Kerryman

| 15.5°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Counting the cost of a closed Harvest Meeting this year

Close

As with so many other festivals and major events, Covid has impacted the Harvest Race Festival immeasurably this year

As with so many other festivals and major events, Covid has impacted the Harvest Race Festival immeasurably this year

As with so many other festivals and major events, Covid has impacted the Harvest Race Festival immeasurably this year

'The town is devastated because of this' is the message from David Fitzmaurice, Vice Chairperson of Listowel Race Company, who said hosting Listowel Races behind closed doors will hit the local exchequer to the tune of €15million.

For local pubs, the races are worth in the region of 25 to 30 percent of annual turnover, while local shops and businesses are also impacted by the loss of Listowel and north Kerry's main event in the year.

The ripple effect even extends to hotels in Tralee, where many racegoers stay during the seven-day racing extravaganza.