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Wildlife is welcome, golf club tells ICABS
04 April 2008

Hermitage Golf Club in Lucan, Co. Dublin has informed the Irish Council Against Blood Sports that the club very much welcomes the presence of wildlife in the environs of their parklands. This comes following claims by a caller to RTE's Liveline recently that he was employed by the club to shoot rabbits.

Not so, says the Hermitage, whose policy is to encourage wildlife and certainly not to eradicate it. Hares and foxes are welcome visitors to their greens, they say, and rabbits are not a problem.

In an email to ICABS this week, Brendan Delaney, Honorary Secretary of the club stated: "I can confirm that it is not club policy to shoot any wildlife on Hermitage golf course. In fact, we are proud of the number of pheasants, foxes, hares, rabbits and squirrels who inhabit our course. We have no agreement with, nor has anyone express or other authority to enter our lands for the purpose of hunting any of the above."

ICABS is delighted at this positive response.

About Hermitage Golf Club: Founded over a hundred years ago, the Hermitage lies alongside the River Liffey within the famous Strawberry Beds part of the valley. Among those who have enjoyed golf at the course are Bing Crosby, Prince Rainier, President Hillery, Seve Ballesteros, Colin Montgomerie and Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam.

rabbit in grass red fox photo by clodagh blake
Hermitage Golf Course has said that rabbits are not considered a problem and that they are welcome on the grounds. Foxes are among the wild creatures that you might catch a glimpse of while golfing.

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