Listowel geared for bumper Race week
North Kerry is geared for its biggest Race week in many years amid the presence of a Gold Cup winner and a bigger and better programme of on-street entertainment than ever.
That's if the greater Listowel area's embattled water supply and the fickle climate of the southwest hold up, of course. Otherwise, the tens of thousands of punters who flock to the town and racecourse are in for a dream week of horse-racing action from Sunday, September 10, to Saturday 16.
Listowel publicans are putting on a jam-packed Harvest Festival programme - running on the streets in tandem with the Races to keep punters grinning into the early hours. "We're bringing Bagatelle to town in one of the first big live acts for the Harvest in a long time," Vintner's Chairman Gerry Behan - of the Horseshoe Bar - said. "They will be playing on the Thursday night on the stage in Market Street (9pm) with pig-racing on the Tuesday night, Kerry band Oracle performing on the Wednesday night and the All-Ireland wrenboy competition in the Square on Friday with four groups confirmed to perform."
Race Company Director Pat Healy said the presence of Gold Cup winner Coneygree is generating massive interest: "Ladies' Day is becoming an even bigger draw every year, but in terms of the racing action it's the Kerry Guinness National that's the highlight of the week and we're over the moon to see Coneygree taking his chance in it this year."