Bereavement Notice

The late Tom Ryan (Smith), a proud Tipperary man domiciled in Cappamore, Co Limerick for much of his life, who passed away yesterday, will be forever remembered for his brilliant run of success in the Waterloo Cup in the 1980’s and 90’s. It all began with Here And There in 1985 and Tom & his family would go on to breed and own two more winners of the world famous coursing event in 1988 (React Fraggll) and 1995 (React Robert). Furthermore he would breed the 1989 winner React Fagan, both of the finalists in 1992 (Johns Mascot & Winning Sweep) and the 1988 Waterloo Plate heroine React Molly which ran in the joint names of well-known bookmakers Seamus Mulvaney & Bernard Barry. He came closest to winning a coursing classic here at home when East Limerick (dam of React Fraggll) reached the semi-final of the Oaks in 1984. However he did win numerous trial stakes and a Tipperary Cup in his third season with Rushing To Work. He was also a founder member of Tipperary Coursing Club in the mid 1990’s. Although small in stature, Tom was an accomplished hurler with his native Cappawhite, playing alongside other well-known greyhound personalities Larry Kelly and Paul McCarthy.

Pre-deceased by his wife Pearl. Our sincere sympathy to his sons Tom & Pat, daughter Eleanor, sister Peggy and extended family members.

Arriving on Sunday next, August 16th at the Holy Rosary Church , Murroe for Requiem Mass at 11.30am followed by burial in Abington Cemetery. Please adhere to Covid 19 guidelines. The Mass can be heard on 106.8 FM.

May he Rest In Peace.

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Sporting Press is back

We are delighted to report that the Sporting Press team are back in action and look forward to bringing you the first paper since March 26th this week. It will be in the shops from Thursday July 2nd. It may be a little early with the coursing coverage but the SP team have decided to return with a bang. This week’s edition will include the first of Tony O’Connor’s features on the breeding of the trial stake prospects for the new season. In addition, Frank Kieran’s two page ‘Behind The Lines’ column focuses on the ‘coursing class’ of 2020/21. Plenty of other very interesting track related stories also as our tracks get into full swing around the country. So please support the Sporting Press this week and in the weeks and months ahead. Thank You !!!.

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Momentous success for Slaneyside Manus – By Anne Marie O’Brien

After the long, three-month Covid-19 shutdown, racing got back to a flying start last night with four meetings taking place – and the honour of winning the very first race in the country after the resumption went to Oylegate, Co. Wexford, the home of Slaneyside Manus.
Enniscorthy’s meeting kicked off early, at 6pm, and Manus, owned and trained by Philip O’Brien, won the opening race on the card, for A7/A8 class, in 29.68, by a fine nine lengths, his first win in six races.
Philip and his son, also Philip, were delighted with the result. Philip junior said: “He ran a super race. He was fairly fit, but got a good break.” In a way, the timing of the Covid-19 shutdown worked out well for Manus. “He’s in right form. He was young enough before this but has matured a good bit in the meantime,” Philip added.
The O’Briens keep eight or nine dogs in their kennel and Manus, a June ’18 son of Scolari Me Daddy ex Slaneyside Magoo, was their only runner on Thursday night.
With racing taking place behind closed doors, it was one person, one dog at the tracks, but all at Enniscorthy were very happy to be there. Philip said: “A lot of people were glad to have the racing back again.”
They hope to have another runner or two on Monday night and to get Slaneyside Manus out again within the next two weeks.
An added bonus was that it was a good night too for Manus’s breeder, Derek Kehoe, who won three of the eight races on the card at Youghal with his Slaneyside team, O Dea, Kyle and Marly.

*This will be the last online article on the ICC website for the moment as the Sporting Press will be back soon, on a fortnightly basis, with the first issue on sale on July 2. We look forward to featuring many more owners, trainers and breeders in the Sporting Press. Many thanks to all who spoke to us for the articles, took the trouble to take and send us lovely pictures of their dogs, and who read and shared the articles over the past three months.

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Sporting Press returns

Sporting Press is delighted to announce its return after the Covid-19 closure as a fortnightly publication while racing restarts and the first paper will be on sale on Thursday, July 2

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National Meeting 2021

The Executive Committee of the Irish Coursing Club have announced that the 2021 National Coursing Meeting will take place at Powerstown Park, Clonmel on Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th and Monday 8th February 2021.

