Thursday 19 January 2017

Jumping for joy as hunt finally meets

Fiona Ellis

Published 30/12/2010 | 05:00

DOZENS of riders donned their hunting pinks yesterday to take part in a festive tradition that is more than 200 years old.

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The Kildare Hunt has met in Dunlavin, Co Wicklow, on St Stephen's Day since 1793. But this year, the meet was postponed because of the weather -- hard, icy ground poses a safety risk for both horses and riders. The hunt was also postponed because it is considered unlucky to have a meet on a Sunday.

But yesterday at noon, huntsman Chris Francis, pictured, led the riders and a dozen hounds through the streets of the town.

Hunting with hounds, though controversial, remains popular in rural communities.

Irish Independent

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