Lunch with the Irish ladies of the Celtic polo team

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FRESH from their bronze medal win at the Ladies European Championship in Milan Italy (see at, the Celtic polo team’s April Kent and Siobhan Herbst are preparing to represent Ireland with a celebration lunch at Polo Wicklow, Wicklow Ireland.

Siobhan Herbst (left) and April Kent will be the first Irish women to play polo in Argentina at the prestigious Argentine Polo Open in Palermo. Image credit: Polo Ireland Foundation

Entry to the lunch for €35 per person along with a spectacular livestreamed raffle of lucrative prizes will raise funds for the history-making team, scheduled to play at the Argentine Ladies Open in Buenos Aires. The tournament in December will be the first time any lady from Ireland has played in the Open, an annual event since 1893 that is considered to be the ‘Olympics of Polo’.

The bronze medal won at the Ladies European Championship in September has also qualified the Irish team including Siobhan Herbst and April Kent for the World Polo Championship, taking place next April.

“Our life goal is to represent Ireland in the Ladies Polo Open in Argentina,” said Siobhan Herbst. “It is the ‘world cup’ of ladies polo and the highest level you can get in this sport.”

The Ladies Polo Celebration Lunch & Raffle will take place in the clubhouse at Polo Wicklow Ireland

Irish polo is often euphemistically known as ‘hurling on horseback’ with riders reaching speeds of up to 45 kilometres per hour during matches. The Argentine Ladies Open is set to take place in the ‘cathedral of polo’ in Palermo, Argentina.

“Ireland produces some of the best thoroughbreds in the world, many being retrained from the (horse racing) track and going on to play polo at high levels,” said April Kent. “We have the horses (and) the horsemen and we have the ball skills. Putting this together we (women) should be making more of a mark on the polo world.”

Siobhan Herbst and April Kent (left-far right) are fundraising to represent Ireland at the Argentine Ladies Open in Palermo Buenos Aires

Tickets for the Irish Ladies Celebration Lunch & Raffle Draw, available at include a glass of Prosecco on arrival at noon on 31st October. The growing list of raffle prizes includes a Berney Bros Saddlery voucher, paintings by Des Downes and Nancy Rosen and a Powerscourt Springs Health Farm solo break along with a colour business feature on

Donations on behalf of the historic Irish ladies team are welcome at an ongoing fundraiser at



Tags: Irish Ladies Celebration Lunch & Raffle Draw Argentine Ladies Open #irishladiespolo #europeanchampionship #worldpolochampionship


Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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