success-The Irish enjoyed glorious success at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS last week with Marion Hughes partnering HHS Fortuna to victory in the opening event on Wednesday the Failte Stakes, while on Friday Ireland secured a memorable victory in the Aga Khan with Warrington rider Richie Maloney riding a double clear picking up just one time fault in the opening round. On Saturday in front a packed Ballsbridge in very warm Summer sunshine, the ever popular Puissance event (the big wall) took centre stage.
9 riders participated in the big wall which included Michael Hutchinson from Ballyquirke riding Acorad 3.
Michael is from a strong equestrian background, and he is following in the footsteps of his father Michael senior and uncle Pat who were both established riders in their heyday.
The young rider has progressing through the ranks in recent participating in competitions around Europe, and last Saturday’s victory was the sweetest moment of his career to date.
With a maximum 5 rounds at stake, Acorad was one of 4 horses that went the whole distance along with fellow Irish rider Liam O’Meara riding Cisero, as well as Olympic Bronze medallist Cian O’Connor aboard Countdown and Italian rider Juan Carlos Garcia riding Oilander.
Hutchinson was the first into the arena for the final round, and with the height of the wall increasing with each round, the task of jumping clear became even more difficult.
However, Hutchinson and Acorad 3 stepped up to the mark with flying colours, and the 11-year-old gelding brilliantly leaped over the wall splendidly much to the strong chorus of cheers from a highly enthusiastic supportive audience.
O’Meara and Cisero went clear, along with Juan Carlow Garcia, but Cian O’Connor was unsuccessful in his attempt in keeping the wall intact.
The trio of Hutchinson, O’Meara and Garcia divided the winning prize money between them, as the high standard of jumping saw the riders rewarded for their trojan efforts. It was a memorable success for Michael Hutchinson, and one to certainly savour.
KIDSTUFF MONTESSORI-The Kidstuff Montessori which is located in Blanchvilles Park Clifden just 5 minutes from the village is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm daily for young toddlers. Free ECCE preschool year available for year before attending school. Qualified staff, Montessori curriculum and HSE approved. There is full time childminding service available to Preschoolers with limited places available for September. For further details, contact Annette on 056 7726697 or 086 3462705 for enquiries.
PARISH MISSION-For the first time since 1995, there will be a mission in Gowran Parish and The Parish Committee and the Liturgical Committees will meet Fr. John Hannah on Tuesday 4th Septemmber to discuss all arrangements for preparation needed for the Mission.
Fr. Hannahs intention was to have mission mass in both Gowran and Dungarvan each day with the evening service alternating every second evening between both Gowran and Dungarvan. The opening and closing service will take place in Gowran church.
FAMILY FUN DAY-Young Irelands Hurling and Camogie Club are hosting a Family Fun Day Fundraiser on Sunday September 2nd in the clubs hurling pitch. Donations of bottles, cans of minerals, spirits and items for the Wheel of Fortune along with Jewellery, Handbags and books in good condition are required and they can be dropped in to Martin Carey Cars, Gowran Pharmacy or in the collection box in the pitch on any team training evening. Check the club website for further details on www.youngirelands.gaa or contact Mary Holden on 087 6406411.
LATE LATE SHOW PASSES AWAY-One of the great Greyhound Racing stalwarts, The Late Late Show passed away last Friday just a few days short of his 14th birthday.
Owned by broadcaster Pat Kenny and trained by Paul Hennessy, Late Late Show was a magnificent money spinner and 2001 in particular was a year to remember. Late Late ran up a sequence of 16 victories 11 years ago winning the Tote Gold Cup, the Easter Cup, the Guinness 600 and the Derby Trial Stake, while was just narrowly touched off in both the Champion Stakes and the Irish Derby.