Jessie’s J special day for the Northern Hunt.
THE 18th Evening Echo Donal O’Mahony memorial meeting at Blarney on Sunday proved to be a huge success with three top class draghunts. No doubt the bumper crowd would have been larger if the weather had been kinder but thankfully the rain stayed away until shortly after the conclusion of the meeting.
Many talking points but for one city trainer Liz Kenny of the Northern Hunt club it was a day to remember.
Daughter of the late John who himself was an avid member of Northern Hunt for many years Liz has kept the family name going in the sport along with brother Gary.
On the build- up to the race the Knocknaheeney based trainer felt she had a good chance if her charge Jessie J could be among the leading hounds on the finish. When the hounds showed on the finish Jessie J had a decent lead and when the call went up there was only going to be one winner.
Naturally the Northern Hunt lady was rather emotional after winning the biggest draghunt of her career.
“My father and Donal O’Mahony were great friends and I am delighted that at last I have managed to win this draghunt for my family and club,” said Liz Kenny.
Indeed as Jessie J crossed the tape Liz had a look of disbelief as she reflected on the magical moment.
“When the hounds showed I picked her out and I knew barring a complete meltdown she would finish well as that’s her greatest asset,” added Liz. The second success for the Cork City and County Harriers association was in the Puppy grade as GPO trained by Frank Allen of Griffin United showed true class on the finish. The Griffin United stalwart was pleased with his hounds performance but as always put the success into perspective.
“Don’t get me wrong it’s always great to win especially at a meeting like this one but at my stage of life it is all about getting enjoyment and having a healthy hound,” said Frank Allen. The main draghunt in the Senior race went to west Cork as the
Competitors waiting for the starters order in the puppy race at the Donie O’Mahony Evening Echo sponsored draghunt at Blarney.
Chris McCarthy from Blarney with his puppy Jake who recieved the overall winner of the puppy show being presented with crystal from Sean O’Sullivan of Clogheen Harriers.
Bríon O’Callaghan, Katelyn O’Callaghan and grandad Hughie O’Callaghan from Douglas with their dog Just Darren.
Members of the ICDA and Mayfield Harriers at the Donie O’Mahony Evening Echo sponsored draghunt at Blarney.
Jerry Murphy from Enniskeane of ICDA with his dog Diamond who won the senior dog race.