A Recent Article from the Roscommon People
To celebrate Roscommon Racecourse’s commencement of 125 years of racing at Lenabane, a unique festival atmosphere is expected next Monday where the first race gets underway at 5.20 pm.
Roscommon Racecourse will be staging its first race meeting of its 125th year, a milestone that is a major achievement for the track. Roscommon Race Committee is offering a number of special prizes on the evening. The most appropriately dressed couple at the meeting will receive a prize of two All-Ireland Football tickets for the showcase in Croke Park on September 19th plus B & B and an evening meal in the Skylon Hotel, Dublin on September 18th.Second prize is two All-Ireland Hurling tickets for the decider in Croke Park on September 5th plus B&B in the Skylon Hotel, Dublin on September 4th. Special guest on the evening will be Ruth Scott of 2FM, who is a well-known radio DJ and a native of the county.
There is a concession for IFA members on presentation of their IFA membership card at the turnstiles. Adrian Leddy, IFA Regional Development Officer, said it’s a wonderful opportunity for members of the farming community to support the racecourse.
The race card competition prizes after the third race will be – 1st: Magee Blazer (value €250) sponsored by Edward Donnellan & Co. Roscommon; 2nd: €125 betting voucher for the meeting; 3rd: €100 voucher sponsored by John Ward Menswear, Roscommon; 4th: A meal for two plus a bottle of wine at Gleeson’s Townhouse and Restaurant; 5th: A number of €25 betting vouchers. There is a jackpot guarantee of €5,000 on the day and once again there will be free pony rides for children.
Owen Dervin and Sons are sponsoring a very competitive hurdle race while the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon are sponsoring the Best Turned-Out Horse in each of the seven races. The race programme is made up of four flat races, including the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap over one mile, two furlongs and three hurdle races. Music in the main bar after the second last race by Henry & the Usual Suspects and there is a free taxi service from the taxi rank in Roscommon from 4.15 pm to 5.15 pm. on the evening, returning to town 45 minutes after the last race. The last race is scheduled for 8.20 pm.
Evening meetings in Roscommon are coming to an end for the year so be sure not to miss this special occasion at a very special track. There is a special voucher, introduced by Roscommon Racecourse this year, for €25, which includes admission, race card and a two-course meal. Standard prices remain the same with adults €13 and OAPs and students €8. Discount for groups available. All enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or 087-2203288. Why not follow the Roscommon Races on Facebook where free tickets can be won for each meeting. Any company wishing to sponsor a prize for the Race Card competition can contact the manager at the above number.*
Reminder: Regarding old pictures at Roscommon racecourse….anybody who has any please contact Michael Finneran at 087-2203288 and he will arrange to take copy of same.