For Setanta Ireland (Freeview)
Tuesday 11th – Friday 14th March @ 10.15pm

A Loosehorse Production

Horse-racing runs deep in the Irish psyche. It's a sport. An industry. A way of life. But it's also an excuse for fun, and fashion, and for communities to celebrate themselves, especially during the big annual festivals. In this series, we look at four such festivals: each a local showcase and a milestone in the Irish year.

Listowel – Tuesday 11th March @ 10.15pm
This week long September festival is a celebration of all that’s great about Kerry. The people, the sport, the craic, the competition. Featuring photographer Pat Healy, boutique owner Mary O’Flaherty, trainers Michael Hourican and Eric McNamara, this programme sees race day from many angles.

Bellewstown – Wednesday 12th March @ 10.15pm
This tiny village in Meath where a horse racing festival seems to appear out of nowhere each August. This year local family the Sweeneys want to debut their family horse Pudser’s Pet, then disaster strikes. Renowned racing family the Caseys reflect on previous peak times in horse racing and their current situation, and racecourse manager Kevin Coleman gets the whole show on the road

Down Royal – Thursday 13th March @ 10.35pm
This episode of The Festivals features an owner’s syndicate called Stick to the Cows. The Stick to the Cows guys have had a lot of early success on their horse Honey Bach, and this weekend they have the best jockey in the country, Ruby Walsh, riding their horse. The Crawford Brothers have a lot riding on this festival. A good performance could mean the difference between a good year and a bad.

Cork Racecourse, Mallow - Friday 14th March @ 10.30pm
The annual Easter festival. Running the same dates as the big national meet in Fairyhouse, Mallow aims to be the alternative, friendly, boutique festival rather than compete with the big boys in Meath. The Mangan family of trainers and jockeys certainly rate their local racing festival. Head of the family Jimmy, assesses the weather and how it may impact his horses and riders. Jockey Colman Sweeney is sweating off the pounds before the closing point to point day while groundsman Con Sheehan prepares for his final Easter festival after forty years.
Filmed over the course of a year this horse racing series will appeal to fans and non fans alike. It takes a gentle look at a fascinating aspect of Irish life and both amuses and informs.

Narrator: Frank Laverty
Script: Frank McNally
Directors: Liam Nolan, Ciaran Tanham, Gerry Hoban Editor: Sarah Armstrong
Executive Producer:Trisha Canning

A Loosehorse Production in association with Setanta Ireland Made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

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