Great day out at Ballintra Races

Sue Doherty

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Sue Doherty

Great day out at Ballintra Races
The rains held off and all those who went along to the 70th Annual Ballintra Races on Monday had a great day out, whether betting or not!

The rains held off and all those who went along to the 70th Annual Ballintra Races on Monday had a great day out, whether betting or not!

As always, the hard-working committee had been out for a number of days previously, transforming a meadow into a fabulous race track, with first class amenities to boot. There were plenty of activities to keep the kiddies busy and happy as well, including bouncy castle and tests of skill.

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Ballintra Races, The first races took place over the Philard course on Wednesday, October 27, 1943.The wood to build the track came from Myles’s in Ballyshannon and was brought out on the train.

The horses were also brought to the races by train and the admission in the first year was just two shillings.

This year also marks the departure of Maureen Walls from the Organising Committee after many years of outstaning work. She will be much missed. The members of the committee made a special presentation to her of a sculpture on the day.

There was plenty of style on show in the Best Dressed Lady competition, sponsored by Harvey’s Point and Cuba Boutique. The winner was Tracy Gallagher from Bridgend in a stunning purple ensemble.

After a it of horse-trading, Cllr. Sean McEniff agreed to sponsor a competition for Best Dressed Man at next year’s show, much to the relief of Keith Anderson and Martin Quinn, who had been in the bidding.

Well done to all for this great event, which benefits local causes.

Loads of photos and full results in the Donegal Democrat.