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Mushera Shaggy

A big brindle son of Shaggy Lad and Mushera Farloe
I remember Mushera Shaggy from many Seasons ago
Owned and bred by Maurice and Kathy Finnegan of Mushera four miles from Millstreet Town
In his prime this great track and coursing greyhound in Ireland reached the status of canine renown

The favorite for the coursing derby in Clonmel in nineteen fifty three
Where only ill luck in running deprived him of outright victory
He was then sold by the Finnegan's to Jack McAllister who got his purchase money on him back
When he won the classic National Sprint for him in Belfast at the Dunmore Greyhound Track

In nineteen fifty three in Ireland this is going back in time
Mushera Shaggy whelped in March fifty one was in his racing prime
In the tracks and coursing fields in Ireland he competed against the best
And was never found to be wanting when put to the test

This is going back in years some sixty one ago
I was then a young boy time since has become my foe
Amongst greyhound people then Mushera Shaggy a dog often spoken about
In track and coursing of his greatness he left none in doubt

Back then he was honored in story and rhyme
Mushera Shaggy the legendary greyhound of his time
That he was a great dog does seem fair to say
But then as is said he did have his day.

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