Plans for Castleisland Drive-In Bingo to Return on July 5th

At the 2018 Drive-In Bingo session in Castleisland were, from left: Mary O’Sullivan, Eileen Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Margaret Nolan, Eilish Conway, Ann Foran, Maureen Sugrue and Margaret McSweeney. ©Photograph: John Reidy 17-6-2018
Before Newmarket: Three generations: Winning jockey, Oisín Murphy pictured with his mom, Marie and grand-dad, Donal Culloty from Killarney at the annual Castleisland Races at Powell’s Road in 2012. Oisín won his first cross channel ‘Classic’ in Newmarket  on Saturday. ©Photograph: John Reidy 17-6-2012

Though spring may be the season for which we most look for signs of its coming, now we’re watching out, with caution, for signs of a springing to life of a virus subdued summer.

One of the first arrived last night by email from Pat Hartnett on behalf of the Castleisland Races Committee and gladly announced that the ‘Drive-in Bingo’ is on its way back next month with a wickedly tempting €3,000 in prize-money.

The event fell foul of an exorbitant insurance demand last year and had to be shelved and it will be doubly welcomed for its absence on that account and because of our long awaited escape from the lock-down mentality.

Announcement with Delight

“Castleisland Race Committee is delighted to announce that the long awaited ‘Drive in Bingo’ has been brought forward to Sunday, July 5th. following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions,” said Pat.

“It will now be held in Castleisland Co-Op Mart grounds with a mouth watering €3,000 in prize-money on offer.

Play Safely in Your Car

“It will get under way from 2:30pm. Cards will be available from €13 for a double and a single for €10

“You can come along and enjoy the bingo from the comfort of your car while observing social distancing in safety. A well ventilated and covered seating area will be provided for people who do not have a car,” Pat assured the players who arrive on the spacious yard for the race committee’s charity fund-raising initiative from all corners of this and neighbouring counties.

Former Powell’s Road Jockey Lands First UK Classic

Meanwhile, the Castleisland Races Committee can be justifiably proud of its growing list of now famous riders who have graced the track at Powell’s Road its meetings here over the years.

Riding here at various times over the past 20 year or so were, Paul Townend, Jack Kennedy and Óisín Murphy.

From Powell’s to prestige, you could say, and the latest ‘past pupil’ to reach a career high is Óisín Murphy from Killarney who rode his first cross-chanel ‘Classics’ winner in Newmarket on Saturday when he guided Kameko to win the 2000 Guineas.

See Óisín Murphy, in the maroon silks, ride a tactical race in which he had to change position a couple of times when the chips were down. Click on the image here.