If you weren’t there—you missed a great night! Claregalway Agricultural Show Race Night was filled with fun and laughter from beginning to end. Malachy Noone was in fine fettle and his commentary was superb, as usual. Should Malachy ever be thinking about giving up the day job he would have a great future as a comedian and actor. Jokes were the order of the night. He was ably assisted by Fidelma O’Rourke, whose wit and professionalism as an Auctioneer in the Auction Race, had people bidding almost unknown to themselves. Liam Belton was in charge of the projector and operated same, despite a small hiccup at the start of the first race, with the excellence we have now become accustomed to. Thanks to Tom McGuire for providing a microphone and amplifier. But where would we be without the fantastic crowd who turned up to support us and although some were on a winning streak, others, including myself, didn’t get a look in. Our bookies, all ladies, were looking as elegant as ever and great banter could be heard between themselves and the punters.
Once again, we are indebted to all our sponsors on whose continued financial support we depend so much. Our sincere thanks to everyone who donated spot prizes. Thanks to everyone who purchased horses before the night and a special thanks to those who participated in the Auction Race. All the horses fetched very good prices, but unfortunately only the owner of the winner got the television. This year, the winner of the Auction Race was owned by Walter King, Rooaunmore, Claregalway. Joe Morris’s horse came in a close second and Joe received a beautiful clock, sponsored by Cré Porcelain. Everyone who purchased a horse in the Auction Race received a consolation prize. Our congratulations to Walter and renewed thanks to all who turned up on the night to support us. We hope you enjoyed the night as much as we did.
Carmel Casserly, Secretary