ICC Awards 2019 – 20

They had to wait a while and unfortunately we won’t be able to hold an Awards Ceremony to celebrate their success but we would like to extend our congratulations to the Coursing Greyhounds of the Year for the season 2019/20. Many thanks to all of you who voted in the four categories last March.  We would also like to associate our very loyal Award Sponsors with this announcement today. Full details of our winners and their achievements will appear on next week’s Sporting Press and we will be arranging a memento for them.

Greyhound & Pet World Abbeyfeale Coursing Dog of the Year

Winner: BOYLESPORTSMAGIC (in photo)

Jimmy O’Flaherty Galway Coursing Bitch of the Year


O’Murchú Financial Services Coursing Brood Bitch of the Year


National Meeting Bookmakers Coursing Stud Dog of the Year




Kilflynn action

Fixtures 2020/21 Season

Some further small changes have now been made to the Fixtures List. The new coursing season will commence on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October with Liscannor still holding the honour of hosting the first meeting .  The updated Fixtures for 2020/21 can be viewed in the drop-down menu under Coursing on the top tool bar. A new advertisement for Liscannor will appear on this week’s edition of the Sporting Press (Thursday 1st October) and the draw will be uploaded on Monday October 5th.

For those playing the Fantasy Coursing the new closing date for online entry will be midnight on Friday 9th October and that will also be the last day for receipt of postal entries.  


Renewing website membership

At this time of the year we receive many calls from website members who are trying to renew their membership for the new season but get the message ‘This User Name / Email already exists‘.  The reason for this is that when you join online you receive 365 days of membership and your details are stored until those 365 days have elapsed. Therefore if for example you joined on October 20th 2019 you should be able to continue signing in to the website until October 19th 2020. Those who gave an email address will receive a warning notice that the 365 days are almost up. Those who didn’t give an email address will just find themselves locked out when the 365 days are up and can renew then in the normal way.

A special message to those who took the special Sporting Press / ICC Website deal last year. As there was no Sporting Press during April,May & June your newspaper subscription is extended into the New Year. Therefore there would be no point in us offering the Special Deal this time around. Your ICC website membership will remain live until Tuesday 3rd November. After that date you will have to renew membership, if you wish, in the normal way by paying the €50 online or by contacting the ICC offices directly. We look forward to offering the special Sporting Press / ICC Website deal once again in September 2021.

Thanks a million for your continued support.



Executive Committee

THE period of time for nominations to the Executive Committee of the Irish Coursing Club ended on August 31 and as the number of nominees was the same as the number of vacancies, there were no elections.

The following are the new members:


Aidan Supple (outgoing). Proposed by Rathkeale, seconded by Glin

Conor Foley. Proposed by Ballyduff, seconded by Templetuohy

Eileen Lynch. Proposed by Macroom, seconded by Fermoy & Grange

(Joan Herbert and Gerry Meehan did not seek re-election)


John Troy. Proposed by Old Kilcullen, seconded by New Ross

Tom Beckett (outgoing). Proposed by Freshford, seconded by Sevenhouses.

(Eddie Quilty did not seek re-election).


Des Tighe (outgoing). Proposed by East Donegal. Seconded by Co. Cavan.

The full Executive Committee for 2020/21 is:

Mr Gerry Meehan, Millstreet, President

Mr John Egan, Templetuohy, Treasurer

Mr DJ Histon, Secretary / CEO 

Mr Tom Beckett, Freshford, Executive Member

Mr Berkie Browne, Listowel, Executive Member

Mr James Coss, Rathdowney, Executive Member

Mr Conor Foley, Ballyduff, Executive Member

Mr Glen Healy, Roseberry, Open Executive Member

Mr Pat Loughlin, Sevenhouses, Executive Member

Ms. Eileen Lynch, Macroom, Executive Member

Mr Jack Mahony, Loughrea, Executive Member

Mr Fran Mangan, Cappoquin & Clogheen, Executive Member

Mr Damian Matthews, Ballymena, Executive Member

Mr Tom Mulcahy, Charleville, Executive Member

Mr Paddy Mullen, Roscommon, Executive Member

Mr Tim O’Donovan, Tipperary & District, Executive Member

Mr James O’Regan, Clonakilty, Executive Member

Mr Sean Ryan, Fedamore Open, Executive Member

Mr Aidan Supple, Rathkeale, Executive Member

Mr Desmond Tighe, East Donegal, Executive Member

Mr John Troy, Old Kilcullen, Executive Member

Crowd shot 2020

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.

