The organisers of the Longford GAA Race Day have been “absolutely overwhelmed” by the response to this year’s event.
“Ticket sales have been absolutely overwhelming,” organiser Martin Skelly told the Leader this week. “We had expected it would be difficult to reach our target this year because of the economic climate but the participation of the clubs, the businesses and the diaspora in Dublin has been way beyond expectation.”
“Our new sponsors RSM Farrell Grant Sparks have brought a new interest to it and the success of the senior footballers recently have only added to the anticipation of the event. It’s going to be a great week for Longford GAA with the race day on Wednesday and the National Football League final on Saturday in Croke Park,” Mr Skelly predicted.
The 10th anniversary of the popular Longford GAA race day will take place on Wednesday April 25th in Punchestown race course. Now a decade old, the trip to the races is one of the key fundraising events for Longford GAA.
Mick Flavin is also celebrating a milestone this year – 25 years as a leading entertainer – and the popular singer will be the main musical entertainment in the state-of-the-art pavilion at the Punchestown race course.
Longford GAA fans will be located within this pavilion just yards from the final fence with the perfect view of the horses sprinting across the finishing line, including the day’s top race: the Irish Gold Cup.
Tickets are €100, which include admission, a four course meal, afternoon refreshment, a race card, bar facilities, musical entertainment and a bookies in the pavilion.
As it is the tenth anniversary of the event, there will be a wine reception on arrival for attendees. As well as a raffle for All Ireland tickets, there will be a ‘best dressed lady’ competition which always attracts the best of fashion. The best dressed lady will receive a two night stay in the swanky Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
The last remaining tickets can be obtained by contacting Martin Skelly on 086 804 0296.