Irish Champions Weekend Racing at the Curragh Racecourse

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World Class racing and spectacular entertainment set for Irish Champions Weekend

Irish Champions Weekend Sunday, September 14th at the Curragh, a unique racing event which sees two racecourses joining forces to stage the highest concentration of Flat racing ever seen in Ireland. A total prize-fund of €3.73m has attracted many of the best racehorses from around the world. It will be an amazing sporting and social event combining history, spectacle, glamour, excitement and prestige. The Weekend will be action packed with the focus on showcasing Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding.

Sunday 14th September at the Curragh will feature three Group one races, including the 100th running of the Irish St Leger. Victoria Smurfit, Ambassador to Irish Champions Weekend, will have an extra interest in the Irish St. Leger Legends presentation to honour the 100th running of the iconic race this year. Owned by her uncle, Dr Michael Smurfit, the career of Vintage Crop who died earlier this year will be marked as the greatest ever Irish St. Leger winner.
In addition there will be an exciting variety of entertainment throughout the day.
The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail, sponsored by Dublin Coach, will take place during the morning of 14th, September, offering the opportunity to visit some of the top trainers and have a unique chance to see behind the scenes. Johnny Murtagh, Dessie Hughes, Michael Halford, John Oxx and Paul Deegan are some of the leading trainers taking part, while the world famous Irish National Stud, Kildangan Stud and the Racing Academy and Centre for Education are some of the other locations which can be visited.
Places for the Trails will be limited and should be reserved by booking on line at www.curragh.ie. All proceeds from the Thoroughbred Trail will be donated to horse racing charities.
Kildare Village will offer the winner of the best dressed/style award a 3k shopping spree and Palmerstown House Estate, sponsor of the Irish St Leger, will give the winner a VIP stay for the winner and 19 friends in their magnificent manor house. The five fashion finalists from the Curragh’s style competition will be entered into a draw to drive away in a brand new Jaguar XF, which will be theirs to drive for one year. The multi-award winning Jaguar XF combines sports car performance with outstanding luxury saloon comfort. The draw will take place after the feature race at the Curragh on Sunday, September 14th.
Throughout the afternoon the attractions will include a Parade of Champions featuring four Champion Hurdlers – Hurricane Fly, Jezki, Binocular and Hardy Eustace, while Quevega and the legendary Moscow Flyer will also be part of the parade. The Moyglare Stud Kids Zone will provide a variety of exciting free entertainment throughout the day for younger race goers with shows featuring well known Disney and Star Wars characters, while a performance by the world renowned Celtic Tenors will bring the raceday to a spectacular close.
The Curragh is delighted to welcome charity partner, Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Light it Up Gold fund raising initiative at the races on 14th – to create awareness for Childhood cancer. This campaign will see buildings and famous landmarks throughout Ireland Light Up Gold during September, International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. September 2013 saw buildings across the country shine gold for childhood cancer including Belfast City Hall, the O2, the Mansion House, Trim Castle, Dunbrody Famine Ship and many more. Childhood Cancer Foundation is working to improve the services for children and families affected by childhood cancer.

As many as 20,000 visitors are expected to attend both racecourses over the weekend with many thousands due to visit from the UK and overseas. Tickets can be purchased from the Irish Champions Weekend website with weekend tickets priced at €30 – http://irishchampionsweekend.ie/ICW/Tickets/. Follow Irish Champions Weekend on Twitter @IrishChampsWknd and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/irishchampionsweekend


Dunmurry Springs Golf Club
Its the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh Racecourse, so why not get in a round of Golf as well at Dunmurry Springs Golf Club www.dunmurrysprings.ie

Special Offer for Irish Champions Weekend
18 holes of golf and lunch
Friday 12th September €30.00 per person
Saturday 13th September, €40.00 per person
Conditions apply: Offer is available for the Irish Champions Weekend only.

The Cloak Press Launch

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The Cloak

The Cloak

PRESS LAUNCH

CELBRIDGE MANOR HOTEL, 21ST FEBRUARY 2014

Anne and Andrew Brain – Producers

Padraig J. Dunne – Writer/Director

 

The 2014 Tour of the stage production “The Cloak” was officially launched at the Celbridge Manor Hotel on Friday the 21st February last with over 200 guests in attendance.

“The Cloak”, a truly Irish story, brings to reality the epic life journey of the legendary St. Brigid and her mother Broicseach, showcasing singing, Irish dancing, a choir, a full orchestra and film, shot on location, highlighting Ireland’s unique landscape.

