Kildare town racing academy plans Gathering this weekend

RACE graduates Johnny Murtagh and John Egan at the launch of the 40th Anniversary Gathering on the RACE campus.
Hundreds of graduates of RACE, the racing academy in Kildare town, are expected back this weekend for a reunion to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Hundreds of graduates of RACE, the racing academy in Kildare town, are expected back this weekend for a reunion to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

A special exhibition is being mounted to showcase the history of RACE and the achievements of its graduates.

Some of the major trophies won by graduates around the world will be on display. There will be an interactive area with racehorse simulators and the Frontrunner Racing Club for kids, tours of the campus and a series of special presentations to various former staff and graduates plus the launch of a commemorative book which should be of great interest to everyone associated with the academy since its establishment in 1973.

The Gathering will continue on Saturday afternoon at the Curragh racecourse with a special marquee area for graduates and their families as they enjoy a good afternoon’s racing which includes the Derek O’Sullivan memorial race. Attendees at the RACE campus will receive a welcome pack which includes concessions for local attractions Kildare Village, Newbridge Silverware and the Irish National Stud as well as tickets for the Curragh.

On Sunday morning at 10.30am a memorial Mass for deceased graduates and staff will take place in the RACE chapel and all graduates, family and friends are warmly invited to attend.

Nearly 200 graduates who are now living outside Ireland have been invited back as part of the Gathering Ireland 2013 initiative.

RACE Director Keith Rowe commented:”We are inviting more than 800 graduates and their families to this reunion and there has been a lot of interest shown with the word spreading fast on social media. We are expecting many of our graduates to drop in and take a trip down memory lane while enjoying some good racing at the Curragh. The event is spread over two days to facilitate those who may be travelling from abroad or racing in the UK on the Saturday”.

Attendance at the event can be confirmed at gathering2013@racingacademy.ie.