SIXTY-six horse riders from all over Limerick tackled what is considered to be “some of the best hunting country in Ireland” at the weekend when they took part in the Dromin Athlacca Community Ride.
Proceeds from the event - which has been running for almost 20 years – went towards Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.
“There have been a couple of children in the parish attending there during the year so that was one of the main reasons we chose the hospital – we wanted to give something back,” explained Richard O’Regan of the organising committee.
Participants, ranging in age from 14 up to 66, mounted horses ranging in size from 14’1 up to 16’2 for the five hour cross-country ride. “It was one of the best days we got. It was a smashing day – the ground was perfect,” said Richard.
Travelling through 35 farms, the participants had their work cut out for them with between 35 and 40 different banks, walls, ditches and the beautiful Morning Star River situated along the route.
“The banter was mighty – you had Brian McMahon and Enda Bolger leading it and you had Jimmy Moloney and a few other local people as well. We had a few fallers but you will always have that – there was nothing too serious,” said Richard.
Tierney’s Pub in Dromin was the half way point for refreshments and there was also “great craic” in the Corner Pub and Pa Riordan’s in Athlacca after the event. “We would like to thank everyone – landowners and especially local businesses who gave us sponsorship as well in the Munster area,”said Richard. “There was a tremendous community effort which would not be possible without the co-operation of the landowners who allow that many horses travel their land,” added Sue Foley of the organising committee.
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