Limerick’s racing festival has been hailed an overwhelming success

Pictured are, Leon Blanche, Head of Communiations, Boyle Sports, Patrick O'Callaghan, General Manager Limerick Racecourse and Eimhear Breen, Brand and Sponsorship Manager, Boyle Sports with Jockey, Darragh O'Keeffe on A Touch of Oscar. Picture: Alan Place

LIMERICK’S four-day Mr Binman Christmas Racing Festival has been hailed an overwhelming success.
A capacity 5,000 supporters brought great life to Greenmount Park in Patrickswell on St Stephen’s Day, and healthy crowds flowed through the turnstiles for the duration of what marked the 21st staging of this festival meeting at the venue.

In light of the Covid-19 environment, Limerick invested over €80,000 in its outdoor facilities and this, according to interim manager Paddy Dunican (Kilbeggan), paid for itself handsomely, with a particularly strong influx of younger racegoers clearly enjoying themselves across the meeting.

He said: “The festival was an overwhelming success. Thankfully it all went to plan, and we had great crowds all through, and there was wonderful atmosphere across the four days. The feedback from everyone who attended was that they all had a very enjoyable experience at Limerick. All that positivity was wonderful to hear.
“However, it would be remiss of me not to thank the great team, that we are fortunate to have here at Limerick that it all went so smoothly. They really all put in an extra special effort for the Christmas.”
His advice that racegoers undertake self-antigen testing ahead of attending was also well received by the public.
“And we were also delighted with the huge support from local businesses, with all our races sponsored.”