Sunday 29th October, Galway Races
Race 1 : Pub Pint Race in aid of Western Alzheimers.
The Galway Going was Soft to Heavy. The bar tenders were introduced as they entered the parade ring. Tigh Neachtain’s Tommie Raftery decided to use the area for a warm up but swiftly lost control as his pint left the tray. The nerves got the better of Brian Feeney from Barr an Chaladh as he managed to crack his glass losing his pint through the leak! Both were topped up and the 9 contenders made their way to the start line of the 150 yards race.
After the wave of the starting flag, they were off and Sean Clancy began the commentary. There was an immediate exit as Eliza Kelly representing The Skeff took an awkward stride and ended up wearing the pint.
Mike Cloonan (Carroll’s on Dominick Street) took an early lead on the outside with Brian (Barr an Chaladh) and Paddy Quigley (D’arcys Bar) hot on his heels.
Brian (much to his own disgust) was the next casualty and with dramatic slam of his tray he had to bow out as Tommie (Tigh Neactain) picked up speed taking second place, but couldn’t sustain control and was next out.
The race ended with Paddy (Darcy’s Bar) maintaining his substantial lead, Alvin Mc Callig (Mc Hugh’s Castlegar) sprinting into second place, Mike (Carroll’s) third, Donal Walsh for Wards Hotel fourth, Joanna (Busker Brownes) fifth, Nick Shaughnessy (Taaffes) sixth.
The winner of the race was the fastest with the most pint left in the glass which, after measurements and timings were calculated was awarded to Mike from Carroll’s.
HOWEVER he didn’t hold the crown for long! In a dramatic twist of events, shenanigans were declared and identified after gaining access to vital video footage with number of contenders pouring the tray drippings back into their glasses! As a result, Athlone native and NUIG student Paddy Quigley from Darcy’s Bar is the true Pint Race Champion of 2017. We will need hawk eye next Summer! The race was viewed by a lot more spectators than we thought as it was broadcast on At the Races! Watch the shenanigans unfold in the video below!
PS The pubs are fundraising throughout November and there is a TEAM prize for the pub that raises the most money. We hope the contenders prove as competitive when it comes to winning our team prize as they were for the race! You can help them win by donating in the pubs or here: (scroll to bottom of page for pubs): https://www.idonate.ie/172_western-alzheimers.html
Watch the best bits here: