Randox Polo Tournament returns to Bushmills
Hot off the heels of its first ever Randox Health Grand National, global healthcare company Randox returned this weekend to Bushmills to again host its International Polo Tournament. Renowned polo players from across the world joined the founder of the Co Antrim-based firm, Dr. Peter FitzGerald, to play in the coastal town.
Following a successful event last year, which was the first of its kind held in Northern Ireland, the 2017 Randox Polo hosted almost 450 guests, including Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mrs. Joan Christie OBE, and Mayor of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Joan Baird, who delivered the match ball of the first polo game. Former Miss Northern Ireland and fitness blogger Tiffany Brien added a touch of glamour to the event.
On display was the company’s latest venture – the Randox Health Mobile Clinic. The unveiling of the bespoke Mercedez-Benz vehicle marks a departure from traditional models of healthcare provision, as the company’s advanced health screening programmes are now available to people anywhere in the country, using its travelling team of trained scientists and phlebotomists.
It was a victory for the Randox team in their first game of the tournament, as they went head-to-head with Scotland, but it was the Republic of Ireland team who emerged winners when they beat Team Randox in the final match of the day.
Randox, a recognized supporter of the arts, launched the weekend with a performance from Camerata Ireland Cameratino, an ensemble composed of acclaimed Irish flautist Eimear McGeown, and a String Trio including Violinist Sarah Sew, Violist Nathan Sherman and Celloist Gerald Peregrine, at Dundarave Estate.
The musical element continued on Saturday with a Beating of the Retreat by the Royal Irish Regimental Band, including the highly popular “Highland Cathedral,” and a unique version of “Run” by Snow Patrol.
Local Bushmills residents weren’t put off by the wet conditions and turned out to watch both the tournament, and the fireworks display which rounded off the event.
Randox Founder and Managing Director, Dr. Peter FitzGerald, a keen horseman who played in the polo tournament, commented:
“Given that our inaugural tournament in 2016 received such positive feedback from the Bushmills community, we are delighted to have been able to once again bring the event to the beautiful North Coast and its residents, and to bring the Randox Health message to our Polo guests. By prioritising your health and wellbeing you can make the most of life’s special moments and occasions – like this great polo tournament.
“We’re very lucky that the resilient spirits of the local Bushmills community weren’t dampened by the rain, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful afternoon together on the beautiful north coast.”
Joan Baird, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, delivers the first match ball of the polo tournament
The Royal Irish Regimental Band entertained guests at the Randox International Polo Tournament 2017
Declan O’Brien of the Republic of Ireland team reaches for the polo ball
Team Randox plays against the Republic of Ireland
The Royal Irish Regimental Band prepare to “Beat the Retreat” at the Randox International Polo Tournament 2017
(from left to right: Colonel Neil Salisbury; Joan Baird, Mayor of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council; Mrs. Joan Christie OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim; April Salisbury; Dr Helen Jackson and David Jackson, Chief Executive of the Causeway
The Royal Irish Regimental Band played “Highland Cathedral,” and a unique version of “Run” by Snow Patrol
Dr. Peter FitzGerald leads Team Randox against Scotland
Team Randox (from left to right: Shaun Brokensha, Jamie Heriot-Maitland, Marc Coppez and Dr. Peter FitzGerald)
The Republic of Ireland team, winners of the Randox International Polo Tournament 2017 (from left to right: Declan O’Brien, William Clarke, Robert Park and Keelan McCarthy)
A spectacular fireworks display drew the Randox International Polo Tournament 2017 to a close