LIMERICK Racecourse general manager Conor O’Neill is to leave the position after the upcoming Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival.
O’Neill, who has been manager at Greenmount Park for the past two and a half years, is to take up a position at Punchestown Racecourse where he has worked previously from the start of 2017.
During his spell at the helm of Limerick Racecourse, O’Neill has secured major commercial sponsorships from Shannon Airport, Coral and The Irish Independent newspaper amongst others. In addition to developing the non-racing commercial activity at the venue, O’Neill was also instrumental in gaining RTE coverage of the feature races during the Christmas Festival for the very first time.
Speaking about the decision to end his time at Limerick Racecourse, O’Neill said: “It was an extremely tough decision for me to make. My time in Limerick over the past two and a half years has been absolutely fantastic.
“I have had the pleasure of working with a brilliant team and a very supportive board of directors who have a great vision and embraced fresh ideas and initiatives. I have learnt so much and the experience I have gained has been invaluable.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities that I was given and I certainly hope that I have played my part in developing and enhancing the business.
“I firmly believe Limerick Racecourse is in a very positive position at the moment and I wish the Directors, Management and Staff every continued success going forward.
“I will be re-joining the Punchestown team at a very exciting time of growth for the business and I’m very much looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead”.
Paddy O’Callaghan, on behalf of Limerick Racecourse, commented: “When Conor joined us in Limerick on 1st July 2014 some people did say ‘sure he is just a mere youth’ and so he was but he was mature in years.
“As we moulded together we discover the ‘youth’ had a style of his own from which we are benefiting. No task is too big or daunting for him and time required was never a question.
“When he came we knew very quickly his stay would be short lived, but not that short Mr. O’Sullivan! (Punchestown Racecourse general manager Dick O’Sullivan)
“We had 5/6 years in mind however Conor we are very glad you did come our way and you have opened up new opportunities some of which we are enjoying and others have still yet to be followed.
“Conor is not leaving the industry and he will not be far up the road so we look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas that will be of benefit to horse racing in Ireland.
“Meanwhile, we in Greenmount Park say, ‘Thank You’ and wish you every good fortune in your new, yet old alma mater.”