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Green revived for races

Monday, 5th March, 2012

GREEN Ts: Geoff O’Connor with one of the shirts he has been selling to business houses. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt GREEN Ts: Geoff O’Connor with one of the shirts he has been selling to business houses. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Kurtis Eichler

The days of green petrol and pageants may have been and gone but the colour of the Emerald Isle is being revived for the 47th St Pat’s race meeting.

Green t-shirts with ‘See You There!’ printed on the back and front are being sold to businesses to promote the March 17 race meeting which falls on St Patrick’s Day for the first time.

Shop staff will wear the shirts for the week leading up to races and with no date printed on them they can be recycled year after year.

After joining the St Pat’s committee late last month, businessman Geoff O’Connor is at the helm of the drive to promote the race day.

“We’ve had a very positive response,” Mr O’Connor told the BDT.

The 67-year-old’s association with the race meeting dates back to the very first one in 1966.

“I was actually the altar boy for Father Murray who founded St Pat’s,” he said.

“I went to the first St Pat’s and almost every one since then.”

And after a recent holiday in the birthplace of St Patrick, Mr O’Connor has returned with some ideas he’ll present to the committee.

“I believe that Broken Hill could make a week of the St Pat’s event.”

Anyone who would like one of the shirts may contact the St Pat’s office on 8087 7550.

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