Meath Chronicle 3rd April 1909 ~ Meath Hunt Races

The Meath Hunt celebration, writes the special correspondent of the "Irish Times," is such a thoroughly sporting affair that it would have been a great misfortune if the weather had been unkind- a contingency that appeared very probable overnight.

Fortunately, such did not prove to be the case, and, though rather cold for this time of the year, the day was quite fine and bright. Of course, the paddock was very wet and sloppy as a result of Wednesday's miniature deluge, and the track rode decidely deep, but it was something to be thankful for that the conditions overhead left little to be desired, and the sport was enjoyed under much more favourable conditions than the early morning woud have led one to expect.

The attendance, which by the way, was scarcely up to the Boyerstown average, included a great many hunting folk, and both the Great Northern and Midland specials brought down goodly numbers of the regular army of racegoers, and who, on the whole, would have had no reason to complain of their luck.

The Owners were:

P. Clarke, W.T. Read. A.N. Reynolds, W. Duffy, P. Wilkinson, W. Ward, T. Mc Keever, J.P. MacGuire, P. Rogers, Baron de Tuyll, A.J. Pilkinston, G. Wilson, J.B. Thorneycroft, J.W. Gregg, J. Nugent, Major Horner, P.J. Fox, E.J. Hope.

The Jockeys were:

J. Lynn,T. Dowdall, G. Brown, T.Sheridan, J. Rafferty, J. L'Estrange. The amateur jockeys with Mr. in front were: J. Langan,J.C. Kelly, L. Ward, L. Brazabon, G. F. Wilson, L.Firth, and Hon. R. Bruce.

Meath Chronicle 10th April 1909 ~ Sober Crowd at Boyerstown

To the Editor, "Meath Chronicle"

Dear Sir-

Never before in the history of the Navan Races was there such an abstension from drink. The publicans all admit that they never saw such a temperate gathering of people, and in the evening in Navan there was no signs of intoxication, which tells well for the people of Navan and District, and goes to show that the spirit of self respect and temperance is spreading rapidly amongst the people.

There were, unfortunately, some women seen under the influence of drink, but these were of the lower class, but no matter what class they belonged to, it is a sad state of affairs, to see a mother of a family under the influence of drink, no matter what her race in life may be.

There may be some excuse for a man taking some drink occasionaly, but there is none whatever for a woman. Besides a woman that takes drink is a bad mother and a bad wife, and is the cause of the downfall of many good husbands and families.

There is hope for the salvation of a man that takes drink in moderation, but there is practically none for a woman. Experience proves this to be so. Every woman should be a strict total abstianer, and if they were, fewer husbands or young men would be drunkards.

So it is hoped that the present temperance movement, which is spreading over the country, will include all women- married and single- and Ireland will soon be sober and free.

Yours faithfully, Temperance.

Source:  The Meath Chronicle Archives