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Farmers Against Foxhunting condemn hunt blessing
24 June 2014

Farmers Against Foxhunting and Trespass have strongly condemned the blessing of a foxhunt by a parish priest in County Kilkenny.

Responding to a photograph posted online which shows Fr Nicholas Flavin of Dunnamaggin parish throwing holy water at hunters, FAFT chairman Philip Lynch said that instead of blessing hunters, Fr Flavin should be "reminding them of their Christian duty of care towards farmers and animals".

Mr Lynch said that hunt blessings by the Irish clergy are unacceptable not only due to the "terrorising and injuring of animals, both domestic and wild" but also due to the history of hunters around the country damaging farmland, fences and crops and verbally abusing and assaulting landowners.

"Maybe I am judging this priest wrong," quips Philip. "He could be giving them absolution on hearing their confession."

Landowners wishing to keep hunters off their property are invited to visit the Farmers Against Foxhunting and Trespass website at

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Ask Fr Nicholas Flavin to denounce foxhunting, exclude hunting from future parish letters and announce an end to hunt blessings.

Fr Nicholas Flavin
Parochial House
Co Kilkenny
Tel: 056-7728173
Mobile: 087-2257498

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Ask the Bishop of Ossory, Seamus Freeman to act to stop hunt blessings.

Seamus Freeman, SAC
Bishop of Ossory
Ossory Diocesan Office,
James's Street,
Tel: 056-7762448

Urge the President of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference to act to stop hunt blessings.

Cardinal Sean Brady
Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
President, Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
Ara Coeli, Armagh BT61 7QY
Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 2045
Tel: 048-3752 2045 (from the Republic)

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