Cruel hare coursing is way past its sell-by date

13 Dec

Cruel hare coursing is way past sell by date

“I hope that communities nationwide will follow Millstreet’s lead and hand red cards to their local hare-chasing clubs” – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in the Irish Mail on Sunday…

Follow the course
Irish Mail on Sunday, December 11th 2022

The persecuted hares of Ireland have got an early Christmas present: a decision by a compassionate County Cork community that will ease the suffering of at least some of these gentle creatures this Yuletide.

I refer to the ground-breaking news that Millstreet Town Park will not be hosting a hare coursing event this year.

For decades, hares have been forced to run from greyhounds in a wired-off enclosure in the park. Though the fixture lasted two days, most of the park had to be closed each year for almost a month to allow for handling and so-called “training” of the terrified captive hares in the build-up to coursing day.

Fans of the “sport” laughed and cheered as hares twisted and dodged to avoid getting mauled or having their bones crushed.

But this year, after petitions, appeals, and a large protest by locals, the park will be a coursing-free zone.

I hope that communities nationwide will follow Millstreet’s lead and hand red cards to their local hare-chasing clubs. They need to be told that the game is up, coursing is way past its sell-by date.

John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co. Kilkenny


HELP THE HARES: Urgently contact Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan and tell them to withdraw the 2022-23 hare coursing licences and also stop the hunting and shooting of Irish Hares.

Email “Stop all hare coursing, hunting and shooting NOW” to;

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893

Malcolm Noonan TD (Green Party, Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 888 2425 OR (01) 618 3156

It is time for politicians to consign hare coursing and greyhound racing to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details

Urge the leaders of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour to respect the wishes of the majority and ban hare coursing and end all funding to greyhound racing.

Micheál Martin TD
Leader, Fianna Fail
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000

Leo Varadkar TD
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
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Eamon Ryan TD
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102

Ivana Bacik TD
Leader, The Labour Party
Tel: (01) 6183136

Please sign and share the petitions

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland

Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing

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