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A GUIDE TO IRISH RACECOURSES

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WHENEVER YOU ARE IN IRELAND YOU ARE NEVER FAR FROM A RACECOURSE.
26 RACECOURSES IN CITIES, TOWNS AND OPEN COUNTRYSIDE WELCOME
1.5 MILLION RACEGOERS THROUGH THEIR GATES EVERY YEAR.




            Venue                         page                   Venue                        page                  Venue                         page
            Ballinrobe                     02                    Galway                       28                    Navan                         56
            Bellewstown                    04                    Gowran Park                  33                    Punchestown                   59
            Clonmel                        06                    Kilbeggan                    36                    Roscommon                     64
            Cork                           08                    Killarney                    38                    Sligo                         66
            The Curragh                    11                    Laytown                      40                    Thurles                       68
            Down Royal                     16                    Leopardstown                 42                    Tipperary                     70
            Downpatrick                    19                    Limerick                     47                    Tramore                       73
            Dundalk                        21                    Listowel                     50                    Wexford                       76
            Fairyhouse                     24                    Naas                         53




     DISCLAIMER: EVERY CARE HAS BEEN TAKEN TO ENSURE ACCURACY IN THE COMPILATION   FIXTURES AND PRICES ARE CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT. THEY MAY CHANGE
     OF THIS GUIDE. HORSE RACING IRELAND CANNOT, HOWEVER, ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY    OVER TIME AND RACE-GOERS SHOULD CHECK ALL INFORMATION BEFORE TRAVELLING TO
     FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS BUT WHERE SUCH ARE BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION,          A RACE MEETING. PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2009.
     FUTURE PUBLICATIONS WILL BE AMENDED ACCORDINGLY.
IRISH
RACECOURSES
AN INTRODUCTION
                                                                                                                       Brian Kavanagh
                                                                                                                       Chief Executive
                                                                                                                       Horse Racing Ireland

HORSE RACING IN IRELAND IS A MAJOR RURAL INDUSTRY, A SIGNIFICANT
EMPLOYER AND CONTRIBUTOR TO THE EXCHEQUER, AND IS RECOGNISED
EVERYWHERE AS A WORLD LEADER.

THE HORSE IS NEAR THE TOP OF THE LIST OF ASSOCIATIONS WITH IRELAND
THAT PEOPLE NOMINATE WHEN ASKED, RIGHT UP THERE WITH MOUNTAINS,
LAKES, GUINNESS AND RAIN.


     There are twenty six racecourses in Ireland -            WHY?                                                     Horse Racing Ireland will assist you
     more per head of population than any other country       Without doubt it is the breadth of experiences           with any aspect of planning a day at the races.
     in the world. They say that it’s the people that make    on offer that gives Irish racing such drawing power.
                                                                                                                       Please call our Marketing Department
     the place and nowhere is that more true than at an       From the large well-endowed tracks which hold
                                                                                                                       on 045 455681 (Int: +353 45 455681)
     Irish racecourse where the people, above all else,       the prestigious races and festivals to the smaller
                                                                                                                       or email info@hri.ie
     create a sense of place and shared experience which      "country" courses, dotted around the map where
     makes up that most elusive quality - atmosphere.         racing is conducted close to the way God (probably)      Our website www.goracing.ie has a wealth of detail
                                                              intended, the measure of fun is the same.                and information about all aspects of racing in Ireland.
     We Irish have a special talent for horsemanship and
     the heroes of our turf have carried the name of Irish    Whether it is the unique one-day beach meeting           Horse Racing Ireland... Let yourself Go!
     racing to every corner of the world.                     at Laytown in September or one of the great festival
                                                              meetings, such as Punchestown or Galway, there is
     The love and respect for horses and the people who
                                                              no better way to see and touch the "real Ireland" than
     care for, train and ride them, runs deep. This is true
                                                              by spending a day at the races.
     even in the cities, where links to the land are,
     thankfully, still cherished.                             Just turn these pages to see where and when (and
                                                              how often) you can do just that, because wherever
     While racing fans have a wealth of information and
                                                              you are in Ireland you are never far from a
     entertainment available to them at home via
                                                              racecourse.
     television, radio, newspapers and the internet, they
     still turn out in great numbers (c. 1.5m annually) to
     take in the live experience of racing.




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                                            www.ballinroberacecourse.ie   County: Mayo

                                                                                                           RACE COURSE


AN INTIMATE PLACE SET IN A NATURAL AMPHITHEATRE WHERE THE ACTION
IS NEVER TOO FAR FROM VIEW - IT'S EVERYTHING A COUNTRY RACECOURSE
SHOULD BE.




                                                                                                                     FIXTURES
                                                                                                                     There are eight meetings a year at Ballinrobe,
                                                                                                                     seven of which are delightful Summer evening
                                                                                                                     fixtures.
                                                                                                                     ADMISSION
                                                                                                                     Adults                                       €12-15
                                                                                                                     Students & OAPs                              €8-10
                                                                                                                     Children under 14                             Free
                                                                                                                     Books of pre-season tickets available
                                                                                                                     CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                                     Ballinrobe Racecourse,
                                                                                                                     Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo.
                                                                                                                     Tel: 094 954 1811
                                                                                                                     Email: roberaces@eircom.net
                                                                                                                     Website: www.ballinroberacecourse.ie




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   Location                             How to get there
   Situated 2 km from                   By Road: 50 km north                By Rail: The closest station          By Air: The closest airports
   the town of Ballinrobe               of Galway, 28 km south              is Claremorris (21 km) from           are Galway (56 km) and
   in Co. Mayo.                         of Castlebar.                       where there is a bus service.         Knock (48 km) with regular
                                                                                                                  flights from Dublin and
                                                                                                                  many locations in the U.K.
                                                                                                                  Helicopter landing can be
                                                                                                                  arranged at the course.




                                                                                                                      Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                      The course itself is a slightly elevated right-handed
                                                                                                                      oval of about one mile and one furlong which features
                                                                                                                      competitive flat and National Hunt (jump) racing.




BALLINROBE REVEALED                                       CORPORATE FACILITIES                                        QUICK FACTS ABOUT BALLINROBE
In keeping with the West of Ireland's reputation          There is a new 160-seater restaurant at the course               Race meetings have been      trained by Michael Hourigan
for being a relaxed, friendly part of the world the       which can serve 'silver service' 5-course meals and         recorded in the area since        he went on to win € 1 Million
racecourses of the West of Ireland reflect that also.     is available to book for groups of 10 or more. Also,        1773. Racing has been held on     on the track.
                                                                                                                      the current course since it
Race meetings in Ballinrobe are so relaxed one            corporate marquee available.                                was purchased in 1921.                 Traverse, the horse
almost feels horizontal. Set before the picturesque                                                                                                     owned by the irrepressible
vista of Lough Carra, an excursion to Ballinrobe will                                                                      Dorans Pride, a former       Hector O'hEochagain and star
                                                          APRÈS RACING                                                Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle         of the series "Only Fools Buy
soothe any modern-life travails you may have. You will    There is a multitude of activities to occupy energetic      winner and twice placed in        Horses" also won his first
soon forget your boss's haranguing or the fume-ridden     visitors to the area, for both indoor and outdoor types.    the Cheltenham Gold Cup,          Irish race at Ballinrobe in
traffic jam gauntlet you must run to get in and out of    The area around Ballinrobe has been dubbed "The             won his first race at             2003.
work every day.                                           Lake Angling Capital of the West" with 60,000 acres         Ballinrobe in 1993. Owned by
                                                                                                                      Mayo man Tom Doran and
An intimate place set in a natural amphitheatre where     of brown trout fishing between Lough Corrib and
the action is never too far from view, it's everything    Lough Mask and also fishing on the river Robe.
                                                                                                                     LOCAL RESTAURANTS
a country racecourse should be, and with eight            There are scenic walkways in the area and regular          Carney's Bar and Restaurant, Ballinrobe
meetings in the Summer (including seven evening           traditional music and dancing in local pubs. There is      Flannery's, Ballinrobe
meets) it is the ideal place to go to switch off and      also an 18-hole championship golf course at nearby         J J Gannon's Bar and Restaurant, Ballinrobe
unwind. Ballinrobe is a racecourse that you will return   Cloonacastle House.                                        Marina’s Restaurant
to again and again.                                                                                                  Tí Bhurca Bar and Restaurant, Clonbur
                                                          LOCAL HOTELS
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                    Ashford Castle Hotel (5-star)     094 954 6003             LOCAL PUBS
There are bars and a self-service restaurant on           McWilliam Park Hotel              094 937 8000             Art O'Neills, Ballinrobe    Costello’s Bar, Ballinrobe
course and also a fast food outlet.                       Ryan's Hotel                      094 954 6243             Inch’s Bar, Ballinrobe        O'Malley's, Ballinrobe



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                                             Contact:                  Course Info:
                                             Tel: 041 984 2111         National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2
                                             www.bellewstownraces.ie   County: Meath

                                                                                                        RACE COURSE
WHAT'S RARE IS BEAUTIFUL AND IRISH RACEGOERS CERTAINLY SHOW THEIR
APPRECIATION OF THIS PRECIOUS JEWEL IN THE RACING CALENDAR BY TURNING
OUT IN DROVES FOR THE BELLEWSTOWN MEETINGS IN LATE JUNE/EARLY JULY
AND MID-AUGUST.




                                                                                                         FIXTURES
                                                                                                         Two meetings a year, a 3-day festival in early
                                                                                                         July and a 2-day meeting in mid-August. It's a
                                                                                                         favourite course for many people and first-
                                                                                                         time visitors will want to return again and
                                                                                                         cherish the rare evenings spent there.
                                                                                                         ADMISSION
                                                                                                         Adults                                                                      €13
                                                                                                         Students & OAPs                                                             €8
                                                                                                         Children under 14       Image                                              Free
                                                                                                         CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                         Bellewstown Racecourse,
                                                                                                         Bellewstown, Co. Meath.
                                                                                                                          OPTIONAL HERE
                                                                                                         Race day number: 041 982 3614
                                                                                                         Tel: 041 984 2111
                                                                                                         Email: klaybell@eircom.net
                                                                                                         Web: www:bellewstownraces.ie




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   Location                               How to get there
   Situated just off the main             By Road: 37 km north of             By Rail: The nearest station          By Bus: There is a special            By Air: Dublin is the
   Dublin to Belfast road (N1).           Dublin, 11 km south of              is Gormanstown and the                bus service from Dublin               nearest airport.
   Follow the appropriate                 Drogheda.                           nearest main station is               (Busaras). Tel. Bus Eireann
   signs.                                                                     Drogheda.                             00 353 1 836 6111 for
                                                                                                                    departure times. There is
                                                                                                                    also a bus service from
                                                                                                                    Drogheda.




                                                                                                                        Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                        The course is a one mile and one furlong, left handed
                                                                                                                        oval featuring flat and hurdle racing.




BELLEWSTOWN REVEALED                                        DISABLED FACILITIES                                         QUICK FACTS ABOUT BELLEWSTOWN
What's rare is beautiful and Irish racegoers certainly      Designated car parking and toilet facilities.                    The first record of racing          Madeira, the winner of
show their appreciation of this precious jewel in the                                                                   at the course appeared in the       the Irish Derby at the Curragh
racing calendar by turning out in droves for the                                                                        August edition of the Dublin        in 1868 (only the third
                                                            APRÈS RACING                                                Gazette and Weekly Courier          running of the race), then ran
Bellewstown meetings in late June/early July and            Bellewstown is located in the heart of the Boyne            in 1726.                            on consecutive days at
mid-August.                                                 River valley and as such the area offers excellent                                              Bellewstown and was beaten
                                                                                                                              In 1780 George Tandy, the     both days.
An evening spent there is a taste of something              fishing opportunities. There are also several 18-hole       mayor of Drogheda and
a little bit special, with racing in a beautiful, rustic,   golf courses nearby and horseriding centres. The            brother of the patriot Napper            In recent times
rural setting on the Hill of Crockafotha boasting           historic sites of Newgrange, Tara and Slane are also        Tandy persuaded King George         prominent horses to have run
magnificent views of the Mountains of Mourne                close by.                                                   III to sponsor a race at            at Bellewstown include:
                                                                                                                        Bellewstown. The race was           Arkloin: dual Cheltenham
to the North and the Irish Sea to the East. Racing
                                                                                                                        called His Majesty's Plate and      winner.
there epitomises summer sport, and is evocative             LOCAL HOTELS                                                was valued at £100, a large         Bright Cherry: Dam of Arkle
of the smell of strawberries and cream and freshly          Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda           041 9837737          sum back then. All the English      Haltons Grace, triple
mown hay. It may be small in stature but it's big in        Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan        041 8413333          monarchs sponsored a race at        Champion Hurdle
heart and atmosphere and is a place where followers         City North Hotel, Gormanstown          01-690-6666          the course until 1980.              Lieberman: won Chenltham
of racing can fall in love with it again.                                                                                                                   Bumper
                                                            Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane            041 9824155               In 1975 Peerless Punter        Freebooter: won the grand
                                                            Glenside Hotel, Drogheda               041 9829185          Barney Curley pulled off a          national in 1950
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                      Neptune Beach Hotel, Bettystown        041 9827107          mayor betting coup with
                                                                                                                        Yellow Sam
There is a self-service dining room, snack bar and a
number of bars.                                             LOCAL RESTAURANTS                                          LOCAL PUBS
                                                            Bacchus, Bettystown                                        Bellewstown Inn, Bellewstown
CORPORATE FACILITIES                                        Black Bull Inn, Drogheda                                   Cock and Hen, Gormanstown
A separate corporate area can be provided by                Forge, Collow                                              McPhail's, Drogheda
arrangement.                                                Monasterboice Inn, Drogheda                                Whytes, Stamullen
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                                            Contact:                Course Info:
                                            Tel: 052 61 72481       National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2
                                                                                                                                BALLYMACARBRY
                                            www.clonmelraces.ie     County: Tipperary

                                                                                                     RACE COURSE


CLONMEL IS AN IRISH RACECOURSE BLESSED WITH A SCENIC WOODED
SETTING WHICH GIVES IT THAT TOUCH OF CHARACTER THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE
TO CREATE ARTIFICIALLY.




                                                                                                        FIXTURES
                                                                                                        There are 12 fixtures annually at Clonmel
                                                                                                        including many Summer evening meetings
                                                                                                        staging competitive flat and jump racing.
                                                                                                        ADMISSION
                                                                                                        Adults                                                                      €15
                                                                                                        Sundays                                                                     €15
                                                                                                        Students & OAPs                                                            €10
                                                                                                        Children under 14                                                          Free
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                                                                                                        Discount of 20% for pre-booked groups
                                                                                                        of 20 or more people.
                                                                                                        CONTACT
                                                                                                        Clonmel Racecourse,Davis Road,
                                                                                                        Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
                                                                                                        Tel: 052 61 72481
                                                                                                        Email: administration@sportingpress.ie
                                                                                                        Web: www.clonmelraces.ie




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   Location                                 How To Get There
   Located 2 km from Clonmel                By Road: It is 48 km north-      By Bus: Clonmel bus station      By Air: The airport in
   Town centre on the                       west of Waterford, 38 km         is a short walk or a shorter     Waterford (52 km) is the
   Waterford/Cork to Limerick               south-east of Tipperary          taxi ride from the               closest to the course. Cork
   road.                                    Town, 80 km south-east of        racecourse.                      (85 km) and Shannon (95
                                            Limerick and 160 km south-                                        km) are next closest.
                                            west of Dublin, 85 km
                                            North-east of Cork




                                                                                                                  Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                  The course is right-handed, undulating, with a stiff uphill
                                                                                                                  finish and is one mile and two furlongs in length.



