Irish National Coursing Finals to feature on Sky TV
The slip of the hounds, the turn of the hare and the roar of the crowd will
all feature as part of a special IRISH TV programme from the National
Coursing Finals on Sky TV channel 201 on Thursday, February 16th at 9pm.
The programme ŒOut & About in Ireland¹ which was produced and filmed by
IRISH TV during the National Coursing Finals from Clonmel is a
behind-the-scenes look at this traditional and unique rural sport in
Highlights from the 3 day event will feature throughout the programme with
discerning and engaging interviews from passionate coursing followers from
Ireland and further afield. President of the Irish Coursing Club Brian
Divilly, ICC CEO DJ Histon and well known coursing enthusiast and Dublin
hurling manager Anthony Daly are amongst those that feature in the
The film crew also captures the colourful characters that travel the byroads
of rural Ireland to Trial Stakes the length and breadth of the country as
they go in search of the ultimate prize in Coursing.
President of the Irish Coursing Club Brian Divilly said he was delighted to
facilitate the IRISH TV crew at the National Finals as the sport has
passsionate followers in rural Ireland and in the UK. ³This is our 87th year
and the crowds are bigger than ever, there are people here from every corner
of Ireland. It¹s one of the most lucrative weeks of the year for the local
hotels, pubs and restautants as thousands of greyhound enthusiasts flock to
Tipperary. It is also great to see so many young people interested in dogs
and the sport at present² he said.
Speaking in the programme, Junior Minister for Agriculture Shane McEntee
said he was delighted to be invited to Clonmel for the National Coursing
Finals, ³Ireland has the fastest greyhounds in the world. The Greyhound
industry is worth millions to the Irish economy and creates thousands of
jobs,² commented McEntee.
ŒOut & About in Ireland¹ presenter Pierce O¹Reilly said that the programme
shines a light on a unique sport that is hidden away in rural Ireland. ³We
get to chat to some of the brightest breeders, tireless trainers, and
adoring dog owners in the sport who make up the vibrant greyhound community
in Ireland,² he said.
The programme also features highlights from the Derby and Oaks finals as
well as interviews with the winning owners and breeders. Former national
hunt jockey Mark Dwyer and Clonmel Mayor Darren Ryan all give their views on
the future of Coursing in Ireland.
The programme can be viewed on Sky TV channel 201 and Freesat 403 on
Thursday February 16th at 9pm and will be repeated on Sunday and Monday at
11pm. It is also available online at www.irishtv.ie