Drag Hunt at­tracts com­peti­tors from Ire­land and be­yond

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A MA­JOR Drag Hunt Bea­gle Rac­ing event took place in Valen­tia and Port­magee re­cently.

This in­cluded the All-Ire­land Drag Hunt heats which took place in the land of Michael Keat­ing and much of the Pound area of Port­magee. Com­peti­tors came from as far afield as Cum­bria, Fer­managh, Mon­aghan, Ca­van, Ty­rone, Cork city, Cork county and, of course, Kerry.

The fol­low­ing day the Dan O’Con­nor Me­mo­rial Drag Hunt, now in it’s fourth year, took place with prizes awarded in the Ring Lyne Bar and Restau­rant. It com­mem­o­rates the mem­ory of Dan O’Con­nor of Bal­ly­manach, Valen­tia, a very keen and much loved bea­gle owner, who passed away four years ago at a young age and who left a young fam­ily.

Pa­trick O’Donoghue of Chapel­town was the MC as Dan O’Con­nor Me­mo­rial prizes were pre­sented: Gerry O’Driscoll of Port­magee won the Se­nior Cup with the Maiden be­ing won by Bobby Bur­ton of Valen­tia and the Puppy Race taken by Joe Harty of Ballinskel­ligs.

Photo of those as­so­ci­ated with the Dan O’Con­nor Me­mo­rial Cup in the Ring Lyne. Back row (from left):

Abina O’Con­nor(wife of the late Dan), Bobby Bur­ton, Valen­tia (Maiden Tro­phy win­ner); Johnny Cronin (Water­ville); Joe Harty,Ballinskel­ligs (Puppy Tro­phy win­ner); Jerry O’Driscoll, Port­magee (Se­nior Dan O’Con­nor Tro­phy win­ner); Emma O’Con­nor (daugh­ter of Dan O’Con­nor); Pa­trick Dil­lon (Ballinskel­ligs).

Front row: Pa­trick O’Donoghue (MC); Kevin O’Con­nor (son of Dan); Ciaran Smith (Chair­man of the Kerry Bea­gle As­so­ci­a­tion) and Con O’Leary (Kerry Bea­gle As­so­ci­a­tion PRO).

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