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Game Shooting

Driven game shooting

We promise a warm welcome, good banter and an excellent lunch on shoot days at Ballyvolane House. The birds are excellent quality too and the topography here ensures the presentation of the birds are varied, high and challenging. A driven pheasant and duck shoot was established in 2016 and the shoot has been developing really well over the last number of seasons. We offer five drives, usually 4 pheasant drives and one duck drive. We also do the odd snipe drive if the birds are in. We shoot 10 guns each day with bags of 100 to 120 birds (depending on the accuracy of the guns).

The days bag hanging in the game larder
Pic by Cliodhna Prendergast

Everyone meets at Ballyvolane House at 9am for coffee in the house. The guns would then draw pegs and be ready to move off to the first drive at 9.45am. After the second drive we serve elevenses in the field which usually consists of Bertha’s Revenge Sloe Gin tipples and a tasty snack to girder the loins for the next drive.

Hearty Ballyvolane Lunches

After the the third drive, everyone heads back to the house for drinks and a 2-course lunch (main course, pudding and tea/coffee and wines) in the dining room. We prepare and serve up game that has been shot the week before and typically we would serve hearty pheasant curries/casseroles, game pies and stews with vegetables from the walled-garden all beautifully cooked by Ballyvolane House Chef Sarah English. Needless to say we are always happy to accommodate non-meat eaters and any special dietary requirements. Everyone has lunch together, the guns and their partners, the beaters and the pickers-up. After lunch, boots are put back on again and everyone moves off for the final two drives of the day. After the last drive of the day, guests make their way to the cosy bar in the barn for a pint or a cup of tea before heading home with a brace of birds.

We shoot every second Thursday from November to mid-February and spaces are available for single guns or groups. All inclusive rates to include accommodation at Ballyvolane House, meals and shooting are available too. Hunting Licenses can be arranged for visiting overseas shooting guests and shotguns are available for hire.

The Sunday Times, featured our shoot in November 2019 in an article by Corinna Hardgrave. Click here to view the article.

Alternatively, click on the link below to view a PDF version.

The Sunday Times Article by Corinna Hardgrave

Clay pigeon shooting at Ballyvolane house

Clay pigeon shooting

We can also accommodate groups for clay pigeon shooting. This has proved to be a hugely popular activity with our wedding groups on the morning of the weddings and with corporate groups.

For further information on shooting, please contact Justin Green on 025 36349, email us or …

Photography by Cliodna Prenderghast of

Also by Paul Sharp.