JulyFest a social calendar highlight at Killarney Races

Killarney Races will host JulyFest next week, with 5 days of top-quality jump and flat racing for racing fans will be a staple on the menu each day. Today, organisers have released details of their off-track entertainment plans which are set to go down a treat with punters offering themes and entertainment from the Monday Club, The Roses, Family Entertainment, Live Music and of course the highly anticipated Dawn Milk Ladies Day fashion event there is something for everyone on and off the track next week!

The Monday Club, widely regarded as a day of relaxation or leisure for those involved in the hospitality industry all across the Kingdom, the team at Killarney Races has embraced the concept as their theme on the opening day of the festival. Ideal for those who want to let their hair down after a busy weekend and spend time with friends and family. Gather the gang, make a plan and live it up in The Panoramic Restaurant but be warned it’s filling up fast so book now to avoid disappointment. For the little ones there will be an arts and crafts station. Naturally, there will be plenty of action on and off the track with food, beverages, betting and live entertainment on the lawn with Ciaran Wyrnn and after racing in the Jim Culloty Bar by Tom Cats, what’s not to love? Come along and join The Monday Club fun and shenanigans and help us to get JulyFest off to a flying start!

Family Fun Tuesday, is a great evening for all the family to come along and enjoy all the fun of the festival at Killarney Races. Although, every day at Killarney Races children under the age of 14 come racing free of charge when accompanied by an adult. On the first three days of JulyFest there will be an action-packed arts and crafts station to entertain junior racegoers. Whether you want to get up close to the action, see the horses in the parade ring, racing on the track or enjoy a selfie with many of the famous racehorse trainers and jockeys in attendance, a visit to Killarney Races is one of those unique events that’s always a winner for the entire family. Live music before and during racing on the lawn with Donal Lucy will be followed by Super Céilí in the JimCulloty Bar after racing.

Roses Wednesday at JulyFest, is where Killarney Races welcomes 33 roses to our festival and in spectacular fashion they will meet their escorts for the first time. Wednesday’s evening meeting offers the ideal opportunity to meet and mingle with roses from all over the country and all across the globe in a fun and relaxed setting. Bring along the camera to capture your little roses and escorts of the future enjoying an evening at Killarney Races. Ciaran Wyrnn will entertain on the lawn before and during racing, with Super Céilí set to get the crowd on their feet in the Jim Culloty Bar after racing.

Jumping JulyFest Thursday is when Jump racing takes centre stage with seven national hunt races to enjoy. With Tom Cats on the lawn and Jason Fallon live after racing, it’s going to be epic. With very limited hospitality available perhaps punter packs are worth considering, they include all the basics to get your evening off to a positive start before you even place a bet, you’re ahead with admission, racecard and food and beverage vouchers. All the top stars of the National Hunt game will be on hand for the first of two all jump racecards to see the festival out in style, speaking of which that leads us nicely to the final day of the festival!

Friday is Dawn Milk Ladies Day when ten lucky ladies and gents will be selected by celebrity judges Anna Daly and Aidan O’Mahony, each taking home a prize for their efforts in the fashion stakes. The overall Best Dressed Lady will win a trip for two to Paris and a specially commissioned crystal vase and the overall Best Dressed Gent will receive a Trip to Milan for two and a specially commissioned crystal decanter.

Ladies and gents are advised to arrive early as TV personality Anna Daly and Kerry’s own Aidan O’Mahony, will be selecting finalists on the racecourse from early doors. The first race is also at the earlier time at 2.15pm and the seven race national hunt card will also feature the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle (€22,500), the Dawn Omega Milk Maiden Hurdle (€10,500) and the Dawn Hi & Low Milk Handicap Hurdle (€10500).

Anna Daly commented “I’m a huge fan of Killarney and really looking forward to the Dawn Milk Ladies Day on 15th July. There’s always beautiful style in Killarney and for me it’s about women who know what works for them rather than dressing for fashion’s sake. I love to see a beautifully dressed woman enjoying herself and able to move in her stylish clothes and walk in her heels and I’ve no doubt there’ll be plenty of those elegant ladies in Killarney this July.”

Gearoid Linnane, CEO, Dawn Milk said “We are delighted to welcome everyone back this year for the Dawn Milk Ladies Day at the Killarney Races. Dawn Milk has sponsored this prestigious fashion and racing event for almost three decades, making it one of the longest ladies day patronages in Ireland. It promises to be a great day out, with top luxury prizes to the European style capitals Paris and Milan for the most stylish lady and gent attending the Dawn Milk Ladies Day.”

Aidan O’Mahony also commented “I’m really looking forward to the Dawn Milk Ladies Day in Killarney. I’m delighted to be judging best dressed male 2022. The standards are high as always but none more so than this year as the lads have had two years to plan their attire for the biggest fashion event of the year. On the day I will be looking for style that is creative, personal & stylish. There is such variety now when in it comes to suits, so exciting times for men to express themselves & what bigger day to do it.”

Gates open at 3pm on Monday to Thursday and at the earlier time of 12 noon on Friday with the first race off approximately 2hrs later each day. Patrons are advised to come racing early, to nab the best seating areas and enjoy the atmosphere, music and the best of Killarney hospitality, so come early and avoid the queues. For further information or to book tickets, punter packs and hospitality online visit, killarneyraces.com.

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