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Dundalk Stadium’s marketing manager Emma Meehan is set to depart the Racecourse Road venue to take up a new role as chief executive of Down Royal racecourse in the New Year.

Her appointment is the first under the new management, Merrion Property Group, owners of the racecourse, who take over the day-to-day running of the venue on January 1.

Meehan, who has worked at Dundalk Stadium for the past 14 years, told The Racing Post: “I recognise that taking on the management of the venue is a challenge as well as an exciting opportunity. Down Royal is an integral part of the overall horseracing and breeding industry and I look forward to being part of its continuing success and development.

“Our aim from day one is to ensure that racegoers continue to enjoy Down Royal and in fact we will enhance the overall Down Royal experience. This is the beginning of an exciting new era for horseracing in Northern Ireland and throughout the island.”

Michael Roden of Merrion Property Group said: “We are delighted that Emma is joining us to head up our team as Down Royal begins a new chapter. The successful growth that she led at Dundalk and the huge experience that she has in all elements of managing a racecourse gives us every confidence in the future of Down Royal.

“We have spent the last year preparing for the onset of a new era at the venue and we will be ready to mark the opening of the 2019 racing season once transitionary plans complete.”