Two local hunts are scheduled to attend the 2013
National Countrysports Fair at Moira Demesne. This will
be an opportunity to see some the magnificent horses and
hounds that partake in hunting in Northern Ireland. The hunts will parade in the show's Main Arena twice each day
and will have representation on the Countryside Alliance
stand where members of the public can meet the hunt
members and children can see the dogs up close.
Tynan & Armagh Harriers
Tynan & Armagh Harriers, a mounted pack, will visit the
National Countrysports Fair this year where they will be
based on the Countryside Alliance Ireland's stand on
both days. Sir James Stronge was the founding
father of this hunt which traces its roots back to 1895
when the Tynan Harriers were formed. In 1922 they
amalgamated with the nearby Armagh Harriers who were
located just six miles away from Tynan in the south of
Whilst being based in Northern Ireland, this hunt's
grounds extend into the Republic of Ireland, primarily
in Co. Monaghan.
involves the huntsmen and the hunt officers following
their hounds on foot. The original quarry hunted
was hares hence the absence of horses when beagling.
The Sunnyland Beagle pack is a regular visitor to the
National Countrysports Fair where they will exhibit both
on the CAI stand and in the arenas at the fair.
Huntsman, John Shaw Brown, will be in charge of the back
accompanied by his whippers-in.
This hunt was formed in 1915 and meets in north and
mid Down with occasional meets further afield. There
will be opportunities each day for the children to come
into the Main Arena to meet the hounds.