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About Property Race Day Ireland

Property Race Day 2023

The Property Race Day 2023

The ninth annual Property Race Day took place on Thursday, 15th June 2023. 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 €150,000 for  Neurodiversity Ireland, Make-A-Wish & Barretstown.

The sun shone, and our guests enjoyed a Moët & Chandon al fresco drink reception, with entertainment from Ireland’s best musicians courtesy of New Brass Kings, Daddy Sax, with the Dueling Pianos finishing out the evening’s entertainment.

The brilliant Craig Doyle, Irish TV & Radio Presenter, hosted proceedings, with the affable auctioneer Paul Grimes who oversaw our best auction yet. 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 €70,000. Among the amazing prizes on offer was a one-week holiday in Spain’s La Manga Club, a Munster Package including a signed jersey and rugby ball by the Munster rugby team, Match Tickets and Pre-Match Hospitality for a URC fixture, a Mount Juliet golf package, tickets to the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby, and a round of four-ball with three guests in Irelands’ finest golf courses.

To date, Property Race Day Ireland has raised over €1,o00,000 net for Irish charities, surpassing our target of €1m in ten years.

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

“Thank you to all our Sponsors and Table Hosts, you helped us surpass our initial target of € 1 million (net) for children’s charities, one year ahead of schedule. Since its inception in 2014, with your help, Property Race Day has raised much-needed funds for worthy children’s charities. It has been rewarding for the real estate and real estate financing community to fundraise for these exceptionally worthy causes whilst enjoying a fantastic day out. I would like to thank our cornerstone sponsors Arthur Cox, Bank of Ireland, CBRE & Deloitte for their continued support and on behalf of the Committee, we are very grateful to all our sponsors on the day”.

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

When we set up Property Race Day in 2014, we had two goals. The first was to raise €1 million (net) for children’s charities in 10 years. I am delighted to confirm that with your help, we have now surpassed the €1 million mark. The second was to make this the number one event in the annual property calendar. Together we have done that. Your support has been unwavering from the beginning. This year the net funds raised will go to Barretstown, Make-A-Wish, and Neurodiversity Ireland. For the real estate and real estate financing community, it is great to be raising funds for these worthwhile children charities.

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

A special word of thanks to my Committee: Claire Solon, Jamie Rohan, Paul McDonnell, Paul G Grimes, Johnny Horgan, and President Mark FitzGerald. Thank you also to Joanne Rochford and her team at Invoke Creative Agency 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 property sector needs to stand up for itself, for its own sake, but also for the sake of the country. The country has immense construction needs, particularly in the area of housing. The Government has the money to resolve these needs, and the property industry has the expertise to deliver.

Even though it should be simple, combining all of this seems to be beyond us as a nation at the moment. The IDA was a private sector initiative, championed by the State, and free education was a state initiative, championed by the private sector. We have a massive opportunity to become a European leader in housing over the next 5–7 years.

For this to happen, the property sector needs to be cohesive, united in purpose, and challenge the State to have the industry at the table, in a real way.

This wonderful race day is all it’s meant to be in terms of an enjoyable day in support of great causes, but it’s also more as it provides the property industry with a rare occasion to meet in a social environment, make connections that matter and create a sense of unity. Long may it continue.

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
Claire Solon

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).