Punchestown racecourse announce the return of Ballymore as title sponsors of the final day of the Punchestown Festival.
Ballymore Festival Family day will take place on Saturday 2nd May
2020 and concludes not only the Punchestown Festival but the Irish jump racing
season itself. The €100,000 Grade 1 Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle is
the centre piece of a top quality seven race card.
Ballymore Festival Family Day has rapidly become one of the best attended
fixtures on the Irish racing calendar attracting a massive crowd of 37,206 at
the 2019 event. As the name suggests, the focus of the day is on community,
introducing families to Punchestown and opening the world of horse racing to
children. A full programme of activities, games and entertainment will be on
offer for families with a dedicated indoor Junior Jockey Fun Club available
throughout the day.
co-founders Sean and Bernardine Mulryan have been long-time supporters of
Punchestown. In fact, in 2008 when the Saturday was first integrated into the
festival proper, Ballymore were an integral part of the initiative backing the
title race of the day. Following a hiatus from horse racing, the award
winning international property group returned to the sponsorship ranks in 2017
when sponsoring the valuable Ballymore Handicap Hurdle before taking the
opportunity to back the family day concept. The Mulryan’s return to horse
racing has been a fortuitous one and could hardly have gone better when their
own horse City Island trained by Martin Brassil landed the Ballymore Novices
Hurdle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.
Sean Mulryan, Ballymore
Chairman & CEO looks forward to Ballymore Festival Family Day saying
“The Punchestown Festival is a unique sporting experience and Punchestown
itself is special for myself and my family. We have been involved for decades
with Punchestown and the opportunity to return to sponsor the family day gives
me great pride. I’m delighted to see it go from strength to strength.”
Conor O’Neill Punchestown
CEO added: “We always say that Punchestown is personal. That goes for the staff,
customers, sponsors, locals and members of the racing industry. Everybody who
visits Punchestown or does business here should feel like they are part of the
place. We are so fortunate that Sean and Bernardine Mulryan share that view and
have such special regard for Punchestown. They have been incredible supporters
down the years through thick and thin. They are true racing and community
people. The Ballymore Festival Family Day gives us the opportunity to introduce
this unique event and venue to many families that may be new to the area but
also to strengthen the sense of community for all those locals who have been
enjoying Punchestown for years. To the Mulryans and Ballymore we say thank
2020 Punchestown Festival takes place from Tuesday 28th April to
Saturday 2nd May and expects to attract crowds in excess of 125,000
over the five days. Billed as the highlight and grand finale of Irish jump
racing the Punchestown Festival boasts 12 Grade one races and a prize fund of
over €3.2 million attracting the best of Irish and British racing talent.
The Punchestown Festival is a massive contributor to the local economy
generating over €60 million. With 45 event sponsors, over 17,000 corporate
hospitality guests and a huge influx of UK based racing fans Punchestown is a
social, sporting and commercial flagship event on the Irish calendar each year.