A Case Of You winning the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp last weekend for trainer Ado McGuinness and jockey Ronan Whelan certainly makes a strong case for this week’s Association of Irish Racecourses’ (AIR) column to shine a spotlight on Dundalk Stadium.
With plenty of fixtures to choose from between now and the end of the year at the Co Louth track, offering horse racing and ‘dual meetings’ with greyhound racing also, a night at Dundalk Stadium will not disappoint.
When one thinks of Dundalk, cosy winter nights in their many bar and restaurant facilities springs to mind. Their Christmas party nights are a firm favourite for many companies over the years, and never has it been important to reacquaint ourselves with our colleagues and get that sense of camaraderie going again in business.
The View Restaurant package is well worth considering for such an occasion, and with this you can experience exciting racing, great food, entertainment and panoramic views. Packages include admission, racecards, horse and greyhound racing, a four-course festive menu, table-side Tote betting, bar and waiting service and live music after racing, all for the incredible price of €68 per person.
Another exciting option are their private suites packages. These comfortable suites boast perfect views of the track, as well as a private bar. Seating arrangements suit groups from 36 guests and upwards, offering comfort and privacy. Although they do not charge any extra to avail of their private suites, the advice to readers is to book early as these sell out fast!
The team at Dundalk Stadium is happy to personalise your guests’ experience, with the option of adding betting and drinks vouchers in the manner of a Christmas gift from your company in €5 denominations and upwards. They can also personalise a message on the envelope for each guest if you wish to make the evening extra special for your team.
A comprehensive wine menu is available also, and there is a pre-ordering option to ensure your guests get a nice start to their evening and you can budget for the event in advance.
Another great idea to really top it off and own the experience is the option of race sponsorship on the evening. Perhaps you would like your company to take a starring role on the evening?
If so, sponsoring a race couldn’t be easier and all sponsorship packages include an engraved trophy. This will be presented by a representative of your company, and a photograph taken of the presentation. If you wish, the team at Dundalk Stadium can place an advertisement in the race card on the night.
If this form of hospitality is not the right fit for your company or group, there are ample ticket-only and group packages with reserved seating (indoor and outdoor options) to consider for adults, students and OAPs from €10 per person. There are party food options from €22 per person, with or without reserved seating.
For those of you who are already thinking about Christmas gift ideas, a voucher from Dundalk Stadium is always a winner. Similar to all the offerings mentioned, they can be purchased online to make life easy. Why not add a copy of ‘The Story of Dundalk Stadium’, subtitled ‘a celebration of horse and greyhound racing since 1889’. This beautiful book was written by Joe Kirwan and Joe Carroll, and edited by local historian, teacher and lecturer Fiona Ahern.
There are many options and gift ideas available. For further information, including menus, itineraries and availability, visit DundalkStadium.com.
By Leo Powell.