In March 1900, an act of deliberate arson occurred at the fox covert in Rockbarton, Co. Limerick, on the property of Lord Fermoy. In response, Lord Fermoy offered a substantial £25 reward for the conviction of the culprits responsible for the crime.
At the same time, the hunting season in Ireland, described as “dying brilliantly,” was witnessing enthusiasts fervently discussing the best run or day of the season. As the season progressed, exceptional hunting experiences had become more of a norm than an exception, further emphasizing the contrast between the malicious intentions of the arsonists and the excitement enjoyed by hunting aficionados.
Manchester Courier – Friday 16 March 1900