Harriers' point-to-point to go to JT McNamara Fund
The Limerick Harriers is to donate all of the proceeds from its point-to-point at Crecora, Limerick next October to the JT McNamara Fund, it has been announced.
The young jockey, who was seriously injured in Cheltenham earlier this year, has strong connections with the hunt, with his father and brother being master and huntsman respectively of the Limerick Harriers.
JT is now in the spinal unit of the Mater Hospital in Dublin and all proceeds from the meeting will go directly to his fund, with all the point-to-point costs being sponsored by friends and supporters of the jockey.
It is expected that the point-to-point, set for October 27, will be one of the biggest ever staged in Limerick or anywhere. Race tickets costing €10 are already available and are selling well.
On the same weekend, the famous Dromin Athlacca Charity Ride is also to donate its proceeds to the JT McNamara Fund.
The ride, which is not for the faint-hearted, will take place on Monday, October 28, over some of Limerick's famous banks. However, organisers Jimmy Moloney and Sue Foley assure the Farming Independent there will be an alternative route for riders who would prefer a more sedate afternoon than the thrusters in the main ride.
Meanwhile, the point-to-point launch will take place this Thursday, September 5, at the Dunraven Arms, Adare, Co Limerick, at 8pm.
Among the guest speakers at the event will be Ted Walsh, Peter Curling, rugby hero John (The Bull) Hayes and current point-to-point champion Derek O'Connor.