A coursing club has attracted huge negative reaction on social media after witnesses say the club were searching for hares while a nearby village was out searching for a missing person.
As volunteers from the local community were engaged in the search, members of the coursing club were scouring Oyster Island for hares.
A local resident, Medbh Gillard, posted a message on her Facebook page expressing her shock at the insensitivity of the coursers.
She explained that the club is not from Rosses Point.
She has also posted a picture of the hare catchers. Her post shocked locals and has been widely shared on social media.
Ms Gillard said on her facebook page: "So today. This is what a coursing club is at in Rosses Point. (The club is NOT from Rosses Point) Taking hares off Oyster island. When the entire village and surrounding villages are out searching for a missing person.
"They have been asked to at least show respect for the situation.
"But they are roaring and shouting like wild things. I have never seen such a blatant show of insensitive disgusting behaviour.
"They should be ashamed of themselves."
The post sparked a raft of negative reaction.