MEMBERS of Bree Hunt presented a Stephen's Day spectacle at The Still outside Enniscorthy as they gathered for their traditional St. Stephen's Day meet. The 70 riders also made a spectacular amount of money for a good Enniscorthy cause as they pulled in a couple of thousand euro for St. Anthony's Unit at the Bellefield CWCW complex.
The meet under the direction of hunt masters Jay Bowe and Philip Murphy attracted a good crowd of followers despite the miserable rain. The hunt was organised by John Kearney, with the hounds taking to the field under the direction of Muriel Kehoe and Michael Condon.
The pack raised a few foxes during a trawl of the countryside that covered at least seven miles, taking in land around the Scoby and Monart areas. Then they returned to The Still pub for a meal and some warming refreshments served up by hosts Annette and Martin.
The festive hunt has become a very important fund raiser for St. Anthony's Unit, which provides care for people with intellectual disabilities. The money collected on Stephen's Day over the years has helped to pay for a bus and also to support respite care for users of the service.
Among the plans in the pipeline for St. Anthony's is a new building on the workshop campus at Bellefield to house the pre-school group which, at present, shares the premises of the unit with the adults. Wednesday's day outing by the Bree Hunt generated at least €2,500.