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The HAI is the national body, which coordinates and promotes hunting with hounds. It comprises six constituent and autonomous bodies, which represent and control the six hunting disciplines active in Ireland.

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Blazers huntsman Tom Dempsey and hounds

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HAI Punchestown Day 2014

HAI Punchestown Day, Tuesday April 29th 2014

HAI and Punchestown have again joined forces to stage HAI Punchestown Day on Tuesday 29th Of April the first day of the National Hunt Festival.

As in previous years the day’s racing will have a particular hunting feel with several packs including the Wicklow Fox Hounds parading during racing.

With the first race set for 3.40 pm and a cracking card including the Ladies Cup over the bank course it has all the makings of a great day out.

Tickets at a very attractive price of only €20 will shortly be available for purchase by credit card on the HAI website or by cheque from HAI . The special HAI ticket includes entry to the race course including the reserved enclosure, all day access to the HAI Pavilion to relax , meet hunting friends and enjoy the entertainment with live music and interviews throughout the say. As if all that was not enough all HAI patrons will get a complimentary race card to keep them up to speed with the day’s racing. Hunt secretaries and others wising to make bulk bookings should contact HAI by phone at 085 1100645 or e mail by clicking on the contact button on the web site

Further details and updates will be published regularly on the bill board and web site.
For details of the day’s program visit “Punchestown”:

Dickie Power

I am sure you will join me in congratulating our friends in the field sports community who appeared on RTE 1 tonight as part of “Hector Goes Hunting”.
Chris Ryan, Rupert Macauley and Paul Kerr did us proud, well done to all involved! What could have been a tricky assignment was turned to our advantage and the best side of hunting and shooting in Ireland was shown.
Next stop Hollywood…

Philip Donnelly
Chairman HAI

For those who missed the program you can catch up by visiting


HAI Ltd Changes

The Hunting Association of Ireland
Friarstown Lodge, Grange, Kilmallock,
Co. Limerick.
00353 85 1100645
It has been decided to make some changes to the structure of the HAI
Formerly HAI Ltd operated in parallel with The Hunting Association of Ireland
While The Hunting Association of Ireland continues in it’s original role as the representative body for hunting with hounds in Ireland it has been decided to disband the limited company due to the costs and administrative difficulties associated with maintaining a limited company. The company will be disbanded having neither assets or liabilities.
The association which has six constituent members The Irish Foot Harriers Assoc (IFHA), The Irish Masters of Foxhounds Assoc (IMFHA)., The Irish Masters of Beagles Assoc (IMBA), Masters of Mink Hounds Assoc., The Irish Masters of Harriers Assoc.(IMHA) and The Ward Union Stag Hounds.
Regular meetings are held, usually in Durrow Co. Laois
In addition to representing hunting with Farming Organizations, Government Bodies, The Media and The General Public it affords a forum for inter hunt matters to be discussed and the promotion of hunting in general
The current chairman is Philip Donnelly IMBA, Vice Chair John Flannery IFHA Treasurer John Horan IMFHA and Hon Sec Dickie Power.

Best couple of entered bitches
Ballymacad - Bounty and Bobbin 08
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Best couple of entered bitches Ballymacad - Bounty and Bobbin 08 Photo by

Stradbally Hound Show 2013

National HAI Harrier Show Championships

At IMFHA Show at Strandbally, Co Laois on Sunday 7th July 2013.

Over 1,500 Euro in prizes & Trophies
Plus:- the Geary Perpetual Cup to the “All Ireland Harrier Champion” the IMHA Perpetual Cup to the “National HAI Hound Champion”
Show shall be divided into two Sections.
Foxhounds Section: Starting @ 11 am

Class 1: Unentered Dog (whelped after Jan. 1st 2012)
Class 2: Unentered Bitch (whelped after Jan. 1st 2012)
Class 3: Senior Dog
Class 4: Senior Bitch
Class 5: Best Couple (Senior or unentered)
Class 6: Championship (1st prize winners from classes 1,2,3,4)

Eligibility: a/ Hounds not entered into IMFHA Kennel Studbook. b/ Have not been shown at IMFHA Show.
————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Section Two:- NATIONAL HARRIER SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP. Starting @ 2pm
Confined to Harrier Hounds which are the property of Registered Hunt Clubs affiliated to the HAI.

Class 8: Unentered Dog (whelped after Jan. 1st 2012)
Class 9: Unentered Bitch (whelped after Jan. 1st 2012)
Class 10: Senior Dog
Class 11: Senior Bitch
Class 12: Best Couple. (entered or unentered)
Class 13: Veteran/Retired Class (dogs or bithces)
Class 14: Harriers Championship (1st prize winners from classes 8,9,10,11,13)

List of rules.

