With the White Heathers

From their meet at Peppardstown on Sunday The Ballylusky White Heathers had a good day, with a big crowd attending, and got the 2011 season off to a good start.

From their meet at Peppardstown on Sunday The Ballylusky White Heathers had a good day, with a big crowd attending, and got the 2011 season off to a good start.

With refreshments provided through the courtesy of Mr. Bobby Guiry the New Year was welcomed in in style. Prior to move-off the Huntsman and Whippers-In were presented with new jackets. The jackets, embossed with the Ballylusky White Heather crest, were very kindly sponsored by Horsewear Ireland through Mr. Jack Ronan.

Finding in Knockelly Fort, one-hundred yards from the meet, hounds had a fox away that certainly knew his way around through Knockelly, Rathkenny and Lismoylan. Running over the hill he ran right-handed to Conor Cunningham's swinging left here they hunted back through the Valley by the Dairies (John Ryan's) to Maher's, Lismoylan. Hounds were going well here and hunted in view through the large fields (Delany's) back to where they found. Away again this time he ran to John Joe Whyte's, crossed the Drangan – Rathkenny Road to the large plantation in O'Brien's. Hounds were gathered here and vanned back to the meet. They enjoyed three good runs here. From Coolmore (Anglim's) they ran to Sparrow's, St. Johnstown, crossed the road here to Heffernan-Delany's, back again through O'Donnell's to Dillon's and lost him by the Coolmore offices near the Fethard – Killenaule road. On their way home they found in the Sandpit (in Heffernan-Delany's) under Knockelly Castle. They had a nice circle on this one and were still hunting well at five o'clock when they were stopped, bringing an excellent days hunting to a close. The Ballylusky White Heathers will meet on Sunday January 9, at Loughcopple; January 16th, Ballylusky; January 23, Kilvemnon School and January 30, at Coolmoyne.