THE rain came at precisely the right time for Killarney’s July holiday races which got underway at the lakeside track last evening.
Race company chairman John Buckley said the track was “absolutely perfect”, with a sufficient amount of rain having fallen.
“We had a lot of fine weather, but the rain came when we wanted it. Our prayers were answered,” he declared.
Tourism interests in the town are hoping the four-day meeting will signal the start of a pick-up in trade, which has been sluggish up to now.
Large crowds are expected at the races which will finish on Thursday, Ladies Day, a magnet for fashion fans from many parts of the country.
Former Miss World Rosanna Davidson and popular TV presenter Daithí Ó Sé will be judges of the Queen of Fashion competition which has a trip for two to New York as the top prize.
About €6 million has been spent on improving the race track and enclosure facilities in Killarney, which is helping to attract better quality horses and more punters.
The corporate area has been doubled, with additional catering and entertainment facilities, while family entertainment is also being provided.
Amongst the attendance last night were former Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue and his wife, Kate Ann, and other Kerry politicians including Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan and Fianna Fáil TD Thomas McEllistrim.
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