Football star Johnny Doyle, who announced his retirement from the game recently, will be the special guest of honour at this years Parish Race Day on bankholiday Monday, May 5.asd
The Kildare footballer will receive a special presentation from the Curragh Racecourse to pay tribute to his distinguished sporting career for his county.
“The Newbridge Parishes Family Race Day has raised well over €500,000 for worthy causes in the local community since it commenced 29 years ago and it is hoped to add to this total,” said Evan Arkwright of the Curragh Racecourse.
“In addition to eight thrilling races on the track, there will be a variety of free entertainment for children during the afternoon to include giant inflatable’s, face painting, horse racing simulator together with a packed programme of live music from a variety of local bands and musicians including Night Train, St Conleth’s Community Games Stage Academy, Raglan Trail, the Leahy Family, Apollo and Night Train.”
Junior and mini teams from local GAA, Rugby and Soccer clubs will take part in exhibition games taking place between races including Moorefield and Sarsfield GAA, Newbridge Town and Liffey Celtic soccer clubs, Newbridge RFC, Cill Dara RFC, Community Games, St Conleth’s and St. Brigid’s, Newbridge Athletics Club and Ryston Boxing Club who will display the All Ireland champions and trophies.
Meanwhile a horse racing education morning linked to the Parishes Race Day for local primary school children takes place on Tuesday 29 April hosted by the Curragh and Horse Racing Ireland. 5th and 6th class Primary school children from the locality will spend the morning at the racecourse. There will b a prize for the best essay.