                                                                                                                  QUICK FACTS ABOUT CLONMEL
                                                                                                                       Racing was conducted at         being ripped off by rogue 3-
CLONMEL REVEALED                                            REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                Clonmel (Powerstown Park)            card trick men because
                                                                                                                  since the early 19th century         Jackson hired detectives to
Clonmel is an Irish racecourse blessed with                 There has been major refurbishment to our self-
                                                                                                                  and was free to spectators but       root out such tricksters and
a scenic wooded setting which gives it that touch           service restaurant, 2 bars and snack bars.            in an era when racecourses           pickpockets, it was like Wyatt
of character that is impossible to artificially create.                                                           were becoming commercial             Earp coming to clean up the
In a wider setting it is nestled in the Suir river valley   DISABLED FACILITIES                                   entities its owner Villiers          place. There are no such
between the Comeragh mountains to the south and             Wheelchair Stand.                                     Morton Jackson enclosed the          nefarious activities going on
Slievenamon to the north, and is an equally charming                                                              park and charged the public 2        there now, just enthusiastic
                                                                                                                  shillings for their pleasure.        people enjoying good racing
place to be in the dead of winter as in the heat            CORPORATE FACILITIES                                                                       in a fine setting.
of summer.                                                  Private catering can be arranged in our newly         In return people had access to
                                                                                                                  a grandstand and were                      Course record crowd
It has been in the dead of winter that it has               refurbished Supporters Club Bar.                      protected from having their          is 5,900.
been most illuminated by some of the brighest stars                                                               pockets picked by thieves or
in jump racing because its winter showpiece event           LOCAL HOTELS
in November, the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase, has             Clonmel Arms Hotel, Clonmel        052 21 233
been contested and won by some great horses. Beef           Hearns Hotel, Clonmel              052 21 611         LOCAL PUBS
                                                            Hotel Minella, Clonmel             052 22 388         Chawkes Bar                      Jerry Moynihan’s Bar
Or Salmon has been a regular competitor in the race
                                                                                                                  Careys Bar                              O’Keefes Bar
and was involved in one of its most epic renewals,
                                                                                                                  Eldons
when he was just beaten by Edredon Bleu in 2003.            LOCAL RESTAURANTS
The latter, who had previously been the Champion 2-         Befani’s, Clonmel                                     APRÈS RACING
mile chaser in Britain, won the King George Chase on        Emerald Garden, Clonmel                               Places of interest include Coolmore Stud in Fethard,
his next outing, a demonstration of the quality of the      La Scala, Clonmel                                     Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel. There are several
event. But the horse that deserves special pride of         Mulcahy's Bar/Restauant, Clonmel                      golf courses in the greater area.
place in the annals of this race is the gallant Dorans      Mr Bumble, Clonmel
Pride, one of the great crowd-pullers of Irish racing in    Sean Tierney's Bar/Restaurant, Clonmel                OTHER FACILITIES
the last decade. He won the race an amazing 4 years         The Emperor, Clonmel                                  Clonmel hold schools after racing.
in a row, 1997-2000.
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                                             Contact:                Course Info:                                                                                                  RATHDUFF
                                             Tel: 022 50 207         National Hunt & Flat / Grade 1                                                                                CORK
                                                                                                                                                                                   WATERFORD
                                             www.corkracecourse.ie   County: Cork

                                                                                                      RACE COURSE


A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD FROM CORK RACECOURSE WAS THE SCENE
OF THE HISTORIC RACE WHICH GAVE THE WORLD THE PHRASE "STEEPLECHASING",
A DESCRIPTIVE TERM FOR A RACE OVER FENCES.




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  Location                                                            How to get there
  Situated 1 mile from Mallow       Shuttle Bus - there is a free     By Road: 35 km north of               Patrons coming from                   By Rail: Mallow railway
  town on the Mallow-               shuttle bus service to and        Cork city. 64 km south of             Dublin or Waterford                   station is served by trains
  Killarney Road (N72).             from Mallow town and              Limerick city. Patrons                direction (N72 and N73) take          from Cork, Dublin, Tralee
                                    Train Station for all race        coming from Cork city or              the town park bypass to               and Killarney.
                                    meetings.                         Limerick (N20) go under the           reach the roundabout. The             The racecourse is only a
                                                                      railway bridge at the                 racecourse is on the left out         short taxi ride away.
                                    Contact the office on 022                                               the Killarney road.
                                                                      roundabout in Mallow                                                        By Air: Cork airport is 44 km
                                    50207 or check our website
                                                                      town.                                                                       from the course. Helicopter
                                    www.corkracecourse.ie for
                                    pick up times.                                                                                                landing at the course can be
                                                                                                                                                  arranged in advance.




                                                                                                                Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                The new improved course is a right-handed, flat, oval
                                                                                                                track of about one mile and four furlongs in length with
                                                                                                                 a six furlong sprint track.




FIXTURES
There are 20 race meetings in Cork spanning
the full 12 months of the year. From the first
week in January to a mid December fixture
(which incidentally would be a perfect setting
for that pre-Christmas staff party) there is
a race meeting at Cork to suit your schedule
and taste.                                                    CORK REVEALED
                                                              Cork has the reputation of being the friendliest part of Ireland and those from the "People’s Republic of Cork",
There are a number of big money features
                                                              the status many of its denizens like to bestow on their home, like to embrace outsiders to their part of the
spread over the calendar including the Group 3
Kerry Group Noblesse Stakes (worth €100,000)                  world once you have a knowledge and appreciation of them and their county, of which they are very proud.
in June, the €70,000 Listed Give Thanks Stakes                It is said (by Cork people mostly) of the legendary aphorism "Ireland, the land of 100,000 welcomes"
in August, The Grade C Paddy Power Cork                       that all but 236 of those welcomes come from County Cork.
Grand National Steeplechase in November and
                                                              The racecourse reflects this with a very informal homely feel to it which has not been compromised
the Grade 2 O’Connell Logistics Hilly Way
Steeplechase (worth €60,000) in December.                     by the recent modernisation. Racing at Cork is a mix of quality jump and flat racing with mixed cards taking
                                                              precedence in Summer and all jumps in Winter.
ADMISSION PRICES
Adults                                     €18
Students & OAPs                            €10                EASTER FESTIVAL
Children under 14                          Free               This Annual 3-day Easter Festival at Cork is as much a part of the Easter Season as getting an Easter Egg on
                                                              Easter Sunday morning. The 3-day festival is full of great racing, fabulous food, music and craic, with lots of
CONTACT DETAILS
Cork Racecourse (Mallow) Ltd,                                 activities for the little ones as well. It is a great time to dust off those winter cobwebs get out your favourite
Killarney Road, Mallow, Co. Cork.                             outfit and be part of it all.

Tel: 022 50 207
Email: info@corkracecourse.ie
Website: www.corkracecourse.ie
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          Organised racing in the              Mallow racecourse closed         has made it one of the best          they organised a 4 1/2 mile       after a visit to Cork races. It is
     Mallow region goes back as            temporarily in 1995 and after        racecourses in southern              race across country from the      very fitting indeed because
     far as 1777 when 6 consecutive        a complete overhaul of the           Ireland.                             steeple of the St John's Church   Cork people are probably the




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     days racing was held under            course and facilities with                                                in Buttevant to that of St        most enthusiastic supporters
     the auspices of the King's            investment from local                     A few miles down the            Mary's in Doneraile. Blake        and followers of jump racing
     Plate Articles. When Cork Park        business people and Horse            road from Cork racecourse            won the match and the bet,        in Ireland and many of the
     racecourse closed in 1917 it left     Racing Ireland it opened to          was the scene of the historic        which was a cask of wine.         best jump horses are bred in
     a sporting void to be filled in       huge crowds again May 1997.          race which gave the world the                                          Cork.
     Ireland's largest county and                                               phrase "steeplechasing", now               In 2002 a re-enactment of
     so in 1924 Mallow racecourse          Cork racecourse has                  a descriptive term for a race        the event was organised in
     was formed.                           continued to upgrade their           over fences.                         celebration of the two
                                           facilities and track. They                                                participants, attracting many
                                           opened a brand new Pavilion          In 1752 two sporting Cork            amateur jockeys for the fun of
                                           Stand in November 2008,              gentlemen, Edmund Blake              it. A bronze monument to
                                           greatly adding to the facilities     and Cornelius O'Callaghan,           Blake and O'Callaghan stands
                                           already provided. This along         wanted to find out which of          in the village of Buttevant
                                           with the work on the track           their horses was the better so       and is worth a visit before or




DID YOU
KNOW?
     REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                         parade ring. Downstairs contains a state of the art         LOCAL HOTELS
     There are five public bars in the racecourse. There are        Paddy Power Betting Shop along with fast food and           Longueville House Hotel                    022 47 156
     three in the Grand Stand and two in the new Pavilion           bar facilities making facilities for the everyday punter    The Charaville Park Hotel                  063 81 600
     Stand. There is also a carvery restaurant, a hot roast         as comfortable as possible.                                 The Hibernian Hotel                        022 21 588
     beef and snack stand and a fast food restaurant.                                                                           Springfort Hall Hotel                      022 21 278
                                                                    DISABLED FACILITIES
     CORPORATE & RESTAURANT FACILITIES                              Cork is a wheelchair friendly course with access to all     LOCAL RESTAURANTS
     The main restaurant is situated on the top floor of the        areas for disabled people plus a designated disabled        Gallery Bar & Restaurant                    022 20 760
     impressive 3-storey Grandstand overlooking the track           viewing area on the rails.                                  The Arches Bar & Restaurant                 022 42 680
     and winning post. With an extensive menu and full bar                                                                      The White Deer Restaurant                   022 57 337
     and Tote facilities it can cater for groups of 2 to 300. The   APRÈS RACING                                                The Wild Goose                              022 21 934
     Grandstand also has 6 corporate hospitality suites, each       The Blackwater River, upon whose banks the
     of which has its own balcony overlooking the racetrack         racecourse is situated is a renowned salmon fishing         LOCAL PUBS
     and winning post. These can cater for 15-25 people and         river and there are many local fishing clubs that will      Alberts Market Square
     are equipped with CCTV, bar and Tote facilities.               organise fishing expeditions and provide                    Maureens Mallow Town
     The New Pavilion Stand opened on November 2nd                  accommodation for visitors. The above mentioned             The Arches
     2008 offers the ideal location for a corporate day out.        steeplechase plaque in Buttevant is worth seeing.           The Gallery
     It can seat up to 200 people in very sumptuous                 There are also many opportunities for golf, pony
     surroundings with a viewing balcony offering                   trekking and also archaeological sites of interest
     unrivalled views of the race track, betting ring and           including Mallow Castle.


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                                           Contact:                   Course Info:                       MONASTEREVIN

                                           Tel. 045 441 205/441 105   Flat / Premier Track
                                                                                                                                                                                                 KILCULLEN
                                           www.curragh.ie             County: Kildare         CORK
                                                                                              LIMERICK


                                                                                             RACE COURSE


THE CURRAGH IS THE HOME OF IRISH FLAT RACING AND THE LARGEST HORSE
TRAINING CENTRE IN THE COUNTRY. IT IS NAMED IN EARLY MANUSCRIPTS
AS A MEETING PLACE OF CELTIC KINGS AND CHIEFTANS.




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  Location                          How to get there
  Situated on the Curragh           By Road: 50km south-west        By Rail: A regular                   By Bus: A special bus leaves          By Air: 25 miles from
  plains, 3 km from the town        of Dublin City on the main      service from Dublin                  Busaras (Dublin Central Bus           Dublin Airport and 16 miles
  of Newbridge in Co. Kildare       Dublin – Cork/Limerick          Heuston, Waterford, Cork             Station) for the Curragh on           from Baldonnell.
  and less than an hour from        road. Take the N7               Limerick and Galway stops            race days and leaves 30               There is also a helipad
  Dublin.                           southbound and exit             in Kildare Town with a               minutes after the last race.          behind the main
                                    at junction 12.                 complimentary shuttle bus                                                  Grandstand.
                                                                    to the racecourse.                   **Admission is half price
                                                                                                         when showing your train
                                                                                                         or bus ticket for all race
                                                                                                         days (excluding Derby Day).

Course Characteristics:
The Curragh is a right-handed, undulating,
horseshoe-shaped course two miles (3200M) in length
with an adjoining chute feeding into the home
straight which stages races of up to one mile.



FIXTURES
There are 19 race days annually at the Curragh,
from mid-March to mid-October. The 2-day
Boylesports.com Guineas Festival in May, the Irish
Derby Festival featuring the Dubai Duty Free Irish
Derby, Darley Irish Oaks weekend and Autumn
Festival featuring The Irish Field St Leger.
ADMISSION PRICES
Adults                                    €15
Students and OAPs                  Half-price
                                                            THE CURRAGH REVEALED                                       all day. The occasion is impervious to weather
                                                            For those who enjoy seeing the best racehorses             conditions and there is always that essential feel-
(except Dubai Duty Free Derby Day)
Accompanied children under 15            Free               and horsemen in the world doing what they do best          good factor which cannot be induced artificially at
(except Dubai Duty Free Derby Day)                          on a glorious stage then a visit to the Curragh is a       an occasion - it's either there or it's not and Irish
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day          €40                must. This racecourse, steeped in tradition, is where      Derby Day has got it in abundance.
Classic and Group 1 days                 €20                the Five Classic races are held: Dubai Duty Free Irish
                                                                                                                       Setting The Scene
Family packages                                             Derby; The Darley Irish Oaks; The boylesports.com
                                                                                                                       "And straight I will repair
on Classic / Group 1 / Goffs Million Day   €35              1000 Guineas; The boylesports.com 2000 Guineas
                                                                                                                       To the Curragh of Kildare
on all other days                          €25              and Irish Field St Leger in addition to many more
                                                                                                                       For it's there I'll find tidings of my dear"
Not available on Derby Day                                  great races.
                                                                                                                       is the melodic precursor to the race itself and
Premier Level Access and Premier Level Seats are            All season long, from the first meeting in March to
available to purchase.                                                                                                 the crowd sings along to the song of Kildare as the
                                                            the conclusion of the flat racing season in October the
                                                                                                                       runners make their way down to the starting stalls.
Curragh Membership includes admission to all                Curragh holds centre stage in Irish racing. All the best
                                                                                                                       There is a buzz of expectancy like for no other race
race days, preferential bar and car parking                 flat horses run there each year following the pantheon
                                                                                                                       in the calendar. This is wildly exciting and not just
facilities and admission to over 70 reciprocal              of former great horses that have tread the same
race days at other Irish and international                                                                             because it's a great spectacle but also because of
                                                            famous turf. The jewel in this racing crown is the
racecourses.                                                                                                           the meaning and resonance of the race.
                                                            Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby which is usually run on
20% discount off membership and admission                   the last Sunday in June.                                   The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby often decides which
when booking at www.curragh.ie                                                                                         is the best 3-year-old colt in Europe as it performs
Annual memberships are available which                      IRISH DERBY = IRISH PARTY                                  the role of a junction of sorts, attracting horses that
include entry to all race meetings,preferential             Make no mistake this is the biggest party of the year      ran in the big races earlier in the year and getting
bar and car park facilities.                                at an Irish racecourse and is not to be missed, where      them to face each other in a dramatic showdown. It is
                                                            the beautiful people dress-up, turn-out and party-on       truly a major world event in horseracing. It features
Book online @ www.curragh.ie


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QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE CURRAGH

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                                         It is mentioned in the            The first official racing        The Curragh is also                  The biggest attendance
                                    earliest Irish manuscripts        to take place at the Curragh      the largest horse training          at the Curragh was 31,136 at
                                    as a meeting place of the         was in 1741. In the 1760's a      centre in Ireland and boasts        the Budweiser Irish Derby
                                    Celtic Kings where much           Jockeys' Club was set up in       extensive facilities on it's        in 2003.
                                    sporting activity, including      a coffee house in Kildare         grounds. The surrounding
                                    horseracing, took place.          town which evolved into           area is home to thousands
                                                                      the present day regulatory        of racehorses in training
                                                                      body, The Turf Club in 1790.      yards and stud farms.




some of the finest racehorses in the world                 when a magnificent horse at his best crushes his        ill-fated Shergar. Trained in England by Sir Michael
(collectively worth millions of Euro) owned, trained       rivals in an imperious display. The Aidan O'Brien-      Stoute and owned by the Aga Khan he never came
and ridden by masters of their professions, competing      trained champions Galileo (2001) and High               out of third gear in cruising to victory under Lester
for a prize of 1.5 million euro. This matters.             Chaparral (2002) followed up their Epsom Derby          Piggott in 1981. With his big white face and neat,
                                                           triumphs with effortless romps at the Curragh, while    handsome frame carrying the master jockey it made
PARADE OF CHAMPIONS                                        last year (2008) he became the first trainer to win     for a seamless bio-mechanical marriage of perfection.
The crowd at the Curragh appreciates nothing better        the race on 3 consecutive occasions on Frozen Fire      Truly a sight to behold.
than a champion but even more so when it is won by         followed in the footsteps of stable companions
                                                                                                                   And that image encapsulates what the Irish Derby
an Irish horse ridden by an Irish jockey and trained by    Dylan Thomas and Soldier of Fortune, who took this
                                                                                                                   is all about - aesthetics: that of the crowd itself and
an Irish trainer. Irish trainers Dermot Weld, John Oxx,    prestigious event in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
                                                                                                                   their appreciative response to the expression of it
Aidan O'Brien and Jim Bolger have provided staunch         Back in 2000 the John Oxx-trained Sinndar
                                                                                                                   on the course.
defence of the prize in recent years (Irish trainers won   demolished his field by 9 lengths and picked up a
every year (bar one) from 2000-2008). Home-trained         one-off $1 Million Millennium Bonus for having also
                                                           won the English Derby. Back in 1992 St Jovite,          CONTACT
winners always add an extra dimension to the post-
                                                           trained by Jim Bolger, destroyed the opposition by      Curragh Racecourse, The Curragh, Co. Kildare.
race celebrations. Witness Grey Swallow's battling
                                                           12 lengths in a record-breaking time with a truly       Tel. 045 441 205/441 105 - E-mail: info@curragh.ie
win in 2004 against English Derby winner North Light
that whipped the Curragh crowd into a frenzy as did        awesome display of raw, unstoppable power that
Alamshar's titanic winning battle up the straight with     left everyone gasping at a memorably dry, sun-
French champion Dalakhani a year earlier in front of a     baked Curragh.
record crowd.
                                                           SHERGAR: POETRY IN MOTION
However, there doesn't have to be a close finish
                                                           Probably the best, and certainly the most famous
to make for an exciting race. Sometimes it is just as
                                                           winner of recent times was the outstanding but
thrilling to witness the crowning of a champion


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                                                                                                  First Running: The          Distance: The race           Most successful
                                                                                                                                         3
                                                                                            first Irish Derby was run   was run over 1 /4 miles       owners: His Highness
                                                                                            in 1866 and only three      until 1872 when the           The Aga Khan (born
                                                                                            horses ran. Selim beat      distance was changed          1878, died 1957) and his
                                                                                                                                         1
                                                                                            even-money favourite        to it's current 1 /2 miles.   grandson, the current
                                                                                            Tom King by three                                         Aga Khan, jointly hold
                                                                                            lengths.                         Largest field:           the record of winners,
                                                                                                                        24 runners, in 1962.          with five each.
                                                                                                                            Smallest Field:                 Fastest Time: St
                                                                                                                        Only 2 turned up in           Jovite's time of two
                                                                                                                        1868.                         minutes 25.6 seconds




DID YOU KNOW?
                                                                                                                                                      is officially the fastest
                                                                                                                                                      time for the Derby
                                                                                                                                                      although the accuracy
                                                                                                                                                      of it is disputed.
                                                                                                                                                      However, even allowing
                                                                                                                                                      for a one second error



DERBY DAY FACTS                                                                                                                                       it is still the fastest time
                                                                                                                                                      on record.




