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Fashion, Family Days and Fantastic Racing on the Cards as Ballinrobe Launnches its 2016 Season

At The Ballinrobe Race Season launch pictured were:Left to right: John Flannelly(Racecourse Manager), Russell Ferris(attheraces), Aidan Burns(Association of Irish Racehorse Owners Manager), Brian Kavenagh(Horse Racing Ireland CEO), John Staunton(Ballinrobe RAce Committee Chairman), John Maloney(Association of Irish Racecourses Chairman). Pic:Trish Forde.

At The Ballinrobe Race Season launch pictured were:Left to right: John Flannelly(Racecourse Manager), Russell Ferris(attheraces), Aidan Burns(Association of Irish Racehorse Owners Manager), Brian Kavenagh(Horse Racing Ireland CEO), John Staunton(Ballinrobe RAce Committee Chairman), John Maloney(Association of Irish Racecourses Chairman).
Pic:Trish Forde.

 

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:

At the launch of the Ballinrobe Race season pictured were Sponsors:Left to right:John Hardiman(C&C Gleeson), Martina and Padraic McHale(McHale), Annette Canty (B.O.I. Manager), Gary Monroe(Munroes:Galway). Pic:Trish Forde

At the launch of the Ballinrobe Race season pictured were Sponsors:Left to right:John Hardiman(C&C Gleeson), Martina and Padraic McHale(McHale), Annette Canty (B.O.I. Manager), Gary Monroe(Munroes:Galway).
Pic:Trish Forde

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.

At the launch of the Ballinrobe Races Season, pictured were:left to right:Michael Yates(Breaffy House Resort: Sponsors), Brian Kavanagh(Horse Racing Ireland CEO),, Cróna Esler(Healy Mac's G.M., Breaffy House Resort: Sponsors), Racecourse Manager John Flannelly. Pic:Trish Forde.

At the launch of the Ballinrobe Races Season, pictured were:left to right:Michael Yates(Breaffy House Resort: Sponsors), Brian Kavanagh(Horse Racing Ireland CEO),, Cróna Esler(Healy Mac’s G.M., Breaffy House Resort: Sponsors), Racecourse Manager John Flannelly.
Pic:Trish Forde.

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.

At the Ballinrobe Races Season launch pictured were representitives of Vaughan Shoes who are sponsors of Ladies Day:Left to right:Leonie McGuigan(Catwalk Modeling Agency), Laura Vaughan, Donnie Vaughan and Mary Vaughan(Vaughan Shoes), Ger Geraghty (Race Committee P.R.O.) and Aisling Duffy(Catwalk Modelling Agency). Pic:Trish Forde.

At the Ballinrobe Races Season launch pictured were representitives of Vaughan Shoes who are sponsors of Ladies Day:Left to right:Leonie McGuigan(Catwalk Modeling Agency), Laura Vaughan, Donnie Vaughan and Mary Vaughan(Vaughan Shoes), Ger Geraghty (Race Committee P.R.O.) and Aisling Duffy(Catwalk Modelling Agency).
Pic:Trish Forde.

At the Ballinrobe Race Season launch pictured were Aisling Duffy and Leonie McGuigan from Catwalk Modeling Agency pictured with Caitriona King of Caitriona King Designs, Corofin, who is sponsor at Ballinrobe Fashion Day and of the Best Hat Competition. Pic:Trish Forde.

At the Ballinrobe Race Season launch pictured were Aisling Duffy and Leonie McGuigan from Catwalk Modeling Agency pictured with Caitriona King of Caitriona King Designs, Corofin, who is sponsor at Ballinrobe Fashion Day and of the Best Hat Competition.
Pic:Trish Forde.

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.”

 

 

Fixtures 2016

Friday 15th April (E)

Tuesday 3rd May (E)

Monday 30th May (E)

Tuesday 31st May (E)

Tuesday 21st June (E)

Monday 18th July (E)

Tuesday 19th July (E)

Monday 8th August (E)

Tuesday 23rd August (E)

Tuesday 20th September (D)

Ballinrobe Races break new ground with sponsorship of Ballinrobe senior football team

Ballinrobe Race Committee presenting Team Jerseays to the Ballinrobe Senior Football Team:Left to right:Donal McCormack(Club Secretary), Aisling Duffy, Declan Corcoran(Club Chairman), Donnie Vaughan(Team member and Mayo Player), Racecourse Manager John Flannelly, Race Committee Chairman John Staunton, Kevin Quinn (Team member), Leonie McGuigan(Catwalk Modeling Agency), Michael Joyce(Race Committee). Pic:Trish Forde.

