With Ardpatrick’s recent victory at the Derby, the people of Limerick have reason to celebrate. As the town rejoices, many remember the moment when Mr Gubbins brought the prestigious racing title to Ireland with his horse, Galtee More. This triumph created high expectations for another local horse to win the race, and Ardpatrick’s victory has now fulfilled that promise.
Mr Looney, a resident of Gerald Griffin Street, was the fortunate winner of the Shannon Rowing Club sweep, taking home a prize of £260. Mrs. O’Brien, who runs the Limerick Hotel on Sarsfield Street, was the one who sold the winning ticket. To celebrate the auspicious occasion, Mr and Mrs. Looney put together a gathering for their friends, creating a festive atmosphere after the horse race victory.
Meanwhile, in Limerick, preparations are underway for the Limerick Horse Show, which is scheduled to be held on June 25th and 26th at the Paddocks on New Street. Locals eagerly anticipate the event, which has gained a solid reputation in recent years. Competitions at the show will feature various categories, ranging from showjumping to dressage, where the finest horses in the region will be showcased.
Following the Limerick Horse Show, a holiday race meeting is set to take place at Greenpark Racecourse on Friday, June 27th. This event attracts racegoers who enjoyed the excellent sport they witnessed during May’s event. The Greenpark Racecourse, known for its scenic beauty and challenging track, offers a thrilling day out for all who attend. With the larger participation and interest generated by Ardpatrick’s win, organisers expect a significant crowd for this event.
In addition to the celebratory news in Limerick, the town has also experienced some recent losses. The passing of ex-Mayor and prominent citizen, Mr J. Cleary, J.P., has left a noticeable void. Known for his dedication to the community, Mr Cleary was heavily involved in philanthropic work, providing assistance to countless worthwhile causes. Always modest in his actions, Mr Cleary did good in many areas without seeking recognition or praise. The citizens of Limerick sincerely mourn his passing and extend their deepest condolences to his family.
In another tragic event, Mr and Mrs. W.B. Joyce are grieving the heartbreaking accidental death of their young child. According to reports, the child fell from a window while trying to look out onto the street. The window, which was mounted on hinges, swung outward, resulting in the child’s tragic fall. Despite the efforts of medical professionals, the child succumbed to the injuries sustained during the accident. The town mourns alongside the grief-stricken family and offers support during this difficult time.
As Limerick comes together to celebrate victories and console those in mourning, the town’s strong sense of community shines through. The joyous triumph of Ardpatrick at the Derby serves as a moment of unity for all residents, while the tragic events experienced by some citizens remind us of the importance of standing together in times of sorrow. In the coming weeks, the Limerick Horse Show and race at Greenpark Racecourse will offer further opportunity for the town to come together in appreciation of the bond shared in the community.
With events ranging from the thrill of the Derby win to the somber moments following the loss of community members, Limerick proves its ability to embrace life’s ups and downs. Success in the horse racing world has shone a light on the town’s talent and shown that Limerick has a bright future in the sport. At the same time, the community’s capacity for empathy and support towards fellow citizens in grief demonstrates Limerick’s compassionate side. Whether in times of celebration or sadness, Limerick remains a united community.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 07 June 1902