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Thursday 19 September 2019

GAA on a winner at Wexford Races

PADRAIG BYRNE

FOLLOWING A complete wash out the Friday beforehand, organisers of the Wexford GAA Supporters Club Race Meet wasted no time in rescheduling the event which went ahead last Wednesday afternoon. While not as many people turned up as had originally been expected on the Friday, there was still enough people present to create a nice atmosphere and fill the VIP Marquee.

'Numbers were slightly down from what we had expected on the Friday,' Maria Nolan of the Wexford GAA Supporters Club said. ' While we expected 300 to 350 people on the Friday, I'd say we had about 200 people turn out on the Wednesday. For a lot of people, I suppose Friday suited better. I think a few people were heading off on holidays after the Friday, even a couple of our committee members! It was still a nice crowd though, The Marquee was full enough when everybody was inside and there were no major gaps.'

One noticeable absence from the crowd was famous newsreader and proud Wexford woman Anne Doyle, who had been due to judge the ' best dressed lady' competition on the Friday.

'Unfortunately Anne couldn't make it on the Wednesday night,' Maria said. 'She had been on her way down when we had to cancel on the Friday, but unfortunately she had a prior engagement on the Wednesday and was unable to attend.'

In Anne's absence the duty of crowning a winner in the ' best dressed lady' competition fell to Wexford All Ireland Camogie winner Aoife O'Connor. Aoife received some help in presenting the awards from Irish soccer legend Paul McGrath and the pair presented third prize to Mai Cadogan and second place to Mary Kelly from Carlow before announcing the overall winner to be Sorcha Morris. Sorcha was presented with a Voucher from Monart Destination Spa to the value of €260 and a Coco Chanel Hamper from McCauley Chemists to the value of €250 in a fantastic prize package.

Fantastic food was provided on the day by world-renowned chef, Phelim Byrne and music from Jimmy Hogan had the marquee jumping.

County Board Chairman Diarmuid Devereux took the opportunity to thank everyone who turned up on the night for supporting the cause and contributing to the future of hurling, football and camogie across the county. He also thanked the Wexford Supporters Club and the Committee for their hard work and dedication in making the event come off, despite initial setbacks.

Chairman of the Supporters Club, Arthur Quinn, once again thanked everyone who attended and all those who sponsored the event and made it possible.

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