AND FIGURES
     REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                    The Champagne Bar and Bistro, beside the Parade          CORPORATE FACILITIES
                                                               Ring serves an excellent selection of fine cuisine,      There is a huge variety of hospitality choices for
     BARS:                                                     and of course the finest bottles of Bollinger.           clients wishing to make a splash with customers,
     There are five public bars in the racecourse.                                                                      staff or family and friends, from private intimate
                                                               Silks Self Service restaurant located in the Tote Hall
     The Tote Hall Bar, Vintage Crop and Horace Pinks Bar                                                               suites to gatherings of 300 guests or more in the
                                                               is open from noon and serves a selection of hot meals
     are located under the West End Stands near the                                                                     hospitality pavilion. The suites range in size from
                                                               and snacks.
     bookmakers ring.                                                                                                   the flagship Derby Club Room with a capacity of 200
                                                               Dan Donnelly's Diner in the West End Stand serves        guests down to some of the Premier level suites with
     The Curragh View and Horseshoe Bar (with live race        quality fast food and baguettes on major race days.      a cosy capacity of 10. Facilities for all of the above
     day music) on the first floor of the Grandstand have                                                               are, as one would expect, first class. The Image Derby
     clear views of the course.                                There are also many more sandwich bars and snack
                                                                                                                        Pavilion is a temporary structure located on the inside
                                                               outlets on the course.
     The Balcony Bar and Café on the Premier level of                                                                   of the track on Derby weekend offering VIP treatment
     the grandstand serves a variety of hot and cold drinks    All inclusive restaurant packages are available          and access to the Parade Ring and Reserved
     and quality snacks.                                       which include admission race cards and lunch.            Enclosure. Tables of 10 and 12 can be booked for
                                                               These can be booked by calling the Curragh               Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day.
                                                               racecourse on 045 441205.
     RESTAURANTS AND FOOD OUTLETS:
     The Horseshoe restaurant is one of the finest dining
     experiences in Irish racing. All - inclusive restaurant
     packages are available which include admission, race
     cards and lunch. These can be booked by calling the
     Curragh racecourse on 045 441205.




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     Longest Priced          (1977), Shirley Heights           Record of French
Winner: Zarathustra          (1978), Troy (1979),         Derby Winners: Four
at 50-1 in 1954. He had      Shergar (1981),              winners of the French
finished unplaced in         Shahrastani (1986),          Derby have won the
the Gallinule Stakes         Kahyasi (1988),              Irish Derby, namely;
and only fifth in the        Generous (1991),             Assert (1982), Old Vic
Irish 2000 Guineas,          Commander In Chief           (1989), Dream Well
hence his long price.        (1993), Sinndar (2000),      (1998) and Montjeu
                             Galileo (2001), High         (1999). Nine others
      Shortest priced        Chaparral (2002).            failed to complete the
winner: Orby (which                                       double; Caerleon (1983),
had previously won the       10 Epsom Derby               Suave Dancer (1991),
English Derby) started       winners have failed          Hernando (1993) and
at 1-10 in 1907.             to complete the double.      Dalakhani (2003)
                             Charlottown (1966),          finished 2nd in their
     Record of English       Sir Ivor (1968), Empery
Derby Winners:                                            attempts.
                             (1976), Dr Devious (1992)
Orby was also the first      and North Light (2004)       Caracolero (1974),
winner of the English        all finished 2nd.            Mouktar (1985),
Derby to run in (and         Teenoso (1983) was 3rd,      Hours After (1988),
win) the Irish               Blakeney (1969) and          Celtic Swing (1995) and
equivalent. 14 others        Larkspur (1962) were         Holding Court (2000)
have achieved this           4th while Roberto (1972)     all finished unplaced.
illustrious double since.    and Quest For Fame
Santa Claus (1964),          (1990) were unplaced.
Nijinsky (1970), Grundy
(1975), The Minstrel




OTHER FACILITIES                                          LOCAL HOTELS                                             LOCAL PUBS
At the west end of the stand there is a quality outdoor   Barberstown Castle, Straffan               01 628 8157   Aubrey Brabazon Bar, The Stand House Hotel, Curragh
playground for children together with a picnic area.      Curragh Lodge Hotel, Kildare               045 522 144   Bardons, Kilcullen
There is a gift shop in the Tote Hall carrying a range    Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge                   045 431 666   Cunninghams, Kildare
of Curragh merchandise. For disabled customers            Killashee House Hotel, Naas                045 879 277   Harrigans, Newbridge
there is a special viewing area beside the Parade         Kildare Hotel and Country Club, Straffan   01 601 7200   Mooneys, Monasterevin
Ring, just past the winning post. All areas of the        Maudlins House Hotel, Naas                 045 896 999   Swifts, Newbridge
course are wheelchair accesible. There is an on-          Osprey Hotel Naas                          045 883 910   The Liffey Arms, Newbridge
course Ladbrokes betting shop and a big screen at all     Stand House Hotel, Curragh                 045 436 177   The Hideout, Kilcullen
fixtures for enhanced viewing quality.                                                                             Whitewater Bar, Newbridge
The planned redevelopment of the Curragh                  LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Racecourse has been postponed and will be reviewed        Dunne and Crescenzi, Kildare Village                     APRÈS RACING
on an ongoing basis.                                      Fallons, Kilcullen                                       The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in
                                                          Hangman’s Arch, Miltown                                  Kildare is a must see. In the surrounding area of the
The entire development was sparked off by His             Jardin Royale, Newbridge                                 Curragh there are many opportunities for playing golf,
Highness, the Aga Khan, with his generous gift of the     Pauls, Kilcullen                                         fishing, horse riding and shopping at the Kildare
Stand House Hotel to the Turf Club. The development       Silken Thomas, Kildare Town                              Village Outlet shopping mall.
is being financed by the Aga Khan’s gift; by the Turf     The Granary, Newbridge
Club itself; by sponsorship from the racing industry
and a grant from Horse Racing Ireland.




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                                      Contact:                Course Info:
                                      Tel: 028 926 21 256     National Hunt & Flat / Grade 1
                                      www.downroyal.com       County: Down
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                                                                                               RACE COURSE


IT IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE THAT DOWN ROYAL SHOULD HOLD SUCH A HIGH CLASS
JUMP RACING MEET BECAUSE NORTHERN IRELAND IS FAMED FOR ITS BREEDING
ACADEMIES IN THAT SPHERE.




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   Location                          How To Get There
   Down Royal is located 4 km        By Road: 16 km south of           By Rail: The nearest railway         By Air: Two airports
   from the town of Lisburn,         Belfast City just off the A1,     station is Lisburn with a            in Belfast, Belfast
   Co. Down.                         which is the main Belfast-        regular service from Belfast.        International and Belfast
                                     Dublin road.                                                           City.




                                                                                                           Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                           Down Royal is a right-handed, undulating course of one mile
                                                                                                           and seven furlongs in length with an uphill finish.




FIXTURES                                                        DOWN ROYAL REVEALED                                       FESTIVAL OF RACING
There are 12 meetings annually at Down Royal                    Racing at Down Royal has a long and interesting           It is entirely appropriate that Down Royal should hold
including 2 festivals, the 3-day Ulster Derby                   history to it (see below) but what is of even more        such a high class jump racing meet because Northern
meeting at the high point of Summer in mid-                     interest is the range of first-class racing it has been   Ireland is famed for its breeding academies in that
June and the Festival of Racing in early
                                                                staging in more recent times. This has been attracting    sphere. Also, the locals love their racing and this
November.
                                                                the best horses around, promoting strong betting          enthusiasm rubs off on the many visitors from Britain
ADMISSION                                                       markets, bumper crowds and a fantastic, lively            and the rest of Ireland. The showpiece of the 2-day
Adults                                   £10-15                 atmosphere.                                               festival is the J N Wine Merchant Chase which has
Students & OAPs                     Concessions                                                                           attracted horses of the calibre of See More Business,
Children Under 12                          Free                 This isn't happening by accident because you can't
                                                                                                                          Looks Like Trouble, Florida Pearl, Beef or Salmon,
CONTACTS                                                        have one without the other - good races attract good
                                                                                                                          Kicking King, Kauto Star, War of Attrition to the track.
Down Royal Racecourse, Maze, Lisburn,                           horses and good facilities attract big crowds and the
Co. Down BT27 5RW.                                              investment in both in recent times has paid dividends.    The 2-day meeting was only initiated in 1999
                                                                The €75,000 Specsavers Ulster Derby is the                but has, like one of the sponsor's fine imports,
Tel: R.O.I: 048 926 21 256/ N.I: 028 926 21 256
                                                                highlight of the popular 3-day Summer Festival and        got better with time. It is by no means, a one-race
Email:info@downroyal.com                                        the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing in early          meeting, however, the Killultagh Properties Chase and
Website: www.downroyal.com                                      November is a showcase for the cream of National          Anglo Irish Bank Hurdle, provide solid back-up to an
                                                                Hunt (jump) racing.                                       event that's very much on the up.




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                                                                                  QUICK FACTS ABOUT DOWN ROYAL
     REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                                            Down Royal Corporation          In 1750 King George II
     The modern facilities include fast food counters,                            of Horse Breeders was           donated £100 to run a King's
                                                                                  founded in 1685 by Royal        Plate and to the present day
     self-service restaurant, bars and a cafe. On festival                        Charter from King James II to   a Royal Plate has been held at
     days there are additional bars and food outlets.                             encourage horse breeding in     the course contributed to by
                                                                                  the area. The original racing   the Privy Purse.
                                                                                  took place at Downpatrick
     CORPORATE FACILITIES                                                                                              Media Puzzle, winner of
                                                                                  but the association moved to
     The VIP Suite on the first floor of the grandstand                           the present course in 1789.     the 2002 Melbourne Cup had
     can accommodate up to 130 guests in tables of 10.                                                            previously won the Ulster
     Private marquees can also be provided for between                                                            Derby.
     50 and 1,500 people. Facilities in both cases include
     CCTV, private Tote betting, private bar and of course
     quality food and service. There are also a number of
     private boxes available.

     LOCAL HOTELS
     Ballymac Hotel, Stoneyford            02892 684 313
     Beechlawn Hotel, Dunmurray            02890 612 974

     LOCAL RESTAURANTS
     Hillside Restaurant, Hillsborough
     The Plough, Hillsborough
     The Racecourse Inn, Maze
     The Tidi Doffer, Ravernet

     LOCAL PUBS
     Clenaghan's Bar/Restaurant, Lisburn
     Quincy's Bar/Restaurant, Lisburn
     The Down Royal Inn, Lisburn
     Treasure Inn, Lisburn

     APRÈS RACING
     Local places of interest are Irish Linen Centre,
     Lisburn Museum and the beautiful Georgian village
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                                             Contact:                          Course Info:
                                             Tel: 028 44 612 054               National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2                                                  DUBLIN

                                             www.downpatrickracecourse.co.uk   County: Down

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DOWNPATRICK HAS THE REPUTATION OF BEING ONE OF THE FRIENDLIEST
RACECOURSES IN IRELAND AND IT IS SITUATED IN THE STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL
COUNTY OF DOWN.




                                                                                                                  ADMISSION
                                                                                                                  Adults                                                                                                   £10
                                                                                                                  Students & OAPs                                                                                           £5
                                                                                                                  Children Under 14                                                                                       Free

                                                                                                                  FIXTURES
                                                                                                                  There are 9 individual fixtures annually
                                                                                                                  at the course from February until December
                                                                                                                  including some attractive Friday evening
                                                                                                                  Summer meetings.                        Image
                                                                                                                  CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                                  Downpatrick Racecourse, Ballydugan Road,
                                                                                                                  Downpatrick, Co. Down BT30 7SP.
                                                                                                                  Tel: R.O.I: 028 44 612 054
                                                                                                                  Email: info@downpatrickracecourse.co.uk
                                                                                                                  Website: www.downpatrickracecourse.co.uk




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   Location                              How To Get There
   Situated 2 km from the                By Road: 35 km south of             By Rail: High-speed trains              By Bus: The course is 1 km          By Air: The closest airports
   centre of Downpatrick                 Belfast City on the A2. From        run from Belfast to Dublin,             from the main bus station.          are Belfast City and Belfast
   in Co. Down.                          the South take the N1 from          stopping at Station (45 mins                                                International.
                                         Dublin to Newry and from            from racecourse).
                                         there the A1 to Lisburn.




                                                                                                                        Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                        The course is right-handed, undulating of one mile
                                                                                                                        and two furlongs in length with an uphill finish.




DOWNPATRICK REVEALED                                       LOCAL HOTELS                                                  QUICK FACTS ABOUT DOWNPATRICK
Downpatrick has the reputation of being one of the         Burrendale Hotel and Country Club,
                                                                                                                              As well as being one            More recently, famous
friendliest racecourses in Ireland and it is situated in   Newcastle                          028 44 722 599             of the friendliest courses in    horses which started their
the stunningly beautiful county of Down. It is strongly    Denvirs Hotel, Downpatrick         028 44 612 012             Ireland it is also the oldest    careers there include English
supported by the local community and race meetings                                                                       because racing started here      and Irish Grand National
there are intimate, cosy affairs with exciting flat and                                                                  in 1685 and, apart from          winner Rhyme n' Reason
                                                           LOCAL RESTAURANTS                                             occasional disruptions           and Cheltenham winners
jump racing on offer. The course has recently been         Justines, Downpatrick                                         has continued since.             Tourist Attraction and
modernised with the completion of a new grandstand                                                                                                        Sparky Gayle.
which can accommodate 1,500 spectators. The                                                                                   Probably the most
highlight of the year at the course is the Powers          LOCAL PUBS                                                    famous horse to run at the
Whisky Ulster National run in late February over           Hogans, Downpatrick                                           course was the Byerley Turk,
                                                                                                                         one of the founding fathers
31/2 miles and which is always an exciting affair.                                                                       of the Thoroughbred breed,
                                                           APRÈS RACING                                                  which ran there in 1690
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                     There are lots of opportunities for fishing and golfing       en route to the Battle of
Snack bar and 3 public bars in the stand.                  enthusiasts to indulge themselves after racing.               the Boyne.
                                                           There are also lots of sites of archaeological interest
                                                           in the area.
CORPORATE FACILITIES
There are private boxes available at the course and        For more details visit www.kingdomofdown.com
corporate lunches can be organised in the top-of-the-
range marquees. Packages include Tote betting
facilities, 4-course lunch and a private bar.




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                                            www.dunkalkstadium.com   all-weather floodlit flat
                                                                     County: Louth
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DUNDALK IS IRELAND’S FIRST FLOODLIT ALL-WEATHER RACECOURSE
AND WAS OPENED IN AUGUST 2007.

