Tomorrow’s Castleisland Race meeting will celebrate a traditional link to ‘the blood’ in the Castleisland area.
Wild estimates put the link with horse racing and Castleisland in the 156 year bracket. However, if the truth was known the association goes away further back than that.
Like the November 1st horse fair, its origins are still hanging on estimates – and there they’ll stay. Horses were part of the history of Castleisland since its fountation as a stronghold of one kind or another down through the centuries.
If there were horses, there were fairs and races. Time won’t tell in this case and we can only guess and keep on guessing.
Tomorrow’s races will be held on Mossie Brosnan’s land at Powell’s Road again this year and the ten-race-card meeting will get underway at 1pm.
Main sponsors, Mort Reidy and Patrick O’Leary of R.O.L Building Contractors in London have remained firmly behind the one-day meeting again for 2015. The company agreed to fulfill the role of main sponsor in 2013 and has been the backbone of the event since then.
The committee has been responsible for the distribution of the impressive total of €113,600 to local charities in recent years. A full race card has been compiled and the committee is hoping the weather will play ball in makings it the usual great day out.
“The business people in the area have been incredibly generous to our appeals for support again this year. What we want now more that anything else is for the people of the locality to get out and bring their friends and support the races in Powell’s Road on Sunday.
In other words, we’re asking them simply to ‘Go Racing in Castleisland’ bring their friends and have a great day out. If we get that kind of support, the charities we subscribe to will benefit in turn,” said Charlie.