For anybody visiting the Dingle Peninsula you must not miss the annual horse racing meeting on the beach at Beal Ban.
The beautiful Beal Ban beach is near Ballyferriter (which will also have lots of traditional music going on in its pubs), and the races are a traditional highlight for the local community with bookies, food stalls and a general air of organised mayhem. Great fun for the family.
ALL eyes will be on Baile an Fheirteáraigh as the annual Beál Bán Races return to the beach near Ballyferriter.
One of the highlights of the horse and pony circuit, the day will see 11 races contested on the silky sands of Beál Bán, starting at 1pm sharp. A large field of competitors is anticipated from all over Munster and beyond. A donkey derby will also provide a fun spectacle on the day.
Huge effort has gone into the staging of the races of Beál Bán; the day has evolved from a purely racing event to a real family day which can be enjoyed by everyone.
The history of racing in Beál Bán goes back to 1952; the organisers have revived the festival a number of years ago and it has been very successful since and it is going from strength to strength.
There are normally nine races scheduled plus two consolation races and there is sure to be plenty of excellent racing action. There are also market stalls, bouncy castles for children and live music."
local stall holders and producers come along and display their wares at the beach.
For anyone fearing that they might miss some of the sporting action fear not as the organisers plan to set up a massive TV screen on the beach so people will be able to enjoy any other sporting event live.
Beal Ban Beach is the strand of the village of Ballyferriter. Baile an Fheirteáraigh is nestled in a stunning green valley between the majestic hill of Croaghmarhin to the south and a ridge of jagged peaks to the north—Sybil Head and the Three Sisters.
To the east, Smerwick Harbour caresses a two-mile long
stretch of white sandy beach called Béal Bán.
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