Lo­cal race back at Ballintag­gart

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

THE highly en­ter­tain­ing and hotly con­tested lo­cal race will fea­ture once again at this year’s Din­gle Races, after an ab­sence of al­most a decade.

The Rás Corca Dhuib­hne will be open to horses whose owner is from the Barony of Corca Dhuib­hne, and it will be sub­ject to strict con­trols and scru­tiny. Own­ers will have to reg­is­ter with Din­gle Races by June 22, pro­vid­ing their own name and ad­dress, the name of the horse and the horse’s mi­crochip num­ber. Own­ers can ar­range reg­is­tra­tion by call­ing 087 9795721.

The de­ci­sion to re­in­state the race was taken, after much dis­cus­sion, at the re­cent AGM of the Din­gle Races, held in McCarthy’s Bar. At the same meet­ing newly elected of­fi­cers were Bre­andán Fitzger­ald (PRO) and Jim McCarthy (Vice Chair­per­son). Other of­fi­cer posts on the com­mit­tee re­mained ‘as was’ with Paudie Fitzger­ald reap­pointed as Uachtaráin; Mike Say­ers, Leas Uachtaráin; Colm Say­ers, Chair­per­son; De­nis Mur­phy, as Sec­re­tary; and Daniel McCarthy, Trea­surer.

This year’s Din­gle Races will be held from Fri­day to Sun­day, Au­gust 10 – 12, and with more than 160 horses from all over the coun­try and beyond com­pet­ing for prizes as high as €6,000 the meet­ing is set to re­tain its sta­tus as big­gest and best horse and pony races in Ire­land.

Of course all this takes hard work - and not just for the three days of the rac­ing - and Chair­per­son Colm Say­ers thanked com­mit­tee mem­bers for their time, ex­per­tise and de­vo­tion to Din­gle Races.

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