Nineteen thousand 'sporting Irish' gathered at the small village of Clabby, County Tyrone, Aug 4, for the annual All Ireland Donkey Derby.
TOP V.PAN. Heat for derby being run.
LV. Competitor falls from donkey.
SV. Lord Wakehurst and Lord Brookeborough N.Ireland Premier, in stands.
SV. Finish of heat.
SV. NSPCA inspector in attendance.
SV. Competitors for derby final line up.
SV. Competitors at start.
SV.PAN. Start of derby.
REAR V. Race in progress.
SV.PAN. Leaders racing.
S.TOP V.Finish of race.
SV. R.G. Grosnor presents cup and cheque to winner.
CU. A rosette and pat for the donkey.
SCU. The donkey.
SPORT: DONKEY RACING
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Background: Nineteen thousand 'sporting Irish' gathered at the small village of Clabby, County Tyrone, Aug 4, for the annual All Ireland Donkey Derby.
Inspectors from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were in attendance to enforce the race ruling that riders must not use sticks, whips or buckled belts.
Entrants from all over the country were reprieved from their usual mundane daily tasks to contest the preliminary heats. After the elimination of obviously inferior 'runners and riders', the finalists lined up for the start.
Excitement ran to near-fever pitch as the usually lethargic donkeys 'galloped' down the straight to the winning post. The winner was ridden by thirteen-year old local boy Michael McAuley, who received a cup and GBP205 prize money from Lt. Colonel R.G.Grosnor. M.P. For the donkey...a rosette, a pat, and a carrot.
The owner, Bill Laird of Dromure, is a postman. He bought the winning donkey for GBP10, and after the race the refused an offer of GBP700.