Monday 19 November 2018

New team at the helm of Mallow Easter Festival

Mary Kelly, the former chair of the Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival
Mary Kelly, the former chair of the Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival

Bill Browne

The Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival is set to return for its ninth outing this year from March 31 to April 2 - albeit with a number of new faces at the helm.

Established in 2010, the festival attracts thousands of people to Mallow over the Easter weekend to enjoy three glorious days of racing at Cork Racecourse and a colourful programme of festival events in the town. 

Preparations for the 2018 festival have been in full swing since the turn of the year, with a new management team in place under the auspices of Mallow Chamber. 

Since last year's event, festival chairperson Mary Kelly, who has overseen the festival since its inception, has regretfully had to stand down from the position for health reasons. Changes in the circumstances of other members also meant they too have had to relinquish their positions on the festival organising committee. Speaking this week Mary said that she had thoroughly enjoyed watching the festival grow and develop over the years. 

"Establishing the Racing Home for Easter Festival back in 2010 and working on it alongside such a wonderful committee, our generous sponsors and our dedicated volunteers has been one of the best experiences I could have had," she said.

"Unfortunately, I have had to step away from the position in recent months to concentrate on my health. The event is now in the hands of Mallow Chamber and we wish the incoming committee every success in 2018 and beyond," said Mary. 

She said the outgoing members had been working closely with the new committee to ensure a seamless handover. Some of the existing committee will also be staying on to work with the new event team, with Mallow Chamber President Pat Hayes taking over from Mary as festival chairperson. 

"As the festival enters its ninth year the outgoing committee members and I would like to thank all of the local businesses who have supported what has grown from a fledgling event into one of the undoubted highlights on north Cork's social and sporting calendar. I hope they will continue to give this same level of support to the incoming team." 

Pat Hayes said he and the new committee were looking forward to putting their own stamp on the festival. 

"In addition to the pubs being open on Good Friday, there will be plenty of new events and surprises to look forward to as well as the return of some tried and trusted festival favourites over the weekend," he promised. 

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