The members of the Johnstown and Urlingford (Spa) coursing club honoured one of its most loyal and faithful servants after the 88th annual meeting in Woodsgift on sunday.
Club chairman, Jim Darcy, a slip steward for nearly 50 years, was made a presentation to mark his long and sustained contribution to the Spa club, which has a reputation for organising one of the most professional meetings every season. Mr Darcy made, and continues to make, a massive contribution and members offered him a big ‘thank you’ in appreciation of his efforts.
Martin Glendon, who has retired after being slipper at more than 25 meetings, was also made a presentations in appreciation of his long and loay service.
The weather on Saturday was top class for coursing, and the meeting produced some of its best contests ever. The rain arrived on Sunday, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiams of members or visitors and another top notch meeting was concluded. Judge: Liam Kelly Slipper: Brian Doyle. Derby Trial Stake - semi-finals, Sunbeam Bolt bt Ive No Tax; Pumpkin Pines bt Don Corleone. Final - Miss E. and Mrs M. Thompson’s, Abbeyfeale wbe d Pumpkin Pines (Castle Pines - Pumpkin View) bt Mrs Catherine Malone’s and Patrick Scanlon’s, Athy bkbd d Sunbeam Bolt (Adios Alonso - Daltons Heresay). Oaks Trial Stake - semi-finals, Killahys Babe bt Kingsmill Blur; Bosca Ceoil bt Tarmac Trend. Final - James Tobin’s, Woodgift and Michael Bergin’s, Freshford bebd b Killahys Babe (Adios Alonso - Cilldubh Killahy) bt Donal Wilson’s, Johnstown bdb Bosca Ceoil (Janey Macaroo - Valentia Singer). Doyle memorial cup - semi-finals, Skellig Wish bt Kyule Gaisce; Belated Birthday bt Eoin Kirt. Final - Timothy O’Driscoll’s, Cork bd d Skellig Wish (Matt Hyland - Beyond Tivoli) bt Noreen McManus’s, Limerick bk d Belated Birthday (Tynwald Smokey - Belated Legacy). Working members stake - final, James Tobin’s, Woodsgift and Michael Bergin’s, Freshford dkbd d Devon Meadows (Adios Alonso - Cilldubh Killahy) bt Anna Darcy’s and M. Tobin’s, Woodgift bebd d Dynamic Duo (Adios Alonso - Cilldubh Killahy). Inchorourke stake - final, Joseph Riordan’s and Ann Taylor’s, Clare bd d Ahern For Mike (Murtys Gang - Sarah Marysbell) bt Frank Browne’s, Cashel bk d Mine Raven (Hades Rocket - Classical Moment). Hughes Campion bitch stake - final, Denis A. Fielding’s, Mooncoin bef b Moat Lady (Bexhill Eoin - Moat Elsa) bt Michael Nolan’s, Johnstown bk b Foulkscourt Echo (Head Bound - Graigues Echo).