Record crowds at Dowth Point to Point

Drogheda Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

IT cer­tainly was a grand day out, as over 6,500 peo­ple flocked to Co Meath on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 28th, for rac­ing, food and fam­ily fun.

Or­gan­ised and spon­sored by agri-tech­nol­ogy com­pany Devenish in con­junc­tion with the Meath Hunt and Tara Har­ri­ers, the fourth Dowth Point to Point and Coun­try Fair cel­e­brated the very best of coun­try life and some of Ire­land’s most im­pres­sive am­a­teur rac­ing tal­ent.

“It was a hugely en­joy­able oc­ca­sion and we were ab­so­lutely thrilled to see so many peo­ple turn­ing out to en­joy it,” said Owen Bren­nan, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Devenish.

“Over the last four years, this event has been a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to bring peo­ple of all ages to­gether at the his­toric set­ting of Dowth to en­joy the very best of our lo­cal her­itage – our food, our sport­ing tal­ent and great sense of fam­ily and com­mu­nity.”

Six point-to-point races took place over three miles through­out the day with the Tat­ter­salls Ire­land 4-year-old Geld­ings Maiden won by Clon­daw Hol­low trained by Michael Goff and rid­den by Shane Fitzger­ald, and guests feasted upon top qual­ity re­gional food and drinks within the Dis­cover Boyne Val­ley Flavours Mar­quee and snapped up lo­cally made arts and crafts in the shop­ping vil­lage.

Meath-raised and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned chef Richard Cor­ri­gan hosted a game master­class to a large au­di­ence at The Food Theatre, whilst chefs Eoin Gilchrist and Kris Ko­dric from Tankard­stown House, Hugh Maguire Butch­ers and Peter Whe­lan of The Whole Hogg also shared their culi­nary ex­per­tise.

Younger vis­i­tors en­joyed carv­ing spooky pump­kins for Hal­loween, hav­ing their faces painted, tak­ing pony rides and watch­ing pup­pet and magic shows.

Coun­try liv­ing was fur­ther brought to life by Maperath Mo­bile Farm, New­grange Fal­conry, and The Deer So­ci­ety, whilst the Slane GFC Skills Zone drew big crowds.

Four-legged friends joined the fun too at the Dowth Dog Show.

Prizes were kindly spon­sored by Equipet and Feed­well and the over­all win­ner was golden retriever Juno and han­dler Michaela Dil­lon.

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