It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our great colleague and friend Dr Brendan Doyle.
Brendan has been a member of the Association’s Council for the past 20 years.
The Association became somewhat dormant in the early part of the last decade and he was a key figure in the re-organisation that took place in 2005.
He served as Chairman for eight years from 2005 and became Honorary Treasurer when he stood down as Chairman in 2013.
He remained Honorary Treasurer until the recent Annual General Meeting when he stood down and was elected to a Council position.
During all those years he also represented the Association on the National Hunt programmes working group.
Brendan will be a big loss not only to the Racehorse Owners Association but to racing as a whole.
He made a major contribution in working on behalf of racehorse owners and to racing in general.
We express our deepest sympathy to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time.
Ar Dheis De Go Raibh A Anam.
The latest Newsletter was sent out to members by email this month, but it can also be viewed online here.
Shabra Charity will be holding a fundraiser at the Dublin Racing Festival in February, as they look to raise funds for their vital work in the provision of much-needed medical equipment.
The Owners awards took place on Saturday October 20th in the Kilashee Hotel and was a very successful night with 14 different awards presented.
Laytown Strand’s 2018 race meeting on Thursday, September 6 marks 150 years of racing on the County Meath beach.
To mark this special anniversary, Laytown’s race committee are launching a commemorative book ‘Laytown Strand Races, celebrating 150 years’ in the Glenside Hotel in Julianstown, County Meath on Tuesday, August 14th at 7.30pm.
AIRO has secured agreement for free entry to racecourses to 123 meetings in 2018 for owners with a racehorse registered in training.
About 70 of these meetings are between the end of June and December.
AIRO has sought to have additional race fixtures in Dundalk during the November/December period 2018 so that there will be no recurrence of the race balloting issue that existed in 2017.
Horse Racing Ireland has confirmed that it has increased the original 2017 programme by one additional meeting for 2018 and will review the situation depending on demand.
The following are the free admission dates for racehorse owners who have a horse registered in training.
AIRO/The Irish Field Awards took place on Saturday 21st October in Killashee House Hotel, Naas. Among the capacity attendance were guests from the UK, China and the USA. Speakers on the night were Brian Polly, AIRO Chairman, Mark Costello, Editorial Manager, The Irish Field, Ceann Comhairle, Sean O'Fearghail TD and Sally Rowley-Williams, Guest Speaker.
As from December 1st Owners with a runner on the day can request additional racecourse admission tickets over and above their AIR access cards.