THE love of coursing runs very deep in Kerry and, as always, there will be a big exodus from the county this weekend, and on Monday, for the National Coursing Meeting at Powerstown Park, Clonmel.
Kerry has a very proud record of success at the meeting and, hopefully, there will be a serious Kerry involvement come the climax of the meeting on Monday afternoon.
Preview nights take place at many venues around the country and one well worth attending is that in the Dew Drop Inn, Lixnaw, this Wednesday at 9pm.
No better man than Berkie Browne to run the rule over the fancied contenders and joining Berkie on a select panel, among others, will be Con Guiney, a leading Cork doggy man, and James O'Connor, of Radio Kerry.
Coursing on Saturday and Sunday starts at 11am and there is an 11.30am start on Monday. Because of the national meeting, there will be no racing at Tralee Track on Saturday night and no trials on Monday.
BALLYROE BAGS COURSING'S BIG NIGHT
STAYING on coursing, it is a very nice boost for the county that the 12th annual Coursing Greyhound of the Year Awards Dinner is to be held in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee, on Saturday, April 5. This is a hugely prestigious affair and it is a great coup for the Ballyroe Heights Hotel to be staging it.
Mind you, the hotel is an eminently suitable venue and, as it always does for any kind of special occasion, it offers special rates of accommodation for those attending. Tickets cost €50.
* ALL Kerry doggy people will have learned with much regret of the death of that great Brosna doggy man, Denis D Lane.
He was certainly a credit to the sport he loved so well and, although 89, he was very active until right up to the time of his death and it was always a privilege to meet him.