Final fixture at Punchestown an action-packed fun filled countdown to the new year

WINNERS were all right in an action-packed countdown to the new year on 31 December at Punchestown Racecourse Ireland with ladies receiving complimentary admission and a full card of seven races.

New Year’s Eve at the races in Punchestown Ireland for Fiona Barlow and her children and friends Grace, Lauren, Caitlin and Caoimhe, all from County Wicklow

Locals Hugh Hamilton, Cian Costello, Hannah Lawlor, Beibhinn Howard, Evan Gilcrest and Peter Carpenter, counting down to the New Year at Punchestown Racecourse

Shannon Doyle (left) and Clodagh Dunne from Kildare Ireland counted down to the new year in style at Punchestown Racecourse

The Tote-sponsored Countdown to New Year’s Eve marked the release of discounted annual Festival tickets, taking place next April along with club memberships and gift vouchers.

Top Irish jockey Jack Kennedy ran a good race in Punchestown at the Countdown to New Year’s Eve, placing second for trainer Gordon Elliott in the Tote Jackpot is Back Handicap Steeplechase

Sean Byrne (l-r), Padraig Murphy and David Lawlor, outfitted by Detail Menswear Carlow Ireland for their countdown to the new year at Punchestown Racecourse

Niall Walsh and Erika O’Keeffe counted down to the new year not far from their home in Kildare. Erika’s handmade felt hat was lifted with pheasant feathers

“I hope you enjoyed your day and I look forward to seeing you back to Punchestown on Sunday 16 January where the Skybet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle takes centre stage,” Punchestown chief operating officer Conor O’Neill stated in his welcome. “A race which is renowned for producing future superstars in advance of the big spring festivals and certainly one to keep a close eye on.”

Last seen at the Punchestown Welcome Back to Jumps racing, Dawn and Bernie Bolger chose affordable style for their new year countdown. The mother-and-daughter pair were dressed by Irish retailer Penney’s and milliner Julie Kenny

Usually spotted alongside or on a Gaelic sports pitch or running track in County Kildare, Monica Cross (l-r), John Cribbin, Emer Conway, son Sean Og Finn, husband John Finn and daughter Niamh Finn counted down the new year at Punchestown Racecourse

Anna McGrane with jockeys Cian Cullinan (left) riding for trainer Jessica Harrington and Neil Ryan for trainer Noel Meade, counting down to the new year

Find membership details and gift vouchers along with Festival ticket information currently at twenty percent off the full price online at


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Image credits: Kim Mullahey


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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