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We are delighted to announce the confirmation of the series going to air on TG4 – ‘Ar Mhuin na Muice agus na gCapall’ is scheduled to broadcast weekly from Sunday 11/1/15 @ 21:30, with a repeat weekly from the 12/1/15 @ 19:30. It’s less than a month away so make a note of the date – it’s guaranteed to make very interesting & entertaining viewing !!

After the great success of our christmas night out last year it’s only just over 2 weeks to wait until our next ‘Christmas Gathering’ on Friday 19th December.   This year we have decided to have a full sit down meal at the Ostan Loch Altan in Gortahork , which will be followed by an advance screening of one episode from the much anticipated TG4 series  featuring our riding club members.  All members should have received a text this week asking them to please RSVP to Trish or Lawrence if they plan to attend as we need to finalise definate numbers for the hotel, we are also requesting a deposit of €10 per person to be paid to Lawrence or Trish before 13/12/14.  Hope to see you all there !!!

Christmas Menu

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There will no doubt be a lot of sore heads after what can only be described yet another ‘eventful’ dinner dance. Despite taking a bad fall at the hunt earlier in the day the annual ACDC Thunderstruck routine was performed by our star dancer Ryan ably assisted by Oliver Lafferty, Paul O’Kane ,Damien Gallagher & a few trees. Rudy enjoyed his drink through a pair of ‘drinking glasses’ whilst Packie, Carmel & Tommy hit the dance floor for a bit of jiving . Dancing went on into the early hours of the morning after which the wiser people decided to call it a night, leaving a few of the ‘usual suspects’ in the residents bar attempting to shoe 2 fellow Inishowen club members with a pair of black high heels. Many thanks to our chief party organisers Ruth & Rachael for all their work in organising another very successful night!!

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With Saturdays Dinner Dance growing closer by the day we need to finalise the numbers attending . Tickets are still available priced at €30 each to include dinner & a “lively” disco afterwards. If you are planning on attending please contact Rachael on 0872128031 before 5:00pm Wednesday .

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Today saw the final leg of this years Autumn League, the sun was shining with not a spot of rain in sight.  There was a good attendance from members of all 4 clubs.  Special congratulations to our 2 club members Liz & Carla who both won their classes in the overall league, both ladies rode consistently good rounds throughout the 4 weeks of the League.  All 6 members who competed were placed in the top 6 of their respective classes- Ryan 6th in Advanced Primary, Roseleen 4th in Intermediate, Rudy 5th in Intermediate & Emily 3rd in Advanced Intermediate – well done everyone a great result for the club.

Thank you to our neighbours at Letterkenny RC  for hosting such a well organised show today, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Dinner Dance & prize giving on Saturday night in The Station House Hotel.

Results Week 4-  Autumn League 2014 week 4 FINAL

Points Table-   Autumn League 2014 -points table(FINAL)

|Autumn League Overall Results|

|Primary|
1st Louise Edwards- Letterkenny
2nd Nicola Coxford- Inishowen
3rd Catherine Gillespie – Inishowen
4th Cliff Haley- Letterkenny
5th Ruth McCrossan- DG
6th David Robb- Inishowen

|Advanced Primary|
1st Liz Potter- DG
2nd Enda McClafferty- Letterkenny
3rd Denis Kelly- Letterkenny
4th Brenda Burke – Tirconail
5th Pauline Anne Gavigan- Tirconail
6th Ryan McBride- DG

|Intermediate|
1st Carla McGinley- DG
2nd Aine Murray- Inishowen
3rd Anne Chambers- Letterkenny
4th Roseleen McGinley- DG
5th Rudy Schneider- DG
6th Paul O’Kane – Inishowen

|Advanced Intermediate|
1st Cormac McCormack- Letterkenny
2nd Marina Hamilton- Letterkenny
3rd Emily Schneider- DG
4th John McDaid- DG
5th Rosaleen Harkin- DG
6th Jackie McKinley – Inishowen

Carla & Action

Carla & Action

Liz & Clyde

Liz & Clyde

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for what is an ‘unmissable’ night at the Annual Donegal Clubs Dinner Dance . Prize giving for the Autumn League will take place after Dinner followed by what can only described as a display of some ‘ seriously dodgy dance moves’ on the dance floor!! Tickets will be on sale from Ruth or Rachael at the League Final on Sunday 23rd November.

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Autumn League Final

This Sunday 23rd November sees a return to Templemore EC for the Final of the Autumn League. Entries desk will be open from 10:30am with a start time of 11:00am sharp.   Please note there will not be any Training Classes at the Final , there will however be ‘Novelty’ classes for each grade, there will be a ‘Pairs’ novelty class for Primary & Advanced Primary & a ‘Top Score’ novelty class for Intermediate & above grades.  Novelty classes are always great fun to ride in ,very entertaining to watch & we would encourage members to participate in them.  With the points table placings so close & double points up for grabs at the final we can be guaranteed of some nail biting displays of horsemanship on the day !!! Tickets for the dinner dance will also be on sale at the final they are priced at €30 each.

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With 30% of our club members being members of the Donegal Harriers Hunt club, the big question this weekend is whether to make a final attempt at securing some rosettes at the NW League final or to have an adrenalin filled day with the Donegal Harriers at the well renowned Falcarragh hunt. Rumour has it that certain households have been in ongoing negotiations all week…

It’s unfortunate that the league final is clashing with our local hunt, but best of luck to those attending the league, here’s hoping you bring plenty rosettes back to the Gaeltacht! And may those who opt to go hunting have an action packed day and arrive home safe and hopefully relatively clean and dry!

It’s that time of year again when our annual memberships to the AIRC are up for renewal, our clubs membership fee will remain at €80.00 per person for riding members & €30.00 per person for non-riding members.  Our Secretary Trisha will be accepting renewals & also if anyone wishes to either upgrade or downgrade now is the perfect time to do it .

AGM

We had a good attendance of 16 members at wednesday nights AGM. Club secretary Trisha  thanked all the members for their help with various tasks throughout the year & gave a run down on the different AIRC events attended by our members throughout the year. Chairman Lawrence praised our members on their hard work throughout the year & expressed gratitude for their help within the club whenever it was asked for.  Treasurer Rachael informed us that the club remains in a financially healthy state.

Our main committee remains unchanged for 2015 -

  • Chairman- Lawrence Smyth
  • Secretary- Trisha Warren
  • Treasurer- Rachael McCrossan
  • Assistant Treasurer- Tommy McGinley
  • Chief Safety Officer- Rudy Schneider
  • PRO & Website  – Liz Potter / Rosaleen Harkin

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We are delighted to confirm that AIRC head office have announced the venue of next years National Hunter Trials . They will remain in Flowerhill EC , killimor , Co Galway & will take place on Sunday 19th April which is 2 weeks after Easter.

For anyone who may be slightly worse for wear after a nights jiving on the dance floor with Tommy – Mona has kindly negotiated a discounted room rate of €79 per room ( to sleep 2 ) at the Station House Hotel . All you need to do is mention that you are attending the riding club dinner dance when making your booking .

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