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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

Blazers huntsman Tom Dempsey and hounds

HAI DAY AT PUNCHESTOWN Tue April 28th 2015

HAI Punchestown Day, Tuesday April 28th 2015

HAI and Punchestown have again joined forces to stage HAI Punchestown Day on Tuesday 28th Of April the first day of the National Hunt Festival.

As in previous years the day racing will have a particular hunting feel with several packs including the famed Ballymacad Foxhounds with their huntsman Kevin Donohue 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 E20_ 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 days program visit “Punchestown”:

Imelda O’Donnell MH

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


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 2014

National HAI Harrier Show Championships

At IMFHA Show at Strandbally, Co Laois on Sunday 6th July 2014.

National IMHA Harrier Show Championships

At IMFHA Show at Strandbally, Co Laois on Sunday 6th July 2014.

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”
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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 Elect new Chairman

HAI is pleased to announce the election at a recent meeting in Durrow of John Flannery MH as chairman of HAI for the 2014/2015 season. He takes over from Philip Donnelly of the IMBAA (Irish Masters of Beagles Association)
John is chairman of the IFHA (Irish Foot Harriers Association)
Having hunted all his life he is Joint Master of the Nenagh Harriers in Co Tipperary.
I�m sure all hunting people will join with me in wishing well

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.


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