The Wacky Day at the Races fast approaching


Move over Leopardstown or even Dundalk Stadium – Carlingford is laying on a day at the races…. kiddie style!

On Easter Monday, children and families will be flocking to the medieval town of Carlingford  to ensure their position at the sidelines to watch the colourful birds strut their stuff on the Village Green.  Local breeders are looking forward to sprucing the birds for the hilariously funny day that is now annual feature in the national calendar.

And this year organiser’s are offering an extra special prize to any bird that lays an ’Easter’ egg on the course! The sane and insane are invited to watch chickens, roosters, ducks and geese race to the finish line.  International Boyle Sports will be on course to accept bets as usual and representatives from the Irish National Poultry Health Association have been inspecting the ongoing training and overseeing the course preparation.

Regulars at the Four Seasons Hotel and Leisure Centre, official sponsors of the races and official training camp for the feathered contenders have been kept amused all week as What a Yoke,  I’d Rather be a Duck and hot favourite Classy Chick have been  heavily working out doing wish bone stretches and laps around the pool.

Competition is serious and tensions between the bird camps continue to rise with a story being tweeted during the week about an incident in the changing rooms. Apparently the reportedly shy What a Yoke refused to come out of his locker until the other female birds had left the building. When an amazed INPHA official later found two fresh eggs in the locker, it emerged that Bird Shit was sighted re-entering the building through the window.  The matter is currently under investigation.  

The wacky day is delivered by The Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office and sponsored by The Four Seasons Hotel & Leisure Centre.  It is also supported by Carlingford Cooley Tourism, Carlingford and Mourne Region Ltd and local business’ who sponsored the 12 races including the prestigious Scrambled Eggs Stakes.  Flat, hurdle and obstacle races will be programmed and the event promises to be one to not to miss! 
Registration is open for hen, chicken and geese entries.  Please email info@carlingford.ie.  Closing date Fri 18th April 2014 at 5.00pm

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