Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 32, TIPPERARY NEW YEARS NENAGH
1960, New Year’s Day and the annual Greyhound coursing contest was underway in Nenagh. All bets were off as the crowd gathered and the competition began.
The judges took to the course on horseback to survey the long and extensive course, the hare was released and the hounds were soon in pursuit. There were 6 competitions in total, and with business booming for the bookies and prizes ranged from £20 to £60 – as the announcer observed – it wasn’t just the greyhounds that had a “thirst for blood”.
Nowadays, in Ireland greyhounds wear a muzzle to protect the hare. However in many countries, due to animal cruelty laws, coursing has been banned completely.
Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Eireann ( A view of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest running indigenous newsreel series. Made in the Irish language for the purpose of promoting its use, each episode featured a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine like items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition. To see more of the
With kind permission of Gael Linn.