All the fun of the races at Laytown
MEATH County Council should assist in ‘any way possible’ with arrangements to celebrate 150 years of the Laytown Races next year.
Last week’s unique event again attracted thousands of people from far and wide, with the conditions perfect on the day.
Cathaoirleach of the Laytown/ Bettystown area, Cllr Paddy Meade, said it was a true celebration of East Meath and shows the potential of the beach and the coast in general.
‘It was a wonderful day and I met people from all over the place,’ he stated. A couple came from Manchester and stayed in the locality and have booked in for next year already.
‘The races boost accommodation, shops, pubs and they get to enjoy a great occasion, ’he added.
He says the races are 150 years old next year and now is the time to start planning something in association with those behind the event.
‘They do a great job and we should assist in any way possible.’
He feels a celebration of the races and their history should be looked at with an exhibition being held.
‘Next year will be huge and it’s time to celebrate our heritage in a big way,’ he explained.
Matthew Gallager, age 2, from Bettystown, Co Meath, follows the runners and riders as Monteverdi, with Kate Harrington up, races ahead of the field to win the Hibernia Steel Race during the Laytown Races at Laytown in Co Meath. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Peter Dolan, General Manager Scotch Hall Shopping Centre, Sophie Hunter, Best Dressed Lady , Dawn Finnegan, LA Blog and Barbara Dolan at the Laytown Races.
Anne Coleman, Laytown Co-ordinator , Peter Dolan General Manager Scotch Hall Shopping Centre , with Best Dressed lady Sophie Hunter and her daughter Katie
Amanda , Eva jane , Callum and John Mc Auley at Laytown Races