A Catholic priest was shamefully involved with last weekend’s cruel hare coursing in Edenderry, Co Offaly (October 17-18th 2015).
On the Edenderry coursing card, Fr. Dan Dunne of Ballyadams Parish, Co. Laois, is listed as the owner of a competing greyhound. Fr Dunne’s greyhound, Tullamoy Rebel, is listed as no. 13 in the Finbar & Bridie Murphy Memorial Derby Trial Stake.
Fr Dunne’s involvement in the cruel activity has previously been exposed by ICABS. In 2010, we highlighted that he was acting as chairman of a coursing development committee of the Irish Coursing Club so not only is he involved in coursing as a greyhound owner, but shamefully, he was actively involved in promoting this cruel “sport”, and possibly still holds that position.
At the time, we stated: “It is utterly shameful that a Catholic priest should be promoting and developing a barbaric activity which has no place in a civilised society and should be long since banned. Not only that, he is in direct contravention of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which clearly states that ‘it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly.'”
In 2012, Fr Dunne was the owner and breeder of a greyhound who was a runner-up at Borris-in-Ossory coursing meet.
Witness the cruelty involved at Edenderry coursing. Our video footage shows hares being hit hard by greyhounds and sent tumbling. These animal are likely to have suffered painful internal injuries.
Contact the “Very Reverend” Dan Dunne. Ask him to show compassion for the Irish hare, one of the gentlest of God’s creatures, and end his involvement in the cruel bloodsport of hare coursing.
“Very Reverend” Dan Dunne
Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co. Laois.
Tel: +353 (0)59-8627123
Demand that the Bishops’ Conference act to end clergy involvement in activities involving cruelty to animals.
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)1 505 3000
Fax: +353 (0)1 601 6401