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Strokestown Hunt

Mid 20th Century


The hunt in Ireland is and was a very important social occasion. Before independence, there was usually a social division between the riders to hounds who were made up by members of the local aristocracy and gentry (and the odd 'strong farmer') and those who followed on foot and by bicycle. The Irish fox hunting scene of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is eloquently described in Somerville and Ross's The Irish R.M., as discussed here:

"In general, fox-hunting is seen as a leveler of social differences in The Irish R.M., with the ordinary people of the district as enthusiastic spectators and helpful guides to those straggling behind the hunt. And in their own lives, the authors saw the hunt as bridging social classes: in 1921, with Republicans active in the area around Skibbereen, Somerville writes, “We have been assured that we will be unmolested. I was told that I was a nice lady always, with many allusions made to the hounds and the sport”. 

To read more of this article 'Green World': The Mock-Pastoral of the Irish R.M., in Estudios Irlandeses, Number 3, 2008, pp. 92-100 click here

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