The home-built aircraft took off from Abbeyshrule Airfield Runway 28 at 13.20hrs. After reaching a height of between 200 and 300 feet, the aircraft's engine lost power abruptly. The pilot selected a suitable field in which to land, running at 90 degrees to the left of his direction of flight. He turned the aircraft, descended, side-slipped over a hedge and landed the aircraft. The undercarriage was damaged on impact with the ground and the aircraft came to a halt approx. 30 metres further on. The pilot exited the aircraft. Apart from a slight bump to the head there were no other injuries to the pilot. There was no fire.