HARES & COURSING
ROLL OF HONOUR
(Affiliated to I.C.C.)
31st January 2013
Well Christmas has come and gone, and the National Meeting is once again upon us. Along the way we had excellent meetings held by our neighbours Mooncoin and Fethard Open, and in January a very successful two day meeting held by Knockgraffon Open. Last weekend was the turn of Clonmel & District for the Ladies International, where unfortunately the plentiful supply of stock was a little less than cooperative at times. The stake is set to conclude next weekend, which will hopefully prove a nice way to round off the festival.
We wish the very best of luck to all connections lucky enough to have a runner at “the greyhound Olympics”, especially those with any connection to our club. In particular we wish the best to those greyhounds that ran in Ballyglasheen, whether in our own stakes or those of our neighbours, Cashel & District, who ran jointly with us this year. Finally, as always, we will be keeping a special eye on the fortunes of those greyhounds whose preparation included regular visits to our gallop.
18th December 2012
Following extensive remedial work carried out last week the gallop was back in use on Monday on a trial basis. A number of members brought dogs up to try out the surface and the verdict from all was “as good as new”.
It will be business as usual from tomorrow at the normal time. Christmas arrangements are that we will be open as normal on Christmas Eve, closed St.Stephen’s Day and open again as normal from Saturday the 29th of December.
Deepest sympathies from all involved in Clonmel & Kilsheelan to the family of the late Tessy Power, Tramore, Co.Waterford, especially her husband Tom and son Lester who are great friends to our club. A second blow to our neighbours Waterford & District so soon after the passing of Seán Organ.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
29th November 2012
Normally at this time of year we would be offering the choice of our all-weather gallop or the coursing stretch itself for galloping. Due to Sunday’s downpours however, the gallop was very heavily flooded on Monday.
Keeping the safety of the dogs always utmost in our considerations, the club has taken the decision to close the gallop for the time being, to allow full assessment of the damage to take place.
Thankfully, conditions on the coursing stretch are excellent at the moment, and this will remain open at the normal times. Any remedial work deemed necessary on the gallop will be carried out in full prior to re-opening. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
27th November 2012
Pictures from this year’s meeting have now been added to the gallery page. Click here. If any of our readers have pictures that they would like to send to us, feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos of the meeting are on Youtube courtesy of lettersonapostcard. Click here.
Another huge card run off in Knockgraffon this weekend. Congratulations to our local TD, Tom Hayes, and his fellow members of the Coalition Syndicate, on winning the Derby Trial Stake there with Mr.Big
22nd November 2012
BUSY WEEK CONTINUES
Well done to Thurles who completed their annual fixture today in conjunction with Borris-in-Ossory today, and best of luck to Knockgraffon who begin a three-day meeting tomorrow.
Local paper “The (Clonmel) Nationalist” once again delivered with excellent coverage of our meeting in the sports section of this week’s edition.
‘Cuine Boy’ takes Tipperary Cup
at Ballyglasheen joint meeting
A blockbuster feast of coursing took place at the famous running grounds in Ballyglasheen last weekend, as Clonmel & Kilsheelan coursing club hosted near neighbours Cashel & District for a joint meeting, the first three day meeting in the club’s history. After two fabulous days coursing, Sunday saw nine stakes up for decision, and the crowds flocked to the historic venue in the shadow of Sliabh na mBan in anticipation of a great days sport.
In the feature Tipperary Cup for all-age dogs, Cuine Boy (5/2 before coursing) became the latest name added to a roll of honour that stretches all the way back to 1916. This being his second cup win of the season, having already tasted success in Mallow, Cuine Boy looks likely to have secured a place in the Champion Stakes in Powerstown.
In the Seán Drohan memorial Stake for all-age bitches, we saw another likely Powerstown contender. Bombshelriapants (6/4 before coursing) may not be a name that trips easily off the tongue, but the manner in which she won each of her courses will see it a name that those in attendance won’t forget in a hurry. Her display was all the more remarkable given that she won the Gold Cup in East Donegal only two weeks previously.
