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Monday 28 July 2014

Donkey derby delight

Published 07/08/2013|05:20

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Jordan Loye, Omeath, trying to spot the winner.

The Cornamucklagh Donkey Derby was a huge success as thousands of people turned out to welcome Danny the American Donkey back to the fields of his ancestors.

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Film director and actor, Charley Boorman, who helped Ciaran Philips and the committee trace Danny and bring him home for The World Donkey Gathering, sent his best wishes on Facebook.

''Well done to all at the Donkey Derby... I hear you all had a fantastic time. Maybe I can enter next year,' he posted from America. 'All the best and to you Ciaran Phillips, Sláinte agus táinte!'

Blessed with good weather, the weekend festival proved a most enjoyable event for all the family.

The Donkey Derby itself was the highlight of the festivities which had got under way on Friday with a guest tea.

The fun continued on Saturday with a family fun day/country fair including an impressive display of vintage cars and farm machinary, followed by a barn dance.

There was a huge turnout on Sunday, as visitors from far and near gathered for the famous Donkey Derby. Donkeys and jockeys of all shapes and sizes took to the race track, while the sheep showed that they weren't to be outdone when it came to the racing stakes.

The boot camp was keenly contested with the team from Mourne Fitness emerging as the worth winners.

There was lots of entertainment for younger visitors with art and craft workshops run by Sticky Fingers.

While the proceeds have yet to be finalised, a number of charities will have benefited from the money raised by the festival.

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