Dowth Point-to-Point prom­ises a great week­end of ac­tion

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Top Ir­ish am­a­teur jockey Jamie Codd helped kick off the count­down to the Dowth Point-toPoint and Coun­try Fair, set to take place on Sun­day 28th Oc­to­ber at Dowth, Brú na Bóinne, County Meath.

Or­gan­ised and spon­sored by agri-tech­nol­ogy com­pany Devenish in con­junc­tion with the Meath Hunt and Tara Har­ri­ers, the event cel­e­brates the very best of coun­try life with a jam­packed of­fer­ing of rac­ing, food and fam­ily fun in the his­toric set­ting of Dowth, a UNESCO World Her­itage Site.

Six point-to-point races will take place over three miles through­out the day, show­cas­ing Ir­ish rac­ing tal­ent in­clud­ing Jamie Codd. Point-to-point rac­ing is long as­so­ci­ated with the Meath re­gion and in­deed Dowth, where its race­course, de­signed in the 1700s, played host to such events through the gen­er­a­tions.

Now in its fourth year, the Dowth Point-to-Point and Coun­try Fair ex­pects to wel­come even more than the 6,000 guests who joined the oc­ca­sion in 2017.

Guests will be able to shop for a mouth-wa­ter­ing se­lec­tion of ar­ti­san foods and craft bev­er­ages in the Boyne Val­ley Flavours mar­quee, whilst keep­ing fu­elled dur­ing the day through a va­ri­ety of gourmet food stalls, barista sta­tions and bars.

Lit­tle race­go­ers will en­joy all the fun of the fair with a wide range of kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties on site, from pony rides to magic shows, pump­kin carv­ing ses­sions to bouncy cas­tles.

Bring­ing coun­try pur­suits to life will be ex­hibits from or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Maperath Mo­bile Farm, New­grange Fal­conry, The Royal Meath Bee Keep­ers and The Deer So­ci­ety, whilst Gun Dog and Archery demon­stra­tions will pro­vide fur­ther spec­ta­cle.

Even ca­nine guests can join in on the fun, with the pop­u­lar Dog Show tak­ing en­tries from star pet pooches on the day.

On the eve of race day, Satur­day 27 th Oc­to­ber, the Devenish Char­ity Ball will raise valu­able funds for char­i­ties, Farm Africa and Ir­ish Injured Jock­eys. All funds raised through the Char­ity Ball go to­wards these causes, with last year’s Ball hav­ing raised an im­pres­sive €128,000 in to­tal.

Dowth was ac­quired by agri-tech­nol­ogy com­pany Devenish in 2013, who re­main com­mit­ted to re­vi­tal­is­ing its her­itage for the pub­lic to en­joy as well as us­ing its lands as part of ma­jor farm­ing and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal research.

Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Devenish Owen Brennan said: “The Dowth Point-to-Point and Coun­try Fair marks a cel­e­bra­tion of her­itage – our great love for rac­ing and sport in gen­eral, our ex­cep­tional food and drink pro­duc­ers, and our tra­di­tion of out­door pur­suits.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity to bring peo­ple of all ages to­gether at Dowth, where our ances­tors would have en­joyed such events with their fam­i­lies and friends so long ago.

And they’re off!Joined by young Charles Flood (age 2), top Ir­ish am­a­teur jockey Jamie Codd sad­dles up to launch the Dowth Point-to-Point and Coun­try Fair at Dowth, Brú na Bóinne, County Meath – tak­ing place on Sun­day 28th Oc­to­ber.

Paul Lan­non with Conor and Kieran Sands check­ing out horse­power of a dif­fer­ent kind at the ALMC mo­tor show at Bellew­stown Race­course.

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