WHAT could be described as the sport horse capital of Ireland and probably Europe, Goresbridge was our venue for a meet of the famed Kilkenny Foxhounds. The meet was by invitation of Goresbridge Horse Sales through the good offices of its managing director Martin Donohue, a former Kilkenny master. While Martin was unavoidably away, there was a warm welcome and even warmer refreshments designed to make the Kilkenny fences look slightly less daunting on the day.

There to welcome all was the lady who founded the sales and ran it single-handed for many years, Mrs Catherine Donohue, still going strong in her mid-eighties.