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Jog For Jockeys 2012

The second running of ‘Jog for Jockeys’ in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund will take place at 12 noon on Sunday 29th July at three Irish Racecourses: The Curragh, Leopardstown and Limerick. Hector O’hEochagain and Nina Carberry launched the 2012 event in which last year over 780 people took part in and raised €25,000.

Amongst the participants in the inaugural ‘Jog for Jockey’s were well known faces including jockeys Barry Geraghty, Katie Walsh, Nina Carberry, Gary Carroll, Shane Foley, Andrew Duff, Andrew McNamara, Ben Curtis and Wayne Lordan; Trainers Gordon Elliot, Willie McCreery and Conor O’Dwyer; RTE’s Hector O’hEochagain and Shane O’Donoghue; Rugby’s Mick O’Driscoll; RACE apprentice jockeys and staff from Derrinstown Stud.

Organiser, Audrey O’Dwyer said: “We are delighted to be running the ‘Jog for Jockeys’ again this year. Just like last year there will be a great atmosphere on the three courses and we really do want people to take part – you can walk or run it, it’s really all about participation and we hope it will grow even more this year.”

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club Senior Medical Officer said: “Thank you to all who supported the first ‘Jog for Jockeys’. I would like to reiterate what I said last year by doing so you supported the bravest men and women in Irish sport. Every time they mount a horse, they are putting their bodies on the line. What other sportsperson has a minimum of two ambulances and a doctor travelling behind them as they participate? Our riders travel at 35-40 mph on a half-ton of horsepower with the risk of falling at anytime from a height of three metres.

“Last year saw two of our flat jockeys suffer very serious injuries. Among our National Hunt jockeys, we recorded 13 cases of concussion, 36 fractures and multiple other injuries. Apart from the contributions to the Injured Jockeys Fund from owners, trainers and jockeys etc, fundraisers such as this are essential to maintain sufficient funds to support our jockeys when out injured and pay appropriate medical expenses.”

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Advice on the way for Limerick clubs

The Irish Sports Council and Coaching Ireland will join experts from other national sporting organisations to advise local sports clubs of all codes on the importance of ‘Good Club Governance’ at an upcoming seminar in the South Court Hotel, Raheen, Co Limerick on Saturday, February 18th from 9.30am to 2.00pm.

This seminar will feature leading speakers on issues such as ‘Sport and the Law’, ‘Club Governance’ and ‘Best Practice in Coaching’, to help clubs across Limerick City and County to tackle the principal problems they face and to ensure they are well positioned for the future.

The Club Development event is organised by the Limerick Sports Partnerships in conjunction with their funding partners, Limerick City and County Councils, the Regeneration Agencies and Shannon Development. Participating clubs also will be entered into a draw to win one of three €1,000 club equipment grants, which will be awarded on the day.

This seminar will be followed up by six information evenings on the key topics discussed.

Phelim Macken, co-ordinator with Limerick County Sports Partnership, said the upcoming seminar has been organised on foot of feedback received from club members during a series of events that have taken place to celebrate Limericks Status as European City of Sport.

“Sports clubs are finding themselves under enormous pressure in the current climate, in relation to fund-raising, subscriptions and retaining club membership,” he said. “These issues are further compounded by the constant need for volunteers and the increased levels of professionalism and scrutiny that club mentors and volunteers are subject to.”

Elaine Barry, co-ordinator with Limerick City Sports Partnership added: “Using feedback we received from club members, it has become evident that a Club Development Seminar is something that clubs want as they are eager to learn and develop in order to improve their governance and club structures in general, making them more eligible to apply for grants. This is good news for clubs as we are expecting a possible announcement in the coming weeks in relation to a return of the Sports Club Capital Grants Scheme for 2012.”

Organisations represented at the upcoming seminar will include Coaching Ireland, Sweeney McGann Solicitors, The Irish Sports Council, and the Federation of Irish Sport.

According to Ms. Barry: “We are conscious of the financial pressures faced by clubs and their mentors, and have therefore kept the cost of attendance down to €10 per person. This includes the online registration fee. Every participant, who attends the seminar, to represent a sports club/organisation (with approved constitutions and accounts) also will be in with the chance of winning one of three €1,000 club equipment grants. The winners will be drawn at 1pm after the seminar.”

