Attendances Up At Kilbeggan Races As Track Fights Recession
Tullamore Tribune Thursday, 15 August 2013
ATTENDANCES increased this year at Kilbeggan Races as the Westmeath horse racing venue continues to thrive despite the recession. Speaking at the annual sponsors' buffet on Saturday evening, Kilbeggan secretary manager Paddy Dunican said ongoing hard work by the committee ensured another successful season for Kilbeggan Races. He described 2013 as a 'brilliant' year. 'We've increased our attendances significantly. Even in the current economic recession we're going through we still have staged five very successful race meetings so far, but we've also invested substantially in capital development,' said Mr Dunican. A total of 54 new horseboxes were built at the racecourse before the start of the 2013 season and Mr Dunican thanked Horse Racing Ireland for the grant-aid for that scheme. Mr Dunican said that in the past few years Kilbeggan Races made significant changes in how they ran their business, including the introduction of a vigorous marketing campaign embracing social media. Furthermore, Sunday racing has become part of the Kilbeggan calendar and Mr Dunican said the Sunday meeting this year was an outstanding success. Last month Kilbeggan hosted its biggest race of the year, the Gigginstown House Midlands National, sponsored by Michael O'Leary and the attendance on the day was up 25 per cent on 2012. Last Saturday's feature race was sponsored by Hackett's Bookmakers……. To continue reading click here
AUGUST HOLIDAY MEETING AT KILBEGGAN NEXT SATURDAY
Author and TV Personality Amanda Brunker to Judge Kilbeggan Best Dressed Lady
-€1,500 top prize on offer-
The wonderful hot weather of July may have warmed us all externally but more importantly it gave everyone a warm internal feeling leading to laughter and good humour everywhere we went. This was certainly reflected in the Gigginstown House Midland National meeting on 19th July with a huge attendance enjoying the best ever meeting since the race was first sponsored. Hopefully, this will be matched next Saturday evening at 5.15 PM when Kilbeggan presents its traditional August holiday meeting.
The Best Dressed Ladies Competition is being sponsored by Littlewoods Ireland with a top prize of € 1,500 shopping spree on offer and best selling author and TV personality Amanda Brunker will be the style judge. It’s always a great evening and another opportunity for ladies to dress up to win a great prize and remember ladies that the 9 remaining finalists will receive a € 100 shopping spree each. Racing fans will have plenty to look forward to with a 7 race card including the featured Hackett Bookmakers Handicap Race of € 16,000 generously sponsored by the Hackett family; Tom Birmingham Menswear, Mullingar are sponsoring the bumper race; Michael Moore Car Sales of Athlone & Portarlington are sponsoring a hurdle race; and also there is the Betpac maiden hurdle and the Bank House Family are sponsoring the Joe Cooney Cup which goes back to the 1950’s.
August is about school holidays and family outings therefore there is a great opportunity for you to have a fun outing at Kilbeggan. All entertainment is free inside the course with super slide, bungee run, small castle, obstacle course, face painting, various games etc and not forgetting Micky Mouse. Admission for adults is €12 , students & OAP’s € 10 with a special family discount for € 20 including 2 adults with children under 16 free.
This is the big holiday meeting of the year full of buzz & excitement which can only be experienced if you are there so arrive early and take in the atmosphere and hopefully sunshine.
For Further information please contact:
Paddy Dunican, Secretary Manager.
Tel: 057 933 2176, M: 087 2485548
For further information contact Paddy Dunican, Manager, The Racecourse, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. Phone (057) 9332176 or Fax (057) 9332125.