[singlepic id=463 w=320 h=240 float=right]Last Saturday night was definitely on form for the first fundraiser for our exciting new clubhouse. The jockey and horse cut-out kept us all entertained allowing everyone to at least photograph like AP McCoy. Some shorter members (who shall remain nameless) had an interesting squatting technique so that their face could reach the cut-out…very amusing indeed!
Punters certainly tried their luck on the tote and it was great craic watching the races on screen. Perhaps there should be an emphasis on the word screen as it should be clarified that there were no actual live horses! This was much to the confusion of the some of the firsts who were guessing if the horses would be kept in the Glenside carpark! Good thing our firsts are better at hockey than some of their logic. Although in fairness the thirds were also delighted that they could become an actual horse-owner for only €25…it’s amazing what you can get for €25 these days, horse-prices are rock-bottom!
The highlight auction race with auctioneer Peter proved very entertaining and it was Conor O’Donnell’s horse that clenched the win and indeed the winning prize for Conor. Meanwhile, pure style at the races was headed off by el Presidente Bronnie who was sporting a fine vintage hat that any Ascot-goer would be jealous of. Photographic evidence proved that Bronnie wasn’t the only one to fashion her hat with coaches Ben, Stu and friends sampling it too…the jury is still out on whether they were more like mad-hatters rather than the best-dressed!
Bronnie was just pipped-to-the-post on the fashion front with the very stylish Carol Fanagan taking the “Best Dressed Lady” honour. For all you fashionistas, Carol was sporting a beautiful navy number topped off with a champagne-coloured fascinator…watch out Xposé! On a slightly different fashion theme…Róisín Ryan was certainly channelling her inner jockey with a brilliant set of silks complete with cap & even a mini-horse! Her efforts certainly paid off and Róisín was deservedly triumphant with the title of “Most Originally Dressed!” While Róisín excelled on the jockey style-stakes it appears that Louise O’Gorman must have been a great ride as she was the jockey for not one but two horses in the same race! In the meantime, an impromptu dance-off spontaneously formed on the dance-floor and Brigid was crowned the dance-champ putting all the young’uns’ moves to shame! Of course what Loreto night would be complete without the mandatory bar-dives…unfortunately for Wendy some of our non-member friends did not completely understand the whole bar-dive routine and she ended up taking more of a nose-dive to the floor!
Speaking of Wendy, special thanks must be given to Wendy, our super Club Captain Orla and President Bronwyn for all their hard work organising the event. The odds proved favourable as it was a brilliant fundraiser and indeed an amazing night…bring on the next one!