Strand Races at Coutmacsherry, Ireland

Every July, on that date when the tide is at its lowest during the mid-afternoon, a horse race is held on Courtmacsherry Bay. It’s aptly called the Strand Races.

This year, a ten-year-old won the first race. As the day progressed, the jockeys were older, but never past their teen years. Still, each whippet-thin boy was required to weigh in with their saddle.

The crowd gathered to place bets and eat chips sold from the Fry Truck.

This year it rained most of the day which made an always muddy event a bit worse. Save for those boys who didn’t make the winner’s circle, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

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19 thoughts on “Strand Races at Coutmacsherry, Ireland

  1. hey great stuff, i want to post this on my facebook page (obviously full credit given to you). working on a project with a horse racing company in Toronto, Canada and would definitely love to share this. Let me know.

  2. Great set of images, I love the first one in particular but together they convey the story so well. That muddy faced grimace, oh yes!

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