Hunt suc­cess

Jessie’s J spe­cial day for the North­ern Hunt.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - John Cough­lan

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

Pic­ture: Gavin Browne

Com­peti­tors wait­ing for the starters or­der in the puppy race at the Donie O’Ma­hony Even­ing Echo spon­sored draghunt at Blar­ney.

Pic­ture: Gavin Browne

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.

Pic­ture: Gavin Browne

Bríon O’Cal­laghan, Kate­lyn O’Cal­laghan and grandad Hughie O’Cal­laghan from Dou­glas with their dog Just Dar­ren.

Pic­ture: Gavin Browne

Mem­bers of the ICDA and May­field Har­ri­ers at the Donie O’Ma­hony Even­ing Echo spon­sored draghunt at Blar­ney.

Pic­ture: Gavin Browne

Jerry Mur­phy from En­niskeane of ICDA with his dog Di­a­mond who won the se­nior dog race.

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