John is top tipster

Congratulations to John Scully, a native of Galway but residing in New York, who is the winner of our Clonmel Tipster competition for ICC website members. John was the only one to correctly predict that Upper Hand would win the Boylesports Derby. He also picked both of the Champion Stakes winners Crafty Perfecto and Boylesportsmagic. This gave him a total score of 55 points. His fourth selection was Joyandjubilation to win the Oaks. Thanks to our generous sponsor John now has €500 to donate to the Charity / Good Cause of his choice and two tickets to the ICC Awards. In second place on 40 points was Robert Hickey from Lisdowney, Co Kilkenny who included the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks runner-up Please Abbie as well as Crafty Perfecto and Boylesportsmagic. We then had a huge number of people on 30 points with both Champion Stakes winners. Thanks to everyone who took part and most especially to our ‘Friend of Coursing’ for the lovely prize.

Derby Oaks winners B

Finals Day at Clonmel

The 95th National Coursing Meeting concluded in Clonmel today with some of the best finals seen at the venue for a long time and six outstanding winners. Afterwards there were some very familiar faces back on the presentation podium but plenty of new ones too. All coursing supporters everywhere will be thrilled that loyal Derby sponsor John Boyle took the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes with his own Boylesportsmagic.   

The 2020 Boylesports Derby winner is the Ardpatrick & Kilfinane qualifier Upper Hand. Owned by the Teresa Cahill (Kent) led ‘Part Of A Dream Syndicate’, trained by multiple Classic winning trainer Gerry Holian and bred by Liam Farrell. He was the morning favourite having ousted Callaway Rambler in the third round. He came from behind Soul Man, held off the late challenge of Snap Streak and then in a brilliant final where the lead changed twice he powered up the Powerstown Hill to defeat a gallant Gingerbread Bud. He is a son of Newinn Wonder – Nomore Lily.

The 2020 Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks winner is the Regional qualifier Foxhollow Queen. A half-sister to 2018 Oaks heroine Foxhollow Lady and running for the same connections, joint owners Brendan Matthews (Newry) & Nora Raleigh (Adare), trained by Brendan and bred by John Flynn from his own 2014 Oaks winner Somelittlething with Adios Alonso the sire the successful sire on this occasion. Brendan & Nora may have come to Clonmel with high hopes of her brother Foxhollow Adios winning the Derby (withdrawn injured from third round) but this lady didn’t put a paw wrong all weekend. Having enjoyed comfortable successes over Tobarmartin Mags and Lets Get Started she was put to the test in the final by the early pace of Please Abbie. The runner-up lost nothing in defeat but the ‘Queen’ showed devastating foot from halfway.

Boylesportsmagic (Mafi Magic – Ballymac Adelpha) was magic today and lit up the packed stands with his ‘come from behind’ performances in the semi-finals and final of the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes. As already stated it was a most popular success for John and Liam Boyle but it also ensured trainer Liam Dowling and his family were back on the podium 12 months after their Oaks success. It was heartbreak of course for Shane Flanagan & the Hey You Sir Syndicate as their triple Cup winner Netflixandchill looked to be on his way to success for most of the final.

30 years exactly after winning the Champion Stakes with Crafty Roberto, Brian Divilly was in the winners’ enclosure this afternoon, with his family Noelle, Shane & Peter, to celebrate the success of Crafty Perfecto in the Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stake. Runner-up in the 2019 Oaks, this daughter of Crafty Gonzalo and Drumcrow Adele once again showed her liking for the venue. She was brilliant in the first course and then battled really well to hold off the challenge of Ballymac Marge in the semi-final. In the final she was paired against Seaside Lucy which had caused a huge shock by eliminating the warm favourite Share The Dream in the semi-final. For a short time in the final Lucy looked to be about to cause another upset but the winner started to motor from half-way.

It was a few days to remember for Nenagh coursing club stalwarts Stephen Noonan and trainer John Kelly who combined to win the Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes with Buggies Rose. She was only first reserve on Friday but ran instead of Breska Wild. In that first round she never left the much fancied Ballymac Amber get away from her so it came as no surprise to see her run so well in this consolation event. The daughter of Newinn Wonder and Bucks Honey qualified at Borris In Ossory and defeated Rockanes Beauty in another super final this afternoon.

At the same meeting at Borris In Ossory it was Blueview Lucky which won the Rathdowney Derby Trial Stake and today he added the Stockproof Fencing TA Morris Stakes for James Maxi Collins, Drogheda and his family. He went out to Highbury in the first round of the Derby but did nothing wrong throughout the TA Morris Stakes and he was joined on the podium by his kennelmate and Derby runner-up Gingerbread Bud. The runner-up here was Boherlode Paddy which had up to then also given his syndicate owners a great few days.

Congratulations to all the winners including Jack Foley (Abbeyfeale) and Bob Shanahan (Limerick) who won the Classics Club 600 Draws, Darren & Danny Quinn from Regional CC and Lee Reale from Ardpatrick & Kilfinane CC who are our winning Patsy Byrne Junior Nominators for this season and finally to those two clubs Regional and Ardpatrick & Kilfinane who will be receiving €1,000 each from Michael Horgan for providing us with this year’s Oaks and Derby winners.

