Wednesday 22 October 2014

Date set for semi-finals of €80,000 Kirby sweepstake

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:20

THE semi-finals of a qualifier for the €80,000-to-thewinner Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Sweepstake at Limerick next March have been rescheduled for Tralee track on Friday, January 25.

The Limerick puppy event will certainly capture the national spotlight when it takes place and it would be nice to think that the winner of the Tralee qualifier will figure in the shake-up. What a pot to win.

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