Registration forms can be downloaded from http://www.cllsp.ie, while clubs can also register and pay online at http://www.limerickcitysports.ie. Alternatively, clubs can contact Limerick City Sports Partnership on 061-468542 or Limerick County Sports Partnership on 061-496428 to request a registration form to be sent by post.

Munster National at Limerick

The Ladbrokes.com Munster National is taking place on Sunday, 9th October, 2011 at Limerick racecourse.
The first race is due off at 2:30pm with seven National Hunt races on the card including the Ladbrokes.com Munster National, The Grade 3 PWC Chase and the newly upgraded Grade 3 Greenmount Novice Hurdle.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s race meeting, Russell Ferris- General Manager of Limerick Racecourse said; “The preliminary entry stage for horses being entered to run at the applicable race meeting is always an exciting time, the anticipation doubles when the card contains two Grade 3 Races and the Grade A Ladbrokes Munster National. Now we know who may be running and the competition already looks to be top notch. The most exciting race on paper could come in the form of the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Grade 3 chase where last seasons multiple Grade 1 winner (which included the Powers Gold Cup), Realt Dubh would go head-to-head with second-placed horse in the Powers Gold Cup Loosen My Load, with the English raider West With The Wind a very useful performer who could be a very lively contender.

“The Grade 3 Greenmount Park Novice Hurdle, has some very in-form horses, none more so than the five-time consecutive winner Manger Hanagment from the Gordon Elliot stable. The top two rated animals in the race are the Ted Walsh-trained, Royal Revelle and the locally trained Domination from the Charles Byrnes yard, both of whom if declared, will be sure to be in the money end of matters come the finishing post.

“The headline race of the day, the Grade A Ladbrokes.com Munster National has 26 preliminary entries, two of which are based in Britain. Last year’s winner Golden Kite has been trained specifically with this race in target and if the rain stays away and the ground gets back to good, he may very well take all the beating. Uncle Junior of the prolific Willie Mullins yard and Muirhead from the Noel Meade stable, as would be expected from the respected trainers will be coming to Limerick at peak fitness, should they run in the race will certainly put down a marker for the rest of the field.”

Munster National day at Limerick is becoming synonymous with style and high fashion stakes as it is also the annual Ladies Day at Limerick Racecourse. Judging the competition this year are two of the best known faces in Irish entertainment, Lisa Cannon and Karen Koster of TV3’s Xpose Show. These two glamorous ladies know a thing or two about style and are anticipating a high level of competition from the Limerick Ladies.

Karen Koster said: “October can be a tricky time to go racing. Actually it can be a tricky time to leave the house! The weather is so unreliable; it can be hard to plan an outfit. So I hope to see some weather appropriate outfits, there’s nothing worse than accessorising with goose bumps. And most of all, someone who looks high fashion, but on a low budget. If you’re wearing a bargain, you’ve got my vote!”

Judge Lisa Cannon added: “I am looking for a woman that has an elegant approach to fashion and can tailor make her own style to suit her shape. Most importantly it’s all about individuality and sophistication when it come to the Races but all in all, mixing and matching from Vintage to the High Street and beyond shows a flair and touch of innovate style. Be bold, be beautiful and above all be brave!”

Top prize is a stunning diamond ring valued at €5,000 from Keanes Jewellers. Second prize is a gift voucher from Isobel Boutique, Adare, while the third prize is a gift voucher for Revas Spa at the Woodlands House Hotel. Ten finalists will each receive a goody bag with lots of tempting and exciting treats to enjoy.

The extremely popular ‘Ladies Level package’ is available again this year. Enjoy admission, race card, two-course lunch, tea/coffee, a glass of Prosecco live music with Jason Fallon and a fashion show for €50 per person.

After racing, there’s live music by Hermitage Green in the Munster Suite. This five-piece Limerick band is taking the live music scene by storm after their performance at Electric Picnic.

Children under 16 years are FREE on the day with lots of activities to enjoy such as Laser Quest, rodeo bull, bouncy castles, pony rides and face-painting. All children will also receive a FREE ice-cream on the day. Check out the online colouring competition and be in with a chance of winning a great prize. To celebrate 10 years of racing at Greenmount Park, general admission is at a special price of €10 per person. Students and OAPs will enjoy admission for €5 per person, with valid ID cards.