1845 – The Incredible Deeds of Two Clonmel Steeds

pounding match inside

Tipperary Free Press, 26 June 1845

The report of what seemed to be a rather unorthodox horse race from Clonmel in 1845. No doubt both Greer’s and Prettyman’s horses would have scoffed at today’s Beecher’s Brook, especially since they were apparently capable of jumping entire houses.  The wording of the headline is apt too: in the 19th Century a “pounding match” referred to a military engagement where both sides “pounded” eachother relentlessly with artillery.  We are relieved to read that no-one was hurt. And astounded.

 

TFP 26 Jun 1845