It's Raceweek 2016
I went to the island on Sunday Sept 11 2016. The crowd was small. The weather was cold and very windy and there is a long week ahead so many people found something else to do. The attendance at the Ballyduff Kilmoyley hurling replay was massive. Lots of reasons why people stayed away but I enjoyed having the place to myself to explore.
You'd never know who you'd run into on the island.
Bishop Ray seemed to be enjoying himself with his Listowel hosts, Shane and Jim.
Jimmy Hickey was there with friends. He has promised to give us a real treat very soon. He is going to give me some old footage of Listowel dancers on trips abroad. When I get my hands on it I'll be sharing it with you on Listowel Connection.
The Sheahan family have a long association with Listowel Races.
These fellows were there to keep the children entertained. They were very popular.
This is the parade ring. Every year it gets a bit of a facelift. This year it is looking particularly spruce.
If your horse is first pat the post next time round, the parade ring is the place to be to see him coming in and his jockey dismounting. Then follows the debrief with the trainer and connections.
If you are lucky enough to get a ringside seat, you also get to see the winner being presented with his prize. Ringside seats were easier than usual to come by on Sunday.
I never knew there were so many different bridles available for racehorses. From my seat at ringside I observed that practically every horse that passed was sporting a different bridle. I think we used to call them winkers.
The Custom Gap
First glimpse as you come into The Square for Listowel Race Week 2016