Inclement weather claims another victim as Broadford races postponed

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

THE UNSEASONABLY wet weather has claimed another victim following confirmation that the annual Broadford races, which had been due to take place this Sunday, have been postponed.

THE UNSEASONABLY wet weather has claimed another victim following confirmation that the annual Broadford races, which had been due to take place this Sunday, have been postponed.

The races, which double up as a community fun day that raises money for the local development association, will now take place on Saturday, July 28.

The postponement of the races follows on from the forced postponement of this year’s Newcastle West Agricultural Show, which had been scheduled for last weekend but has now been put off until later this summer.

Mary Lee Geary, a member of the Broadford Development Association, said that following weeks of heavy rain the organisers of the races were left with no choice.

“The field is waterlogged, so we decided to put things back to the 28th. It’ll still be happening at the same place, and everything will go ahead as we’d planned. The rain just caused us a problem, that’s all”.

The event will get under way at 2.30pm on the 28th at the regular race grounds at Pierce’s, just outside the village.

The races, which have earned a reputation as a proving ground for young jockeys hoping to embark on a career in horse racing, typically feature a twelve race card, with categories ranging from children to young adults.

The races and fun day, which also feature a ream of children’s entertainment, hot food and refreshments, serves as one of the principal fundraising events for the local development association, which is one of the most active and successful of its kind in Limerick.

To date, the association has overseen the construction of a community-owned childcare centre, which is now the single biggest employer in Broadford, as well as the development of a community enterprise centre at the site of the old village creamery.

The enterprise centre, which provides a mixture of office and light-industrial space for local start up businesses, was officially opened by Taoiseach Enda Kenny last year.

The association also run a sheltered housing scheme in the village.