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Naas Racecourse celebrates Naas Hospital Frontline Workers

Naas Racecourse will welcome over 200 employees from Naas Hospital to their Summer BBQ race meeting on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st August.

The Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes Day at Naas Racecourse has featured the Lockdown Hero initiative in 2020, a charity fundraiser campaign for Barretstown Children’s Camp in 2021 and this year Naas Racecourse Board and Management will welcome over 200 employees of Naas Hospital to their Summer BBQ race meeting on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st August. 

The race day hospitality is a gesture from the local race track to show the community’s gratitude and appreciation to the staff at the hospital for their efforts during the recent pandemic. All departments of Naas Hospital and all over the world have been critical in fighting covid-19 and saving the lives of many.

Naas Racecourse will be providing over 200 staff from the hospital with admission to the races, a racecard, a barbeque meal and live music on the day which features the €300,000 Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes. 

Dermot Cantillon, Chairman of Naas Racecourse said:

“All frontline workers have been truly amazing throughout the pandemic.

Naas Racecourse is fully supporting this day to recognise those who have worked so hard at our local hospital to save others over the last two years.

We hope everyone can have a well-deserved break here on the day and enjoy the racing, barbeque and atmosphere.”

Colm Kenny, Local councillor said:

"Naas General Hospital and Naas Racecourse are two of the town’s oldest and most valued institutions.

When I approached the Board and Management of Naas Racecourse about an event to acknowledge the front-line role of staff in Naas General during Covid, I was delighted with the enthusiastic and generous response. There was an equally positive response from NGH Staff Engagement Committee and Management. This August 1st, Naas General Hospital Staff can experience the hospitable surrounds of Naas Racecourse and its second to none facilities, while not forgetting that Covid touched everyone in different ways."

The racing on Monday, 1st August features the third running of The Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes worth €300,000 and the richest race to be ran at Naas Racecourse. The first race on the day is off at 2.10pm.

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