Student raceday worth €3m to Limerick economy

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Marie Ryan, NUIG, Roddy Martin, bookmaker, with UL students Aisling Gough and Aimee Hession. Picture: Alan Place/Press 22
TRAFFIC ground to a standstill on approach roads to Patrickswell last week as a record crowd descended on Limerick Racecourse for the 10th annual student raceday.

TRAFFIC ground to a standstill on approach roads to Patrickswell last week as a record crowd descended on Limerick Racecourse for the 10th annual student raceday.

With an official attendance of 13,821 on the day, the event is now the largest student racing event in the country.

The event, which has been dubbed “mini Oxygen” attracted students from UL, LIT, Mary Immaculate College as well from colleges and universities across the country.

The huge crowd enjoyed the racing action from 4.30pm with DJs from Spin Southwest entertaining the crowds between races.

One pundit on Twitter even claimed that the crowd “put the Cheltenham Roar to shame” and not even the rain could put a damper on the buzzing crowd.

“It was a fantastic event for Limerick racecourse, colleges, businesses and a general boost to the local economy estimated to be worth €3 million. We are delighted to once again pave the way to integrate students into horse racing and look forward to welcoming them back to Greenmount for future race meetings,” said Russell Ferris, general manager of Limerick Racecourse.

In addition to enjoying the horse racing, the students enjoyed live banter with actor; and writer Paddy Courtney, who gave out some tips and pointers about racing.

Thousands of pints, more than 8,000 burgers and six pigs-on-a-spit were consumed during the event.

The fashion stakes were also high on the day for the Karora Best Dressed Student competition which was won by LIT student Kelly McNamara who received a hamper of Karora Cosmetics.

“We were looking for a student who displayed a serious style statement - reflecting both class and glamour in an elegant style. Kelly stunned the crowd and racked up the style points with an ensemble that really suited her. In the words of Coco Chanel: ‘The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you’,” said Karen Browne of Karora.