                                                                                                 1 - Turnstile Entrance      5 - Champion’s Restaurant               9 - Parade Ring                          13 - First Aid
                                                                                                 2 - Silks Bar and Carvery   6 - ATM machine                         10 - Bookies Square                      14 - Racing Press
                                                                                                 3 - Sprinter’s Bar          7 - Mullen’s Traditional Fast Food      11 - Weigh Room & Stewards Room          15 - Public Toilets
                                                                                                 4 - Gallop’s Bar            8 - Meeting Point                       12 - Reception / Courtesy Desk




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   Location                          How to get there
   Situated approximately            By Road: Situated                By Rail: Dundalk is                  By Air: Dundalk is 40
   1km from Dundalk town             approximately 1km from           located midway on the                minutes from Dublin
   centre on the north side.         Dundalk town centre on           Dublin-Belfast Intercity line,       International Airport
                                     the north side.                  serviced by the ‘Enterprise,’        and an hour from
                                                                      a high speed rail network,           Belfast International
                                                                      which provides access to             and Belfast City Airports.
                                                                      Dublin and Belfast city
                                                                      centres in one hour.




Course Characteristics:
The race track is a left handed, floodlit, 10
furlong polytrack with a 5 furlong chute.




FIXTURES                                                      FACILITIES                                                 and racecourse caterers put an emphasis on
There are 26 fixtures at Dundalk. These are
                                                              Dundalk Stadium presents the most modern                   seasonal local produce. Panoramic views of the
Friday evening meetings throughout Winter
and Spring and 20 are floodlit.                               entertainment facility in the North East. This €35m        racing circuit complement the ultimate dining
                                                              facilitiy incorporates all the elements of a night time    experience where patrons can choose from
Greyhound racing takes place every week                       experience combined with the thrill and excitement of      an extensive range of food and wines. Diners can
throughout the year.                                                                                                     also enjoy a dedicated tote and bar service, without
                                                              live racing. Choose from the luxurious surroundings
ADMISSION PRICES                                              of Champion’s 400 seat restaurant, where you’ll enjoy      having to leave the comfort of their tables.
Adult                                           €15           panoramic views of the race track, to the culinary
OAPs                                            €10           delights of Silk’s carvery and Mullen’s traditional fast   APRÈS RACING
                                                              food. Whatever you choose, there is something for          One can enjoy an eight race programme of greyhound
Students                                        €10
                                                              everyone at Dundalk Stadium.                               racing on Friday evenings after the last horse race
(Upon production of a valid ID card)
                                                                                                                         followed by music in Gallop’s Bar to 12:30am.
Under 14's                                      Free
                                                              HOSPITALITY SUITES                                         Dundalk Stadium – For a night with a difference.
(Once accompanied by an adult)
                                                              There are four private suites, which combine privacy
CONTACT DETAILS                                                                                                          For further details visit: www.dundalkstadium.com
                                                              along with the full excitement and atmosphere of
Dundalk Stadium, Racecourse Road, Dundalk,                    racing. The suites overlook the restaurant and each        Dundalk is in the county town of Louth. This busy
Co. Louth
                                                              has an exceptional view of the racetrack. They offer       manufacturing centre is a great base for pursuing a range
Tel: +353 (42) 9334438                                        full formal dining with extensive choices in food and      of activities including nature walks, salmon and trout
Email:bookings@dundalkstadium.com                             wine. Each suite has its own private bar, an at-the-       fishing, golf and horse riding. Dundalk has good nightlife
                                                              table tote betting service and race viewing screens.       and a greyhound track, and is home town of one of the
Web:www.dundalkstadium.com                                                                                               most successful rock bands of the nineties - The Corrs.
                                                              CHAMPIONS RESTAURANT                                       For more details visit: www.countylouth.com or
                                                              This restaurant features an excellent dining               www.louthholidays.com
                                                              establishment on the upper level of the stadium

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LOCAL HOTELS
Ballymascanlon House Hotel,
Dundalk                            042 935 8200
Crowne Plaza Dundalk               042 933 5453
Park Inn Hotel, Carnbeg, Dundalk   042 938 6770
The Fairways Hotel & Conference
Centre, Dundalk                    042 932 1500

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Carlingford Adventure Centre       042 937 3100
Dundalk Ice Dome                   042 965 0415
JJB Soccer Dome                    042 939 1300




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FAIRYHOUSE IS THE VENUE FOR MANY OF THE BIGGEST RACES OF THE IRISH
JUMP SEASON, WITH THE CROWNING GLORY COMING ON EASTER MONDAY
WHEN THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS REACH FEVER PITCH FOR THE RUNNING
OF THE POWERS GOLD LABEL IRISH GRAND NATIONAL.




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   Location                         How to get there
   Situated north-west of           By Road: Only 23 km from         By Rail: Heuston Station,             By Bus: Bus Eireann                By Air: Dublin airport
   Dublin near the village of       Dublin city centre, just off     Dublin is the nearest                 provides a special bus             is 19 km away and the
   Ratoath in Co. Meath.            the N3 or the N2 via             station.                              service from the Central Bus       N3 is reached via
                                    Ratoath.                                                               Station (Busaras) on race          Blanchardstown bypass.
                                                                                                           days. Contact Dublin Bus on        Helicopter landing at the
                                                                                                           +353 (0)1 836 6111 for             course can be arranged in
                                                                                                           timetables.                        advance.




                                                                                                               Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                               The course itself is right-handed, relatively flat
                                                                                                               and is one mile and six furlongs in length.




FIXTURES                                                      FAIRYHOUSE REVEALED                                       racing, it is one of the biggest events in Irish sport.
There are 22 fixtures at Fairyhouse annually                  Fairyhouse is the venue for many of the biggest races     It is also a most exciting, enjoyable way to spend this
including the Easter Festival, several glorious               of the Irish jump season, with the crowning glory         holiday time. Above all it's the people’s race.
Summer Evening meetings featuring live                        coming on Easter Monday when the holiday
music and BBQ’s followed by a winter
                                                              celebrations reach fever pitch for the running of the     DAYS LIKE THESE
of content with some of the best jump racing
                                                              Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National. This is without      There have been some truly memorable Grand
action in the country. If you are a follower
of great racing then follow the roads to                      doubt one of the biggest days in the Irish racing         National days over the years and here are just a
Fairyhouse.                                                   calendar and is the main course on a 3-day Easter         few to remember:
                                                              menu of appetising racing which begins on
                                                              the Sunday and ends on the Tuesday. The big race          The great English Champion Desert Orchid winning
ADMISSION PRICES                                                                                                        in 1990 under 12 stone. This grey 11-year-old warrior
Adult                                  €15-30                 itself is complemented by numerous other top-class
                                                              races including the Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup on            was one of the most celebrated horses in recent
Students and OAP’s          €10 (€15 on Easter
                                                              the Tuesday.                                              times and received a huge cheer on returning to
                                     Monday)
Children under 14                         Free                                                                          the winner's enclosure.
                                                              The Grand National is the most valuable handicap
20% Online discount for adult admission.                      jump race run in Ireland with a prize-fund of             Commanche Court winning in 2000 for the immensely
                                                              €250,000. It is a thrilling roller-coaster event over     popular Ted Walsh and ridden by his son Ruby which
20% Discount for groups of 20 or more people.
                                                              35/8 miles and 24 fences. It's a true test of horse and   made it a great family affair.
                                                              rider and the combination that comes home in front        Two years previously another famous Irish racing
CONTACT DETAILS
Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Co. Meath.
                                                              after that journey deserves the big cheer it gets from    family had an equally memorable day. Jockey Paul
                                                              the 20,000 plus crowd. All the participants are heroes    Carberry triumphed on Bobbyjo which was trained
Tel: 01 825 6167                                              and are rightly celebrated but the winning horse and      by his father Tommy just down the road in Ashbourne.
Email: info@fairyhouseracecourse.ie                           jockey deserve to be lauded to a height and they are.     The celebrations went on and on…
                                                              Not only is it one of the signature races in Irish
Website: www.fairyhouseracecourse.ie


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                                                                     The first running of         From 1960-66 the            Grand National               The longest priced
                                                                the Grand National was        legendary trainer Tom      Heavyweights: The            winners in recent years
                                                                in 1870. The winner was       Dreaper trained the        following horses won         have been Granit
                                                                a grey gelding called Sir     winner a remarkable 7      the Grand National           d'Estruval (2004) and
                                                                Robert Peel, and the          years in a row during a    with top weight of 12        Bentom Boy (1984) who
                                                                prizemoney was 167            golden era for the race.   Stone weight or more         both started at 33/1.
                                                                sovereigns.                   His winners were:          in the last 50 years and
                                                                                                                         deserve to be celebrated         The shortest priced
                                                                    The winner of the         Olympia-1960               for such a heroic feat:      winner was Arkle (The
                                                                1929 renewal was Alike,                                                               Greatest) at 1/2 in 1964.
                                                                who was owned and             Fortria-1961               Flashing Steel
                                                                ridden by 5' 4" Frank                                    (12-0)-1995
                                                                                              Kerforo-1962



GRAND
                                                                Wise who was missing
                                                                three fingers and had a       Last Link-1963             Desert Orchid
                                                                wooden leg.                                              (12-0)-1990
                                                                                              Arkle-1964
                                                                     The 1995 winner                                     Browne Lad
                                                                                              Splash-1965                (12-2)-1978



NATIONAL
                                                                Flashing Steel was
                                                                owned by former
                                                                                              Flyingbolt-1966            Brown Lad
                                                                Taoiseach Charles
                                                                                                                         (12-2)-1976
                                                                Haughey and trained by        Just as remarkably the
                                                                his son-in-law John           legendary Irish stallion   Flyingbolt



TRIVIA
                                                                Mulhern.                      Fortina, who stood in      (12-7)-1966
                                                                                              Co. Cork sired 4 of
                                                                                              Dreaper's winners:         Arkle
                                                                                              Olympia, Fortria, Last     (12-0)-1964
                                                                                              Link and Splash.           Fortria
                                                                                                                         (12-0)-1961



     BEST OF THE BESTS                                          REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                   OTHER FACILITIES
     But Fairyhouse is not just all about the Grand National    The Bobbyjo Bistro in the Powers Gold Label Stand        All areas of the stands are wheelchair accessible via
     Meeting. There is more than one pearl in its oyster.       offers superb views of the racecourse and parade         lifts where there are a number of designated disabled
     In late November/early December the course hosts           ring/winners enclosure. It offers a four-course silver   viewing areas. There are also disabled toilet facilities
     a weekend meeting that is one of the highlights of         service lunch and has its own Tote and full bar          and ample car parking spaces.
     the Winter and the Sunday card features a trio of          facilities.
     Grade 1 races that are as good as the game can                                                                      APRÈS RACING
                                                                There is also a self-service restaurant, several fast
     get and the list of past winners proves it.                                                                         Fairyhouse is close to the historic sites of Newgrange,
                                                                food outlets and a choice of bars.
     The Bar One Racing Hattons Grace Hurdle has been                                                                    Tara and Slane with plenty of opportunities for fishing
     won by Istabraq twice, Limestone Lad three times.                                                                   and golfing.
                                                                CORPORATE FACILITIES
     Dorans Pride, Danoli, Solerina. This is more like a        The Arkle Room with a capacity of 200 is ideal
     list of the best Irish hurdle horses of the last decade.   for company outings and social events. Situated          LOCAL HOTELS
                                                                on the first floor of the Jameson Stand, it has an       Ashbourne Court Hotel                    01-835-9300
     The Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase has been          excellent view of the parade ring and easy access to     Ashbourne House Hotel                    01-835-8400
     won by such as Watson Lake, Alexander Banquet and          the viewing stand. The Jameson Stand Suites, on the      Ardboyne Hotel, Navan                    046 9023119
     Harbour Pilot.                                             top level of the Jameson Stand, provide an excellent     Ashbourne Marriott Hotel, Ashbourne      01-835-6800
     The Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle has            view of the racecourse and can cater for 12 for a        Castle Arch Hotel, Trim                  046 9431516
     been won in recent years by Istabraq, Moscow Flyer,        silver service meal and 20 for a buffet. On the top      Duffys of Ballybin, Ashbourne            087 6982495
     Like a Butterfly, Hardy Eustace.                           level of the Powers Gold Label Stand are suites that     Dunsany Lodge, Dunsany                   046 9026339
                                                                can accommodate 30 for a silver service meal or 40       The Bellinter House, Navan               046 9030900
     That's what Fairyhouse is all about.                       for a buffet and also provide excellent views of the     The Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa          01-801-3500
                                                                racecourse and parade ring.                              The Hamlet Court Hotel, Enfield          046 9541200
                                                                                                                         Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim   046 9482100


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                                       The first meeting held        The record attendance at         Easter Monday is “Ladies        The Powers Whiskey
                                  in 1848 when the Ward Union   the course is just over 25,000.   Day” and the stylish lady      Irish Grand National is
                                  Hunt held their point-to-                                       crowned “Best Dressed” walks   Ireland’s richest handicap
                                  point races there.                                              away with fantastic prizes.    steeplechase worth €250,000.




The Newgrange Hotel, Navan            046 9074100
The Park Plaza, Tyrrelstown           01-827-5600
The Station House Hotel, Kilmessan    046 9025290
Trim Castle Hotel, Trim               046 9483000
Yellow House B&B, Navan               046 9073338
Dublin City Centre hotels are only 30 minutes away.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Big Cicero's, Ashbourne
Caffrey’s, Batterstown
La Bucca, Ratoath
Mulan (Chinese), Ratoath
The County Club, Dunshaughlin
The Mill House, Clonee
Ryan's Steakhouse, Ratoath

LOCAL PUBS
Caffrey’s Batterstown
Ryans, Ratoath
The Auld Stand, Ratoath
The County Club, Dunshaughlin
The Snail Box, Kilmoone
The White House, The Ward


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                                             Contact:                     Track Info:
                                             Tel: 091 753 870             National Hunt & Flat /
                                             www.galwayraces.com          Premier Track                                                                                                                       LIMERICK

                                                                          County: Galway
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IT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THE FESTIVAL THAT IT ONCE BROUGHT GALWAY CITY
TO A STANDSTILL BUT NOW BRINGS THE COUNTRY TO A STANDSTILL.




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  Location                          How to get there
  Situated about 6 km outside       By Road: Galway is 80 km       By Rail: Regular service to            By Air: Galway airport has
  Galway city off the Galway-       north-west of Limerick and     Galway from many regions               daily flights from Dublin
  Tuam road.                        217 km west of Dublin.         including Dublin. A bus                and regular flights from
                                                                   service runs from Galway               several UK destinations.
                                                                   station to the track.                  Helicopter landing at the
                                                                                                          racecourse can be arranged
                                                                                                          in advance.




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                                                                                                               with a steep incline into the dip.




FIXTURES                                                   GALWAY REVEALED                                              horses; myriad colours of silks and clothing; sound
Racing in Galway is not just all about                                                                                  of laughter; roars of triumph; challenging tone of
the week in mid-Summer, altogether there are               A HIGHER STATE OF MIND                                       bookies; children screaming; parents gently scolding;
13 fantastic days to enjoy racing in the "City of          The great Irish playwright John B. Keane said that the       smell of the newly intruded-upon turf; horses'
the 14 Tribes": 7 days Summer Festival, 4 days             "Galway races are a state of mind". Indeed they are,         sweat; quixotic odour of perfume. Such sensory
Autumn Festival and 2 days October Festival.               a state of mind that is distinctly Irish, often copied but   bombardment on this grand scale leaves you
                                                           never equalled. It has been said about the festival that     powerless to resist, it's too exciting, too seductive.
ADMISSION                                                  it once brought Galway city to a standstill but now          It's easiest to just give into it and get swept away
Summer Festival                                            brings the country to a standstill. Those who have           by the thrill of it all.
Adults                                  €20-30             been there will understand that, those who have yet
Children                                    €2             to visit are still strangers to this country's greatest
                                                                                                                        HAS EVERYTHING
Students & OAPs are given a discount.                      sporting festival.
                                                                                                                        The place just has that indefinable "je ne sais quoi",
September & October Meetings                               Whether or not they are regular followers of horse-          but not in the sense that it's like some places that
Adults                                       €15           racing is immaterial, the salient pre-requisite for          nearly everyone is familiar with (pubs, nightclubs
Children                                    Free           Galway racegoers is that they know how to have fun           or sporting venues) where there is always a naturally
Students and OAPs are given a discount.                    because that is the currency of the occasion. Starting       vibrant atmosphere in spite of, rather than because
                                                           in late July, the high point of the Summer holiday           of, modern facilities.
CONTACT DETAILS
Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Co. Galway.                  season, it has become the Irish equivalent of Mardi
                                                                                                                        Galway has a compelling quality and has the
                                                           Gras, and is the fastest growing festival in the world.
Tel: 091 753 870                                                                                                        infrastructure, facilities and personnel, both
                                                           It effects an almost magnetic force on the population        in front of and behind the scenes, that gives a
Email: information@galwayraces.com
                                                           and once this force draws you into its field the             synergising effect to the whole occasion, elevating
Website: www.galwayraces.com                               experience that follows is almost hypnotising. The           the experience to even greater heights. It attracts big
                                                           sights and sounds of the occasion all assail your            crowds but can cater for them and because of that
                                                           senses at once; sight of constantly changing faces;          they come back.

