Don’t cry fowl if you see a number of hot birds in the Carlingford area, as it is likely they will be going as quack as they can in a bid to win this years National Poultry Race which takles place on the 19 May at Folklore Park.
It’s no bird brained idea, but a keenly contested event in which will see the finest poultry in the land face off against each other as they decide the pecking order for who is the fastest.
The sane and insane are invited to watch chickens, roosters, ducks and geese race to the finish line on the Folklore Park beside the Sailing Club on Ghan Road in the picturesque town of Carlingford in County Louth on Sunday May 19th at 2.00pm.
International Boyle Sports have partnered with the innovative event and will be on course to accept bets on ‘Chuck, Chuck’, ‘What a Chick’ or ‘Cock a Doodle Don’t.
Over the last 6 weeks, intensive training has been taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel Leisure Centre in Carlingford, the official training centre for the madcap races. Residents of the hotel have been surprised to find themselves swimming alongside ‘Duck It’ and running side by side with ‘Early Riser’ on the treadmill
Competition is reported to be high and tensions between the bird camps are becoming quite frayed. Apparently, during a particular session ‘Feathery Jane reported that personal trainer Gary Campbell was giving too much time to rival ‘What a Yoke’. The white Suffolk flew into a rage and later departed from the hotel, looking ruffled.
Representatives from the Irish National Poultry Health Association have been inspecting the on-going training and overseeing the course preparation.
In the event of alternative weather conditions the races will be held at the Dundalk Racecourse - the only all-weather track in Ireland.
The day at the races is sponsored by Alan Johnson of Taaffe’s Castle in Carlingford
Local business have also strongly supported the 9 races including the prestigious Scrambled Eggs Stakes.
Flat, hurdle and obstacle races will be programmed and the event promises to be one not to miss for the entire family!
The first race is scheduled for 2pm
Entries will be accepted right up to the last moment . Anyone wishing to chase a bird will pay an entry fee of €5 .