Longford GAA’s Raceday returns for its tenth year

The 10th anniversary of the popular Longford GAA race day will take place on Wednesday April 25th in Punchestown race course.

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 fund-raising events for Longford GAA. Coordinator Martin Skelly told the Leader this week the race day was a vital date in the calendar for Longford GAA.

“It’s been a marvellous fund-raiser for the promotion of Gaelic games in the county. Over the past nine years it has generated over a million Euro in profits for Longford.”

During the peak of the economic boom over 2000 people attended the popular event, but now a more modest target of 1000 is in place. “Ticket sales are at an advanced stage. Each club has agreed to take a table and there’s great support in Dublin, as always,” Mr Skelly said.

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.

Wednesday 25th of April is Irish Gold Cup day at Punchestown and Martin Skelly expects the calibre of horses to be extremely high. “It’s the last National Hunt festival of the year in Ireland and the UK and is always hotly contested by trainers and owners.

“In the recent past we’ve had Cheltenham Gold Cup horses Denman and Kuato Star racing, and I’m sure this year the horses competing will be equally as strong,” Mr Skelly said.

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.

“This would not continue without the support of Longford fans from all across the country, and as they’ve shown in the past, they’re a committed bunch and everyone has a great day,” Mr Skelly concluded.

Tickets can be purchased from any Longford GAA club, the County Board or from any of the organising committee.