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.

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Punchestown Festival 25th - 29th April 2017

Tickets for the HAI / IMFHA enclosure at Punchestown are now on sale.
Tickets cost €20 each and can be purchased through Paypal using the button below.

(The quantity of tickets can be selected on the Paypal website and a postage charge of €2.00 will be added to the total amount due. All major credit cards accepted on PayPal.)

For more information on the festival please visit

News & Events

David Lalor elected new Chairman of the IMFHA

David Lalor, Master of the Laois Hunt, has taken over as Chairman of the IMFHA, replacing Rupert Macauley of the West Wicklow Foxhounds, who was chairman from 2012-2016.

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IMFHA Annual Show 2017

The IMFHA Annual Show will be held on the 2nd July 2017, as part of the National Hound Show at Stradbally Hall. To find out more and to download the relevant forms and schedules, please click on the link below.

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Horses... Masters of the Hounds

An influx of new talent is helping rejuvenate the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association, the country’s oldest field sports body. From ‘Farm Ireland’

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Hunting has never been more popular, but are farmers happy?

Forging better relations with landowners is a priority for David Lalor, the new chairman of the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association. From ‘Farm Ireland’

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