Brave riders ready to tackle Athlaca for McNamara fund
Excitement is building in Co Limerick as the date approaches for the famous Dromin-Athlacca Charity Ride, where horses and riders take on the locality's impressive and daunting banks and dykes.
The brainchild of Limerick native and former European junior show jumping champion Brian McMahon, the five-hour ride was first run 21 years ago and has become world famous as a test of both horse and rider. In the past 21 years, the event has raised almost €500,000 for a wide range of charities.
Run across what is widely considered some of the best country in Ireland, the route is 15 miles long and brings participants across Limerick's famous banks, as well as walls, ditches and the beautiful Morning Star river.
Attracting crowds of hundreds on foot and up to 70 riders, the charity ride crosses two parishes, 35 individual farms and begins and ends in local landmark pubs Tierney's, the Corner Pub and Pa Riordan's where the riders can boast about their exploits.
This year, the proceeds of the Dromin-Athlacca Charity Ride are going to the JT McNamara Fund and the local community. The JT McNamara fund was set up to support the young local jockey who was paralysed in a serious fall at the Cheltenham Festival last March.
The charity ride will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, October 28, leaving Athlacca at 12.30. All proceeds from the Limerick Harriers point-to-point at Crecora, Limerick on the day before, October 27, will also be going to JT's fund.
The young jockey has strong connections with the hunt and the area, with his father and brother being master and huntsman respectively of the Limerick Harriers.