All focus will now be on the Dublin Coach Irish Cup with the draw due to be held tonight (Monday) and the first round starting on Friday at Limerick racecourse. We wish Co Limerick CC every success with same. However it would be remiss of us not to conclude by saying a massive well done to all involved with the running of our 2020 National Meeting and in particular to the hare husbandry team at Powerstown Park. Yes it is our flagship meeting and you did yourselves and our sport proud.

gus the bus 6

Day 2 at Clonmel

For different reasons the ‘Last 8’ for the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Coursing Derby and the Horse & Jockey Hotel Irish Coursing Oaks are missing some of the names which may have been expected to feature. However there is no doubt but the 16 greyhounds remaining have run their hearts out to make it into Day 3 and give their connections a National Meeting to remember.

Today’s third round of the BoyleSports Derby saw Foxhollow Adios withdrawn injured and Callaway Rambler defeated after being nicely in front to half way. His conqueror, the Gerry Holian trained Upper Hand and the Kevin Barry trained Mad Mans Game now deservedly head the betting market. Both are syndicate owned as indeed are three other quarter-finalists Catalpa VoyageBank Defect & Soul Man.
Mad Mans Game & Soul Man run for two local Clonmel/Kilsheelan/Carrick-0n-Suir syndicates namely the Flannery-Quinn-Walsh Synd and the Seven Drops Synd, the Part of a Dream Synd who own Upper Hand are Kent based but with Tipperary connections, Catalpa Voyage belongs to the Heeney family Synd from Ennis and the Royal Rebel Synd (Bank Defect) as the name implies has a mixture of Meath & Cork natives to the fore of its membership.
The three remaining greyhounds may not be syndicate owned but they are not short of support judging by the cheering from the stands. Longway Rio runs in the joint ownership of Cavan man Keith Reilly and his dad Harry who sadly passed away a few weeks ago. Gingerbread Bud (a full younger brother to 2017 Oaks winner Knockout Glory) is owned by Fiachra O’Callaghan, son of Ger from Kilkenny who has a long association with the Maxi Collins kennels and finally Snap Streak is jointly owned by Cillian Brosnan & James Enright who hail from that hotbed of coursing in Tarbert. The aforementioned Gerry Holian, Kevin Barry & Maxi Collins are joined by trainers Dessie Kerrigan, Sean Heeney, Davy Reynolds, Patrick O’Connor and Declan Byrne in the quarter-finals.

Following a delay to this season following the RHD2 outbreak, Lets Get Started was a very appropriately named winner of the Oaks trial stake at Kilflynn. She started but certainly hasn’t finished and gives Donal & Kathleen Casey O’Connell, Abbeydorney an outstanding chance in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks. Tomorrow morning she meets the Mossie Ó Connor trained Gooleen Wonder (a full younger sister to 2018 Derby winner Silent Whisper) which runs for Kilrush owner Eilish O’Sullivan & her son Dermot. Irish Cup & Kitty Butler Stake sponsor John O’Sullivan (Dublin Coach) would be another son of Eilish. Brendan Matthews (Newry) & Nora Raleigh (Adare) teamed up in 2018 to win the Oaks with Foxhollow Lady and will be fancied by many to repeat the feat with her younger half-sister Foxhollow Queen. Ante post Derby fav Glorious Glin never made it to Clonmel but his sister Tobarmartin Mags is doing him proud and gives trainer John Mulcahy from Ballyclerihan, outside Clonmel, a runner in both halves of the Oaks tomorrow. Mags was a wedding present to Davina Doyle, Greystones last year from Sean Egan, Tarbert who retained a half share. 
Safe Date caught many an eye when she won the Cappoquin Oaks TS at the Doon meeting and has won even more admirers at Powerstown Park this weekend. She would be a popular winner for owner/trainer Willie O’Shea, Killarney. The Paradise prefix has enjoyed many a success on the tracks but the Meade family, Miltown Malbay always loved to course a few also and Sean now finds himself in an Oaks quarter-final with Paradise Georgia
Scientific, a sister of Gooleen Wonder, went on all the short lists after qualifying at Ballyduff and Cllr Bobby O’Connell, Castleisland will temporarily forget about general election results if this second Mossie O’Connor trained quarter finalist does the business. Finally but certainly not least we have the second of the John Mulcahy trained runners Please Abbie (a sister to Snap Streak) which John himself owns jointly with Dermot McCarthy, Kilmallock.

So the scene is set for what should be a great Finals Day which will also feature the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes, the Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stake, the Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes and the Stockproof Fencing TA Morris Stakes. Four months ago a 2020 National Meeting was in the balance so show your support for all those who worked so hard to make it happen by coming along tomorrow.  After today’s results there will be great value on offer for Singles, Doubles & Trebles on the bookmakers boards so the message is to get there early and enjoy !!.

