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Fairyhouse delighted with Festival

Officials at Fairyhouse have hailed this year's Easter Festival as a great success.

The Irish Grand National meeting saw the feature event go the way of the Tom Gibney-trained Lion Na Bearnai, with JP McManus and Tony McCoy dominating the rest of the fixture.

Fairyhouse racecourse manager Peter Roe said: "We are delighted with the way the three days has gone. To have a locally-trained winner of the National was very special and it was great to see JP McManus, such a huge patron of Irish racing, have such a successful meeting.

"We really feel that this meeting has grown as a Festival, with the success of the shopping village, the Most Stylish Lady competition, the live music and the children's entertainment all complimenting the top-class racing.

"It's very much a team effort and I would like to thank everyone here at Fairyhouse for all their hard work. "

Tuesday's crowd of 5,264 was an increase on last year and, overall for the three days, the attendance stood at 26,162 - figures that held up well despite some wet weather.

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