As a joint meeting, there were four trial stakes up for decision, with the winner of each assured of their place in Powerstown in February. In the Kilsheelan Derby Trial Stake, eventual winner Wilton Magic obviously impressed the bookies and their “clockmen” as he was shortened from 5/1 to 6/4 after the first round. Locally owned Old Friend Joe gave him a battle in the semi-final, and looks to be one to watch out for before the season is out.
In the Kilsheelan Oaks Trial Stake, the Guilfoyle family sent out Magical Ellie to continue what has been a very successful few weeks for the kennel. 4/1 before coursing, this Lady had a real battle on her hands in the final, as Byerley Babe put it up to her all the way to the all-important turn.
There was a very popular winner in the Cashel Derby Trial Stake as Cracking Jet took the spoils for owner John Kennedy. The Cashel Oaks Trial Stake saw another very impressive winner in the shape of Call Posie, who did not have to run a final due to the withdrawal of Tranquility Rose.
In the Rock Stakes the Christy Brown trained Mission Hills won for owner Nigel Quinn, while in the Michael Ryan Memorial Stake and Sheehy Cup for Cashel working members, Day Train secured the local bragging rights for Kevin Barry and Shane Hogan.
The Frank Byrne Memorial Stake and Brackford Cup for Kilsheelan working members saw Dysert Bailey bring the silverware back across the bridge to Windgap, Co. Waterford for Maria Byrne and her sister Noeleen Doherty, daughters of the late Frank Byrne, in whose honour the stake is named.
The meeting concluded just as the weather began to deteriorate, and the timely fashion in which such a large card was run off was entirely due to the fantastic hare stock, and the tireless work of our committed hare husbandry team. All present were in agreement that the meeting had been a great success, setting the bar for the remainder of the season, and that the joint venture was a credit to both clubs.
19th November 2012
A hugely successful meeting was brought to a conclusion in Ballyglasheen yesterday, a credit to the hardworking members of both clubs. Hopefully we’ll have some pictures later in the week along with a report.
17th November 2012
Another great day’s coursing in Ballyglasheen, and still a day left. The hares really were superb again today, with longtime Kilsheelan and Powerstown stalwart Tony Harney declaring them the best he has ever seen. Nine stakes up for decision tomorrow, if you are within striking distance of Kilsheelan, be sure to travel. It promises to be well worth the effort.
16th November 2012
Our first day safely out of the way with good hares and good coursing. Hopefully things can continue in the same vein over the next two days. Our own meeting gets underway tomorrow with two rounds of our Trial Stakes and one round each of the Eddie Kennedy Memorial Tipperary Cup and the Seán Drohan Memorial All-Age Bitch Stake.
15th November 2012
FIRST THREE-DAY MEETING
Well our joint meeting with Cashel & District gets underway tomorrow. Cashel kick things off with their two rounds of their Trial Stakes and one round each of The Rock Stakes and their Working Members. We wish them the best of luck with their first meeting in Ballyglasheen.
12th November 2012
Always the one day you don’t want something to go wrong …. We experienced an issue with our server last night which meant unfortunately, that our draw wasn’t available online as early as we would have liked. A pity in that this is a significant time for driving traffic for the site. Apologies to those who were waiting on the draw with bated breath!!
11th November 2012
DRAW FOR MEETING
The draw for this year’s meeting took place this evening and is now available by clicking here.
Due to our annual coursing meeting, the gallop will be closed this coming Saturday. There will be an extra session available this coming Thursday at the usual time.
WATERFORD’S NEW HOME
Waterford & District held a very successful meeting recently, at their new field near Portlaw. There was a large attendance on both days, and all present were in agreement that the club’s working members can be very proud of their new home. For those of you who didn’t make it this year, visit Yvonne Harrington’s Coursing Diary website for a look at what you missed.
The Nenagh club also showed off a new field this year, and this weekend they kicked off what will be a very busy two weeks for the Tipperary clubs. Next weekend sees ourselves and Cashel, with Thurles running mid-week and Knockgraffon the following weekend.
Gallop Opening Hours
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
9am — 11.30am
Monday & Wednesday Evening
4.30pm — 7pm