Favoured by another beautiful day of autumn sunshine there was a huge turnout of mounted, foot and car-followers for the Tipperary Foxhounds opening meet in Fethard on Monday, October 27. Following the blessing of the hounds and followers by Very Rev. Canon Breen P.P. eighty-three mounted followers moved off from McCarthy’s Orchard led by Huntsman, Derry Donegan. With the addition of a few more from The Square and Rocklow Road there must have been a field of at least one hundred riders by the time they reached the first draw at Rocklow.
With foxes in good supply, very typical opening meet hunting was enjoyed in the Rocklow, Rathvin, Rathcoole and Ballyvaden areas before Derry blew for home at 4pm at Annsgift. While the mounted field was of usual opening-day numbers the number of car and foot followers seems to get bigger and bigger each season. Great to see such support for Fethard’s oldest sporting organisation, established in 1820, it supersedes the Fethard GAA club by at least sixty years. Feature of the opening day’s field was the large number of juvenile riders out taking advantage of the mid-term break. Well-mounted and with their pony club experience one can only wonder at the manner which even those of very tender years could successfully take on any country. ‘Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh siad’. – E.A.N.
The Tipperary Foxhounds 2015 Calendar is now available. Containing a selection of exquisite hunting photograph, no doubt, like the previous editions, it will be a sell-out. Copies, at €10 each may be obtained from producers Ms Wendy Donegan, Ms Jane Farrell and usual outlets. These calendars would be an ideal Christmas or New Year gift.