Long live the Listowel Courses! – Independent.ie


What has quality and tradition on its side, and which comes back better than ever despite the challenges? The answer is the Listowel Harvest Festival.

One of Ireland’s main running festivals a mile outside the country welcomed customers to the island this week after a year of unrest caused by COVID.

The ceiling of 2,000 spectators per day did not in any way lessen the special atmosphere of the Listowel autumn festival.
Sunday marked the opening of the weeklong extravagance and it was a special sight to see customers sitting in the sun basking in the sense of the occasion.

And great credit is due to the Listowel Race Company team for ticking all the boxes in terms of professional preparation.
Fashion is rarely found very far from the heart of the Listowel Harvest Festival, and while Friday is McElligott’s Honda Ladies Day, last Sunday’s Best Dressed and Stylish Race Enthusiasts competition was a hotly contested affair.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath and Miriam Prendergast from Killarney were selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue as the top winners and each received a cash prize of € 400.

The Kerry Guinness National is Wednesday’s flagship event, worth € 150,000 and a chance for horse, trainer and jockey to make history in what is one of the steeplechases most notable on the Irish racing calendar.

McElligott’s Honda Ladies’ Day resumption on Friday is sure to bring out the best in sartorial elegance. Competitors will be judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, while a global cash prize of € 1,000 awaits the winner.

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