Kit started in the Kennels at the age of 14 and spent 55 years with the Ballymacads, his knowledge of the
country and particulary his relationship with farmers in the area, helped hunting to thrive through difficult
times. Kit loved hunting and his days on 'Silver' are well remembered. He was founder member of the hunt
supporters club and made sure of it's survival for 30 years.
When the kennels were built at Gornabolia in about 1910 Larry Donohue who was gamekeeper to the Naper
Estate became kennel Huntsman. In about 1930 Paddy Donohue took over the job of huntsman and Peter in
1937. He hunted hounds with many different Masters for 35 Seasons. His knowledge hunting hounds and
horses was well regarded all around the country, this knowledge has still remained. In 1976 Barry took over
as huntsman on Peter's retirement and carried th horn for 26 seasons. in 1997, Kevin, the fourth generation
from the family became huntsman, and still is to this day. The Donohue's have been huntsmen to the
Ballymacad's for nearly 100 years.
In 1932 Mr. Jack Martin became master and huntsman of the Ballymacads at the age of 19. His father wanting
him to learn how to hunt hounds, paid for his mastership. Surprisingly, he turned out to be a very fine
huntsman and the poem" Mutt of the Ballymacad" was written about a terrier if his.
Uniform : Green. Evening Dress: Red coat, pale green collar and facings. Hunt buttons
Chairman : Paul Keogan
Joint Masters : James Stevenson, Thomas Kellett
Hon. Secretary : Anne Marie Galligan
Huntsman : Kevin Donohue
Whippers-in : Bobby Kellett and Maurice Quinn
Kennel Huntsman : Alan Keogan
Kennels : Grennan, Oldcastle County Meath
Meet : Tuesday and Saturday.
There are over 100 members in the Ballymacad Hunt