The Assocation of Irish Racehorse Owners awards took place in Naas last Saturday night, 29th October. Ballinrobe Racecourse received an Award of Merit in recognition for the enhanced raceday experience offered to owners in 2016.
A major event took place place in Ballina last Thursday to announce an all-Ireland strategy for two global sports charities – Active Communities Network and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and their partnerships with the Mary Robinson Centre and local sports clubs.
Committee members from Ballinrobe Racecourse attended on the evening.
The event was attended by all-blacks Rugby Legend Sean Fitzpatrick, history making Jockeys Sir AP McCoy and Hayley Turner, Mayo GAA star Aidan O’Shea and other sports stars. Many of them are already key supporters of the partnership and have been involved in various events previously.
Political and strategic representation attended from Africa, the Middle East, the UK, USA and across Ireland North and South. Major local, regional and national press were represented throughout the day. This day long series of events was a key opportunity to discuss sport for development and its progress with some of the foremost decision makers in sport and politics, whilst also demonstrating the work on the ground.
Fiona Glynn, a personal trainer from Ballinasloe, County Galway was the stand-out winner at the vaughanshoes.ie Best Dressed Ladies Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse on Tuesday 21st June. Fiona collected the top prize of €1,500 cash and each of the nine runners-up received a goody bag to the value of €130.
Fiona was wearing a floral 1950s prom-style dress from Chi Chi London from ASOS and her hat was designed by Leitrim Milliner Jennifer Wyrnne. Her handbag was on loan from her mum and she got her shoes on holidays in Spain.
Fiona said: “I can’t believe I won the vaughanshoes.ie Best Dressed Lady competition. There is brilliant fashion here tonight so I’m in total shock but absolutely delighted. Ballinrobe is my favourite racecourse, I’ve been racing here since I was a child and I love coming here every summer.”
Ailish Vaughan of Vaughan Shoes, said: “Thanks to all theladies who made such an effort to dress up and come to Ballinrobe this evening. It’s great to partner with Ballinrobe Racecourse and be associated with such stylish ladies. Congratulations to Fiona Glynn and all the finalists. They looked fantastic.”
Judge, Cathriona King, Millinery Designer of the year 2015, who stood in for TV3’s Sinead Desmond who was unwell, said: “I was delighted to act as super-sub judge and really impressed by the fashion at Ballinrobe Racecourse this evening. I found it very difficult to pick 10 finalists and even harder to chose the winner. Well done to all the ladies – you all looked fantastic.”
John Flannelly, Ballinrobe Racecourse Manager said: “We are delighted that the vaughanshoes.ie Ladies Day is going from strength to strength and I hope that everyone enjoyed their evening. We would like to send our best wishes to Sinead Desmond for a speedy recovery and thank Cathriona King who stepped in at the last minute and did a great job.”
Ladies Day Prizes Worth Over €2500 to be Won
Sinéad Desmond, host of TV3’s flagship morning programme, Ireland AM, will judge this year’s Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day at Ballinrobe on 21st June.
Following the success of last year’s event, local company, Vaughan Shoes are once again supporting the popular evening event, sponsoring the Ladies Day prizes and all seven races on the card.
The winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition will walk away with a top prize of €1,500 cash and there will be goody bags to the value of €130 for nine runners-up.
Style Judge, Sinéad Desmond, said: “I’ve been reliably informed that the Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse is one of the most stylish ladies days at one of the most picturesque tracks in the country, so I am really looking forward to visiting the track for the first time and judging ladies day. The ladies of the West are renowned for their sense of style. I’ll be looking for colour, individuality and a look that is racing appropriate – I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.”
With shops in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, family-owned Vaughan Shoes is one of the leading shoe store chains in the west of Ireland.
Mayo Senior Footballer and Director of Vaughan Shoes, Donal Vaughan, commented: “Vaughan Shoes are once again delighted to be associated with Ladies Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse after the success of last year’s event when we launched our new website vaughanshoes.ie. We look forward to working with John and the team as we further enhance our reputation as Ireland’s leading in-store and online footwear retailer in conjunction with one of the country’s finest racecourses on what is always a great day in the fashion calendar.”
John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse, said: “Ladies Day at Ballinrobe is one of the highlights of the season. There is always a fantastic atmosphere and it is a great social occasion. We are delighted to have Vaughan Shoes sponsoring for the second year, they are a thriving local company and we greatly appreciate their support.”
The winner of last year’s Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day was Sinead Burke from Kilconly, Tuam, Co Galway. Sinead, a Nurse at University College Hospital Galway, wore a white shift dress from Ivy Boutique in Tuam, her shoes were from Dune and her pale pink headpiece was designed by Galway-based milliner, Caithriona King.
The feature race is the Vaughanshoes.ie European Breeders Fund Fillies handicap valued at €22,500.
Ballinrobe Racecourse launched its 2016 season at the racetrack today, with one extra meeting this year, bringing the total number of fixtures to ten. Prize-money has increased by €150,000 to €950,000, setting a new record for the West of Ireland track. The fixtures will comprise eight National Hunt meetings and two Flat meetings including 12 feature races, each with prize-money in excess of €20,000.
Ballinrobe’s season runs from April 15th through to September 20th and this year, four companies are sponsoring a full raceday:
McHale Raceday – 31st May
Breaffy House Resort & Spa – 30th May
Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day – 21st June
Tote Raceday – 18th July
County Mayo resort, Breaffy House Resort & Spa has progressed from sponsoring a feature race to sponsoring a full National Hunt racecard on the evening meeting on May 30th. The 4 star hotel in the heart of Castlebar, set in 90 acres of parkland, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme.
One of the highlights of the season is the McHale Raceday on May 31st, with two feature races sponsored by local specialist farm machinery company, McHale. The McHale Mayo National and the McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle are each worth €30,000, making them the most valuable races at Ballinrobe.
After the success of last year’s event, local company, Vaughan Shoes will once again sponsor the ever-popular Ladies day on June 21st. With shops in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, Vaughan Shoes is one of the leading shoe store chains in the west of Ireland. Judging the best dressed competition this year is Sinead Desmond, presenter of TV3’s flagship morning programme, Ireland AM. The winner will receive a cash prize of €1,500.
A second fashion focussed event will be held on the evening of the Tote Raceday on July 18th which will include a Best Hat competition, sponsored by Caithriona King Milliner, a number of fashion shows with Catwalk Model Agency and a number of style talks. Stylist Marietta Doran will act as MC for this event.
Family Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse takes place on July 19th, a meeting which was very well-received by local families last year. A wide range of free, fun activities are planned for children of all ages.
John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse said: “We are delighted to launch our racing programme for the coming season. I would like to thank all our loyal sponsors and also the racing public who continue to support us .We start off the season with an additional meeting on April 15th, which should prove to be very popular and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Ballinrobe for a great start to the racing year.”
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