Boost for Bellewstown

Thursday, 27th June, 2019 4:05pm

Boost for Bellewstown

Bellewstown set for a boost

Bellewstown racecourse’s famous July summer festival on the Hill of Crockafotha begins next Wednesday 3rd July and soon after Bellewstown will undertake a major stable yard development project.
 
At a recent Board meeting, HRI approved significant grant aid towards capital development plans at Bellewstown 
for the building of 110 permanent stables.
 
The HRI Racecourse Capital Development scheme will provide €221,000 towards the €554,000 cost of works that  includes the construction of the stables. This will significantly reduce operating costs for the racecourse as the rental of temporary stabling will no longer be required.
 
The new build will ensure an adequate number of stables and will also greatly improve the quality of equine  accommodation. Construction is to begin later this year.
 
Kevin Coleman, Bellewstown racecourse manager, said: “The management, Chairman and committee of Bellewstown Races are delighted with the news and wish to thank Horse Racing Ireland for their help, support and guidance through a very detailed application process. Bellewstown is a small rural track and this development is very positive for us going forward. The new stable blocks will ensure the best of facilities for horses, stable staff and officials.”

HRI Chief Executive, Brian Kavanagh, commented: “The board of Horse Racing Ireland is delighted to approve capital 
development grand aid to Bellewstown and this announcement is timely as it comes just ahead of the racecourse’s 
four-day July summer festival.

"To date over €21.7 million has been provided in grant aid to 22 racecourses around the country, supporting over 100 different projects aimed at improving customer and industry facilities. 

"Critically, each approved project provides construction work and secures local employment, further emphasising the 
vital role of racecourses and the wider racing and breeding industries as contributors to the local economy.”

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