Super sports Sunday for seaside village

IT will be “super Sunday” in Courtmacsherry next weekend as the Cork seaside village hosts a county rowing championship and horse racing on the strand on the same day.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Courtmacsherry Rowing Club has been chosen for the first time to host the Cork Coastal Rowing County Finals.

Next Sunday’s event will feature 16 clubs, with more than 900 rowers taking part in races held at Broadstrand on the outskirts of the village.

Club captain Denis Griffin said: “It is a great honour for the club to host the county finals. Our octogenarian president Paddy Barry is really looking forward to the day.

“Over the last few months, we have been working hard to ensure everything will go according to plan and hopefully, we will have good weather.

“It is the first time there will be a regatta in Broadstrand.”

A full programme of 23 races from under-12s to veterans begins shortly after 9am, with presentations ending around 4pm.

Strand Races then begin at 4.30pm on the shorefront in the village. The main vantage points are likely to be near Courtmacsherry Community Centre, which will operate as a jockeys’ changing area and weighing rooms.

A one-way traffic system will operate in the village throughout the day and organisers of both events have co-ordinated their plans.

Meanwhile, the Courtmacsherry Harbour Festival begins on Friday, July 29, and continues until August 7 with the centrepiece the Courtmacsherry Regatta on July 30.

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