Ras an Asal Update
Ras an Asal Update
An estimated crowd of 1,400 attended Ras an Asal the Midlands Donkey Derby held at Talbots Hill Ballacolla on Sunday 31st July. The local derby attracted a full entry with the Kildare Minor owned by S & C Maher edging out Arron Boyhan’s Aghaboe Dream to take the honours however this was reversed in the overall final which was won by Galway donkey Free Gaza Flotilla owned by Dermot Connolly who picked up 500 euro for his travels 2nd prize also went West with the Lynch Gang owned by Tom Aherne picking up 300 euro, another Limerick donkey Rastaman owned by Robert Cronin received 200 euro for 3rd place, Aghaboe Dream with Arron Boyhan aboard ran into 4th place and collected 100 euro while 50 euro each went to 5th and 6th The Kildare Minor and Noel Bailey’s Dusty.
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Away from the Donkey Derby the Dunphy Agri-sponsored Poc Fada attracted huge interest with former minor star Ray Cummins just piping Laois County star Enda Rowland from Abbeyleix as the overall winner with a ball that traveled 139 m. In the over 40 section Castletown Clubman John Lyons hit top spot when his ball finished 125m from the start line. Sean Browne from the Rathdowney/Errill club took the honours in the under 16 category with a strike of 121m. In the camogie competition Nicola Phelan took the senior honours while Elaine O’Brien from the St.Bridgid’s club collected the Juvenile trophy.PJ Aylward trashing engine created great interest and along with the help of some old timers gave an insight into how things were in bygone days.
Anthony Phelan was crowned King of the Derby which was sponsored by Fortune’s Fashion Rathdowney while Ann Geoghegan-Dunphy will wear the tiara as Queen of the Derby. This was sponsored by Shaws of Mountmellick. Other events on the day included Tug o War and the Dog show which had entries from as far as Dublin. All in all the organisers were taken aback with the success and are already putting in place plans for 2017