Tuesday 20 February 2018

Merseyside rivals meet at Day Two of Punchestown

Jackie Lavin & Bill Cullen in Punchestown on the second day of the Festival © Michael Chester
Jackie Lavin & Bill Cullen in Punchestown on the second day of the Festival © Michael Chester
Roy Evans (Ex liverpool Manager), and Howard Kendall (Ex Everton Manager) and at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival © Michael Chester
Lisa Humphrey & Ciara Keegan both from Crumlin at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Blathnaid Noonan all from Kildare Helen Finnan Dee Monahan Steph Fortune all from Kildare at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Charlie Chawke & Tom Mangan from Offaly at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse

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Liverpool and Everton may be fierce rivals on the pitch, but two former managers came together to enjoy the festivities at Day Two of the 2014 Punchestown Festival.

Roy Evans and Howard Kendall were among the thousands at the Kildare racecourse today taking in the action.

Former Reds boss Evans was pictured with Kendall, who had two spells in charge of the Toffees in the 80s and 90s.

Power couple Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen, publican Charlie Chawke and former Liverpool manager Roy Evans, are among the celebrities who made their way to the blustery racecourse today.

Bright floral and colour block dresses were the order of the day for a host of fashion-forward women who refused to let the drop in temperature affect their style choices.

Business woman Jackie Lavin proved that she can be a trend setter when she turned out in a blue ensemble alongside partner, tycoon Bill Cullen.

"We just took the afternoon off because we live nearby so we love coming to Punchestown," Jackie told Independent.ie

We will be back here on Saturday because we are giving away a family jeep."

UK soccer manager Roy Evans was also enjoying a trip to Ireland and Kildare where he was joined by his wife and a group of 12 pals.

Businessman Charlie Chawke said he could not afford to take the full day off work as he turned out to support his former Arkle winning horse, Forpadydeplasterer - partly owned by the publican.

"He is retired but they brought him down to show him off here," explained Chawke.

Asked if he would be betting big, Chawke added:  "There are no big bets anymore, the government and the banks have taken all our money."

The sunshine which graced yesterday's festival opener was nowhere to be seen, but there was plenty of banter and betting on the course as the five-day festival continued with gusto.

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