Association History

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland, know then as the Southern Deer Society was founded on May 15th 1981, holding its initial AGM in Cahir, Co. Tipperary, with an attendance of 59 on the night. It was decided to set up a number of actions groups to deal with the issues of concern to the Southern Deer Society, they were:

Deer Census - (Chairman Dermott Twohig) (RIP) The function of this group was to carry out a detailed census of all deer in the Society area, to prepare maps and where possible to research possible background of deer introductions. While initially the groups activities dealt with formulating a basis for data collection and storage, there would be in the future a lot of detailed fieldwork carried out and this group would be seeking the active participation of all members.

Deer Policy - (Chairman Jim Teehan) This group dealt with the drawing up of a detailed policy for all deer in Ireland, and would present their policy document to the government at an early date. Their work will be very intense and their policy document will form the basis for our constitution and would hopefully be able to cover every eventuality which would arise regarding deer, their management, and the management of them for the coming years.

Deer Management Course - (Chairman Billy O Regan RIP) Over the last number of years there have been a number of attempts to organize a Deer Management Course. These groups' activities were to bring to fruition all these attempts. Their brief was to draw up a detailed syllabus for a Deer Management Course, which will allow every member to increase his/her knowledge and understanding of deer, their habitats, the law pertaining to deer etc, as well as providing a test for persons wishing to take part in deer management. They will also arrange venues, dates, speakers and examiners for the course.

Past Officers

Since its foundation in 1981 the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, has always had a strong membership, committee and officers. Which has resulted in the Association going from strength to strength each year. We are always grateful for the commitment and hard work these people have carried out in the interest of our national deer herds.

The founding committee was made up of, Chairman - E Moriarty Limerick, Vice Chairman B. Friel Waterford, Hon. Secretary - Mary O Regan Tipperary, Treasurer - J Freney Tipperary (RIP), Committee - D Twohig Cork (RIP), T Morrissey Limerick, M Carnew Tipperary, M Roche Waterford, T O Donnell Limerick, C Langan Kilkenny (RIP), T O Connell Limerick (RIP), B Kennedy Waterford, P Smith Tipperary, R Wilkinson Tipperary, D O Halloran Cork (RIP), T Teehan Tipperary, B O Regan Tipperary, R Rice Tipperary (RIP), L Ryan Waterford.

Year Chairman / Person Hon. Secretary Treasurer
1981
E Moriarty
M O Regan
J Freney (RIP)
1982
G Cusack
M Roche
J Freney
1983
G Cusack
M Roche
J Freney
1984
G Cusack
L Ryan
J Freney
1985
J Teehan
L Ryan
J Freney
1986
J Teehan
L Ryan
M O Regan
1987
J Teehan
L Ryan
M O Regan
1988
T O Donnell
L Ryan
M O Regan
1989
T O Donnell
L Ryan
J Freney
1990
T O Donnell
P Fletcher
T McAuliffe
1991
L Ryan
M O Regan
T McAuliffe
1992
L Ryan
M O Regan
T McAuliffe
1993
B O Regan (RIP)
M O Regan
T McAuliffe
1994
B O Regan
D Kenneally
T McAuliffe
1995
B O Regan
D Kenneally
T McAuiffe
1996
M O Regan
S Bennett
T McAuliffe
1997
M O Regan
S Bennett
T McAuliffe
1998
M O Regan
S Bennett
T McAuliffe
1999
G O Brien
D Hannigan
T McAuliffe
2000
G O Brien
D Hannigan
T Grace
2001
G O Brien
D Hannigan
T Grace
2002
D O Hea
D Hannigan
T Grace
2003
D O Hea
D Hannigan
T Grace
2004
D O Hea
D Hannigan
T Grace
2005
J Creedon (RIP)
D Hannigan
T Grace
2006
J Creedon
D Hannigan
T Grace
2007
J Creedon
D Hannigan
T Grace
2008
P Scully
D Hannigan
T Grace
2009
P Scully
D Hannigan
T Grace
2010
P Scully
D Hannigan
T Grace

2011

D Dunne
DHannigan
TO'Hea

2012

D Dunne
DHannigan
TO'Hea

2013

D Dunne
DHannigan
TO'Hea

2014

JMurphy
DHannigan
W.Ireland

Our Aims and Objectives

We welcome as members all that have an interest in our aims and objectives, also those who would simply like to know more about deer.

Our members are only too willing to share their knowledge, interest and experience with new members.

  • To seek in all possible ways the conservation and well-being of Ireland's deer herds.
  • To broaden interest in deer in Ireland and help educate Irish people regarding our largest wild animals.
  • To promote, advise and assist in the proper management of deer in Ireland.
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P. Scully

J. Murphy

Chairman

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D. Hannigan

D. Hannigan

Hon. Secretary/ Director

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T. Grace

W. Ireland

Treasurer

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