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Great Historic Stallions (II): Mac Dara

by Pat Lyne

  Mac Dara was a small dun pony who had to follow in the footsteps of Pedigree
a father, Dun Lorenzo, who was renowned for his stamina, courage and Progeny
fertility. He did not let his sire down on any of these counts and proof of
this lies in his twenty years service on the stallion list of the Connemara Pony
Breeders' Society.
  Mac Dara was born at Dolan along the Roundstone coast where he found shelter
from the Atlantic storms behind the sand-dunes. As a yearling he was purchased by the
Society for twenty-five guineas and appeared on their list of approved sires for the first
time as a three year old. He spent much of his life in the Ballyconneely district but he
was a particular favourite of stallion custodian Peter Kyne who lived at Knockranny,
near Moycullen. His two spells spent in this region were his most productive as a sire.
He was often to be seen waiting patiently outside the "Bar" while Peter quenched his
thirst within. Mare owners knew exactly where to find him on Thursdays in Oughterard
and in Spiddal on Fair days. He was born in 1949 and lived to the ripe old age of
  A sire is always best judged by his progeny and Mac Dara's on hundred and ninety-
six daughters and thirty-three stallion sons give ample evidence of his legacy to the
Connemara breed. His sons Atlantic Storm and Ormond Oliver were the ones chosen
by the Society to take his place in Connemara. Others played a significant role over-
seas, MacNamara in England, Lambay Rebel in Denmark and Slieve Dara in Sweden.
Many of his daughters provided breeders with excellent brood mares at home and a-
broad. He won the stallion class at the Clifden Show on three occasions: 1954, 1956
and 1958. This brave little pony made a valuable contribution to the progress of the
breed between 1952 - 1972.
Mac Dara at Knockranny, Connemara, in 1969,
when he was twenty years of age.


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