Cheltenham star to line out for Longford GAA Race Day

Cheltenham Festival winner Riverside Theatre is among a ten strong British list of entries expected to line up for Punchestown’s much vaunted Paddy Power Gold Cup in two weeks’ time as the county gears up for its annual race day extravaganza, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Cheltenham Festival winner Riverside Theatre is among a ten strong British list of entries expected to line up for Punchestown’s much vaunted Paddy Power Gold Cup in two weeks’ time as the county gears up for its annual race day extravaganza, writes Liam Cosgrove.

The presence of the Ryanair Chase victor, owned by actor James Nesbitt, represents somewhat of a coup for Kildare festival organisers as well as for those behind Co Longford’s all popular perennial GAA fundraiser.

And if that wasn’t enough, committee members this week announced the addition of country music legend, Mick Flavin as the evening’s star attraction.

Located inside a state of the art pavilion just yards from the racecourse’s final fence, race-goers can take their seats from as early as 12pm ahead of lunch which is expected to be served from 1pm until 3pm.

A delicious marinated chicken salad will form the starter followed by a selection of either a sirloin of prime beef or a breast of free range chicken.

Both main courses come served with buttered carrot and turnip and parsley flavoured new potatoes with sticky toffee pudding and either tea or coffee rounding off an impressive looking menu off.

As those in attendance no doubt turn their attention to matters outside on the racecourse proper, afternoon tea will also be offered to still hungry onlookers later in the afternoon. In addition, the always popular ‘best dressed lady’ competition will take its usual place amongst an action packed itinerary.

Alternatively, a tea and coffee station will also be on hand from 12:30-7pm serving a selection of chocolate snacks, crisps and other light refreshments.

So for your chance to savour it all and be part of what is undoubtedly the local GAA calendar’s most eagerly awaited event on April 25, tickets can be obtained from your local GAA club, race day committee members or by contacting Martin Skelly at 086 8040296 or email martske@hotmail.com.