Hotel asked to disassociate from coursing

25 Apr

The manager of the Clonmel Park Hotel in County Tipperary has been asked by ICABS to disassociate from a cruel blood sport. In an advert placed in the events booklet for this year’s coursing finals, the hotel extended a “welcome to all visitors to the national coursing meeting”.

The advert also highlighted that the hotel is “just 5 minutes drive from the coursing grounds” and that a coursing video was to be shown nightly at the hotel.

Asking manager, Michael Boyle, to give a commitment that the hotel would disassociate from coursing and ensure that no further ads are placed in coursing publications, ICABS stressed that “a majority of Irish people (and many millions around the world) are opposed to this horrendous blood sport”.

Please join us in our appeal to the Clonmel Park Hotel by taking part in our action alert below.

The Clonmel Park Hotel advert which appeared in the programme for the 2008 coursing finals in Clonmel. ICABS has asked the hotel to disassociate from the blood sport.

An extract from the Clonmel Park Hotel’s advert in the coursing booklet.


Appeal to the Clonmel Park Hotel to give a commitment that no further adverts will be placed in coursing publications and that coursing videos will not be shown at the hotel again.

Sample Letter
(Please compose your own personal letter if possible. If you do not have time to do this, please send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Michael Boyle
General Manager
Clonmel Park Hotel
The Poppyfields
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Tel: 052-88700

Dear Mr Boyle,

I am contacting you to register my great disappointment at your hotel’s association with the Clonmel coursing finals 2008. It is incredible that a modern hotel like the Clonmel Park would wish to associate with a cruel blood sport that a majority of Irish people wish to see being made illegal.

As you may be aware, hares are snatched from their habitats, kept in captivity for months and forced to run for their lives in front of greyhounds. They suffer fear, stress and injuries such as broken bones. Hares continue to die painful deaths in this horrendous activity.

Please show compassion for Ireland’s persecuted hare species by announcing that the Clonmel Park Hotel will never again advertise in coursing publications or allow coursing videos to be shown at your venue.

Thank you. I look forward to receiving your reply.

Yours sincerely,


A terrified hare is knocked off its feet by a muzzled greyhound during the 2008 coursing finals at Clonmel. The fate of this hare is unknown but records show that hares hit by dogs can suffer broken bones and other internal injuries.

Video: Coursing cruelty


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