The Club’s Gala Race night hosted by Ringaskiddy’s Ferry Boat Inn was an unqualified success with all the boxes being ticked.
A splendid programme detailed the full entry of horses most of which were sold and presented by our Junior Players. There was a significant array of advertisements from local and adjoining businesses which manifested the huge support and goodwill prevailing for our Club and its activities.
A full house and a very extroverted Fear an Ti saw the programme off to a great start and there was a huge welter of fun and excitement as the races progressed and as the punters strove bravely to break the Bookies.
The bidding for the eight horses in the Auction Race had people on the edges of their seats and wily Club Chairman successfully put up funds for two of these animals, one of which he later led into the ‘winners enclosure’ and collected the ‘fat purse’.
There was huge excitement and anticipation when the contests for ‘Best Dressed Lady, and ‘The Gentleman of Class’ competitions were finalised. The Lady chosen was Ann Hitchmough, to huge applause and the Gentleman was Loughbeg’s own Jim Ronayne, whose nomination nearly brought the house down. Rumour has it that a number of Irish and International Model Agencies have been in touch with Chairman Pat McCarthy.
The entire event was a great success and the Club is grateful to Pat McCarthy and Tony O’Sullivan, who put a huge amount of work into the venture. We are indebted to Sarah O’Grady of the Ferryboat Inn and her Staff for their welcome and courtesy. A sincere thanks to all others who helped out out and thwarted the efforts of the bookies.