The Dowth Point-to-Point and Country Fair is taking place this Sunday on the farm of Devenish’s Owen Brennan, and it’s set to be a day of fun for everyone involved.
This Point-to-Point racing event will be different to any other you’ve experienced, as it’s set against a backdrop of immersive historical and culturally-rich autumnal countryside, with plenty of sporting and foodie aspects to enjoy. Devenish provide innovative nutritional solutions and technical expertise to the livestock feed and human health industries.
The fair will take place on Sunday 30th October. Sitting on 420 acres, the Dowth Lands contain a rich array of Neolithic and medieval sites, and they’re part of the Brú na Bóinne Unesco World Heritage Site, which has hosted racing as early as the 1700s!
Acquired by the Brennan Family in 2013, the Lands and Dowth Hall are currently undergoing restoration work to restore the house to its former glory. Hosted by Devenish, the Dowth Point-to-Point will feature 6 races over 3 miles and fences, with a thrilling extra Pony Club race after the last race. The first race is off at 12.30pm, with gates open from 11am.
An Artisan Food Market will also be there for your enjoyment, featuring the Boyne Valley Food Series (2016 Foodie Destinations winners), and cookery demos with Michelin star Chef Richard Corrigan. Products on display will be from companies such as Newgrange Gold, The Cider Mill, Finnegans Farm, Hilda’s Homemades, Urban India, Coole Swan, Tullyard, What’s For Pudding, and Burkes Farm Ice-cream.
A select Shopping Village will also showcase country-chic interior decor, some products from John Fitzgerald Art, clothing from Dubarry, Magee and more, as well as some high-end craft items.
Apart from racing, you and all the family can enjoy bee-keeping demos, fly-tying fishing and more. There will be a dedicated Farm Africa Kids’ Zone, where the little ones can safely experience crafts, pumpkin carving, bouncing castles, and even ‘magic’ welly-throwing! A mobile Agri-Aware farm will also be there to demonstrate the importance of farm safety and the joy of farm animals to all present. The Vintage Barber Shop singers will also be lending their support with an afternoon performance fundraising for Farm Africa.
On the eve of the race day, there’ll be a charity event in aid of Farm Africa at the track. This stylish Charity Ball will give you a chance to throw on your glad rags while raising money for the organisation, a leading international development charity that reduces poverty by unleashing the ability of farmers across eastern Africa to grow more, sell more and sell for more.
Commenting on the Point-to-Point & Country Fair, Owen Brennan, Executive Chairman of Devenish, said that: “We look forward to a great day of racing, food, exhibitions and family fun with something for everyone at the “Old Racecourse” here in Dowth. We hope it will be a great community event and we invite everyone to don their wellies and join us at Dowth as we celebrate the best of country life in the beautiful autumn countryside”.
Showcasing the very best of country life in the mystical lands at Dowth, this will be a truly unique Point-to-Point and Country Fair. Tickets are €10 each, under 12’s go free. See www.dowthp2p.ie for more details and to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will also available on the day.
Champion Lady Point-to-Point Rider Aileen O’Sullivan (from Walterstown, Co.Meath) with racehorse ‘Lady of Brega’, and members of the award winning Boyne Valley Food Series at the launch.