My Week: ‘Off to the races’

Celia Holman Lee

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Celia Holman Lee

I was delighted that the wet and windy conditions didnt deter our local fashionistas from turning on the style at Limerick Racecourse on St Stephens Day Picture: Gareth Williams
DESPITE the wet and blustery conditions, a record-breaking crowd of 9,105 punters turned out on St Stephen’s Day for the 13th annual Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Racecourse.

DESPITE the wet and blustery conditions, a record-breaking crowd of 9,105 punters turned out on St Stephen’s Day for the 13th annual Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Racecourse.

It was heartening to see the large crowds in attendance for the first day of the four day festival and thankfully the weather didn’t deter the fashionistas from going all out! On Saturday we had the Sunway Holidays Festive Most Stylish Ladies Day competition.

The winner was Leanne Matson from Cork who was celebrating her hen party at the races. This seems to be a trend I have noticed lately at racing festivals - at the Irish Derby at the Curragh this year the winner of the best dressed had been attending her friend’s hen party.

The races really is a great way to celebrate a hen party with a difference. Back to the racing and I’m delighted to report that I did win a few bob on Gilgamboa trained by Enda Bolger. The win made the day all the more sweeter.

Happy new year to you all and thank you for your lovely comments each week on my column.

We are all up to our eyes at the moment with the Mid-West Bridal Exhibition just around the corner.

It takes place at the University of Limerick Sports Arena and Exhibition Hall in Castletroy on Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11.

Doors will be open from 12pm to 6pm on both days. I hope to see all you excited brides-to-be there!