2014 Turf season just around the corner

Posted on: 6th May, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

The 2014 Road Trotting Awards night was held at The Sibin Bar and Restaurant in Baltimore on Saturday night, April 26 before a large attendance.

The season, which ran from Drimoleague on St Stephen’s Day and concluded in Ballydehob on Easter Sunday was an unrivalled success with large attendances at each of the ten racedays .

Prizemoney in excess of €40 000 was raced for over the winter season, which shows this sport, which is unique to the West Cork Region, is in a healthy state.

The awards, all sculpted by John Daly, were presented to the winners on the night.

Horse of the Year award went down to the final day of the season with IB Guicci eventually claiming the honour with six wins from seven starts. This former multiple winner on Turf is owned and trained by Tadhg and Donal Murphy from IB Stables in Innishbeg Baltimore. He won his initial start in Drimoleague following on with victories in Durrus, Skibbereen, Colomane, Bandon and on his home road in Rath.

Kieran Sheehy rode him in all his races. Joint runners-up in this were Dream Maker and Swift Sunshine, both winners of five. Both of these were guided home in all their wins by David Brickley, which ensured the popular Drimoleague man collected the overall jockey of the year award.Brickley also won the award in 2013 and his total of 17 winners last year were recorded again this year. Easter Lily, Cams Decision, Lakeview Eagle and Millers Boy were other winning rides for the Baltimore born Brickley.

Deirdre Goggin was runner-up once again to Brickley, finishing out with ten wins for the campaign, which gave her the ‘Gong’ for leading female rider. Marie Moloney was runner-up in the ladies section with three wins all coming aboard Stan The Man in Grade A contests including the Palm Sunday/Easter Sunday double at the tail end of the season

The award for leading trainer also went down to the last day with Finbarr Brickley just edging out his neighbour Tadhg Murphy and it was fitting that Finbarr, who has been involved in the sport for over five decades and is Chairman of Baltimore Road Race Committee, was honoured on the night .

This year, a new award was introduced for the most consistent horse of the season: Easter Lily who is owned by Christy Caverly from Drimoleague who had ten starts, which included wins in Bandon and Ballydehob, was the winner. The large attendance on the night gave Christy a rousing reception, as he is one of the most popular owners in racing.

A special thank you to the hosts on the night Alan and Lynda Holmes of the Sibin Bar.

Looking ahead, the 2014 Turf Season is just around the corner with May 11 the opening meeting. A return to Inchydoney beach is pencilled in for May 18 followed by Dunmanway on May 25 and Lisangle on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Details of upcoming fixtures can be found on www.irishtrotting.com or www.irishharnessracing.com. Facebook followers can get details on our page harnessracingcork.

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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