NM 2020 First Brace

Day 1 at Clonmel

The 95th National Coursing Meeting got underway at Powerstown Park today and a typical first day at Clonmel had the usual gambles (some looking well founded & some going astray), hard luck stories and unexpected eye catchers. There were also some noble runs from greyhounds at the head of the market and indeed the Boylesports Derby fav, Callaway Rambler, saved the best wine for almost last, clocking the fastest of the day 12.56 in the penultimate course. Locally owned Mad Mans Game, also trained by Kevin Barry, recorded the second best clock 12.57, his travelling companion Tree Top Danno was fourth best but their kennelmate and Corn Na Feile runner-up Doonard Abel made an early exit.

In the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks, Floating Skye was involved in one of the most exciting buckles of the day but still managed to clock the fastest, 12.70, in the bitch Classic Rd1. Her reward is a second round against Corn Na Feile Oaks winner Ballymac Amber who was only two spots slower 12.72. The hottest place to be though is the top of the fourth quarter where Joyandjubilation, Scientific and Magical Misty will have an almighty battle to claim that coveted place in the Last 8.

Runners from the Brendan Matthews kennel were the subject of two of the bigger gambles before coursing. Unfortunately Icon Queen lost sight temporarily and paid the price. However Foxhollow Adios, the Glin qualifier & son of an Oaks winner, looked very decent and may only have his kennelmate Bexhill Flare to fear in the top quarter of the BoyleSports Derby. The aforementioned Tree Top Danno & Mad Mans Game should have a big say in the second quarter but Quarrymount King was mentioned as a lively outsider in a few of the Clonmel Preview Nights and has a style of running that will suit the expected testing conditions. The third quarter is wide open with Boglane Swift which came in as a Reserve and the locally owned Highbury the fastest today. However this one is impossible to call and all eight remaining have a chance. Another local runner Soul Man gave connections plenty to cheer about when stopping the clock at 12.68 and is capable of making it to Day 3 where he should face either the favourite Callaway Rambler or today’s big eyecatcher Upper Hand who many will remember only lost to original Derby favourite Glorious Glin by a narrow margin at Abbeyfeale.

The 2020 Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks commenced with a victory for Kingsmill Chanel (in photo with On The Hill) and this Wexford lady could go a nice bit further in the competition. Kates Blossom & Gooleen Wonder will have a great course tomorrow morning in the lower half of that quarter. The two real hard luck stories of the day came straight after each other in the second quarter and connections of Mulcahys Peak and Shock Electric will be desperately disappointed that they went unsighted when leading comfortably & clocking fast. Their exit completely opens up this section even though somewhat surprisingly the bookmakers have Ballymac Fame, which was being led easily by Mulcahys Peak, very close to the top of the outright betting. We already mentioned the eagerly awaited RD2 pairing of Floating Skye & Ballymac Amber and that could possibly decide the third quarter, but we stress ‘possibly’ because either Safe Date & Jeru Jo above them could cause a mild surprise. When the draw was made for the Oaks the royally bred Joyandjubilation & Scientific were expected to have a showdown in the third round. Whether Magical Misty upsets things remains to be seen but there should be some terrific buckles in the fourth quarter which also contains Ashmore Rosie, a comrade of Foxhollow Adios and running for Derby sponsor John Boyle.

Conditions may not be as nice tomorrow as they were today but if the coursing is as good it will help us all forget about the weather. And expect loads of emotion in the first course of the Boylesports Derby. On the red collar Longway Rio, running for the family of the late Harry Reilly, an outstanding member of Cavan CC who passed away just two weeks ago. On the white collar, Gus The Bus, running for the 16 strong Lads Down Under Syndicate, who arrived in Clonmel from Australia yesterday. Tough one to call.

Today’s clocks & latest betting in Quick Results 


Draw for Consolation Stakes

Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes
Somelittlespirit v Spillover
Marshals Babe v Rockanes Beauty
Drive On Sophie v Barrack Noelle
Tyrone Rivers v Hope Alive
Buggies Rose v Ramstown Jenny
Wilderness Honey v Skimcoat Hanna
On The Hill v Mild Lilly
Laurelina v Feede Lily
Bearna Gaoithe
Ballymac Smokey
Coshair Bonita
Some Exhibition
Stockproof Fencing TA Morris Stakes
Piper Tom v Tromora Tank
Portane Turbo v Do It Hope
Partys On Willy v Coalition Wonder
Blueview Lucky v Granard Gust
Dicks Partner v Dapper Jake
Bornforhardship v Greavsie
Spital Hondo v Boherlode Paddy
Gonetoflorida v Knockrour Leigh
Bedford Cha
All Our Kindness
Raise The Alarm