Sixth annual Elphin Races a great success

The sixth Annual Elphin Races took place on Sunday last in Lisadorn, Elphin and proved to be a great success as an enjoyable day was had by all who were in attendance. The weather conditions made for a good atmosphere and there was an estimated crowd of five hundred people present on the day.   The races opened this year with a pony race and this was followed by seven horse races ranging over distances of between one to two miles. There were competitors at hand from all over the country, with horses from Co. Antrim and Co. Cork participating on the day.   Local winners included horses owned by Peter Finnerty, Ballinagare, Timmy McCarthy from Ballinlough and Castlerea-based horse Juronamo who won the Derby on the day and is owned by Mary Brady from Castlerea.  An auction race brought proceedings to a close with Ted Hestor from Elphin claiming first place and second place going to Paddy Healy from Tulsk.   Proceeds obtained on the day are going towards a new defribulator which is estimated to cost in the region of €2,500.    The committee would like to thank all the sponsors for the days events: Sam Dennigan Vegetable Importers, Bertie Glancy and Sons Fruit Wholesalers, Kepak Group Meat Exporters, Gerry Connellan Building Contractors, Barna Waste Recycling, Sean White Car Sales Athlone, King and Moffat Electrical Contractors, Monsoon Nightclub Ballyhaunis, Smith Kelly Scott Insurance, Sean and Gearldine Lenehan, The Elf Inn, An Bothar Rua, Timmy’s Bar and the Central Bar.