US visitors enjoy local hunt

Tipperary Foxhounds had a field of over seventy riders for their Lawn Meet at Coolmore on Thursday, January 13. H

Tipperary Foxhounds had a field of over seventy riders for their Lawn Meet at Coolmore on Thursday, January 13. H

aving been lavishly entertained they moved off to their first draw close to the Coolmore offices. Finding here they ran towards Coolbawn Cross. Turning right-handed in Skehans they ran back to Kilnockin. Right-handed here they flashed across the Fethard – Killenaule Road to the old Kilnockin Racecourse. Sam got ahead of them here and they were stopped as they were running out of country.

Back to Coolmore they found by the Banogue River in Anglim's. Away from here they fairly flew back through Dillon's and Skehan's crossing the St. Johnstown road to Prendergast's. Doing a u-turn here they ran back over the same ground, Charlie getting to ground just ahead of hounds at Coolmore Lake, quite close to where found. Peppardstown House area drew blank, hounds again down by O'Donnell's. They hunted through Sparrow's across the road to Niall O'Donnell's. Turning again here they re-crossed the St. Johnstown Road, ran down almost to Dillon's, turning again here they hunted to where found. This good fox got to ground in a pile of round bales.

They found again in Blackmore's, running down to the St. Johnstown Road they were stopped as they were heading towards country already hunted over. They finished with a run from the fort at Coolbawn Cross to ground in Cooney's and from the Waterfall they had a short run through Donal Kennedy's and to ground in Ritchie Holohan's.

The large field out included a party of American visitors including a huntsman of an American foxhound pack. They said their day with the Tipps was the highlight of their Irish hunting holiday. Their huntsman was loud in his praises of the Tipperary hounds, both of their quality and hunting ability and also highly complimentary to Tipps huntsman Derry Donegan. They say in business, "a satisfied customer always returns" and the American visitors, who took some souvenir photographs of their Tipperary visit, promised to make a return.