County Limerick charity ride to benefit local initiatives

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

LOCALS in Lough Gur are preparing to saddle up for a fun ride to raise funds for a range of local initiatives.

LOCALS in Lough Gur are preparing to saddle up for a fun ride to raise funds for a range of local initiatives.

The event organised by the County Limerick Foxhounds which takes place in the Lough Gur area on Saturday, October 20, will raise funds for local initiatives including the graveyard fund, the local school, the parent and baby/toddler group and the refurbishment of the Heritage Centre.

“There has been a long history of involvement in horses in the Lough Gur area with a lot of local interest in both hunting and horse racing. Those with an interest in horses got together and decided to try and organise a fun ride in the locality to raise much needed funds for local community initiatives,” said Seamus Murnane of the organising committee.

Fr Liam Holmes explained that the community has recently extended the graveyard and intend to erect a grotto in the extension and “so are delighted with the initiative to help raise funds to defray costs of the grotto.”

Lough Gur community took over management of the Heritage Centre in June 2011 from Shannon Heritage and intend to refurbish the centre this Autumn.

The centre will be closed from the end of October through to March while the refurbishment takes place.

“This is a big project and while we have received funding from Ballyhoura Development for the project, there is still an element of local funding required so we would like to thank everyone involved in this project for thinking of the local initiatives which require funding to receive the proceeds of the ride,” said Siobhan Kirby who works at the Heritage Centre with other community members.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided in the Heritage Centre after the ride for all of those who take part in the event. “We have got great support from the local landowners,” said Deirdre Hogan of the County Limerick Foxhounds.

“The ride will travel across the land of approximately 25 landowners and they have all been supportive of the idea. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each one and to invite them to the Heritage Centre on Saturday, October 20 at approximately 4pm for refreshments,” she continued.

The ride will be mainly cross-country with a little road hacking along the way. There will be up on 40 fences to jump including stone walls, hedges and double banks. For those not interested in jumping there is also a non-jumping route. Cost of entry is €40 for adults and €20 for children/students and registration will take place on the day. There is also going to be a historical guided walk for non-riders also starting at 12.30pm and there is a cost of €10 for this walk. The idea is that both the walk and the ride will finish at the Heritage Centre at approximately 4pm. For details contact Dee on 086 8137188.