Ballinrobe Race Committee presenting Team Jerseays to the Ballinrobe Senior Football Team:Left to right:Donal McCormack(Club Secretary), Aisling Duffy, Declan Corcoran(Club Chairman), Donnie Vaughan(Team member and Mayo Player), Racecourse Manager John Flannelly, Race Committee Chairman John Staunton, Kevin Quinn (Team member), Leonie McGuigan(Catwalk Modeling Agency), Michael Joyce(Race Committee). Pic:Trish Forde.

In what is believed to be the first sponsorship of its kind in Ireland, Ballinrobe Races have been announced as the new sponsors of the Ballinrobe senior football team.

Ballinrobe Races are the new sponsors of the Ballinrobe senior football team. Racecourse Manager John Flannelly is pictured presenting the Team jerseys to team member Donnie Vaughan. Also pictured are Leonie McGuigan and Aisling Duffy from Catwalk Modeling Agency. Pic:Trish Forde.

Ballinrobe Races are the new sponsors of the Ballinrobe senior football team. Racecourse Manager John Flannelly is pictured presenting the Team jerseys to team member Donnie Vaughan. Also pictured are Leonie McGuigan and Aisling Duffy from Catwalk Modeling Agency.
Pic:Trish Forde.

The announcement was made at a special function held tonight (THURSDAY, 31 MARCH) to formally launch the 2016 season at the popular Mayo track.

“Ballinrobe Races is a community-minded body, and this sponsorship is a great way for us to support another organisation who do great work for the area,” said John Flannelly, Manager, Ballinrobe Racecourse.

 “This is a natural tie-up for us. Both bodies are around a long time. The GAA club in Ballinrobe was formed almost 130 years ago, and our history goes back even further – there has been horse-racing in Ballinrobe for more than 230 years. Racing has taken place at our current venue since 1921.

Ballinrobe Races are the new sponsors of Ballinrobe Senior Football Team:Left to right:Jane Davis and Barbara White (HRI Marketing Dept), Declan Corcoran(Ballinrobe G.A.A. Club Chairman), Brian Kavenagh(Horse Racing Ireland CEO), Ballinrobe Racecourse Manager John Flannelly. Pic:Trish Forde.

Ballinrobe Races are the new sponsors of Ballinrobe Senior Football Team:Left to right:Jane Davis and Barbara White (HRI Marketing Dept), Declan Corcoran(Ballinrobe G.A.A. Club Chairman), Brian Kavenagh(Horse Racing Ireland CEO), Ballinrobe Racecourse Manager John Flannelly.
Pic:Trish Forde.

“These are two organisations with proud traditions and I am certain we will be good for each other. The reality is that many people who support horse-racing are also Gaelic football fans.

“During high summer at Ballinrobe Races, you will over-hear countless conversations about Gaelic football, particularly if there’s a meeting the day after a Mayo-Galway Connacht championship game. Ballinrobe is a convenient border meeting point for supporters who want to reflect on the latest clash.

“Legendary racing figures such as Jim Bolger and JP McManus are also GAA people through and through. The two sports are closely intertwined.

“As far as we are aware, this is the first time a racecourse has sponsored a club football team.”

Ballinrobe Races Committee members pictured presenting Team Jerseys to the Ballinrobe G.A.A. Senior Team. Pic:Trish Forde.

Ballinrobe Races Committee members pictured presenting Team Jerseys to the Ballinrobe G.A.A. Senior Team.
Pic:Trish Forde.

The sponsorship will last for the next three years, and will feature the Ballinrobe Races name and logo on the jersey worn by the senior team in the Mayo senior football championship, Division 1B of the Mayo SFL, and a number of other adult tournaments and competitions.

“Ballinrobe Races are an inspirational presence in our community. Over the past 20 years they have shown what can be achieved by vision and hard work – in 2012, they won the Racecourse of the Year award,” said Ballinrobe GAA club chairman Declan Corcoran.

