Our sincere sympathy to Dr Eamonn Kiely, Blackrock, Cork on the death of his wife Maura and to his daughters Aisling & Aoife on losing their mam.
Maura sadly passed away on Saturday.
Eamonn is a very well known and popular figure on the coursing circuit and a great supporter in particular of the club in his native Dungarvan.
We also associate him very much with the greyhounds carrying the Atlantic prefix.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him, Aisling, Aoife and the extended Kiely & Corcoran families at this sorrowful time.
Maura will lie in repose at the Temple Street Funeral Home, Boreenmanna Road, Cork on Tuesday morning (May 30th) from 11.00am with prayers at 12 noon. Followed by Requiem Mass at 1.00pm in St Michael’s Church, Blackrock and cremation at 3.00pm in the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy.
May she Rest In Peace.
Members of all Open Coursing Clubs are invited to attend a meeting at the Horse & Jockey Hotel on Wednesday 31st May commencing 7.30pm to discuss a new initiative being put forward by the Munster & Leinster Unions of Open Coursing Clubs.
A good turnout would be much appreciated.
The Provincial Meetings of the Irish Coursing Club are due to take place in a few weeks time and we are going to have an election for the Executive Committee in both Munster & Leinster. Des Tighe is due to be returned unopposed in Ulster and there is no one up for election in Connacht until 2018.
Our photo shows Brendan Farrelly & Kevin Carr at last year’s Leinster Provincial Meeting. Brendan has served on the Executive Committee since 1996 but has chosen not to seek re-election on this occasion.
Monday 29th May at 8.00pm (Oranmore Lodge Hotel)
Tuesday 30th May at 2.00pm (Quinns Corner, Dungannon)
Desmond Tighe to be returned unopposed
Wednesday 7th June at 6.30pm (Charleville Park Hotel)
Election for three seats on Executive Committee
Candidates (alphabetical): David Harrington (Cork), Joan Herbert (Kilflynn), Gerry Meehan (Millstreet), Tom Murphy (Castleisland), Richie Quinn snr (Regional) & Aidan Supple (Rathkeale).
Thursday 8th June at 2.00pm (Keadeen Hotel)
Election for two seats on Executive Committee
Candidates (alphabetical): Tom Beckett (Freshford), John Cullinane (New Ross), Dominic Hegarty (Duleek Open), Eddie Quilty (Mooncoin).
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Coursing Awards & Dinner Dance at the Charleville Park Hotel on Saturday 1st April. Sincere thanks to our Award Sponsors: Greyhound & Pet World Abbeyfeale; Flaherty Markets Galway; Event Power Ltd Thurles; National Meeting Bookmakers; Brian & Noelle Divilly; Michael Horgan Mitchelstown; Bridget Byrne Surrey.
Of course it is the attendees who also make this night so special and we were thrilled to have over 300 once again for what was the 15th Annual Awards Night. Westmeath, Kilkenny, Cork and Limerick were very well represented this year as were the Abbeydorney coursing club who held their field development draw during the evening. The biggest cheer (and standing ovation) was reserved for Hall of Fame recipient Jimmy Darcy and his wife Anna. However for us Tipperary people the most memorable moment was the emotional rendition of Slievenamon from two other Kilkenny men Brian Doyle & Tommy Norton on Sunday morning.
We would also like to pay tribute to our superb band who suffered a very close family bereavement just a few days earlier but honoured the booking despite how difficult it must have been for them all. Thank You.
Our photo shows owners Dr Paddy & Mary O’Kelly, trainer Gerry Holian and breeder Denis Guiney receiving their trophies from Kathleen & Liam Murphy of Greyhound and Pet World after Reikers Island was announced the ICC Greyhound of the Year.
More photos on this week’s Sporting Press (April 13th).
What a coursing season it was for the Carr family from Killucan, Co Westmeath and indeed for everyone at Westmeath Utd coursing club. They had a path worn from Tables 7 and 8 to the stage at the ICC Awards & Dinner Dance last Saturday night in the Charleville Park Hotel. Sporting Press Progress Charts for Killucan Rose & Howdododo, the Charity Fantasy Coursing cheque for David & Declan Carr, the Patsy Byrne Junior Nominator Award for Caoimhe Ivory and Michael Horgan’s ‘Road to Glory’ Award for Westmeath Utd coursing club.
