Dermot Hannify Huntsman Laois Foxhounds with David Lalor MFH and Marcus McLoughlin MFH. Photo © Catherine Power


Established in 1859, the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association (IMFHA) represents the interests of 41 foxhunting packs in Ireland. It governs all matters connected to foxhunting legislation, regulation, conservation, education, communications and finance.

About the IMFHA

(13th September 1936 - 29th May 2019)

Brian Fanshawe was one of the most famous and successful amateur huntsmen during the last half of the 20th century. On giving up the horn he fought hard for hunting and such was the standard of his written work one former British Prime Minister remarked that had he received prepared briefs of Brian’s quality he might still be in office. Such was his diligence Brian Fanshawe was largely responsible for establishing hunting and conservation were mutually beneficial and compatible causes.

The Fanshawe family were well known in Ireland and Brian hunted with the Kildare as a teenager from their Naas home. Later when serving as a soldier in Omagh, Co Tyrone he hunted mostly with the Co Down Staghounds. A cavalryman of repute from a family of soldiers Brian was a 12th Lancer until that regiment’s amalgamation in 1960. On leaving the Army he took the Warwickshire hounds as Joint Master & Huntsman in 1965.

Relinquishing the Warwickshire horn Brian came to the Galway Blazers holding office from 1969 to 1972 (the first two with Hollywood film producer John Huston as his Joint Master) before returning to England to hunt the North Cotswold and thence the Cottesmore (1981 to 1992). He greatly valued the Carlow ‘ST’ line of ‘the Missus’ - Mrs Olive Hall MFH (Master of the Carlow from 1920 to 1965) who bred many famous Irish foxhounds with her friend and ally the American ‘Ikey’ Bell. On leaving Galway Brian brought many of Mrs Hall’s breeding to British kennels most notably at the North Cotswold which he hunted from 1975 to 1981. Thanks to Brian those bloodlines thrive in many foxhound kennels on both sides of the Irish Sea today.

The second son of Major Richard Gennys Fanshawe and Ruth Violet Mary Farquhar, Brian is survived by his wife Libby (née Elisabeth Pugh) and children James (now a successful racehorse trainer), Antony & Sarah.

May He Rest In Peace.

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