SOME believe that when the week-long Listowel Autumn Racing Festival comes around, it announces the beginning of a long winter.
But with the good weather in recent weeks and the crowds that converged on Kerry National Day last Wednesday it seems winter is far from everyone's mind.
At least four coaches full of Mallow folk travelled to the North Kerry town to enjoy the fun and enjoyment in the area made famous by writer John B.Keane.
The Mona's coach piloted by Sidney Flynn carried 17 racing enthusiasts which included John 'Wayne' Lane, Richie Willis, Mick O'Riordan, Pat O'Sullivan, Pat O Connell, Ann and John Liston, Becky Liston, Claire Forde, Joe Buckley, Eamonn Egan, Mickey 'Fox' Sullivan, Noel and Pa O'Connor, Donal O'Sullivan and Mick Hunt.
After the races the fun and mayhem continued and we were all entertained greatly by Councillor John Paul O'Shea who had the packed Brosnan pub at his mercy as he performed the old Irish brush dance.
Later we had our traditional stop at TD Cronin's bar in Newmarket before returning to Mallow at a fairly reasonable hour.
Win, lose or draw a great day was had by all. Rock on 2014.