Starter’s flag is raised on later than usual Béal Bán Races

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE thun­der of hooves will echo around Smer­wick Har­bour on Sun­day, Septem­ber 24, when the golden sand of Béal Bán hosts what is prob­a­bly the most scenic race meet­ing in the coun­try.

The races are be­ing held later than usual this year, hav­ing been orig­i­nally sched­uled for July. How­ever, a dif­fi­culty with in­sur­ance arose in ad­vance of the meet­ing and the com­mit­tee had no op­tion but to post­pone the event.

Post­pon­ing a sum­mer fix­ture in West Kerry is al­ways a prob­lem be­cause it can mean go­ing to the back of the long list of fes­ti­vals, re­gat­tas and other events that fill ev­ery avail­able week­end from June to Septem­ber. How­ever, the com­mit­tee got great lo­cal sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to keep the tra­di­tion alive and the de­lay meant they had am­ple time to sort out the in­sur­ance is­sue, which has now been re­solved sat­is­fac­to­rily.

There was great sup­port also from horse own­ers and train­ers across Mun­ster who bring their an­i­mals to race at Beál Bán, and re­gard the meet­ing as one of the best of its kind in the coun­try.

The races will start at 1pm and, with the in­com­ing tide de­mand­ing a tight sched­ule, the nine races on the card will be com­plete by 5pm. The fea­ture race of the day is the ap­pro­pri­ately named Béal Bán Derby with a value of €700, while off-track en­ter­tain­ment will in­clude a com­pe­ti­tion for the best dressed man and woman at the meet­ing.

Peo­ple go­ing to the races can get to Béal Bán strand via Árd na Caithne, Gorta Dúbha or the Cloon­ties road, on the Din­gle side of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh. Race Com­mit­tee Sec­re­tary Diar­muid Mac a’ tSaoir ad­vises spec­ta­tors to use the Cloon­ties route where there is am­ple car park­ing space and far less chance of get­ting caught in traf­fic.

There is a €5 en­trance fee and any prof­its from the meet­ing will be do­nated to Cu­mann Caide na mBan Chorca Dhuib­hne.

Ac­tion for last year’s Béal Bán Races.

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