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                                         Records of                   More recently there     when the course was              It was reported that        The Galway races
                                    organised racing in          is an account of a five-     flooded and so the         40,000 people attended       were not always
                                    Galway go back as far as     day meeting in 1764 at       festivities were           the opening day of that      approved of by
                                    the mid-thirteenth           Knockbarron near             transferred to Ballybrit   first race-meeting in        everyone in the area. In
                                    century when match           Loughrea and                 in 1869.                   Ballybrit and 35,000         1944 Dr Browne, Bishop
                                    races were run under         steeplechases were run                                  people attended the          of Galway issued this
                                    the auspices of King's       at Kiltulla, east of                                    second day of the two-       counter in his episcopal
                                    Plate Articles.              Ballybrit up until 1868.                                day event. The meeting       letter.
                                                                                                                         was extended to three
                                                                                                                         days in 1961 and has
                                                                                                                         gradually built up into
                                                                                                                         the present seven-day



DID YOU KNOW?
                                                                                                                         extravaganza.




QUICK FACTS
ABOUT GALWAY
     THE PEOPLE’S FESTIVAL                                       "At Galway Races"                                       Finally, the race was off and
     Among those crowds are people from all corners                                                                      the horse was settled nicely
                                                                 "There where the course is,
     and all backgrounds, who flock to the place year                                                                    in mid-pack when the runner
                                                                 Delight makes all of the one mind,
     in year out, and it’s not just to press the flesh. They                                                             in front of him fell and checked
                                                                 The riders on the galloping horses,
     love it too.                                                                                                        Cloone River's momentum causing
                                                                 The crowd that closes in behind:
                                                                                                                         him to fall back in the field.
     That's one of the great aspects of the festival, it is an   and it again
                                                                                                                         The crowd took a huge swelling intake of breath
     egalitarian occasion, something which a lot of great        Crying aloud as the racecourse is,
                                                                                                                         and exhaled it in a groan. Nolan was out on the track
     sporting occasions are not, and the great and good of       And we find hearteners among men
                                                                                                                         feeling faint with his heart ready to explode in his
     the land mingle with the chap in the battered peak          That ride upon horses.
                                                                                                                         chest. But what was this? With 3 hurdles to go Cloone
     cap who still has muck on his shoes and is only there
                                                                                                                         River was picking off the opposition with ease and
     because he sold a few sheep the week before to pay          DAYS LIKE THIS                                          challenging the leaders in the straight he stormed
     for the B+B and the few pints of stout.                     Scenes like the following are surely what               to a famous win.
     It is an event that captures the imagination of             the great poet had in mind.
                                                                                                                         The crowd went wild - it was bedlam. Afterwards
     everyone who has been privy to its pleasures and has        The money had poured on Cloone River to win the         the parade ring was thronged to welcome the horse
     been eulogised in song, verse and on canvas by many         2004 Guinness Galway Hurdle, bringing his price         and rider John Cullen back, it was like a pitch
     noted artists. W. B. Yeats captured it thus in his poem     down from 9/1 to 7/2 favourite. It seemed like          invasion after an All-Ireland hurling win. The whole
                                                                 everyone had backed him. It had been a long range       place was reeling as though in the aftermath of an
                                                                 plan for the trainer Paul Nolan and local owners        electric storm. A truly memorable day.
                                                                 Kathleen and Bernard Gillane to win this race
                                                                 and the execution of it was about to unfold.




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"The scenes of                they can abandon all             All this was put             The cumulative              The Galway
rowdyism and                  restraint during race       aside when In spite of        attendance for the 7       races are worth
drunkeness, to mention        week.                       such activities               days of the Galway         approximately
no worse, which took                                      supposedly caused by          races is over 160,000      €60 Million
place in this city in the     Thirdly, to the violation   the racegoers Pope John       every year.                to the local economy.
last few days have            of the licensing laws by    Paul II held a mass on
offended and alarmed          many bars and hotels."      the grounds of the                 The amount bet
all decent and God-                                       racecourse in 1979.           during the whole week
                              Thankfully nothing like                                   is around €22 Million
fearing Christians…
                              that goes on during                                       between the Tote and
[scenes] are due to three
                              raceweek nowadays!                                        Bookmakers.
main causes.

Firstly, the influx into
Galway of a large
number of undesirable
persons….

Secondly, to the notion
among visitors and
some residents that




COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS                                    bars. There are 2 Champagne Tents in the Mayor's         top floor of the Millenium Stand also provides an
So don't let this year's festival go by without making    Garden area and adjacent to the main Tote Building.      ideal forum for corporate entertainment catering for
an appearance, start planning now, get that time off      In the amenity building there is a buffet and carvery    tables of ten, providing top-class food in a luxury
work, get everything organised and let yourself go.       restaurant. There are 2 ATM Bank machines to the         air-conditioned environment.
Just a word of warning to first timers, after attending   rear of the Millenium Stand. The whole course is
                                                                                                                   The Killanin Stand was officially opened in July 2007
the Galway Races you will never be the same again         wheelchair friendly with a special disabled viewing
                                                                                                                   by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Costing €22 million,
because it's as near as dammit addictive, and the         stand adjacent to the stewards stand and the parade
                                                                                                                   the stand accommodates up to 7,000 people with
cold turkey lasts a full 12 months. Get out that          ring. Disabled WCs are provided.
                                                                                                                   seating for 700 on the balcony. The state of the art
calendar and start ticking the days off.
                                                                                                                   stand consists of four floors; the ground floor and
How long before it starts again?                          CORPORATE FACILITIES                                     first floor are available to all patrons. Food, bar, toilet
                                                          The Galway races 'Hospitality Village' offers a choice   and Tote facilities are available on both floors. Patrons
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                    of packages. The 'Blazers Pavilion' caters for groups    can also have the added comfort of 700 free seats on
In the impressive Millenium Stand there is                of up to ten people and includes four course gourmet     the seating balcony, accessible from both the ground
a Panoramic restaurant on the top floor and food          meal, champagne reception, complimentary bar, and        and first floor.
facilities on all three floors including a seafood and    CCTV monitoring. The 'Blazers Private Suites' caters
wine bar on the first floor. The spacious Long Bar on     for 50 or more people and includes a five-course         Hospitality suites are available on the second and
the ground floor also serves hot drinks. During the       meal, champagne reception, complimentary bar and         third floors in the form of the Plate & Hurdle Suites.
festival there are Budweiser and Guinness & Oyster        CCTV monitoring. The Panoramic restaurant on the


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     LOCAL HOTELS                                                   LOCAL PUBS
     Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway   091 738 200                   Busker Brownes, Galway   091 563 377
     Day’s, Galway                    091 753 187                   Front Door, Galway       091 563 757
     Hotel Meyrick, Galway            091 564 041                   Kings Head, Galway       091 566 630
     Radisson, Galway                 091 538 300                   Living Room, Galway      091 563 804
     Skeffington, Galway              091 563 173                   Quay Bar, Galway         091 568 347

     LOCAL RESTAURANTS
     Donnelly’s, Barna                091 592 487
     Kirwin Lane, Galway              091 568 266
     Mc Swiggans, Galway              091 568 917
     Park House, Galway               091 564 924
     The Huntsman, Galway             091 562 849




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(Gaelic: An Gabhran. Meaning: The Pass of Gabhran)                                                               KELLS                  STONYFORD


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                                                  Contact:                    Course Info:
                                                                                                                                                 BALLYHALE
                                                  Tel: 056 772 6225           National Hunt & Flat / Grade 1     R701         KNOCKTOPHER
                                                  Website:www.gowranpark.ie   County: Kilkenny                                                        WATERFORD



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IF SOMEBODY ASKED YOU TO PUT A RACECOURSE ANYWHERE IN IRELAND THE
CHANCES ARE YOU WOULD SET IT DOWN IN GOWRAN PARK.




FIXTURES
17 meetings spanning the whole year from
January to December.

ADMISSION
Adults                                     €15
Students & OAPs                            €8
Children under 14                         Free
Discounts available for pre-booked groups of 20
or more.
CONTACT
Gowran Park,Gowran, Co. Kilkenny.
Tel: 056 772 6225
Email: reception@gowranpark.ie
Website:www.gowranpark.ie




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 Location                          How to get there
 Situated just 1 km outside        By Road: Gowran is 13 km           By Rail: Regular train                By Bus: Bus Eireann                  By Air: Waterford airport
 the village of Gowran on          east of Kilkenny, 130 km           service to Kilkenny station           provides a regular service           is 54 km away with daily
 the Dublin-Waterford road.        south of Dublin and 48 km          from Waterford and Dublin.            from Dublin for most race            flights.
                                   north of Waterford.                A short taxi ride to the              meetings. Tel: 01 836 6111.
                                                                                                                                                 Helicopter landing at the
                                                                      course.                               There are also regular Rapid
                                                                                                                                                 course can be arranged in
                                                                                                            Express coaches from
                                                                                                                                                 advance.
                                                                                                            Waterford and Dublin.
                                                                                                            Tel: 051 872 149. Tom Duffy
                                                                                                            special race-day coaches
                                                                                                            from Dublin. Tel: 01 832 8169.




                                                                                                                 Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                 The course is a right-handed undulating track of
                                                                                                                 one mile and four furlongs in length that stages flat
                                                                                                                 and National Hunt racing.




      GOWRAN REVEALED                                          McEnery family nearby. Legendary trainer Paddy             a popular hunter chase event followed by the
      If somebody asked you to put a racecourse anywhere       Mullins and his sons Tom, Willie and Tony train locally.   PriceWaterhouseCoopers Classic Trail in early May.
      in Ireland the chances are you would set it down in      The famous Ballylinch, Ballyhane and Burgage Studs
                                                                                                                          The summer meetings, some of which are evening
      Gowran Park. There is something very homely and          are situated in the area. It's part of the fabric of
                                                                                                                          fixtures, feature lots of competitive and some high-
      localised about the place, it's probably something to    local society. And it shows in the attendance at
                                                                                                                          class jump and flat racing. The latter in particular
      do with the wooded parkland, in the centre of which      Gowran. People in the area really appreciate and
                                                                                                                          often throws up some talented young performers.
      the racecourse is cuddled, giving it a warmth and        know their racing and they have a course that they
                                                                                                                          The highlight of the Autumn/Winter meetings is
      character that is not to be found on any other course    can be proud of.
                                                                                                                          the Kilkenny Racing Festival in early October.
      in Ireland. You just can't create places like it any
      more, it really is the perfect setting for horseracing   RACING SEASON
      and furthermore it's augmented by modern facilities                                                                 REFRESHMENT FACILITIES
                                                               There is a fine symmetry to the racing season
      and competitive racing.                                                                                             There is a range of Hospitality Suites on the top level
                                                               at Gowran with quality fixtures evenly spread
                                                                                                                          of the Main Stand with a balcony overlooking the
                                                               throughout the year. The Thyestes Chase starts the
                                                                                                                          entire racetrack and directly opposite the winning
      REAL HORSE COUNTRY                                       ball rolling in January with many of the finest Irish
                                                                                                                          post. Various group sizes can be accommodated.
      If Kildare is considered to be the home of the horse     steeplechasers in action in this demanding 3-mile
                                                                                                                          Catering/bar options tailored to your budget are
      in Ireland then the Kilkenny/Carlow region around        race. Such legendary horses as Arkle have triumphed
                                                                                                                          available to facilitate client entertainment, family
      Gowran Park must be the equivalent of the cosy           in this race. Incidentally Arkle (voted by readers of
                                                                                                                          celebrations and individual bookings. A self service
      country retreat of the horse in Ireland. The area is     the Racing Post as the most popular horse of all time)
                                                                                                                          restaurant, numerous bars and snack bars are
      awash with famous training establishments and stud       won 4 times at Gowran Park in all. February brings
                                                                                                                          available throughout the Enclosure.
      farms and has been a hotbed of famous horses and         another flagship day, the highlight being the Red
      horse people for over a hundred years. Red Rum,          Mills Trial Hurdle which is often used as a prep run
      the only triple Grand National winner was bred by the    for Cheltenham. In early April the Tetratema Cup is




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         QUICK FACTS ABOUT GOWRAN PARK
             It is part of what was         Steeplechase run in mid-          to the racecourse by the        Levmoss. Also won his first     Henry the Navigator. Proved
         once the Lord Annaly estate.       January. First held in 1954 it    McEnery family after they       race at the course before       successful in his first race
                                            commemorates the famous           won it at a horse show.         going on to win the Ascot       here in May 2007 before
             The first meeting was          racehorse owned by the                                            Gold Cup and Prix de L'arc de   taking the Coventry Stakes at
         held at Gowran Park in 1914.       McCalmont family who have            Famous horses to have at     Triomphe in 1969.               Royal Ascot the following
                                            been closely linked with          Gowran Park include:                                            month. This high class
            The first televised                                                                               Hardy Eustace. The
         meeting in Ireland was at          Gowran Park since its                                                                             individual subsequently
                                                                              Refuse To Bend. Won his first   Champion Hurdle winner
         Gowran Park in 1969.               inception. The magnificent                                                                        landed the English and Irish
                                                                              race as a two-year-old at       was second in the Red Mills
                                            trophy for the race was                                                                           2000 Guineas, the St James
                                                                              Gowran before winning four      Trial Hurdle in 2004 and then
              The showpiece race of         originally won by Thyestes in                                                                     Palace Stakes and the Sussex
                                                                              Group 1 races including the     won it in 2005.
         the season at Gowran Park is       England and was donated                                                                           Stakes in 2008.
                                                                              2000 Guineas in 2003.
         the €75,000 Thyestes



HOSPITALITY FACILITIES                                   LOCAL RESTAURANTS
The Roof Top Suites on the top floor of the Main Stand   Kyteler's Inn, Kilkenny
can cater for 30-400 people and dining choices are       Langton House, Kilkenny
tailored to your budget. The Helen Sheane Suite on       Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge
the ground floor is available for group sizes up to 70   The Long Man of Kilfane, Kilfane
people with a private bar and full dining service. The
Club House Bar is available for private bookings on      LOCAL PUBS
race days.                                               Langton's, Kilkenny
                                                         Loughlin's, Gowran
DISABLED FACILITIES                                      The Lord Bagenal Inn, Leighlinbridge
There is a designated wheelchair viewing area in the
new stand with access via lifts.                         APRÈS RACING
                                                         Kilkenny city and it's environs are peppered with
LOCAL HOTELS                                             interesting castles, cathedrals and houses, chief
Kilkenny Ormonde, Kilkenny           056 772 3388        among which is Kilkenny Castle in the city. There
Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge         059 977 4003        are also plentiful opportunities for golf, fishing
Mount Juliet Conrad, Thomastown      056 777 3000        and horse riding.
Springhill Court, Kilkenny           056 772 1122
                                                         www.kilkenny.ie




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                                             Contact:                 Course Info:                                                                                                                     BALLINAGAR
                                             Tel: 057 933 2176        National Hunt / Grade 2
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                                             www.kilbegganraces.com   County: Westmeath
                                                                                                                                                   OFFALY                                                 GEASHILL


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SET IN THE HEART OF THE MIDLANDS KILBEGGAN IS ONE OF THE BEST
ATTENDED RACETRACKS IN IRELAND, AND IT'S NOT HARD TO SEE WHY.




                                                                                                   FIXTURES
                                                                                                   The Kilbeggan races are the social events of
                                                                                                   the year in the midlands but they can't keep
                                                                                                   something this good to themselves. Their
                                                                                                   secret is out and crowds from all corners of the
                                                                                                   country want to go there to get a piece of this
                                                                                                   unique festival atmosphere that's spread out
                                                                                                   over 8 individual days racing from early May
                                                                                                   until early September.

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                                                                                                   ADMISSION PRICES
                                                                                                   Adults                                                                                              €15
                                                                                                   A discount for students & OAPs.
                                                                                                   Children under 14 accompanied
                                                                                                   by an adult get free entry.
                                                                                                   15% discount for groups of 10 or more.
                                                                                                   20% discount for groups of 30 or more.
                                                                                                   CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                   Kilbeggan Racecourse, Loughnagore,
                                                                                                   Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.
                                                                                                   Tel: 057 933 2176
                                                                                                   Email:info@kilbegganraces.com
                                                                                                   Website:www.kilbegganraces.com


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   Location                               How to get there
   Situated 1.5 km outside                By Road: 13 km north of               By Rail: Tullamore is the                By Bus: There is a Bus              By Air: Dublin is the closest
   Kilbeggan town in Co.                  Tullamore, 21 km south-east           closest rail station from                Eireann service from Dublin         airport.
   Westmeath.                             of Mullingar, 92 km west of           where taxis can be hired to              Central Bus Station
                                          Dublin and 125 km north-              the racecourse.                          (Busaras) to the town.
                                          east of Limerick.




