush OPTIMISTIC SPARK
Macroom Full TS from  Mitchelstown 
7 Dungannon HYDE PARK CHOICE

 

Photo shows presentation at Killimer Kilrush / South Clare after Boglane Swift won the South Clare Derby Reserve Trial Stake there. He is now second reserve for the BoyleSports Derby at the 2020 National Meeting.   

At the 2020 National Coursing Meeting there will be two Consolation Stakes.
The Kitty Butler Stakes for 32 bitches eliminated in the first round of the Oaks.
The T.A. Morris Stakes for 32 dogs eliminated in the first round of the Derby.
In the event of these stakes not being filled by those eliminated from the first round of the Oaks/Derby the remaining places will be allocated to reserves in the Oaks/Derby which did not get called to run in those stakes.
These reserves must have run a non-competitive course at the end of the first round of the Oaks/Derby.
A new draw will be made to determine which reserves are to receive the remaining places in the Consolation Stakes and which reserves are to be listed as Reserves A,B,C and D for the Consolation Stakes.
The draw for the Consolation Stakes will then take place.
The first round of the Kitty Butler Stakes will take place at the end of coursing on the first day of the National Meeting.
The first round of the TA Morris Stakes will take place at the start of coursing on the second day of the National Meeting.

 

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News Updates

The draw & order of running for the Castleisland meeting (Fri 17th to Sun 19th) are now available to view. Please note the winner of the Island Cup and the winner of the All Age Bitch Stake will both receive €2,000 and six championship points (this was omitted from the Sporting Press advertisement in error). The club have also asked us to advise those with runners in the two Puppy Stakes and the two Surplus Puppy Stakes that their entry fee is €100.

The Secretary of Waterford CC has been in touch to let us know all their stakes are now fully subscribed. Draw takes place on Monday night next, January 13th.

 

 

Statement from NPWS (Wed)

National Parks and Wildlife Service and Department of Agriculture to undertake four field studies on RHD2 virus and Irish hares.
2019/20 coursing licences to allow netting of hares outside areas with positive RHD2 tests
16 October 2019

The suspension of the annual license for the netting of hares for coursing is being lifted, allowing netting on a managed and restricted basis and only in areas unaffected by the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD2) virus. At the same time, it has been agreed that a number of field studies at some coursing clubs, which will involve veterinary and virology expertise and input, will be carried out to supplement existing knowledge of the prevalence and nature of RHD2.

This follows the conclusion of discussions between the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Irish Coursing Club on a roadmap to allow a managed resumption of netting for testing and coursing in areas unaffected by the RHD2 virus, charting a responsible way forward in terms of the management and understanding of this virus.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) are to undertake four field studies with the co-operation of Irish Coursing Club. These field tests will allow greater understanding of the effect of the RHD2 virus on the Irish wild hare population.

Restrictions are also being lifted on the issue of licences to the Irish Coursing Club for netting of hares, permitting netting outside of areas where wild hares and rabbits have tested positive for the virus.

In August, following the first detection of RHD2 in an Irish wild hare, the Minister suspended the 2019/20 licences for the netting of hares for coursing meetings which had issued earlier. Since then the NPWS and DAFM have continued to test wild rabbit and hare carcasses to establish levels of the virus in Ireland. Of the 10 hares tested for RHD2 in this period, three have tested positive. These positive results were in Dublin and Wexford.

Given both the levels of RHD2 virus confirmed in the wild hare population to date and to increase the understanding of the levels of RHD2, the NPWS and DAFM are to undertake four field studies with the co-operation of the Irish Coursing Club in a number of locations. Sample populations of up to 100 wild hares will be captured and kept in pre-approved locations. The NPWS and DAFM will test the hares for RHD2 and observe them.

In the context of the renewed licences for netting hares, capture will be prohibited in areas from a 25km radius of where either wild hares or wild rabbits have tested positive for RHD2. Positive tests for RHD2 in wild rabbits and hares have been returned in the following counties: Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Leitrim, Meath, Wexford, and Wicklow. Similar restrictions will operate when new positive tests for RHD2 are returned. There will be an agreed regime of spot checks for RHD2 in those coursing clubs that are being licenced.

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Report from EGM & update

A General meeting of the Irish Coursing Club representatives was held on September 19, to update members on the recent detections of RHD2 in lagomorphs. A veterinary presentation was made dealing with the specifics of the virus and implications for the Irish hare. The Executive Committee outlined the most appropriate strategy in terms of protecting the Irish hare from this disease and will continue to work with government bodies, private veterinary practitioners and scientific researchers with that outcome at the centre of all our endeavours.

Please note we can now confirm that a meeting between the NPWS (Dept of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht), the Dept of Agriculture and the Irish Coursing Club will take place on Thursday October 3rd in relation to the recent detection of RHD2 in lagomorphs.  

 

 

NPWS Press Release Sept 13th

Irish Coursing Club licences ban extended as deadly Rabbit and Hare disease spreads.

Public asked to be alert and report sightings of suspected cases

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has decided to maintain the suspension of the licences issued to the Irish Coursing Club to capture and tag hares for the 2019/20 hare coursing season.

The netting and collecting of hares for coursing meetings poses a significant risk factor to the spreading of the Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD2).  However, the decision to continue the suspension of licences will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD2) was first reported in the wild in Ireland in early August. Since then, the disease has been recorded in six counties – Cork, Clare, Leitrim, Offaly, Wicklow and Wexford. The  Irish hare is native to Ireland and found nowhere else and should this disease prove as infectious and lethal here as it has done elsewhere in Europe, the impact on the hare could be catastrophic.

Rabbit Haemorrhagic disease presents absolutely no threat to human health and it is entirely safe to handle infected or recently dead rabbits or hares provided normal hygiene is followed.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is renewing its request to the public to report any suspected cases.

While most of the confirmed reports to date have been in rabbits, the disease has also been recorded in Irish hares.

The virus is extremely resistant, remaining viable for up to two months in the environment. It can be passed on by direct contact, but also in faeces and urine. Infected carcasses can harbour infective virus for several months post mortem. The virus can also be transported on soil, shoes and on clothing as well as by insects. It can be killed, however, using suitable disinfectants (e.g. Virkon).

Biosecurity measures have been put in place at NPWS and OPW sites where the disease has been confirmed and NPWS Conservation Rangers continue to monitor the situation nationally.

The public – particularly landowners, farmers, vets and the hare coursing community – is being asked to be on high alert and to report any suspected sightings of diseased rabbits and hares as soon as possible to help efforts to monitor and control the disease.

This can be done by contacting the NPWS by Phone (1890 383 000) or Email (nature.conservation@chg.gov.ie.)

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