VIDEO: Shannon and Ruby back Christmas racing festival in Limerick

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

LIMERICK Racecourse has announced that Shannon Airport is to be the new title sponsor of its four-day Christmas Racing Festival which runs from December 26-29.

Champion jockey Ruby Walsh has welcomed Shannon Airport’s sponsorship of the Christmas festival at Greenmount Park, describing the partnership as a ‘real coup’ for the Limerick track.

The National Hunt racing bonanza is expected to attract up to 40,000 racegoers over four days, making it the biggest racing festival in Munster.

The event, featuring 28 races, will boast €300,000 in total prizemoney.

Speaking at Shannon Airport, nine-time Irish Champion Jockey Ruby Walsh said: “It’s a great pleasure to be involved with Shannon Airport to help launch Shannon’s investment with Limerick Racecourse for the Christmas Festival. I think it’s a massive coup for racing to get a sponsor who has nothing to do with racing into the game, a brand-new sponsor and its great work by Limerick Racecourse.

“Shannon Airport is an iconic Airport around the world, I mean it’s the last stop from Europe to America, it’s a gateway for a lot of people and I think it’s a massive relationship in County Limerick between Shannon Airport and Limerick Racecourse.”

Conor O’Neill, Manager at Limerick Racecourse said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Shannon Airport on board as the title sponsor of our four-day Christmas Racing Festival.

“Shannon Airport is a major international brand and we are honoured that they have chosen Limerick Racecourse’s Christmas Festival as their flagship sponsorship. This partnership brings together two of the South West’s most iconic brands.

“The final furlong has been recreated in the arrivals area of Shannon Airport which will welcome over 100,000 passengers into the region over the busy Christmas period as they race home for Christmas. Tickets to the Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival in Limerick are the ideal Christmas gift, packages are selling fast and are available online now.”

Shannon Airport CEO, Neil Pakey said that the decision to sponsor the Christmas Festival at Limerick Racecourse was made easy by the festival’s great reputation.

“We are delighted to come on board as title sponsor for the festival this year,” he said.

“It’s a festival that everyone with an interest in racing in Munster and beyond looks forward to over the Christmas. It attracts huge crowds and hugely exciting racing.

“Getting this type of recommendation from Ruby Walsh, who we are thrilled to have welcomed here to the airport to launch the festival, says it all about the quality of the event that they have built over the years.”