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About Property Race Day Ireland

The Property Race Day 2022

The eighth annual Property Race Day took place on Thursday, 9th 2022, after a two-year hiatus, due to the Covid Pandemic. Over 450 of Ireland’s property, investment, and financial leaders gathered in the Pavilion, Leopardstown for an exciting and entertaining day, which saw the industry gather to raise over €135,000 for the ISPCC & Focus Ireland and UNICEF Ukraine Appeal.

On arrival, guests enjoyed a Moët & Chandon and drinks reception, with entertainment courtesy of The Hit Drummers, the Havana Club Trio, with the Swing Cats finishing out the evening’s entertainment.

Martin Bayfield, TV Presenter, and former England International Rugby Player hosted proceedings, with the affable Deirdre O ‘Kane providing the post-dinner entertainment. Amidst the excitement of the races, mixologists made delicious drinks as guests bid on an array of prizes at the charity auction, raising an incredible €55,000. Among the amazing prizes on offer was a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Coolmore & Ballydolye Stud, Tickets to the British Open, a Corporate day out at the Dublin Horse Show, Concert Tickets, & Training Camps with Caelan Dorris & his friends, bidders were spoilt for choice, and our auctioneer Paul Grimes, did a stellar job, securing the bids on the night.

To date, Property Race Day Ireland has raised over €908,000 net for Irish charities, and we are well on our way to smashing our target of €1m in ten years.

Commenting on the invaluable funds raised, Chairman of Property Race Day Ireland, Andrew Gunne said,

“We are delighted with the funds raised to date and intend to grow this for the benefit of all of these worthy causes involved in the years ahead. As an industry, we are very proud to support so many children’s Charities including our 2022 Charity Partners ISPCC , Focus Ireland and Unicef Ukraine Appeal. This is a great result considering that it was just an idea eight years ago and testament to the incredible efforts of our amazing Committee, Jamie Rohan, Johnny Horgan, Paul McDonnell, Paul Grimes, Suzie Cruess-Callaghan, along with our President, Mark FitzGerald”.

To our Sponsors and Table Hosts – on behalf of the Committee and the Charities, thank you for your support. It is massively appreciated, and the vital funds raised would simply not be possible without your generosity.

Message from the Chairman

This year the net funds raised will go to ISPCC, Focus Ireland, and UNICEF’S Emergency Appeal for Ukraine. For the real estate and real estate financing community, it is great to be back together raising funds for these worthwhile causes.

We have missed congregating at this event for the last two years because of COVID restrictions. That every host opted to donate the cost of a table in those circumstances was heart-warming. Thank you. We have added UNICEF’S Emergency Appeal for Ukraine to lend support to this great nation as they strive to stave off an unwarranted hostile invasion. It is encouraging to see our industry playing its part in the Government’s efforts to house displaced Ukrainians arriving in Ireland.

Thank you to our Hosts, Cornerstone Sponsors, and Event Sponsors. Your unwavering support is appreciated.

A special word of thanks to my Committee: Jamie Rohan, Paul McDonnell, Paul Grimes, Johnny Horgan, Suzie Cruess-Callaghan, and President Mark FitzGerald. Thank you also to Joanne Rochford and her team at Invoke Brand & Events for making today happen.

Finally, on behalf of the Committee, thank you, our guests. Together we have succeeded in our ambition to make the Property Race Day the number one event in the real estate calendar.

Have a super day.

Andrew Gunne
The Property Race Day Ireland Committee

Welcome from the President

The summer season for business begins with Property Race Day, which has become an iconic event in all our annual calendars.  There is nothing granular or serious about the event, save for the causes that the day is dedicated to.  It reflects the best characteristics of the industry, in terms of collegiality and friendship.

In a world where intolerance has divided nations, Ireland endeavours to be a beacon of good sense, moderation, and generosity. The hand of friendship is never far away for the Irish people when there is a compelling cause or a humanitarian crisis, and the evil perpetrated on the people of Ukraine is devastating to observe.  It is right that we are supporting their needs for our fundraising today.

The two Irish charities also rightly chosen for our support today, ISPCC and Focus Ireland, are all about supporting children and the vulnerable in Ireland.

Andrew and his committee have worked tirelessly to ensure a day of fun and camaraderie, and it’s terrific to see so many old friends getting together once a year, in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.  Andrew is not only a great Chairman but also a great tonic!

Mark FitzGerald
President, The Property Race Day Ireland Committee

The Committee

Andrew Gunne (Chairman)
Mark FitzGerald (President)
Paul McDonnell
Johnny Horgan
Jamie Rohan
Paul G Grimes
Suzie Cruess-Callaghan

Dress Code | Business Formal

This dress code calls for men to wear a suit and tie, and for a woman to dress for a smart occasion (hats are not required for this event).

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