The biggest event on the Longford social calendar will take place at Punchestown Race Course on Wednesday May 4 2011. The 9th Annual Ladbrokes.com Longford GAA Race Day will get underway to what is expected to be a packed attendance.
“It is now the largest social event for Longford people at home and abroad,” said Martin Skelly, Chairman of Leinster GAA. “We have already sold tickets to people from America, London, Dublin and our brethern. They know that this is a fantastic opportunity to dress up, forget the economic woes and simply relax and enjoy themselves among friends.”
Although the race day will offer people a distraction from the recession, the economic climate has been taken into consideration.
“This year we are offering tickets for €100 per person. This is down from €125 last year and it is our way of taking into account the economic climate,” said Martin speaking to the Leader. “The ticket holder will receive access to the Reserved Enclosure, a four course meal, afternoon tea, race card, parking and a free €10 Ladbrokes.com betting voucher. There will also be a full dance afterward as the bar will be open for two hours after the last race.”
Another change for regular visitors to the Longford GAA Race Day is the venue. A new pavillion located track side at the final fence will serve as the location and it offers ticket holders the opportunity to watch the races through its glass walls.
“These are state of the art facilities and they are second to none. This is the best of National Hunt racing and it’s often been known for the winner of Cheltenham to take part,” said Martin. “It really is the best of British and Irish horses coming together.”
Martin is quick to point out that this is grade one racing with celebrity tipsters to guide Longfordians through the fun of betting.
“We will have Ted and Katie Walsh of the famous Walsh clann as our tipsters on the day. Our MC will be former RTE presenter and current editor of Racing Post, Jonathan Mullen,” he said. “Once again this year, there will be great prizes for the Best Dressed Lady and free draws for weekends away - as always we have really great prizes.”
The funds raised at the Ladbrokes.com Longford GAA Race Day go toward financing the Longford inter county football and hurling teams.
Those wishing to purchase tickets are advised that capacity numbers are lower than previous years due to the new venue. At the old event centre there was capacity for 1,250. At the new pavillion this figure drops to 1,000. In previous years, this has always been a sell out event.
To secure tickets, please contact any member of the county board or the race day committee. Alternatively, contact Peter O’Reilly on 043-3345219 or Gerry Farrell on 086-8309124 (Dublin).