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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An Irish Horse Race

The Irish love their horses. Last summer we attended a horse show and race in and around the West Cork village of Courtmacsherry. The Strand Race occurs during the few hours while the tide is out of the Courtmacsherry Bay.

This is small town life at its very best.

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The Judges
Barryroe, Ireland 2013
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Competitors
Courtmacsherry, Ireland 2013
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Proud Owner
Courtmacsherry, Ireland 2013
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Strand Race
Courtmacsherry Bay, Ireland 2013
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Winners  Circle
Courtmacsherry, Ireland 2013