Held at five locations — Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway, and Mullingar — last weekend’s fundraiser was designed to support the great work Macra clubs carry out in their local communities, and also to support the work of the national organisation.
The event, which first took place last year as part of The Gathering initiative, was even bigger this year, with clubs pulling out all the stops.
At Curraheen Park in Cork, members danced the night away to Happy Days once the races had ended.
The dress code was ‘festive’, with prizes presented to those in Christmas attire. The night also included a Santa dash, with the fun continuing into the early hours.
In Waterford’s Kilcohan Park, racegoers enjoyed a DJ in the venue before heading to an after party in Sinnotts.
There were also prizes for those with the best Christmas jumpers, as well as a raffle.
Those enjoying the evening in Mullingar headed for the Greville Arms after the races, while in Limerick, members enjoyed a novelty race, and music from Wise Guys after the races, before heading to The Library Bar to continue the celebrations.
Macra national president Kieran O’Dowd said: “We had a fantastic event and we were delighted with the support we received.” He also paid tribute to clubs, to national chairman Ronan Feighery, vice presidents, Paddy Delaney, Seán Finan, and James Healy, as well as Seandún NCR, Michelle O’Callaghan.
He added: “We’d also like to recognise the Irish Greyhound Board and their staff, along with Arrabawn Co-op and all of our sponsors and associate members. We thank them for their ongoing support for Macra’s work.”