Shame on Catholic priest Fr Dan Dunne who had a greyhound competing in Borris in Ossory hare coursing this month.
Fr Dunne’s dog, Tullamoy Rebel, is included in the list of dogs unleashed to chase after hares during the 2-day coursing meeting.
Fr Dunne has also been involved with coursing meetings in Old Kilcullen this month and Edenderry earlier this year.
The Ballyadams Parish, Co. Laois priest has previously been brought to the attention of church authorities as part of a formal complaint. In 2010, he was revealed to be the chairman of a coursing development committee that was “busy organising the Irish Coursing Club Stand [at the Ploughing Championships festival]”.
According to the Sporting Press, the Irish Coursing Club’s newspaper, “The Coursing Development Group Committee, under the Chairmanship of Fr Dan Dunne, has been busy organising the ICC Stand and they look forward to welcoming thousands into their marquee over the three days.”
The Laois Nationalist reported at the time that Fr Dunne was “unmoved by the complaints and was not about to justify himself”.
It is utterly shameful that a Catholic priest should be involved in a barbaric activity which has no place in a civilised society and should be long since banned. 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.’
Shame too on the Irish Bishops Conference for turning a blind eye to the cruelty of hare coursing and failing to act to end clergy involvement in activities involving cruelty to animals.
Make a complaint directly to Rev. Dan Dunne PP
Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co. Laois.
Send a letter of complaint to the Church authorities
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Columba Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)1 505 3000
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Paragraph 2418 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that ‘it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly.’ The Catechism also says that ‘Animals are God’s creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness.’
I therefore appeal to you to intervene to urge Fr Dan Dunne of Ballyadams Parish to end his association with hare coursing, a blood sport that causes suffering, injury and death to hares. According to a Sporting Press report, Fr Dan Dunne is chairman of the Irish Coursing Club’s Coursing Development Group Committee which ‘has been busy organising the Irish Coursing Club Stand [at the Ploughing Championships festival]’.
I find it shameful that any Catholic priest should be involved in promoting and developing a cruel and barbaric activity such as coursing. I hope you will act to ensure that clergy connections to coursing are ended.
Thank you. I look forward to your response.
With best wishes.