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The Curragh and Defence Forces launch Race Day

October 1, 2015

The Curragh to stage Defence Forces Family Race Day

The Curragh Racecourse and Irish Defence Forces will stage their annual race day on Sunday 11th October.

Brig Gen Joe Mulligan, General Officer Commanding of the Defence Forces Training Camp was joined by Curragh Racecourse General Manager Paul Hensey and Lt Jennifer Larkin of the Army Equitation School to launch this exciting initiative, which aims to promote the close association between the Defence Forces and the racecourse.

The race day has been strongly endorsed by Vice Admiral Mark Mellet, the recently appointed Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces. He commented, “As Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, I am delighted to support this annual event which highlights the longstanding and fruitful relationship between the military and the equestrian community.”

Defence Forces Race Day will feature seven races starting at 1.25pm including the 100,000 euro Tote Irish Cesarewitch and Waterford Testimonial Stakes for the Defence Forces Trophy.

There will be great spectacle and pageantry throughout the afternoon from the Army, Navy and Air Corps with displays of current and vintage equipment, memorabilia and music, while the
The race day will also help raise funds for the Defence Forces Benevolent Fund

Paul Hensey General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse commented, “The racecourse is delighted to stage our annual race day to promote the excellent and very historic relationship between the Curragh and Defence Forces. We hope that many of their personnel both past and present will get together for a fun day out for all the family.”

The Ireland v France World Cup rugby game will be shown on screens throughout the racecourse following the last race at 4.45pm and anyone wearing an Irish rugby jersey will gain FREE admission.

The 2015 Curragh season finishes on Tuesday 13th October with a competitive seven race programme featuring free admission for all race goers.

Photo Caption – Brigadier General Joe Mulligan, General Officer Commanding of the Irish Defence Forces and Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse launch the 2015 Defence Forces Race Day taking place on Sunday 11th October. The initiative highlights the close association between the military and Curragh’s equestrian community.

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