League Of Ireland Mascot Race To Take Place At Naas Racecourse This Saturday
The 2023 League of Ireland Mascot Race at Naas Racecourse on this Saturday 8 July at 3pm. The race goes back to 2018 when organiser, Brian Kennedy’s Mum passed away from cancer and he wanted to do something for The Irish Cancer Society. There had never been a Mascot Race for League of Ireland clubs so for the inaugural race seven clubs participated and the race was won by Rocky the Seagull of Bray Wanderers.
The numbers increased the following year with Finn Harps mascot, Harper the Dog, winning. Paddy Power came on board as sponsor and the €10,500 in sponsorship helped raise money for charities like The Irish Cancer Society, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and Grow Mental Health.
Paddy Power actually won the race with their own mascot last year. This year the Samaritans are the chosen charity.
Speaking of the event organiser, Brian Kennedy said, “The mascots come from all over Ireland to take part on their time off and I really can’t thank them enough. The people at Naas Racecourse are equally brilliant and the organisation on the day is superb as we have to fit the Mascot Race in between the horse racing.”
Although Paddy Power are not involved this year the PFAI are, which was a huge boost to get such a well known players’ organisation on board.”
“Saturday is our 4th race and we hope everything goes well,” Brian Kennedy concluded.