A whopping €14,408 was raised at last year’s Newbridge Parish Race Day for the parish of Newbridge.
Paul Hensey, General Manager of The Curragh Racecourse presented the proceeds of the event which was on May bank holiday monday to Father Joe McDermott Parish Priest of Newbridge last week.
“The race day is a great opportunity for us to get the local community together for a fun day out for all the family and to help raise funds for some very worthwhile causes and charities in the area,” said Paul Hensey.
Newbridge Parish Race Day will take place this year on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May and will celebrate it’s 29th birthday, while the racing season at the Curragh commences on Sunday 23 March.
Over 5,7200 people turned out for last year’s Newbridge Parish Race Day, which was held in the Curragh on bank holiday Monday, May 6,2013.
“Attendance was up by 700 on the previous year, “ said Evan Arkwright, commercial manager of the Curragh Racecourse at the time.
“It was a great day and the weather really helped.
“It was fantastic to see the local community up enjoying a great days racing. We have raised over half a million over the past 28 years.”
There was something for everyone on the day including sporting events for the kids, theatre workshops run in conjunction with the Riverbank Arts Centre and an exhibition of old parish photographs from the Historical Society.
All proceeds from the day are donated to worthy charities in the locality by both the Catholic and Church of Ireland parishes.
Father Joe McDermott, Parish Priest of Newbridge and Chairman of the Parishes and Community Festival Race Day Committee was delighted to add to the funds raised in the past.