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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Crowds lap up spectacular beach races

Runners and riders participate in the Christmas Ballyheigue beach horse races in the County Kerry village of Ballyheigue. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Runners and riders participate in the Christmas Ballyheigue beach horse races in the County Kerry village of Ballyheigue. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

The Ballyheigue beach races took place amid a spectacular wintry backdrop in Co Kerry yesterday.

The event offers a day of high-octane horse racing over the festive period, and it has become an annual tradition that holds a special place in the hearts of many families locally, and from much farther afield.

Onlookers were willing to brace the chilly weather yesterday to see the spectacle of the horses galloping across the famous strand.

The event has been taking place for years, and continues to go from strength to strength.

The day's racing action was watched over by race judge Brendan Carroll.

Race judge Brendan Carroll looks on. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Race judge Brendan Carroll looks on. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Jake Cohen, age 13, watches as a horse is measured to ensure it meets the minimum height requirement for the race. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Jake Cohen, age 13, watches as a horse is measured to ensure it meets the minimum height requirement for the race. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Stewards arrange the race posts on the beach. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Stewards arrange the race posts on the beach. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Donal O'Sullivan prepares the races. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Donal O'Sullivan prepares the races. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Jockeys and horses prepare to warm up before the Christmas Ballyheigue beach horse races in the County Kerry village of Ballyheigue. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Jockeys and horses prepare to warm up before the Christmas Ballyheigue beach horse races in the County Kerry village of Ballyheigue. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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