Champion Lady Point-to-Point Rider Aileen O’Sullivan, from Walterstown, Co. Meath, and racehorse ‘Lady of Brega’ launched The 2016 Point to Point and Country Fair at Dowth which will take place on Sunday 30th October.
This will be the first of its kind in Ireland and see’s a renewed interest in all things country and the Point-to-Point scene.
Building on the success of last year’s meeting, which resurrected the Dowth Hall racing tradition, the origins of which date back to the 1700s, Owen Brennan of Devenish is looking forward to welcoming over 5,000 people to his farm at Dowth where he is renovating the fine Georgian house and reviving the lands, by showcasing new developments and trialing novel agricultural concepts.
Michelin star chef, Richard Corrigan, will provide cookery demonstrations using delicious local produce at the Artisan Food Fair as part of The Boyne Valley Food Series. There will also be a shopping village celebrating all aspects of Irish country life. This will be complimented by children’s entertainment and country fair activities.
On the eve of the races (Saturday 29th October), the Devenish Charity ball in aid of their partner charity ‘Farm Africa’ will take place for the first time for 250 guests. A marquee will lit up in the middle of the racecourse. The glamorous guests of the ball will enjoy a feast designed by Richard Corrigan while raising funds for their agricultural development work in Eastern Africa helping famers to grow more, sell more and sell for more.
The first race will be off at 12.30 with six Point-to-Point races on the card, all run over three miles with fences.