MID-November and our fourth opening meet – this time it was the Kilmoganny hunt opening meet at the village of the same name in South Kilkenny, not far from Carrick-on-Suir. There was a great turnout especially of younger members, the future looks bright! The club celebrates its 101st anniversary this year. Kilmoganny, in their green livery reflecting the pack’s harrier origins and looked very smart, have been registered as Foxhounds since 1984.

All the joint-masters are local and two of the three were mounted on the day – engineer George Frisby, the third master, is nursing a football injury and is among the walking wounded. The club is very local and encourage and cherish a strong local DNA in its following. The three joint-masters all grew up hunting with Kilmoganny. All three were very fortunate to have grown up and hunted under some of the most famous huntsmen and masters in Ireland who provided great role models for them to carry on. They follow in the footsteps of Charlie Blacque, Rory Dicker, Patricia Brennan, Jimmy Keane, Seamus Molloy, Michael Higgens, Paul O’Brien, Ivan Dowley, Rory O’Gorman, Rosemary Driver, not excluding the current incumbent Finbarr Murray to that illustrious list!