                                                                                                                            Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                            Kilbeggan is a right-handed, undulating course of one
                                                                                                                            mile and one furlong with an uphill run to the winning
                                                                                                                            post.




KILBEGGAN REVEALED                                            the racecourse, plus a self-service restaurant and
                                                                                                                            QUICK FACTS ABOUT KILBEGGAN
Set in the heart of the midlands Kilbeggan is one             snack bars.
                                                                                                                                 The first recording of         However, in 1901 racing was
of the best attended racetracks in Ireland, and it's
                                                                                                                            racing in the Kilbeggan area        revived at the present
not hard to see why. All but one of it's race dates           CORPORATE FACILITIES                                          was in March 1840 when a            location and except for the
are Summer evening meetings and this fact attracts            The glass-fronted Balcony Suite on the first floor            group of local gentlemen            war years 1941-45 has been
hordes of people from the large surrounding areas             of the new pavilion provides first class hospitality          organised a race in Kilbeggan       held ever since.
and visitors from further afield alike, all unhindered        facilities for up to 200 guests or subdivided in tables       for the Challenge Cup valued
                                                                                                                            at 40 Guineas. Future racing            The feature race of the
by work commitments.                                          of 10 with its own private balcony overlooking the                                                year is the €50,000 Midland's
                                                                                                                            was held periodically in
At first the message was a bit slow to get around             racecourse. It offers a buffet lunch, CCTV, private Tote      various locations around the        Grand National staged in
                                                              betting and private bar facilities. The tented village        town after this time but it         mid-July.
the country that this was the place to go to have fun
on Summer evenings but word has spread rapidly                can cater for up to 2000 guests offering the same             was not a permanent fixture.
with the effect that attendances doubled from 24,000          facilities as above.
to 50,000 annually between 1995-2000 and they are                                                                           LOCAL RESTAURANTS
still increasing. It is also the only racecourse in Ireland   DISABLED FACILITIES
                                                                                                                            (see Hotels)
that stages National Hunt (jump) racing only, which           Designated carparking, toilets and and access.
adds to the overall spectacle of its meetings.
                                                              LOCAL HOTELS                                                  LOCAL PUBS
The view of the races is excellent as the runners are                                                                       Larrigy’s
                                                              Bloomfield House Hotel                 044 93 40894
never too far from the stands which promotes a more
                                                              Bridge House Hotel & Leisure Club,
involved feeling among the spectators, like you're                                                                          APRÈS RACING
jumping every fence/hurdle with the jockey.                   Tullamore                              057 93 21704
                                                              Greville Arms Hotel                    044 93 48563           Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan Town is the oldest
                                                              Hilamar Hotel, Kinnegad                044 93 91719           licensed distillery in the world and is worth a visit.
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                                                                                      Also Tullynally and Birr Castles are open to the public.
                                                              Mullingar Park Hotel                   044 93 44446
The Pavilion bar overlooks the winning post, there's                                                                        Plentiful opportunities for golf and fishing.
                                                              Sheraton Hotel Athlone                 090 64 51000
live music in the tented bar on the hill overlooking


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                                              Contact:                 Track Info:
                                                                                                                                                                              KENMARE
                                              Tel: 064 31 125          National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2
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THE MAGNIFICENT SCENERY IS WHAT DRAWS THE HUGE CROWDS TO KILLARNEY
AND THE MOUNTAINS AND LAKES THAT CRADLE THE RACECOURSE MAKE IT
ARGUABLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE COUNTRY.




                                                                                                          ADMISSION
                                                                                                          Adults                                                                          €15
                                                                                                          Students and OAP's                                                             €10
                                                                                                          Children under 14                                                              Free
                                                                                                          Discounts available for pre-booked groups
                                                                                                          of 20 or more.
                                                                                                          FIXTURES
                                                                                                          There are 11 days racing during the year at
                                                                                                          Killarney incorporating 3 festivals in early
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                                                                                                          May, the centre-piece event in mid-July plus a
                                                                                                          new 4-day festival in August which replaces
                                                                                                          the Tralee Rose Festival to sign off the
                                                                                                          summer in style. When you get there you
                                                                                                          won’t want to leave.
                                                                                                          CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                          Killarney Racecourse, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
                                                                                                          Tel: 064 31 125
                                                                                                          Email: info@killarneyraces.ie
                                                                                                          Web:www.killarneyraces.ie




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   Location                              How To Get There
   Located 1 km outside                  By Road: Approx 96km                By Rail: Killarney railway              By Bus: Regular service to          By Air: Kerry airport at
   Killarney town just off               north-west of Cork and              station is regularly served             Killarney from Dublin, Cork         Farranfore is 16 km away
   the road to Kenmare in                32 km south-east of Tralee.         by trains from Heuston                  and Limerick. Tel. Bus              with flights to Dublin and
   the County of Kerry. Within                                               Station Dublin. Telephone               Eireann at 01 836 6111.             UK. Helicopter landing at
   walking distance of the                                                   Irish Rail (Iarnrod Eireann)                                                the course can be arranged
   town.                                                                     for timetables of trains to                                                 in advance.
                                                                             Killarney station.




                                                                                                                          Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                          The course is a left-handed level, oval of approx
                                                                                                                          one mile and two furlongs.



KILLARNEY REVEALED                                          REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                      QUICK FACTS ABOUT KILLARNEY
Killarney is the premier tourist destination in Ireland     A large restaurant, selection of bars with hot lunches           The first recorded racemeetings in Killarney were in 1822
and the Killarney races provides eleven cracking days       served in the main bar, also several snack (including       and between that date and 1901 they were staged between two
of racing during three festivals in May, July and           seafood) outlets on course.                                 different courses in the area. They were then discontinued until
                                                                                                                        the present course was opened in 1936.
August, set to a backdrop of feverish, non-stop,
Summer-time holiday activity. It's party time all           CORPORATE FACILITIES
Summer long in Killarney and there is an energy to          Corporate events can be arranged in advance                 APRÈS RACING
the area that has seeped into the pores of every facet      by contacting the racecourse.                               Killarney, as mentioned above, is the tourist capital
of life there. The racecourse is no exception, providing
                                                                                                                        of Ireland and there is lots to see and do both in the
no small amount of high quality racing to fulfill the
                                                            DISABLED FACILITIES                                         town and the surrounding area. Some attractions
dual role of both family fun day out and satisfying
                                                            Viewing area, restaurant access and toilets.                of note include the 26,000 acre Muckross House
punter-friendly competition.
                                                            Parking by arrangement.                                     National Park located 6 km outside of Killarney.
The magnificent scenery is what draws the huge                                                                          The magnificent MacGillicuddy Reeks mountain range
crowds to Killarney and the mountains and lakes                                                                         is located to the west of Killarney and merits closer
                                                            LOCAL HOTELS, RESTAURANTS AND PUBS
that cradle the racecourse make it arguably the most                                                                    inspection. There is also a plentiful supply of golf
                                                            If you were dropped from the sky into any part
beautiful in the country. Couple that scenery with a                                                                    courses in the area, also lots of opportunities for
                                                            of Killarney or its environs you would invariably
well-appointed racecourse, exciting racing and a large                                                                  fishing, horseriding and many sites of archaeological
                                                            be within crawling distance of a high quality hotel,
fun-seeking crowd and you have the ingredients for                                                                      interest locally. For those just looking for a few drinks
                                                            restaurant, guest-house or pub. As it would take up
a heady cocktail of pleasure. You'll find the time flying                                                               after racing in a lively, friendly setting then Killarney
                                                            the rest of this publication to name most of them you
down there.                                                                                                             is second to none for such venues.
                                                            are best advised to ring the Killarney Tourist Office
                                                            at 064 31 633.




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                                             www.goracing.ie           County: Meath

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THAT WORD UNIQUE IS BANDIED AROUND A LOT BY PROMOTERS OF EVENTS THAT
HAVE SPURIOUS CLAIMS TO SUCH WORTHINESS BUT THIS SPECTACLE IS WORTHY
OF THE MONIKER BECAUSE IT'S THE ONLY OFFICALLY APPROVED BEACH RACING
IN EUROPE.




                                                                                          FIXTURES
                                                                                          Racing is scheduled to take place at Laytown in
                                                                                          early September.
                                                                                          ADMISSION
                                                                                          Adults                                                                            €13
                                                                                          Discount for students & OAPs
                                                                                          Children under 14                                                                Free
                                                                                          CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                          Laytown Races,Laytown, Co. Meath
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                                                                                          C/O Kevin Coleman (Manager),
                                                                                          9 Palace Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
                                                                                          Tel: 041 984 2111
                                                                                          Email: klaybell@eircom.net
                                                                                          Web: www.goracing.ie




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   Location                             How To Get There
   Laytown is a small seaside           By Road: 46 km north of              By Rail: There are regular             By Bus: There is a special        By Air: Dublin is
   resort in Co. Meath on               Dublin, turn right off the           train services from                    bus service from Drogheda.        the nearest airport.
   Ireland's east coast.                Dublin-Belfast road (N1)             Drogheda and Dublin
                                        at Julianstown.                      (Connolly Station) to
                                                                             Laytown Station.




                                                                                                                       Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                       Racing takes place on the Laytown stand on a straight
                                                                                                                       near-level course over six and seven furlong distances.




LAYTOWN REVEALED                                           REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                        QUICK FACTS ABOUT LAYTOWN
People travel from far and wide, including many            Snack bars and bars provided in the marquees.                      It is said that it was the parish priest who organised
annual overseas visitors, to see this unique event on                                                                    the first race meeting on Laytown in 1876. Held sporadically
the beach at Laytown. That word unique is bandied                                                                        between that date and 1901 they were properly established in
                                                           APRÈS RACING                                                  the racing calendar in the latter year by local landowner Paddy
around a lot by promoters of events that have              How about a nice refreshing swim in the sea? If that          Delaney and have been held since without interruption, not
spurious claims to such worthiness but this spectacle      sounds too cold in September there are golf courses           even by the two world wars.
is worthy of the moniker because it's the only offically   in the area and plenty of sites of archaeological
approved beach racing in Europe. Crowds as large as        interest including Newgrange (ancient burial tomb
5,000 turn up to see it every year.                        older than the pyramids), Slane Castle (if there isn't
The last time that many people were on a beach             a rock concert going on there) and ruins of Tara            LOCAL RESTAURANTS
in Ireland was when the native Irish were trying           settlement, all in Co. Meath.                               Bacchus, Bettystown
to drive back the hordes of invading vikings in the                                                                    Black Bull, Drogheda
middle ages. The enclosures at Laytown consist                                                                         Forge, Collon
                                                           LOCAL HOTELS
of a three acre field elevated above the beach and                                                                     Monasterboice Inn, Drogheda
                                                           Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda           041 983 7737
the grandstand is hewn from steps cut into the sand        Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane            041 988 4444
dunes. Marquees are erected to use as weighing             Glenside, Hotel, Drogheda              041 982 9185         LOCAL PUBS
room, jockeys' room and bars etc. The course itself        Neptune Beach Hotel, Bettystown        041 982 7107         Cottage Inn, Laytown
is a section of the 3 mile long golden strand, which is    West Court Hotel, Drogheda             041 983 0965         Seaview Bar, Laytown
closed on the morning of the races, which take place
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                                             www.leopardstown.com    Premier Track                                                                                                                          BRAY
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                                                                     County: Dublin
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LEOPARDSTOWN HOSTS SOME OF THE BIGGEST RACES IN THE CALENDAR,
BOTH JUMP RACING IN WINTER AND FLAT RACING FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.




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  Location                          How to get there
  Leopardstown is situated in       By Road: Coming from            From Wexford/Wicklow:                 From Naas/Kildare:                  By Light Rail: The Luas
  Foxrock, Dublin 18, 6 km          Dublin city: Take the N11       Follow N11 northbound and             Join M50 at the Red Cow             (Dublin Tram System)
  south of Dublin city centre.      southbound, following           turn left at Whites Cross             roundabout and follow the           terminus at Sandyford and
                                    signs for Wexford. Turn         Junction.                             above route.                        there is a courtesy bus
                                    right at the Whites Cross       From North of Dublin:                                                     available going to and from
                                                                                                          By Rail: The nearest DART
                                    junction onto the R113          follow M50, take Junction 15                                              the racecourse.
                                                                                                          (Dublin City Rail System)
                                    (Leopardstown Road). The        and proceed along the new
                                                                                                          station is Blackrock, a short       By Bus: A raceday bus will
                                    racecourse entrance is          slip road to the racecourse
                                                                                                          taxi journey from the               depart from Busaras and
                                    about 1 km along this road.     car parks. There is no charge
                                                                                                          racecourse.                         return after racing, call
                                                                    for parking.
                                                                                                                                              01 8366111.




                                                                                                               Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                               The course is a left-handed oval of one mile and six
                                                                                                               furlongs with an uphill finishing straight.




FIXTURES                                                    LEOPARDSTOWN REVEALED                                       The Christmas meeting offers a golden opportunity
Leopardstown hosts 23 meetings per year and                 Leopardstown hosts some of the biggest races                to get out of the house for four days of fresh air and
these are pretty evenly spread over the course              in the calendar, both jump racing in Winter and flat        sport, and away from the dreaded turkey and ham
of 12 months. You just can't ask for any more               racing for the rest of the year. These experiences          sandwiches, thereby helping tens of thousands of
on a day out. Good company and great horses,                                                                            people each year avoid insanity sitting at home during
                                                            range from the Christmas festival, to fun-filled
all together in a great setting with a real sense
                                                            Leopardstown Summer Series evening meetings in              this time watching movies they've already seen!
of occasion. Perfect.
                                                            Summer with live music afterwards, to the Autumn
ADMISSION PRICES                                            season when the highlight is the Tattersalls Millions
Adults                                   €15-25
                                                                                                                        BEST MATE VERSUS BEEF OR SALMON
                                                            Irish Champion Stakes.                                      This was the biggest steeplechasing match-up
Top-Level Seats                          €30-50
                                                            Augmenting this great racing, the facilities ensure         since Buck House and Dawn Run (see Punchestown).
OAPs & Students                           €10-15                                                                        The two heavyweights of steeplechasing, triple Gold
                                                            that every need of the racegoer is amply catered for
Discounts of 15% are available for                          in terms of sustenance and entertainment. Any time          Cup winner Best Mate, one of the best of the modern
pre-booked groups of 20 people or more,                     of the year is a good time to come to Leopardstown.         era, squaring up to his main Irish challenger Beef
depending on the meeting.                                                                                               Or Salmon in the Lexus (formerly Ericsson)
10% online discount for most fixtures.                                                                                  Steeplechase, not just once but twice.
                                                            CHRISTMAS GLORIES AND THE SUPER 7
Reduced online price for the Christmas Festival.            The Super 7 series of meetings starts with the              In 2003 Best Mate set the place abuzz when his
CONTACT                                                     4 days of the Christmas meeting, continues into             brilliant jumping saw him win easily and was given a
Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Dublin 18.                January with the Pierse Hurdle Day and Toshiba Irish        rousing reception by the huge crowd. But a year later
                                                            Champion Hurdle Day and finishes in early February          round 2 went to his nemesis Beef Or Salmon who put
Tel: 01 289 0500
                                                            with the Hennessy Gold Cup, the jewel in Ireland's          up an equally dominant display and gave the festive
Email: info@leopardstown.com                                steeplechasing crown. It is a trail of events that offers   crowd just as big a thrill.
Website: www.leopardstown.com                               wide-eyed thrill after thrill.



