Connacht Rugby Team to Go Racing Following Training at Ballinrobe Pitch


Nathan White, Jake Heenan, Michael Swift and Ronan Loughney

Connacht Rugby team will take part in a pre-season training session at the newly-developed Ballinrobe rugby pitch, before attending the family day at Ballinrobe races on July 22nd, with the Connacht Rugby Handicap Hurdle, one of the highlights.

Local horse racing and rugby fans will have the chance to witness the further use of the redeveloped land at both venues, following the successful launch of the new racetrack 00-Ballinrobe (24-6-14)20extension at Ballinrobe on June 24th.

John Flannelly, Ballinrobe Racecourse Manager and Brendan Flanagan, President of Ballinrobe RFC, are both delighted to welcome the Connacht Rugby team.

John Flannelly commented: “It’s fantastic to have Connacht Rugby team taking part in rugby training and enjoying the racing action in our local community, bringing the two sports together. It will be an added bonus for all the children attending family day to be able to meet the Connacht rugby stars.”

“Our track extension was very well received last month and we are looking forward to racing on it again,” he added.

familyFamily Day will see the addition of Kidz Club which has proven popular with other racecourses around the country. This is free of charge and activities will include arts and crafts, face painting, reading, playing, bouncing castles and other fun activities. Racing action in Tuesday is an all-National Hunt affair with the first race is at 5:45pm.


Racing on the Monday evening is Tote evening. It is a mixed card with seven races and the first race kicks off at 5:35pm. Ballinrobe Racecourse welcomes a large contingent from the Active Retirement Association on their annual outing to the races.


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