Beach Races - Ireland
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Each summer communities all over Ireland host horse racing festivals. Beyond any doubt - my favorite takes place on a wet and sandy beach in the shadows of the mountains of Connemara. Each year for one day only, people gather on a small strand (beach) to watch and bet on first class horses jockeyed by kids. The beach is a large stretch of land that is only dry at the low tide. It stretches between the mainland and a small island named Omey and means that for a few hours each day the island is connected to the mainland and is no longer an island. It is said that the last pagans of Ireland were here until St. Patrick came and converted them in the fifth century, but today it is better known for the spectacle of the beach races.
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