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     ISTABRAQ AND MOSCOW FLYER                               THE CHAMPION STAKES                                       DEFINITION OF EXCITEMENT
     The best Irish hurdle horse of the last 20 years,       The Tattersalls Milllions Irish Champion Stakes is the    There have been some titanic battles between horses
     Istabraq strutting his stuff in the Festival Hurdle,    highlight of Leopardstown’s flat racing season and        and between their jockeys in recent years and since
     which he won three times. The champion speed            every year attracts the crème de la crème of flat         World Champion Daylami streaked home by 9 lengths
     chaser Moscow Flyer showing his class (he has           horses from Ireland, Britain and the continent for the    in 1999, nostrils, short-heads and heads have been
     won four times at the meeting) and many other           €1 million prize.                                         the standard winning distances. In fact if you were
     champions, with a supporting cast of the cream                                                                    to get a cent for every inch of the aggregate winning
                                                             Aidan O’Brien’s Dylan Thomas is the only horse to
     of jump racing's emerging young stars taking each                                                                 distance in this race since then you wouldn't have
                                                             win the race twice (2006 & 2007) before he went on
     other on to see which are true contenders and which                                                               enough money to buy the cheapest wooden ruler
                                                             to Paris to take the Prix de l’Arc. Past winners of the
     are mere pretenders. How could you spend                                                                          with which to measure it.
                                                             race have been crowned world champions: Daylami
     post-Christmas days in any other way?
                                                             (1999), Fantastic Light (2001), High Chaparral (2003)     It is the epitome of what top-class international
                                                             and New Approach (2008). Its timing in early              horseracing should be, everything about the race
     SUPER SERIES, LEGS 5, 6 AND 7                           September is perfect for horses who have contested        shouts excitement. In fact so exciting has this race
     Following on from this Christmas feast there is more    the big races during the Summer and who have had a        been that it was recently proposed by the union of
     self-indulgence in January when the valuable Pierse     break before their Autumn campaigns. Its                  Irish doctors that it's members, when prescribing
     Handicap Hurdle and Toshiba Irish Champion Hurdle       intermediate distance of 11/4 miles accommodates          heart and blood pressure medicine for patients,
     are staged. In early February Leopardstown then         horses coming back from 11/2 miles and those going        affix the following addendum onto the bottle's label;
     plays host to the most prestigious steeplechase run     up from 1 mile. It also provides one of the most          "N.B. Under no circumstances should the patient
     in Ireland, the Hennessy Gold Cup. Its roll of honour   meaningful comparisons of different generations of        attend Champion Stakes Day at Leopardstown".
     is adorned with the names of champions including        horses with the classic three-year-olds taking on the
     Florida Pearl (4 times), Beef Or Salmon (3 times),                                                                But seriously, the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion
                                                             tough, battle-hardened older veterans.
     Jodami (3 times), Dorans Pride, Danoli, The Listener                                                              Stakes owns the potential to excite and enthral like
     and Neptune Collonges.                                                                                            few other events and if the earth doesn't move for
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          QUICK FACTS ABOUT LEOPARDSTOWN

                                 >
                                                   It was built in 1888 by           The Derrinstown                     The record attendance            The World Athletics
                                              Captain George Quin. It was       Stud Derby Trial run at             at the course is 21,000, on      Cross-Country Championships
                                              purchased by the Racing           Leopardstown in May                 28th August 1990.                have been staged at
                                              Board (since evolved into         was won by the subsequent                                            Leopardstown on two
                                              Horse Racing Ireland) in 1967     English Derby winner three                                           occasions, in 2002 and back
                                              in order to secure its future     years in a row; Sinndar                                              in 1964.
                                              for racing.                       (2000), Galileo (2001) and
                                                                                High Chapparal (2002). The
                                                                                2003 winner Alamshar was
                                                                                third in the English Derby
                                                                                but then won the Irish Derby.




into outer space and observe it moving. Witness the        At the finish Fantastic Light won by a short head.        CORPORATE FACILITIES
following:                                                 Afterwards the scene at the course bore more              The Private Suites are located on the top level of
                                                           resemblence to that of a Glastonbury rock festival        the Reserved Stand. A single suite can accommodate
FANTASTIC LIGHT VERSUS GALILEO                             because everyone in the crowd was high on sheer           12 for silver service meal or 24 for a buffet. Double
Nominated by the readers of the "Racing Post" as the       adrenaline. Garda checkpoints must have had a             suites can accommodate 50 guests buffet style.
7th greatest race of all time is the Fantastic Light       perplexing time that evening as they looked at
                                                                                                                     The Levmoss and Centenary Rooms can cater for 120
versus Galileo battle in the 2001 Champion Stakes.         these glassy-eyed, obviously intoxicated people
                                                                                                                     and 90 people respectively and combined up to 220.
Galileo, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by            driving home but none of whom had a trace of
                                                                                                                     Facilities include CCTV, private bar, private balcony
Michael Kinane, had won the English and Irish Derbys       stimulant in their bloodstream.
                                                                                                                     and accessible Tote betting.
that year and had beaten the older Fantastic Light
when they met at Ascot in July but he, together with       REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                    The magnificent Pavilion is a glass-fronted building
his jockey Frankie Dettori and owners Godolphin,           There is an extensive range of bars and restaurants       with its own balcony overlooking the straight and can
were looking for revenge.                                  including the Fillies Café Bar, which operates Pub        cater for groups of 200-1000. CCTV and private Tote
                                                           hours throughout the year. On racedays there are four     betting facilities are provided.
The race followed a familiar pattern with two
                                                           public bars: Jodami, Club 92, Tetrarch and Madigans.
pacemakers setting the race up for the main players
                                                           There are also private bars for Annual Members and
until, turning into the straight Dettori made a decisive
                                                           Seat Holders. The Fillies Café Bar, Paddock Food Hall
move and shot his horse into the lead. Galileo and
                                                           and Silken Glider Restaurant provide a range of eating
Kinane went in pursuit. All the way up the straight
                                                           options.
they battled, neck and neck as they each willingly
strained every muscle and used every ounce of              See www.leopardstown.com for more information on
energy to try to edge ahead and all the while the          packages and hospitality.
crowd roared them on.



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     OTHER FACILITIES                                         LOCAL HOTELS                                        LOCAL BARS
     A permanent AIB Bank ATM machine on site.                Beacon, Sandyford                     01 291 5000   Crystal Bar, Beacon Hotel
                                                              Bewleys,Leopardstown                  01 293 5000   Leopardstown Inn
     Leopardstown boasts its own Golf Centre, an 18 hole
                                                              D4 Hotel Group                        01 668 4468   Stillorgan Orchard
     'pay as you play' course in the centre of the track
                                                              Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel, Killiney   01 284 0700
     also incorporating a 48-bay floodlit driving range. To
                                                              Stillorgan Park Hotel, Stillorgan     01 288 1621   APRÈS RACING
     help with your game there is a McGuirks Golf Shop.
                                                              Radisson SAS St Helens Hotel,                       There are more interesting places to see and things
     West Wood Health and Fitness Centre, with a special      Blackrock                             01 218 6000   to do in Dublin than you can shake a stick at and it
     children’s area-Fit Zone.                                The Merrion Hotel                     01 603 0600   would be a futile exercise to try to list them all but
     Leopardstown's Club 92 is a popular nightclub which                                                          here are some: Dundrum Town Centre, Art Galleries,
     opens from Thursday to Sunday from 11 PM.                LOCAL RESTAURANTS                                   Museums, Theatres, Shopping, Dublin Zoo in Phoenix
                                                              Beaufield Mews, Stillorgan                          Park, beautiful beaches nearby and lots more.
     Fillies Café Bar- An award winning bar and               Coopers, Kilternan
     restuarant, open daily.                                  La Casa, Stepaside
                                                              Leopardstown Inn, Leopardstown
                                                              My Thai, Beacon Hotel
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                                                   Tel: 061 320 000         National Hunt & Flat / Grade 1
                                                   www.limerickraces.ie     County: Limerick                                 CORK


A GREAT DAY OF HORSE RACING, FOOD, FLUTTER, CRAIC AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT.                                    RACE COURSE
LIMERICK RACECOURSE’S CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE ST. PATRICK'S WEEKEND,
SUMMER TWILIGHT RACING FESTIVAL AND THE MUNSTER NATIONAL IN OCTOBER.
THE LIMERICK CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CONSISTS OF 4 DAYS OF NATIONAL HUNT
RACING AND IS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE SOCIAL CALENDAR IN THE CITY EACH YEAR.




ADMISSION PRICES
Adults                                  €15-20
Students & OAPs                         €10-15
Children under 14                         Free
FIXTURES
Limerick racecourse’s grade 1 racetrack hosts 20
race days throughout the year.
Highlights include St. Patrick's weekend,
Summer Twilight Racing Festival with live
music from May to July and the Munster
National in October. The Limerick Christmas
Festival consists of 4 days of national hunt
racing and is a highlight of the social calendar
in the city each year.
CONTACT DETAILS
Limerick Racecourse,Greenmount Park,
Patrickswell,Co. Limerick
Tel: 061 320 000
Email: info@limerickraces.ie
Website: www.limerickraces.ie




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  Location                             How to get there
  Situated at Greenmount               By Road: 100 km north              By Rail: Regular service             By Air: Shannon airport              By Bus: Bus Eireann operate
  Park, Patrickswell, 8 km             of Cork, and 80 km south           to Limerick City station             is 15 km away. Helicopter            a shuttle bus service to and
  south-west of Limerick city          of Galway.                         from various routes. Buses           landing at the course can            from Limerick racecourse on
  on the N20. Signposted                                                  run from the station to              be arranged beforehand.              the day from Colbert
  along the N20.                                                          the racecourse on racedays.                                               station. Buses run 1 hour
                                                                                                                                                    and 30 minutes before the
                                                                                                                                                    first race and straight after
                                                                                                                                                    the last race. We offer free
                                                                                                                                                    car parking for 2000 cars on
                                                                                                                                                    site Limerick racecourse is
                                                                                                                                                    located on the N20/N21, 5
                                                                                                                                                    miles from Limerick city.
Course Characteristics:
It is a right-handed oval track of about one mile
and three furlongs.




        LIMERICK REVEALED                                         work and no play... Seriously though, this is a great      MUNSTER NATIONAL
        Limerick racecourse has something for everyone,           day out, a chance to meet students (thousands              In October some of the best steeplechasers in the
        a race meeting to suit your style, pocket, taste in       of them) from other colleges, think of it as a widening    business take to the stage in this competitive and
        music, taste in beer, taste in jockeys. In fact racing    of opportunities, and it's early enough in the year        historic race. Among the stars to have competed in
        in Limerick probably hosts the most varied series of      (March/April) when things are still pretty cool and the    this €100,000 event over the years include Foxchapel
        meetings of all the courses in the country. That's not    summer exams are still over the hills and far away.        King, More Than A Stroll, Dear Villez, former Grand
        just some vacuous promotional gimmick.                    The package includes: entry into racecourse, free          National winner Monty's Pass and the magnificent
        It's true - let me demonstrate.                           shuttle to après racing party after racing. Special        Beef Or Salmon.
                                                                  buses run from most colleges in the country. Check
        The following eclectic mix of themed racing is what
                                                                  out your student union office for details.                 FESTIVE FUN
        (some of, not all) Limerick has to offer over the year.
        Chronologically, it goes a little something like this.                                                               This annual 4-day (26-29 Dec) Christmas Festival at
                                                                  BARBEQUE AND TWILIGHT EVENINGS                             Limerick is as much a part of the Christmas season
                                                                  For those who like to mix good racing, good                as Santa Claus and mulled wine. After indulging in the
        NATIONAL STUDENT RACE DAY                                 food and the best in headline music then Limerick          feast on Christmas Day get stuck into a feast of
        A chance for the students of Ireland to take a break
                                                                  racecourse’s ‘Twilight Racing’ has a treat in store        racing that will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites
        from the punishing, hectic life of dedicated scholarly
                                                                  for you. A series of evening meetings feature packed       but which won't leave an unpleasant legacy of
        endeavour, to leave behind the cycle of lectures,
                                                                  racing programmes with barbecues afterwards and            indigestion and wind. It is an ideal setting in which to
        tutorials, assignments, late night studying, exam
                                                                  on a number of special nights the best music acts          meet and socialise with friends and relations old and
        stress, harassment from greedy landlords and head
                                                                  in Ireland will keep things swinging until the witching-   new where you can have fun, a few drinks, a few
        to Limerick for a thoroughly enjoyable, inexpensive
                                                                  hour. Past performers at these fantastic events            flutters and catch up on old times while not feeling
        (most importantly) and different day out. Even if you
                                                                  include the chart topping The Blizzards and Paddy          cramped or uncomfortable.
        can't bear to miss that macro-economics lecture you
                                                                  Casey. On these occasions a free bus service into a
        were so looking forward to, think of it as therapy, you
                                                                  top nightclub will operate after live entertainment.
        can get the notes and you know the old saying; all


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         QUICK FACTS ABOUT LIMERICK

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                                                 Limerick racecourse             It is the seventh different       The previous course at              The present course is
                                            opened in October 2001 to a      location for racing in Co.        Greenpark closed in 1999           built on the site of a stud
                                            record crowd of 18,000. It is    Limerick since the first          having held racing for 130         farm 250 acres of which is
                                            the first built from scratch     recorded fixtures in 1790. It's   years.                             occupied by the racecourse.
                                            racecourse in Ireland for 50     predecessors were Bruff,
                                            years and has first rate         Rathkeale, Newcastle,
                                            modern facilities in the Hugh    Lemonfield, Ballinacurra and
                                            McMahon Stand.                   Greenpark.




REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                   LOCAL HOTELS                                            APRÈS RACING
There are 3 bars, several fast food and self service     Adare Mannor                          061 396 566       There are many sites of archaeological interest
outlets within the Hugh McMahon stand. Limerick          Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare            061 396 633       in the area, including King John's Castle in Limerick,
is the only sporting venue with a Supermac’s outlet.     The Lynch South Court Hotel           061 487 487       and many opportunities for horse riding, golfing,
                                                         The Radisson SAS, Limerick            061 456 200       fishing and sight seeing.
CORPORATE FACILITIES                                     Woodlands House Hotel, Adare          061 605 100
                                                                                                                 For more information check out www.limerickraces.ie
A reserved table in the Panoramic Restaurant on
the 2nd floor of the Hugh McMahon Stand offers           LOCAL RESTAURANTS
first class cuisine to groups of all sizes in a modern   Dragon I, Patrickswell
setting. Enjoy your own reserved table and a sweeping    The Blue Door, Adare
view of the racecourse, with deluxe catering.            The Locke Bar and Restaurant, Limerick
                                                         The Wild Geese, Adare
The restaurant has full bar and Tote facilities.
On the 3rd floor the Private Corporate Suites
can accommodate groups of up to 100. Standard            LOCAL PUBS
packages include deluxe catering, private bar and        Au Bars, Limerick
exclusive Tote access. Packages can also be tailored     Clohessy’s Bar, Limerick
to suit. Alternatively, both venues can be               Dark Horse, Patrickswell
amalgamated to cater for 450 guests.                     Nancy Blakes, Limerick


PARKING
A state of the art venue providing ample FREE car
parking space.



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                                              Tel: 068 21 144          National Hunt & Flat / Grade 1
                                              www.listowelraces.ie     County: Kerry

                                                                                                        RACE COURSE


WHEN IT COMES TO FESTIVALS NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE OF
KERRY. TRADITIONALLY IT WAS THE MEETING WHERE THE FARMERS OF IRELAND
CAME TO SPEND/GAMBLE THE MONEY THEY MADE FROM THE HARVEST.




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   Location                          How to get there
   Situated just outside the         By Road: Listowel is 25 km        By Rail: Regular train               By Air: Kerry airport at
   town of Listowel in Co.           north-east of Tralee, 110 km      service from Dublin                  Farranfore is 56 km away.
   Kerry.                            north-west of Cork and 80         (Heuston Station) to Tralee          Helicopter landings at the
                                     km south-west of Limerick.        and Limerick from where              course can be arranged in
                                                                       there are special bus                advance.
                                                                       services to Listowel
                                                                       during the festival.




                                                                                                                 Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                 The course is a flat, left-handed oval of just over
                                                                                                                 one mile in length.




FIXTURES                                                  LISTOWEL REVEALED                                          since grown into something much larger and more
There are 9 days racing at Listowel during the            When it comes to festivals nobody does it better           wideranging than that and everybody and anybody
year, 2 days in June and the 7-day spectacular            than the people of Kerry. Holding festivals is what        now attends with a warm Kerry welcome guaranteed
in September.                                             they are best at. Enter the words "Kerry" and              to all.
ADMISSION                                                 "Festival" into an internet search engine and you'll
Adults                                   €15-20           get hundreds of thousands of hits giving details of        KERRY NATIONAL
Students & OAPs                       Half-price          festivals of all sorts, from swimming with dolphins        The racing consists of an even mix of jump and flat
Children under 14                           Free          (which they do at nearby Dingle) to the famous racing      races. The feature race of the week is the €150,000
At the Festival meeting the admission price of            festival in Listowel, which runs in conjunction with the   Guinness Kerry National Chase which has been won
€20 includes access to the reserved enclosures.           Harvest Festival, so-called because it was traditionally   by some great horses in the past including Dorans
                                                          held to celebrate the saving of the Autumn harvest.        Pride and produced some fabulous races down the
                                                          Two Kerry festivals for the price of one! That has         years, none more so than the memorable 2003
CONTACT DETAILS                                           to be good, and it is.
The Racecourse, Listowel, Co Kerry                                                                                   running. What about this for a story. Co. Tipperary
                                                                                                                     garage owner Donal O'Connor (who isn't a hugely
Tel: 068 21 144                                           7 GREAT DAYS IN KERRY                                      wealthy owner) owned two horses in the race, Native
Email: info@listowelraces.ie                              It is now the joint longest racing festival in Ireland,    Performance and River Cora and both seemed to have
                                                          at 7 days in duration the same as the Galway races         decent chances on the formbook and started at 8/1
Web:www.listowelraces.ie
                                                          and second in attendances only to that great event.        and 12/1 respectively. But what happened was the
                                                          It is the last major festival of the Summer and the last   stuff of fairytales because from the 2nd last fence to
                                                          one before Christmas so the crowds make the most           the winning line they fought out a great finish with
                                                          of the festivities. Traditionally it was the meeting       Native Performance prevailing by a neck.
                                                          where the farmers of Ireland came to spend/gamble
                                                          the money they made from the harvest but it has



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     QUICK FACTS ABOUT LISTOWEL

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                                             Racing in the area was         It started as a 2-day event         2003 Irish Derby winner           The record attendance is
                                        originally held at Ballyeagh,   but because of its popularity       Alamshar won his first race at    93,000, in 2003, over 7 days.
                                        near Ballybunion but due to     has been gradually extended         Listowel in 2002.
                                        faction fighting was moved to   over the years and in 2002
                                        Listowel in 1858. It was        became a week long affair.
                                        originally known as the
                                        North Kerry Hunt
                                        Steeplechase Meeting.