The Celbridge Manor Hotel has become the official “Home of the Cloak” and as such, are thrilled to be linked to such a talented show “Simply super launch night at the Manor enjoyed by all” explained Geraldine McGilvery, on behalf of Jeffrey C Leo, Managing Director of the Celbridge Manor Hotel.

The Cloak debuted in September 2013 in Kildare Cathedral, a four night sell out season that no doubt pleased the Producers Anne Marie and Andrew Brain and Director/Writer Padraig J. Dunne who have been on a whirlwind adventure since starting this project less than a year ago.

Andrew Brain, Producer said “The launch was a resounding success, “The Cloak” worked its magic again, this is not just another stage production but a phenomenon that is gathering its own momentum, the emotion of the evening was palpable, you could feel it in the air. The extracts from the production gave the invited guests a glimpse of what is to come, as one lady said “The tingles and tears are starting all over again”.

Andrew added “We thank Jeffrey C Leo and Bernard Brogan for their support, their team must be congratulated on the presentation of the Garden Room, the service and the refreshments supplied which reflected the quality and glamour of the evening”.

The talented cast performed three snippets from the show, Irish and contempory dance performed by dancers led by Kevin Lyster (playing the role of St. Patrick). Also sharing the stage was Nicola Gainey (new to the cast singing & playing the role of Broicseach) and the four lead singers Dawn Broughan, Therese Lynch, Orla Colleton and Niamh Curley performing the stunning song The Cloak and the beautiful new song The Moment, with guest  experiencing firsthand the magic that makes this production unique.

Lisa Nagle, Musical Director explains “The music within “The Cloak” is such an important aspect of the show. It’s about creating a connection between the story of St Brigid’s cloak and the emotions behind each one of the characters. It is simply stunning!”

Padraig Meredith, Composer of the original scores of “The Cloak” soundtrack explains “The press launch was our first chance to share one of the new songs from the show called The Moment. We look forward to sharing “The Cloak” with audiences throughout Ireland” Padraig added “It was also amazing to see the launch party silenced by the emotion within Nicola Gainey’s voice”.

The talented Nichola Kavanagh dances the role of St. Brigid and has captivated the audience with her energy and grace.  “I am delighted to accept the challenge of choreographing our sequences to a new original score of music and welcome our expanding troupe of experienced dancers, stunning vocalists and hard working crew. I am excited to be involved in such an electric fusion of talent in “The Cloak” 2014”

The production combines three main elements, film, dance and song which has never been done before and is an original idea from the talented Padraig J. Dunne   “A truly international audience observed the spreading of “The Cloak” tonight.  The emotion was obvious as the cast performed The Moment”.

Padraig added “We are heading into a busy week of filming, we have hardly time to breathe, 3 months of intensive rehearsals ahead is exhausting to imagine, but the blood is up and we will embrace the challenge, to make “The Cloak” the amazing show we know it is.

Filming will commence on Saturday the 1st March in Wexford Heritage Park, Sunday the 2nd March in Rathangan Wood and Friday the 7th March in NMCI Cork

“The Cloak” 2014 Tour starts with two special performances at the Celbridge Manor Hotel on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April 2014. Seats are limited to just 200 per performance and tickets are available from hotel reception Tel: 01 6013700 or www.stbrigidscloak.com

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Andrew and Anne Brain (producers), Padraig Dunne (writer and director).

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Andrew and Anne Brain (producers), Padraig Dunne (writer and director).

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Paul and Pauline Lenehan.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Paul and Pauline Lenehan.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Emer and Brian Flanagan.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Emer and Brian Flanagan.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Dawn Bronelan, Teresa Lynch, and Tom Dunne.

Pictured at the recent press launch of The Cloak were Dawn Bronelan, Teresa Lynch, and Tom Dunne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Tour dates are as follows:

Iontas Castleblaney:

Performance:- Thursday 1st May 2014

Friday 2nd May 2014

 

TLT Drogheda:

Performance:- Saturday 10th May 2014

 

Dunamaise Theatre Portlaoise:

Performance:-Friday 16th May and Saturday the 17th May 2014

 

Mullingar Arts Centre:

Performance:- Friday 23rd May and Saturday the 24th May 2014

 

Opera House in Wexford:

Performance:- Saturday the 31st May 2014

Tickets €25.00

 

Audrey Moore,

Director of Publicity,

The Cloak

Email: audrey@fitmarketing.ie

Tel: 0877537629

www.stbrigidscloak.com

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