“In Ballinrobe GAA club, we, too, have our ambitions and our aspirations. We won a number of under age titles in south Mayo last year.

“This sponsorship helps us to fund our activities, particularly at senior level.

Ballinrobe Races are the new sponsors of the Ballinrobe Senior Team and Race Committee members are pictuerd here presenting Club members with the new Team Jerseys. Pic:Trish Forde.

Ballinrobe Races are the new sponsors of the Ballinrobe Senior Team and Race Committee members are pictuerd here presenting Club members with the new Team Jerseys.
Pic:Trish Forde.

“Our club provides football at all ages for boys, and in recent years we have revived our ladies club, which is proving hugely popular. A Saturday morning in Flanagan Park sees close on 100 young people enjoying football, and we now plan to build on the great progress we have made in recent years.”

Ballinrobe Races sponsors of the Ballinrobe Senior Football Team, Racecourse Manager John Flannelly presenting the Jerseys to Ballinrobe Club Chairman Declan Corcoran. Also pictured were Leo Powell(The Irish Field Managing Editor) , Aisling Duffy and Leonie McGuigan(Catwalk Modeling Agency).                 Pic:Trish Forde.

Ballinrobe Races sponsors of the Ballinrobe Senior Football Team, Racecourse Manager John Flannelly presenting the Jerseys to Ballinrobe Club Chairman Declan Corcoran. Also pictured were Leo Powell(The Irish Field Managing Editor) , Aisling Duffy and Leonie McGuigan(Catwalk Modeling Agency). Pic:Trish Forde.

Declan paid tribute to previous sponsors Vaughan Shoes, who sponsored the club for the best part of the past decade. “The Vaughan family have been – and continue to be – great supporters of the GAA in Ballinrobe, and, indeed, of many other community and sporting organisations,” said Declan.

Ballinrobe Races will have ten meetings this year, including the historic first-ever Friday evening meeting on April 15h. Total prize fund this year will be a record €950,000.

More on BallinrobeGAAClub.com.

Value of Racing Industry in the West and Midlands Highlighted at Future Focus Roadshow

HRI Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon 15/2/2016 Michael Flannery, Michael Joyce, John Flannelly, Anne Flannelly, Clare Flannelly, Gerard Geraghty, Joe Daly, Cathal Flannelly and Sean O'Connell Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

HRI Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon 15/2/2016
Michael Flannery, Michael Joyce, John Flannelly, Anne Flannelly, Clare Flannelly, Gerard Geraghty, Joe Daly, Cathal Flannelly and Sean O’Connell
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The value of the racing and breeding industry to the west and midlands region was highlighted at the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow held in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon on Tuesday, February 16th 2016. The managers of Ballinrobe, Galway, Kilbeggan, Roscommon and Sligo Racecourses spoke to the gathered politicians, trainers, industry representatives and the media about their capital development plans, upcoming meetings and festivals and the significance of the racecourses to their local communities.

HRI Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon 15/2/2016 Frank O'Berne, John Flannelly, Michael Maloney, Lorcan Wyer, Paddy Dunican, Michael Finneran and Dick O'Brien Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

HRI Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon 15/2/2016
Frank O’Berne, John Flannelly, Michael Maloney, Lorcan Wyer, Paddy Dunican, Michael Finneran and Dick O’Brien
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Guests included Mayor of Galway, Cllr Frank Fahy, Mayor of Roscommon, Cllr Paddy Kilduff, Frank Feighan TD, Senator Terry Leydon and a number of racehorse trainers including, Tom Cleary, Niall Moran and Michael Flannery.

Horse Racing Ireland’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Michael O’Rourke spoke about the value of the Irish racing industry and the important role played by the each of the five racecourses, their strong links in the locality and the economic activity and employment they generate in the region.

Mr O’Rourke described how counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath are home to 8% of the country’s breeders, 8% of trainers, 13% of fixtures, 10% of prize-money and 21% of all attendances in Ireland.

