This Life: Grouse of the rising gun

Though grouse shooting is the preserve of the well-off in many countries, it's an egalitarian pastime in Ireland, writes Douglas Butler.

11th November, 2012
This Life: Grouse of the rising gun
Douglas Butler: 'In Ireland, for six long days of the week, your average shooter toils away to support his family, various bondholders and foreign banks'. Photo: Fergal Shanahan

Every sport has special dates which do much to concentrate the minds of aficionados.

A certain Sunday in September, in the case of Gaelic football enthusiasts. And another Sunday in the same month for those whose world revolves around the clash of the ash. In that special universe devoted to hunting, shooting and fishing, special dates relate in the main to the opening of new seasons.

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