Martin Nally, John Nally, Eamon Reilly, Martin Skelly, Dermot Brady, Barry Gilleran, Robbie Nally & Barry O'Farrell at the launch of the Nally Bros Hyundia Longford GAA Race Day . Photo Declan Gilmore
The new sponsors of the Longford GAA Race Day at Punchestown are Nally Bros Hyundai in Ballymahon.
This year’s Race Day, the 15th, is on Wednesday, April 26 - the day of the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup - and Chairperson of the organising committee, Martin Skelly, said he was delighted to welcome Nallys Bros Hyundai, Ballymahon on board as the main sponsors.
The Race Day, which was the brainchild of Seamus Ross, Mr Skelly and John Bannon back in 2003, is the main County Board fundraiser and it has raised €1.5 million over the years.
The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival is the highlight of the Irish sporting and social calendar.
Wednesday is ‘Coral’ Punchestown Gold Cup Day and Mr Skelly pointed out that one of the most enjoyable features of Race Day is the fact that so many Longfordians who may be living elsewhere are provided with the opportunity to meet up with each other and catch up.
He added, “It is incredible actually how many Longford people support the event, with up on 1,000 supporters gather in the tent in Punchestown each year to support the county.
“Race Day provides all of us with an opportunity to give something back to Longford GAA and it is a fantastic day out for everyone to enjoy.”
Tickets are priced at €125 per person or table of ten €1,250.
Contact Martin Skelly (086) 8040296, Albert Cooney (086) 8118580, Dublin Administrator Gerry Farrell 086 8309124 or any member of the Longford County Board Management Committee for tickets.
The Longford GAA Race Day will feature a Best Dressed Lady competition, four course meal, race card, celebrity tipster, bookies in pavilion and top class music by The Busy Fingers band.