Limerick Racecourse hosts the finale of the Twilight Evening Races

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

THOUSANDS of people gathered at the Limerick Racecourse for a fun and food-filled evening as an assortment of entertainment provided one of July’s most exciting events.

More than 5,000 attendees from all over the country came together at the Twilight Evening Races on Thursdy last to meet and greet the successful senior and minor hurling team, as well as the Limerick football team on the night.Sales and marketing manager Karen Shanahan, of Limerick Racecourse, said it was a successful night and that there was a strong GAA presence.

“It was a great evening. We had the Limerick GAA team with us to celebrate their Munster championship win. We had around 540 at the restaurant, which was exciting. There was a lot of people wearing the GAA colours and they all got to meet the players.”

Ms Shanahan said the night was clustered with other entertaining events such as the races, where familiar faces and big businesses from around the country attended.

“We had seven national hunt races during the evening as well. We had companies and their whole staff coming out for their annual staff party.”

She said one of the highlights of the night was 22-year-old singer Nathan Carter, who concluded the event with some of his well-known singles.

“We had him on stage to close the night. We had the outdoor stage because we knew there was going to be such a huge demand for him. People really enjoyed themselves as there has been tremendous feedback from social media. It was a great wrap-up for the finale of the Twilight Evenings. Our next one will be on October 13,” she said.

The Limerick Racecourse also hosted the Twilight Most Stylish Lady competition, which was won by Adare woman Suzanne O’Brien who was selected by Fionnagh Ryan, of Ryan’s Jewellers, Catherine Street. Two runners-up were also announced; Marie Stack from Listowel and Caroline Downes from Askeaton.Manager of the Limerick Racecourse, Russell Ferris said the staff were delighted with the result of the night and that it was great to see support from the Limerick team. To see more pictures, see page 15 of Leader 2.