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Micky’s looking to lay a solid foundation with Iberostar – By Frank Kieran

AS a native Armagh man I’ve long been aware of the keen footballing rivalry between ourselves and our neighbours next door in Co Down. However, two coursing enthusiasts from either side of the Clanrye River have put those differences aside in the hope of a shot at glory on the coursing field.
Mourne native, Micky Larkin, is self-employed and works at laying tarmac for airport runways, a demanding job and one which leaves the Newry-man no time to keep any greyhounds at home. As a result, he sent his 2016 Abbeyfeale Oaks TS and 2017 Lixnaw All-Age Bitch Stake winner, Iberostar (Adios Alonso-Duarigle Magic), to Stephen Gollogly, from just outside Newtownhamilton, Co Armagh, to be whelped down and the brindle welcomed 2 dogs and 7 bitches, by Watchman, on April 1, with the pair splitting the litter:
“I’m only back to work this week and we are re-laying the runway at the airport in Knock. Before the restrictions were imposed because of Covid-19 I was in Antarctica for 7-8 weeks and I spent the same amount of time in New Zealand before Christmas. The work is tough, and it keeps me away from home for periods of time but the extra few quid earned allows me to keep an interest by having a few in training and to have pups reared.” stated Micky.
“I was brought up with the track and my father, Brian, won the Northern Ireland Oaks at Drumbo Park in 2017 with Bangor Lily, but the coursing game is just more enjoyable. There’s a social side to it and I love the chance to get a weekend away to a meeting. My wife, Siobhan, and the kids, Caoimhe (11), Caitriona (10) and Finbarr (6), love the weekends away as well, especially the kids, as all three are into the Comhaltas and the social side of the coursing lends itself to music and song.
“Stephen’s done a great job and they are smashing pups. I’ll keep a dog and a bitch, and that pair will go down to Dan Joe (Guiney) in time.”
While Micky and Dan Joe will have to wait until next year to go to post with those two, the partnership will have runners for the forthcoming season, an all-age prospect in Dalcasian Magic (Adios Alonso-Duarigle Magic), and his half-brother, Reduced To Clear, a trial-stake hopeful by Newinn Wonder.
“I’m a terror when I’m away with work for checking out the reduced to clear shelves in supermarkets and I thought to myself that was a right name for a dog, though I get plenty of slagging about it from Robert (Green) and Mark (Mulholland).”
Micky is also tied up in a dog with the latter for the forthcoming season, from Iberostar’s maiden litter, by Newinn Wonder.
“I kept three from her first litter, two dogs and a bitch, and Mark is halves on one of the dogs, and there are a couple with Stephen, so I’ll have plenty of interest for the year ahead.”
Given his line of work, willingness to travel and with runners aplenty, Micky could be forgiven for hoping that all roads travelled might be paved with success.

Main Photo: Micky and Laoise Gollogly (daughter of Stephen) with Iberostar and her Newinn Wonder saplings for the forthcoming season.
Below: Laoise with Iberostar and Micky Larkin with the Watchman pups.
Below (bottom): Micky and his children, Caoimhe, Caitriona and Finbarr with all-age prospect Dalcasian Magic.

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Miss Darci Mernor From Strabane

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Darci’s team gear up for return to racing – By Anne Marie O’Brien

With families confined to their homes for more than three months now, the children of greyhound owners and trainers are the envy of many others as they’re out and about every day, walking, galloping and feeding dogs and providing valuable help to their busy parents in the process.
One of those is eight-year-old Darci Mernor from Strabane, Co. Tyrone, whose dad Jason and grandad Mark really appreciate the help she gives on a daily basis with their ‘Darcis’ runners, and she’s pictured here looking rightly proud of her charges.
When the Sporting Press caught up with Jason during his lunch break from his day job earlier this week, he said: “It’s great to highlight things like this and see the good side of the dogs, instead of the negativity we often hear.
“Darci is eight years old and mad into the dogs. Every day she’s out with them and the pups. One of the dogs in the picture with her, Marinas Lee, is nearly seven years years old but you’d never think it as he has no grey hair. He raced at Lifford up to the age of six and won his last two races, doing a very fast split of 2.64 at Lifford at the age of five.
“The others are Darcis Hunter and Darcis Chloe and the fourth is a dog we’ve just bought who we plan to name Darcis King. He’s a Pinpoint Maxi dog.”
Since Lifford Track closed, the Mernors have been racing at Dundalk and though it’s a five-hour round trip, Darci wouldn’t miss it.
The Mernors’ dogs are booked in to trial at the Co. Louth venue next Monday and the family are really looking forward to getting back racing again.
During lockdown, they’ve kept the dogs fit on their own 350-yard gallop, where Darci is Jason’s chief helper. “She’s a great help to me – a hard wee worker,” said Jason. “She loves it. It’s a lot better than being inside playing on a computer all day.”
The big hope for the kennel when racing returns will be Darcis Chloe, a two-year-old daughter of Droopys Cain – Hather Sapphire, owned by Jason’s father Mark. “She’s going to be very good over 575 yards and six bends. She’s done good private trials in Drumbo Park, going under 29.00. She’s just turned two and is only out of season, so should go well around Dundalk. It’s just a hobby for us, so breaking 29.00 is good for us,” concluded Jason.

ICC Offices – Opening Hours

We are delighted to report that all staff are now back working in the Registrations Dept of the ICC following the lifting of certain Covid19 restrictions. However there are some changes to work practice for the foreseeable future.