1. The showing of hounds in the Harriers Section shall be on lead.

2. The showing of hounds in the Foxhound Section shall be off lead, (preferable). Hunt dress, (preferable)

3. Judges who shall stand in the centre of the ring observing the hounds.

4. In the event of large entry, hounds may be divided into appropriate numbers to facilitate judging.

5. The Judges shall select the prize-winners and instruct them to stand at the centre of the ring. All other competitors shall then leave the ring.

Hunt Directory

We are currently up-dating details on the directory section of the web-site
Hunt secretaries who wish to have their listing of personelle etc for the coming season up-dated should forward detais to or click on the contact button

HAI Chairman Philip Donnelly with Lyle Plant of Copuntryside Alliance Ireland

HAI Chairman Philip Donnelly with Lyle Plant of Copuntryside Alliance Ireland

HAI Chairman's Message

“Season’s greetings to hunting folk everywhere. As another year draws to a close we look forward to Christmas and time spent with family and friends relaxing at home in front of a blazing fire and maybe a glass or two of port. We reflect on a season half way gone and anticipate the New Year with a sense that the page is turning again. Perhaps most of all we keep our fingers crossed for a lightly frosted morning on St Stephen’s Day, when we will gather with our local hunt to celebrate traditions that go back though the centuries. The HAI has been tireless in meeting the challenges posed to these very traditions in our defence of hunting with hounds during 2012 and I am in no doubt we will have more hard work ahead in the years to come. After all, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Now more than ever in these tough times of economic hardship we understand the value of our field sports in giving us stability through that which is familiar and much loved – the cry of hounds echoing down a hillside and the blast of the hunter’s horn – when the wider world seems to be in a state of constant and unwelcome change. We can console ourselves that whatever the pinstriped pirates of Wall Street or the technocrats of the Bundesbank have in store for us in 2013, in the green valleys of Cork and the glens of Antrim, from the stone walls of Galway to the pastures of Meath; we who hunt with hounds will have our boots, hunting crops, hip flasks and the feel of a brisk easterly on our faces as we watch the hounds making the first draw of the morning. May the blessings of St Hubert be on you in the year to come and remember – close that gate!”
Philp Donnelly

Horse Sport Ireland

Horse Sport Ireland

HAI Affiliate to Horse Sport Ireland

The Hunting Association of Ireland affiliates to Horse Sport Ireland

Horse Sport Ireland has confirmed that the Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI) has been accepted as an Affiliate body to Horse Sport Ireland.

Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Walsh said:

“Hunting is a hugely significant aspect of the Sport Horse Sector and it is a very important market for Irish-bred horses,” he said.

Last year over 6,000 horses hunted in Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland is keen to work with the HAI to record more breeding details for these horses.

“With our new online database ‘CapallOir’ now in place we are keen to record details of our hunting horses. We believe that this information would be of interest to prospective purchasers of Irish horses and would add value to our mare herd,” he said.

David Lalor of the Hunting Association of Ireland said that the organisation was pleased to affiliate to Horse Sport Ireland.

“It is vital for hunting to be at the heart of the Sport Horse Sector and we will be attending our first meeting of the HSI Sport Sub Board next Monday in Horse Sport Ireland and we are looking forward to playing our part in the sector,” he said.


Jack Powell MRCVS

Jack Powell MRCVS
The Hunting World would like to wish Jack Powell a very happy birthday today Wednesday 29th of May
He was born a hundred years ago in Toomevara and in 2011 became the longest serving vet in Europe having practised for seventy five years.
He qualified in 1936 in Dublin and first saw practice in England before serving with the RAF during the second world war.
He saw the great horses of the time run including the legendary Golden Miller who won five Gold Cups but would put Hyperion who won the Derby in 1933 as the best horse he had seen
Returning to Ireland he set up his own practice in Nenagh shortly after the war .
A lifelong horseman he hunted with North Tipperary Foxhounds for many years as well as being keenly involved in both thoroughbred and sporthorse breeding and produced Royal Frolic who was an RDS champion and went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1979 surly a unique achievement
He was a founder member of the Irish Shows Association and with Thady Ryan and Maj Jed O’Dwyer founded the hunter Improvement Soc which evolved into the recently formed Traditional Irish Horse Association where again he is a founder member.
I’m sure you will join with me in wishing Jack many further years of good health

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