All the fun of the races at Lay­town

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - BY HU­BERT MUR­PHY

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

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