Lawlor’s of Naas are delighted to be going back to where it all began with our sponsorship announcement ahead of the upcoming Punchestown Festival running from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April.
The Lawlor’s Hotel Naas Flat Race is a celebration of 110 years of association between the two landmark Kildare businesses. Only a matter of months ago we opened Vi's restaurant and this time 110 years ago, Lawlor’s were contracted as official caterer for the 1913 Punchestown races and so a history of hospitality began. The two-mile Lawlor’s of Naas Hotel Flat Race is the penultimate contest of the festival followed only by the famous PKRF charity sweepstakes and will be a fitting finale for the event given its rich tradition as the place to go after racing. There is a diverse line up of previous winners with the last three runnings going to trainers Gavin Cromwell, Emmet Mullins and Gordon Elliott.
In the 110 years since Bridget Lawlor first opened the doors on Poplar Square in Naas town centre, Lawlor’s has grown to become a flagship Kildare hotel having undergone a multi-million euro redevelopment. Additions to our hotel and grounds include - Vi’s Restaurant and iconic round bar - (named for the famed Violette Lawlor), a 360 capacity ballroom, the Glending Suite for groups of up to 250, a decorative private garden, increased capacity to 138 bedrooms and a new underground car park for 120 cars. Each of the 74 new rooms is built to a 4-star deluxe standard and all with high-speed Wi-Fi.
Dee Nix, CEO at Lawlor’s of Naas looks ahead to the 110-year celebration at Punchestown “Lawlor’s has a long history and association with racing and sport in the thoroughbred county so we are delighted to further enhance our support with our sponsorship of the Lawlor’s Hotel Naas (Pro Am) Flat Race at the Punchestown Festival. It is important to acknowledge this wonderful long standing association and the great Lawlor women and family who established it, whilst also building on that heritage for the future growth of Lawlor’s. We look forward to welcoming racing fans to the hotel throughout the Festival and indeed the entire racing season”.
Leona Hughes Punchestown Sponsorship Manager said “Lawlor’s Hotel is a flagship business in the heart of Naas and the connection between the hotel and Punchestown is part of the county’s heritage. Back in 1913 the Lawlor family started a tradition of excellent food and hospitality for racegoers and that tradition continues today with the new team. We would like to take this opportunity to thank long term Punchestown supporter and owner of Lawlor’s of Naas Jack Tierney, CEO, Dee Nix and the Lawlor’s team for their support”.
The 2023 Punchestown Festival takes place from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April. Full event and ticket information www.punchestown.com/fixtures/