Severe weather hits hunting programme

Severe frost, once again, played havoc with the hunting arrangements of both the Tipperary Foxhounds and the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers on St. Stephen's Day.

Severe frost, once again, played havoc with the hunting arrangements of both the Tipperary Foxhounds and the Ballylusky White Heather Harriers on St. Stephen's Day.

St. Stephen's Day is, with the Opening Meet, the two big days in the hunting calendar of every pack. Both the Tipps and the White Heathers to honour the day and the occasion, fair dues to them, did turn out. Huntsman Derry Donegan and Whipper-in Sam Saniland donned the Red Coats, before a very large turnout, and presented the Tipp hounds at Ballagh. They drew on foot through Delaney's, Fryday's and Halley's and hunted reasonably well through these traditional draws.

The White Heathers travelled a good circle through Knockcura, Ballyrichard, Priestown and Glenmuicaduibhe down to the Drangan-Cloneen road and back to the village. They found in three of these areas and while hounds hunted well in covert they could just not hold the line once they broke. Both packs concluded their day with refreshments, socialising and craic where all good hunting is done, and all the best matches are played, in the local pub. The Tipps in Ballagh and the White Heathers in the Archway, Drangan.

The White Heathers meet at Peppardstown Gate on Sunday next, January 2, at 11am. The Tipperary Hunt Children's Meet has been rearranged also for this Sunday, January 2, at Grove at 12 noon.