For many years the National Open meeting was one of the principal 2-day events on the fixtures list. The coursing took place in one of the big fields at Loder’s Old Connell Stud just outside Newbridge and also across the road in Fay’s. This picture shows the scene at Loder’s on 12 February 1977. Alfie Coyle judged and Johnny Ryan slipped the meeting.
The Newbridge Open Coursing Club continues to provide wonderful sport on its traditional running grounds at Old Connell just outside Newbridge. This picture shows Judge, Tony Reddan, reckoning up the points in this course close to the crowd. Alan Kelly slipped the meeting which was held on 22 January 2006.
St. Stephen’s Day is the traditional date for the running of this consistently good open coursing event organised by the Roseberry Club near Newbridge. The picture shows a change of beat with the crowd moving towards the bottom end of the large coursing field on 26 December 2005. Pat Loughlin was the Judge, the Slipper being John Doogue.
Artist John Fitzpatrick was born and educated in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland and has lived in Dublin for many years. From childhood, he has always been interested in drawing and painting. While self-taught to a large extent, he has periodically attended night and weekend courses on life drawing and painting in Dún Laoghaire College of Art in Dublin and has also received tuition from many professional Irish artists mostly arranged by the amateur painting groups of which he is a member.
CURRENT ONLINE EXHIBITION: - Open Coursing in Ireland & Britain