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Limerick hotel asked to disassociate from coursing
05 May 2011

The Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, Co Limerick has been asked to disassociate from the cruel blood sport of coursing. The Irish Coursing Club website lists the hotel as one of the sponsors at the Irish Cup coursing event.

The coursing connection was also highlighted in a report in the Kerryman newspaper in March - "There was some Kerry success at the Irish Coursing Cup meeting Limerick last weekend as Homestead Kerry (Castle PinesGold Sunrise) showed terrific gutso to collect the prize for Dan Lynch in the Woodlands House Hotel Irish Purse."

ICABS understands that the hotel was venue for a Limerick Coursing Club event in February at which a preview of the 2011 Irish Cup event was scheduled to be shown.

In a letter of appeal to hotel proprietor, Mary Fitzgerald, we pointed to the suffering caused to Irish hares by coursing.

"Hare coursing is an extremely cruel activity which results in stress, injury and death to hares," we stated. "We hope the Woodlands House Hotel will show compassion and end its sponsorship of coursing."

We drew to Ms Fitzgerald's attention photos from this year's Irish Cup coursing meeting (this is a link to a pro-coursing website) showing hares being terrorised by greyhounds.

The Woodlands House Hotel has also been criticised for suggesting that visitors to the area take part in hunting. In a list of "top visitor attractions in Adare as recommended by us", the hotel states: "Adare is also well renowned in Hunting Circles as a meeting point for local hunts, The hunting season runs from November to March and arrangements can be made with local hunts if you wish to go hunting during your stay."


Ask the Woodlands House Hotel to permanently end its sponsorship of hare coursing and stop recommending foxhunting on its website. If its stance on coursing and foxhunting would make you choose a different hotel, please make this clear in your correspondence.

Mary Fitzgerald
Woodlands House Hotel
Telephone: + 353 (0)61 605105 or +353 (0)61 605100
Fax: + 353 (0)61 396073

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