However the highlight of the night for them all was the Coursing Bitch of the Year Award presentation for Killucan Rose, very kindly sponsored by Flaherty Market’s, Galway.
Our photo shows Kevin Carr accepting the 2017 ICC Bitch of the Year Award from Martin Flaherty (presenting on behalf of his dad Jimmy) with members of the Carr family, Lucy Flaherty, ICC President Brian Divilly and ICC CEO DJ Histon.
“If you could come up with a definition of what a coursing man should be, look no further than Jimmy Darcy. He is a breeder, owner, trainer of distinction, club working member and of course has great respect for the Irish hare. He is a man we all aspire to be like and he is an inspiration to us all”.
Those were the words of DJ Histon, CEO Irish Coursing Club as he welcomed Jimmy Darcy into the ICC Hall of Fame at the Coursing Awards & Dinner Dance last weekend. As Jimmy and his wife Anna came to the stage to accept his Award from sponsors Brian and Noelle Divilly he received his second standing ovation of the evening. The first had come a short time earlier when the guests had watched a moving tribute to Jimmy which had been filmed at the Johnstown & Urlingford coursing field in Woodsgift and at his home.
Our photo shows Jimmy accepting his Award from sponsor and ICC President Brian Divilly whilst Anna accepts a bouquet from Noelle Divilly. Also in photo are Jimmy’s children Jimmy jnr and Marie, two of his grandsons James and Conor and his many friends from Johnstown and neighbouring coursing clubs.
Unlucky Champion Bitch Stakes runner-up Blades of Glory has produced some exceptionally fast greyhounds since being retired to the breeding paddocks.
However as owner Denis Guiney said at the ICC Awards on Saturday night last he thought a Classic win was going to elude her. That all changed of course on January 30th of this year when two of her sons Reikers Island and the Guiney family owned Blades Of Fire divided the 2017 BoyleSports Derby.
Their sister Our Miztique also reached the quarter-final of the Oaks so it was no surprise that Blades Of Glory was voted ICC Brood Bitch of the Year for the second time in three years.
Our photo shows Mike O’Connell (representing sponsor Richard Maher of Event Power Ltd, Thurles) presenting the trophy to Denis’s mam Mary and members of the Guiney family together with trainer Gerry Holian and Jacqueline Farrell.
In the 15 year history of the ICC Stud Dog of the Year Award only five different dogs have won the Award including Adios Alonso who took his third title this year.
The other winners are Hilltown (5), Bexhill Eoin (4) and Ashmore View, Kingsmill Dynamo and Razor Ashmore with one Award each.
Adios Alonso had previously won the Award which is kindly sponsored by the National Meeting Bookmakers in 2013 and 2015 so he appears to be making a habit of winning every second year. This might be of some comfort to other Stud Dog owners as we head towards the 2017/18 season !!!.
However there was no doubting his supremacy during the season just gone, siring the Oaks winner Knockout Glory and the two Derby dividers Reikers Island and Blades Of Fire as well as a host of other big stake winners and National Meeting qualifiers.
Our photo shows Michael Sheil representing the National Meeting Bookmakers presenting the trophy at the ICC Awards last weekend to Gerry Holian who trained Adios Alonso to win the 2010 Derby. To the right of Michael is John O’Sullivan who co-owns the dog with Richard Maher and Basil Holian.
Many congratulations to our ICC Award Winners for 2017.
A big thank you also to our Award Sponsors and to all of you who voted.
Our photo shows 2017 Greyhound of the Year, Reikers Island, with Dr Paddy & Mary O’Kelly.
Greyhound & Pet World Abbeyfeale Coursing Dog of the Year
Flaherty Markets Galway Coursing Bitch of the Year
National Meeting Bookmakers Coursing Stud Dog of the Year
Event Power Ltd Thurles Coursing Brood Bitch of the Year
BLADES OF GLORY
Hall of Fame Award (Kindly sponsored by Brian Divilly)
JIMMY DARCY, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny
Please be advised that following the prohibited substance testing procedures carried out at the recent Irish Cup Meeting, all samples have been certified as Negative.
The Irish Coursing Club would like to thank owners, trainers and staff for co-operating fully with the process to ensure the integrity of our sport is maintained.
Full details on this week’s Sporting Press.