IF the invitations are anything to go by, guests at Adare Manor are in for a treat this Saturday night when they will salute the achievements of the man regarded as the greatest ever jump jockey, AP McCoy.
In the region of 2,000 invited guests are expected to descend on the five-star hotel grounds from 6pm on Saturday for what is the first major party hosted by JP McManus at the resort since he purchased it in February for €30m.
The venue for the star-studded soiree which has been billed as “dinner and dancing” at Adare Manor, is a two-story marquee that has taken weeks to erect on the groups of the stunning resort.
The guest list, which is a who’s who of well-known faces, is said to include numerous personalities from the world of racing and a number of local hurling legends and members of the victorious Limerick hurling team of 1973 including Pat Hartigan, Eamonn Grimes and Joe McKenna.
The invitations are in themselves a stunning tribute to AP McCoy who retired in April at the age of 40 after riding 4,348 winners in Britain and Ireland and winning 20 consecutive champion jump jockey titles.
The green invitation pack includes an alphabetical and pictorial history on his racing achievements as well as an individualised entry badge modelled on the design seen on racing binoculars everywhere.
The invite, sent on behalf of Mr McManus and his wife Noreen advises guests that a reception will be hosted at 6pm with dinner at 7.30pm. The dress code is smart casual.
The musical entertainment for the night remains under wraps. Transport to Adare Manor is being provided from a number of hotels across Limerick and guests are advised not to bring any presents for the legendary jockey.
AP McCoy signed up to work for JP McManus in 2004 and before retiring earlier this year amassed numerous coveted trophies in the green and gold South Liberties hoops.