Telephones: Normal telephone lines will be manned in the mornings only, Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 12.30pm

Public Office: The Public Office (call-in service) remains closed but correspondence can be left in the letter-box at the front door or of course placed in post as normal.

Thank you for understanding.


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Milly’s Magics could do the trick for Fergus – By Frank Kieran

FOR many of us we only get to pass through the iconic gates of Powerstown Park three days a year. Fergus Flynn on the other hand passes through the gates everyday living as he does in The Lodge situated in the grounds of the amphitheatre of our beloved sport.
“I’ve been living in The Lodge for almost eight-and-a-half years and I love it. I moved in the week before my Coffee In Currow reached the quarter-finals of the Oaks in January 2012, so I got off to a great start and it’s been good to me ever since.” stated Fergus.
And the Resources Teacher at Powerstown National School will be hoping that his decent run of form continues courtesy of the two litters he has whelped over the last 12 months from Amelies Milly (Central City-Beautys Grace), who was withdrawn from the quarter-finals of the 2016 Dublin Coach Kitty Butler and followed later that year with silvers in the all-aged bitch stakes at Liscannor and Clonmel & Kilsheelan.
“I was undecided about breeding Milly this year and following a conversation with Margaret (Barrett), she said she would stand in with me and so we mated her to Mafi Magic, and she had four dogs and three bitches on April 11.
“We’ll split the litter and take two dogs and a bitch each and we’ll work out something with regards the last bitch pup. There have been serious expressions of interest to Margaret about her three and I’ve already had definite enquiries about mine, so I’ll likely sell a dog and a bitch.
“I’ll definitely keep a bitch for my Spirit Family Syndicate (pictured below) which consists of myself, Larry (Mallon) and Claudia (Hoppe), who was supposed to act as midwife for this litter, but I’m still waiting for travel restrictions to be cancelled.”
The five-strong maiden litter, by Crafty Hugo, were whelped in March 2019 and they have been reared by Margaret and her husband, David Flanagan, and the reports on the dog and four bitches are good.
“David is really pleased with them. I bought Milly from Danny (Kane) and the deal was that he’d get a dog pup from the first litter, unfortunately there was only one, but it’ll run in Danny’s colours. As for the four bitches, we have two for our syndicate, Margaret has one for her Barrett Sisters Syndicate and the remaining one will go to post for Donal Wilson Senior and his brother, John.
“I liked Crafty Hugo as a dog and maybe he was just unfortunate at stud back in the day. But what really drew me to him was that on his damline he has the fastest tracker I ever saw at Shelbourne Park, Phantom Flash (Flashy Sir-Westmead Seal). He had incredible pace and he also features in Milly’s pedigree, which I think is a great double cross of pace and fire from a track line.
“So, here’s hoping some if not all can make it back to where they were born and a shot at Powerstown glory next January.” concluded Fergus.

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Audrey Burney

Sporting Press – Article 23

Audrey’s dogs are raring to go – By Anne Marie O’Brien

After the long lockdown, Audrey Burney is really looking forward to getting back racing in the next few weeks – but not as much as her dogs, who are raring to go.
“They’re getting a bit hyper!” joked the Hamiltonsbawn, Co. Armagh owner-trainer when she spoke to the Sporting Press this week. “I’m definitely looking forward to getting back racing.”
She has two race dogs at present, Coloured River and Rising Flash, a brood bitch Coloured Lily who has nine-month-old pups on the ground, and two retired runners.
The race dogs have had gallops during lockdown, but Audrey would like to see them get back around a track. “They are going for trials next Monday,” she said. “It’s been a bit scary when you can’t get them around a track, because the fields are so hard.”
Coloured River has been the star of the kennels in recent times. “He’s brilliant,” said Audrey. “When he went to Shelbourne Park, he didn’t like it much but he loves Dundalk.”
The Mar. ’16 Zero Ten dog has won 17 races from 40, including an open 550 on Dundalk International night, and has a great spirit. “He actually got bowled over one week and after we got him checked out, he came out the next week and won his race. He’s the best dog I’ve ever had.”
The other racer in the kennel, Rising Flash, is also a Zero Ten dog and is a year younger. He’s won seven contests including his most recent before lockdown so it’s to be hoped he resumes his racing career in the same successful vein.
Audrey works two days a week at her part-time job but devotes the rest of the time to her dogs and has been busy with her brood bitch Coloured Lily, who was an open-class racer before whelping her first litter last September to Laughil Blake. One pup has been sold to England but Audrey is holding on to the other three.
“She is a full sister of Coloured River but only had 22 races because she came in season every six months,” explained Audrey. She’s now retired from racing as she’s open class so it would be hard to get races for her – though she’s in great form and would probably be well capable of winning on the track.
Also looking forward to the return of racing is Audrey’s father John Pearson, who handed over the reins to her five years ago but keeps up an active interest in the sport. He’s the owner of one of her two retired dogs, Drumbee Shadow, who is now 11 years old. He ran 101 races, competing up to the age of six and a half.

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