Around 50 members of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and several international animal rights groups staged a demonstration in protest against a hare coursing event in Co Kilkenny this afternoon.

A spokesperson for the protesters said today's event at Sevenhouses in Danesfort showed that Ireland had become a haven for what they called 'cruelty tourism'.

Aideen Yourell said many of the participants had travelled from Britain, where hare coursing and hunting were banned last year.

She said Ireland should follow the British example.