“The standout statistic in terms of racing in the west and midlands is that these five racecourses represent one fifth of the country’s

HRI Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon 15/2/2016 John Flannelly and Gerard Geraghty Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

HRI Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon 15/2/2016
John Flannelly and Gerard Geraghty
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

attendances. Obviously, the world-famous Galway Festival is a big part of this but all of these racecourses are strongly supported by their local communities. The hard work and dedication of the racecourse managers and their teams plays no small part as they continue to give their local audience the entertainment and value for money that they seek.” he said.

Victor Quinlan, HRI’s Capital Development Manager gave a presentation on HRI’s €100 million capital development fund, which will transform many of the racecourses around Ireland and he explained the ambitious plans already approved for three of the five tracks – Ballinrobe, Roscommon and Sligo.

Master of Ceremonies Denis Kirwan interviewed the Chairmen and racecourse managers about their future plans, their impact on the local economy and strong links to the community. He also spoke to trainer Tom Cleary and Clerk of the Course at nine racecourses, Lorcan Wyer.

Quote from Racecourse Manager

 

HRI Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon 15/2/2016 John Flannelly Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

HRI Future Focus Racecourse Roadshow, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon 15/2/2016
John Flannelly
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe:

“We at Ballinrobe Racecourse are delighted to be part of the Racecourse Roadshow. Over the past number of years in excess of €6 million has been invested in a wide range of projects here at Ballinrobe, which has transformed the racecourse. Our aim is to continue to build on these developments through the HRI Capital Development Programme. The planned improvements will further enhance the raceday experience for both racegoers and racing professionals.”

Quote from Trainer

Val O’Brien, trainer, on Ballinrobe Racecourse:

“Ballinrobe is a much improved racecourse with great work done on the track and the facilities there. There is also more work being done at present and John Flannelly is always very helpful and professional to deal with.”

Ten Out of Ten for Ballinrobe Racecourse

Balinrobe Racecourse secures additional race meeting, bringing the total number to 10 fixtures for the 2016 season.

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Ballinrobe Racecourse is delighted to announce the addition of another fixture to their 2016 racing calendar. The additional meeting will open Ballinrobes’ racing calendar at the earlier date of 15th April. The new fixture will take place on a Friday evening and is an all national hunt card.

The 2016 Fixture List for Irish racing has been released by Horse Racing Ireland earlier this week featuring six additional race meetings nationally, one of which was secured by Ballinrobe.  The additional meetings aim ‘to provide opportunities at times when there is the greatest demand from the horse population’.

Ballinrobe Racecourse had a very successful year for the 2015 season with over 20,000 people attending the eight meetings throughout the year. It was a record year for sponsorship with over 90% of all races sponsored. Additionally there was an increase in prize money with each day featuring at least one race worth over €20,000. This has brought some top class racing to the Ballinrobe track.

The Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham winner Savello owned by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown won the Treacy’s Pharmacy Steeplechase cosily back in August. Additionally Kylecrue winner of the McGrath’s Limestone Works H’Cap Hurdle and Phantom Prince, winner of the McHale Coranna H’Cap hurdle, have gone on to further racing success.

John Flannelly, manager, commented: ‘After another successful year it is great to be looking forward to an extended fixture list of ten meetings for 2016. The new track, our top class facilities and high level of sponsored races have played a pivotal role in helping to secure this additional meeting. We would like to thank Horse Racing Ireland for their ongoing support over the last number of years.

Ballinrobe’s first meeting of 2016 will take place on Friday evening 15th April.

2016 fixtures are as follows: Friday 15th April, Tuesday 3rd May, Monday 30th May, Tuesday 31st May, Tuesday 21st June, Monday 18th July, Tuesday 19th July, Monday 8th August, Tuesday 23rd August & Tuesday 20th September.

Ballinrobe Agricultural Show

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agri 1We are delighted to host the 65th Ballinrobe Agricultural Show at Ballinrobe Racecourse again this year. It will take place on Sunday 6th Spetember and it provides a great days entertainment for all the family.

The show is a celebration of the richness of rural Irelands traditions, it’s people and their way of life. For it is at this remarkable event that the doors to these experiences are opened.agri 2
The show is a fantastic family day out with live entertainment for kids and adults and an endless list of competitions and displays. There was an outstanding turn out in all classes with exhibitors coming from all parts of Ireland.

Find out more information at www.ballinrobeagriculturalshow.com

Find entry forms here

Find schedule here