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Punchestown Festival schedule for next year remains the same

Anita and Paul Piatk (10yrs) from Naas at Punchestown Festival. Conor Healy Photography

Anita and Paul Piatk (10yrs) from Naas at Punchestown Festival. Conor Healy Photography

Management at Punchestown Racecourse will stick with a successful formula for the 2015 festival. This means that the event will again run into the May bank holiday weekend.

It also means that the later start to race days - introduced a few years back to allow racegoers to combine work commitments with racing - will be persevered with.

The 2015 festival will run from Tuesday April 28 to Saturday May 2.

Racing Manager Richie Galway said the later start has proven successful in terms of attendances and had also produced enhanced TV viewing figures.

He added: “The decison about when it happens is partly dictated by other meetings like Cheltenhan and Fairyhouse and when Easter falls; also there is a greater likelihood of better weather in the run-up to May.”

By any measurement the 2014 festival was hugely successful and, again, many busineses in Naas benefitted - principally pubs, food retailers and restaurants.

By the time the festival ended some 106,689 people had attended - which exceeded the cumulative attendance figure for 2013 (101,745).

More people went to Punchestown on Saturday, pitched at families, than any other day (29,042 as compared with 24,254 for 2013).

The Saturday event was heavily promoted and was a PR success because of the availability of a good number of free tickets.

The opening day saw an attendance of 19,459, up 4.5% on the figure of 18,605 for ‘13.

There were 15,478 people there on the Wednesday - a fall of less than 1,000 on 2013.

Thursday (16,158) was marginally ahead of the corresponding day in 2013 (16,116)

Ladies Day (Friday) brought 26,282 through the turnstiles - down a negligible 78 on the equivalent figure for last year.

 

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