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A Report From the CTBA's Tour of Ireland
The Fifth Day

By Leigh Ann Howard
     Our morning started out much later than usual as the day is being dedicated to racing at the Curragh. We navigated to the upper-level dining area and, after another superb lunch, made our way between the reserved seats and the dining area. 
     Several members of our tour have figured out how to handicap the horses and made some money. It seems some bets earned more when placed with the bookies and others did better with the tote system.
     After a day at the races we headed to the Rathsallagh House for another full course dinner. The Rathsallagh House has an informative website and includes another of the outstanding golf clubs in this part of Ireland.
     We had to rush through the last of the dinner so we could get back to the Killashee House, and, more specifically, to the Nun's Kitchen bar to watch the Hollywood Gold Cup. 
     The race was to go off close to midnight and we all wanted to watch. The ESPN crew met us as we got off the bus. They had cleverly found Lava Man's trainer, Doug O'Neill, on our tour. 
     The excitement leading up to the race was not stifled by the fact that the race was preempted by a poker tournament. Doug was given an audio connection and was able to give us all a live race call as the cameras focused on him and our crowd. 
     The boys graduating from the first class of the Darley Flying Start School and many locals enlarged our crowd. Pandemonium broke out as Lava Man's nose reached the wire first. It's possible many bars in Ireland didn't close for the night.

The tour bus and some of its occupants.

The ESPN crew in the Nun's
Kitchen pub waiting for the
Hollwood Gold Cup
ESPN interviews Doug O'Neill,
Lava Man's trainer.
Dinner at the elegant
Rathsallagh House.