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National Trust Council Election Candidates

Friday, 6 October 2017

Members of the National Trust have been invited to vote for up to six candidates for the Council ahead of the AGM on 21st October. The main responsibilities of the council are to appoint the Trust’s Chair and members of the Board of Trustees (the NT governing body) and to hold them to account.
The candidates for election to the National Trust council have given their views on a number of questions, including the members’ resolution for the cessation of trail-hunting, exempt hunting and hound exercise. The responses to all of these questions can be found here.

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Hunt Protocol Agreed with the Ulster Farmers Union

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been developed by Countryside Alliance Ireland and The Northern Ireland Masters of Hounds Association, in conjunction with the Ulster Farmers’ Union.  The main purpose of the Memorandum is to inform and advise on best practice and protocol for those engaged in hunting with hounds on agricultural land and to encourage compliance. 

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Billy Vance

Billy Vance sadly passes away

Sunday, 17 January 2016

It is with great sadness that we wish to inform our members and supporters that Billy Vance who was Joint-Master of the Fermanagh Harriers peacefully passed away on Saturday the 16th January 2016.

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Belfast Telegraph Proclaims Allegiance with ‘the League’

Monday, 21 December 2015

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) was disappointed to read a recent quote in the Belfast Telegraph Editor’s Viewpoint.  Whilst discussing hunting practices in Northern Ireland, the Editor stated how the newspaper is “happy to join with the league and with other animal welfare bodies in calling for this vile practice to be banned”. 

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Ring of Kerry Charity Ride

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Kerry Foxhounds Hunt Club are organising a charity fundraiser on Easter Weekend; 3rd, 4th and 5th of April 2015. 
The event is a ‘Ride the Ring of Kerry Relay’ and all proceeds will go to the Cork Cancer Research Unit, the Cork/Kerry Cancer Bus and the Palliative Care Unit.

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Don't fund anti-hunt thugs, boycott LUSH

Monday, 15 December 2014

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: The cosmetics company LUSH has become a high street staple selling soap and smelly stuff from 105 shops across the UK and Ireland, as well as online. It is keen to promote its 'ethical' and campaigning image and, whilst the majority of its policies and the campaigns it supports are mainstream and harmless, dark secrets lurk in the background.

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WDAI Launch on Line Membership Facility

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland have just announced you can now renew membership or join the Wild Deer Association of Ireland online by clicking HERE. This facility allows you to pay by credit card, debit card or PayPal. Membership starts at only €20 per year. You can also opt to join their discounted group insurance policy with Countryside Alliance Ireland, or make a donation

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Response to Consultation on Trained Person Declaration for Wild Game Being Submitted to AGHE

Monday, 30 September 2013

Under the European Hygiene Package Regulations it has been a requirement since 1st Jan 2006 that wild game shot with a view to placing it on the market for human consumption is examined by a trained hunter. In advance of this the FSAI, supported by DAFM and the LAVS, consulted with various hunting organisations with a view to developing training courses in accordance with the Hygiene Package Regulations.

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CAI Responds to Invitation for submissions of taking young raptors from the wild

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is undertaking a review of the practise of taking young raptors from the wild within the scope of Article 9 of the Birds Directive and CAI tendered a submission in support of one of our member groups; The Irish Hawking Club.

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Irish Hawking Club

IHC Attending National Country Fair

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

CAI members, The Irish Hawking Club will be attending the National Country Fair at Borris House, Co. Carlow, over the August bank holiday weekend on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2013.


Established in 1870, the Irish Hawking Club has proudly represented falconry throughout the 32 counties of Ireland for generations.

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