     It was a thrilling race for the large crowd watching    APRÈS RACING                                              LOCAL HOTELS
     but was wildly exciting for O'Connor who admitted       There is always a lively atmosphere in the town           Cliff House Hotel, Ballybunion     068 27 777
     he didn't know which of them had won. "It could         during the week and always something going on             Golf Hotel, Ballybunion            068 27 111
     only happen in Kerry", he claimed afterwards. Stories   such as street entertainment, busking competitions,       Listowel Arms Hotel, Listowel      068 21 500
     such as that are what make this the great occasion      music and dancing in pubs. Listowel and the               Marine Links Hotel, Ballybunion    068 27 139
     that it is.                                             surrounding area is known as the Literary Capital of
                                                             Ireland and has produced many famous writers most         LOCAL RESTAURANTS
     REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                  notably the late John B. Keane, Bryan McMahon, and        Bunker Bar and Restaurant, Ballybunion
     There is a dining room, self-service restaurant,        Brendan Kennelly. The Kerry Literary and Culture          Harty Costello's Pub/Restaurant, Listowel
     snack bars, fast food outlets and many bars.            Centre in Listowel celebrates this great literary         Maid of Erin, Pub/Restaurant, Listowel
                                                             tradition.                                                Woulfe's Horseshoe Pub/Restaurant, Listowel
     CORPORATE HOSPITALITY                                   There is a fine golf course in Listowel and nearby
     A corporate hospitality room is available which         is the world renowned Ballybunion Golf course             LOCAL PUBS
     can cater for 40-100 people.                            which has played host to such as Bill Clinton and         Lynch's Pub, Listowel
                                                             Tiger Woods. Tom Watson is also a regular visitor         John B. Keanes, Listowel
     OTHER FACILITIES                                        to the club.                                              Pure Drop, Listowel
     There are 2 wheelchair designated viewing
     areas in the stands.




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                                            Tel: 045 897 391         National Hunt & Flat / Grade 1                                                                                                              TULLOW

                                            www.naasracecourse.com   County: Kildare

                                                                                                      RACE COURSE


NAAS IS SET IN THE HEART OF KILDARE WHICH IS RENOWNED AS THE
‘THOROUGHBRED COUNTY’ OF IRELAND AND THE TOWN IS ALSO FAMOUSLY,
AS IN IT'S GAELIC TRANSLATION, THE "MEETING PLACE OF THE IRISH KINGS".




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  Location                         How To Get There
  Located about 1km from           By Road: 32 km from Dublin      By Rail: Arrow rail service              By Bus: On racedays a               By Air: Dublin airport is
  Naas town centre in ‘the         city centre. Take the N7        from Dublin Heuston to                   special bus leaves Busaras          40km away (take M50 then
  Thoroughbred county’ of          southwards, take the turn       Sallins (about 5 km away)                (Dublin Central Bus Station)        N7).
  Kildare.                         for Naas and the racecourse     with feeder bus into Naas                for the racecourse. Also Bus
                                   is on the left en route into    town. For more details                   Eireann and private bus
                                   Naas town. 130 km north of      contact Iarnrod Eireann                  services to Naas from
                                   Waterford 165 km west of        (Irish Rail) at 01-8366222.              Waterford via Carlow.
                                   Limerick.




Course Characteristics:
The course is left-handed, undulating and one mile
and four furlongs in length with a stiff uphill climb
to the winning post. Also a chute for sprint races
that joins the straight.




FIXTURES                                                   NAAS REVEALED                                                 as good food there is live music after racing and on
There are 15 meetings at Naas annually                     It is entirely fitting that there should be a racecourse at   Bank Holliday Family days there are bouncy castles,
including many themed days including                       Naas, in fact it must have been pre-ordained by some          clowns, face painting and a host of activities for the
Beginners' Day, Family Days, BBQ Evenings                  sort of divinity. For Naas is set in the heart of Kildare     whole family to enjoy.
and Cheltenham Trial Day. The meetings
                                                           which is renowned as the "the Thoroughbred County" of
are spread evenly over 12 months.
                                                           Ireland and the town is also famously, as in it's Gaelic      ROLL CALL OF CHAMPIONS
                                                           translation, the "Meeting Place of the Irish Kings".          Some outstanding horses have competed at Naas down
ADMISSION
                                                           Well, horses are the real Kings of Ireland (if public         the years including in the 60's the great Arkle and Mill
Adults                                     €15
Students & OAPs                            €9              devotion is anything to go by) so it's appropriate that       House and several winners of the Grand National.
Children Under 14                         Free             they have a place of competition in the heart of their        2008 was an exciting year over Jumps and on the
Group discount of 20% for groups of 10 or more             spiritual home. As for the kings who met here in the          Flat at Naas. Cuis Ghaire won the Group 3
(pre-booking required)                                     middle ages: what did they do in Naas when they               Swordlestown Sprint Stakes in Naas before going on
                                                           met? Chances are they organised a few horseraces              to win the Group 3 Albany Stakes for Jim Bolger and
                                                           as entertainment and organised a feast afterwards.            Kevin Manning at Royal Ascot.
CONTACT
Naas Racecourse, Tipper Road, Naas, Co. Kildare            They would probably have had some activities to               The NH action heated up on Cheltenham Trial day in
Tel: 045 897 391                                           occupy the energies of the children: face painting,           February when Thyne Again won in good style for
                                                           funny shows and the like and they would certainly             Willie Burke and top jockey Davy Russell. This
Email: goracing@naasracecourse.com
                                                           have had some music afterwards. Funny how some                triumph was quickly followed by a fourth placing in
Website: www.naasracecourse.com                            things never change and others stay the same                  the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham and when he made
                                                           because you will get all of the above entertainment           his seasonal debut at his beloved Naas on
                                                           at Naas races today only the facilities are a lot better      Weatherby’s Day in October, he annihilated the
                                                           and it's much easier to get a cappuccino now than it          opposition in another wide margin victory which
                                                           was back then. On the BBQ Summer Nights, as well              bodes well for his 2009 Cheltenham target.

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         QUICK FACTS ABOUT NAAS

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                                                 The first racemeeting          Coolmore Group 3 Sprint in                  The fixture in late            The paddypower.com
                                             took place at Naas in June         June worth €90,000, The                February is an important            Johnstown Novice Hurdle
                                             1924 when the card was             Garnet Stakes Listed Race              trial day for Irish horses          (Grade 2) of €50,000.
                                             comprised of flat, hurdle and      with a purse of €60,000 and            going to Cheltenham and             There is in excess of €225,000
                                             steeplechase events.               The Derrinstown Stud                   the impressive list of races        in prize money on offer on
                                                                                European Breeders Fund                 on the day includes the             this day that has been dubbed
                                                  When it comes to flat         Birdcatcher Premier Nursery            paddypowerpoker.com                 ‘The paddypower.com
                                             racing there are many              of €70,000 both fixtures are           Newlands Steeplechase               Cheltenham Trial Day’ as
                                             highlights throughout the          run in October.                        (Grade 2) of €60,000, The           it is the last run out before
                                             season at the Woodlands Park                                              Woodlands Park 100 Club Nas         Cheltenham for many
                                             venue most notably The                                                    Na Riogh Novice Chase and           Festival contenders.




More recently the roll call of winners at Naas is just    a spectacular view of the course from your own                Osprey Hotel & Spa, Naas             045 881111
as impressive and includes 2004 Champion Irish 2-         reserved table. Package includes a four course silver         Stand House Hotel, Curragh           045 436177
year-old Damson who won at Naas before winning at         service meal, CCTV, private Tote facilities, bar and          Tulfarris House and Golf Resort,
Royal Ascot and other Cheltenham Festival winners         easy access to the stand and bookmakers arena.                Blessington                          045 867600
who have also triumphed at Naas include Dorans            The corporate suites located on the second floor
Pride, Danoli, Pizarro and Gold Cup hero Imperial Call.   of the Grand Stand building can cater for 16 people           LOCAL RESTAURANTS
                                                          for a silver service meal and 18 for a buffet.                Butt Mullins, Naas
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                    Double suites can cater for 40 for silver service and up      Johnstown Inn, Johnstown
There are three bars at the course: The Opera Hat Bar     to 50 for a buffet, the Premier Suite can cater for 60 for    La Primavera, Naas
and Snack Area with seating. The Tote Bar is located on   Silver Service and up to 100 for a buffet. Each suite         Lemongrass, Naas
the ground floor of the Grand Stand building and the      offers a private balcony with sweeping views of the           Maloti Indian, Naas
Guinness Champion Bar is located on the first floor of    track, a private bar, private Tote facilities and CCTV.       Storehouse, Naas
the Grand Stand. Behind the Grand Stand is the carvery    Extras such as betting vouchers for your guests, a            Vie de Chateaux, Naas
restaurant with a choice of hot and cold meals.           Tipster and a champagne reception can be arranged.
                                                                                                                        LOCAL PUBS
OTHER FACILITIES                                          APRÈS RACING                                                  Fletchers
There is a special viewing area for disabled people       The Irish National Stud is a must see. Excellent fishing      Graces
with wheelchair access between the stands and             and golfing facilities in the area.                           Haydens
wheelchair accessible toilets.                                                                                          Ivy Inn
                                                                                                                        Kavanaghs
                                                          LOCAL HOTELS
CORPORATE FACILITIES                                                                                                    McCormacks
                                                          Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge          045 431666
Located on the first floor of the Grand Stand             Killashee House & Villa Spa, Naas 045 879277
building, the Panoramic Restaurant lends the racegoer     Maudlins House Hotel, Naas        045 896999


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                                            Contact:                  Course Info:
                                            Tel: 046 902 1350         National Hunt & Flat / Grade 1
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                                            www.navanracecourse.ie    County: Meath

                                                                                                       RACE COURSE
"SURE THEY WOULD BE MAD NOT TO" AS HECTOR O'HEOCHAGAIN MIGHT HAVE SAID
ABOUT HIS HOME TOWN TRACK BECAUSE NAVAN'S IMPRESSIVE BIG RACE SCHEDULE
OFFERS NOT JUST TRIALS FOR BIG RACES ELSEWHERE BUT LOTS OF RACES THAT
CAN STAND ON THEIR OWN AS IMPORTANT EVENTS.




                                                                                                         FIXTURES
                                                                                                         There are 16 fixtures annually at Navan with
                                                                                                         a break in racing from July until October.
                                                                                                         ADMISSION PRICES
                                                                                                         Adults                                                                                              €12-15
                                                                                                         Students & OAPs                                                                              Reduced entry
                                                                                                         Children under 14                                                                                     free
                                                                                                         Discount available for groups of 20 or more.
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                                                                                                         CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                         Navan Racecourse, Proudstown,
                                                                                                         Navan, Co. Meath.
                                                                                                         Tel: 046 902 1350
                                                                                                         Fax: 046 902 7964
                                                                                                         Email: info@navanracecourse.ie
                                                                                                         Website: www.navanracecourse.ie




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   Location                             How to get there
   Situated 3 km outside                By Road: Navan is 48 km             By Rail: Drogheda (24 km                 By Bus: Buses leave from            By Air: Dublin is the closest
   Navan town on the                    north-west of Dublin on the         away) is the closest railway             Busaras (Dublin Central Bus         airport. Helicopter landing
   Kingscourt Road (R162).              N3.                                 station. There are bus                   Station) every hour from            at the course can be
                                                                            transfers to Navan.                      7.30 AM (9.00AM on                  arranged in advance.
                                                                                                                     Sundays) to Navan stopping
                                                                                                                     about 3 km from the course.
                                                                                                                     Tel. Bus Eireann 01 836 6111
                                                                                                                     or log onto
                                                                                                                     www.buseireann.ie.



                                                                                                                 Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                 The course is left-handed, one mile and two furlongs in
                                                                                                                 length and undulating with a stiff uphill climb to the
                                                                                                                 winning post.




NAVAN REVEALED                                            What was the line in that film again?                         food halls with a new facility on the first floor level
Navan is one of the fastest improving courses             "If you build it they will come", well Navan,                 of the grandstand. The total budgeted cost of the
in Ireland and it shows in the quality of its racing      through significant investment in the course and              project is in excess of €8m and is due for completion
which naturally attracts some of the best horses in       generous dollops of prizemoney has attracted large            during 2006.
the land. It stages both flat and jump racing but it's    crowds and a list of top-class horses as long as your
best known for the latter, especially in the Autumn       arm. Recognise some of these? Mac's Joy, Watson               REFRESHMENT FACILITIES
and Winter months, the wraps come off the jump-           Lake, Back In Front, Moscow Flyer, Limestone Lad,             Self-service restaurant, several bars and snack bars.
racing stars and almost inevitably they will turn up at   Davids Lad, Solerina, Hardy Eustace, Emotional
Navan at some point during the season.                    Moment. Thought you might. Well Navan is the
                                                          place to catch them in action. Navan has numerous             CORPORATE FACILITIES
"Sure they would be mad not to" as Hector                                                                               Navan has a number of suites that can be hired
                                                          themed racedays with Family day on first Sunday in
O'hEochagain might have said about his home town                                                                        for race days;
                                                          May with lots of activities for all the family, there is
track because Navan's impressive big race schedule
                                                          also a Country & Western evening in June, ideal for           The Proudstown Suite can cater for 125 people.
offers not just trials for big races elsewhere but lots
                                                          summer staff outings and not to forget Ladies Day in
of races that can stand on their own as important                                                                       The Boyne Suite can cater for 125 people.
                                                          October each year.
events. This schedule includes the following: Tara
                                                                                                                        The O'Sullivan Suite has a capacity of 75.
Hurdle, Boyne Hurdle, Fortria Chase, Lismullen Hurdle
(all worth €50,000), the Barry and Sandra Kelly           NAVAN’S NEW DEVELOPMENT                                       The Bective Restaurant Silver Service seating
Memorial Novice Hurdle worth €70,000 and Troytown         During 2005, Navan will commence their new                    65 people.
Chase (€85,000) the showpiece of the season.              development consisting of 140 new stables,
                                                          weighroom, jockeys complex, press rooms and                   The latter two suites can be made into one to cater
                                                          childrens play area. Also new owners & trainers and           for 200. All these suites come with first-class service
                                                          members bar with parade ring view and balcony.                and facilities include CCTV, private Tote facilities and
                                                          There will also be an extension to current bars and           excellent views of the racecourse. Larger groups can
                                                                                                                        also be catered for in the marquee.


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     Corporate racedays at Navan are tailored to individual
     company needs and are guaranteed to provide
     great racing, superb hospitality and excellent live
                                                                                   QUICK FACTS ABOUT NAVAN

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                                                                                                     The first meeting held at Navan
     entertainment after racing. It’s the ideal opportunity
                                                                                                 was in 1920.
     for entering clients or employees.
                                                                                                      Navan’s record attendance was
     The restaurant and bar facilities are open seven days                                       in 2001 at 5128.
     a week. Private functions can also be catered for.
     Events previously held include Home Improvement &                                               Many of the Horses who have won
                                                                                                 over Navan’s testing uphill finish have
     Motor Show, Irish American Youth Team Fun Day Out,
                                                                                                 gone on to win Championship Races.
     New Years Eve Gala Ball. Navan Golf and Racecourse                                          Recent winners include: Moscow Flyer
     can also facilitate marquees for weddings, musical                                          (Winner of Queen Mother Champion
     events, gala dinners, etc.                                                                  Chase, Cheltenham 2003) Brave Inca
                                                                                                 (Winner of the Letheby & Christopher
                                                                                                 Supreme Novice Hurdle, Cheltenham
     OTHER FACILITIES                                                                            2004), Hardy Eustace (Winner of the
     Navan has a beautiful 18-hole golf course within                                            Smurfit Champion Hurdle,
     it's grounds so you can indulge in two of Ireland's                                         Cheltenham 2004) .
     consuming passions in one place. There is also a                                                 Navan has a fantastic 18 hole
     12 bay golf driving range on-site where you can                                             72 par championship golf course and
     warm up for the holes ahead.                                                                a 12 bay floodlit driving range .


     DISABLED FACILITIES
     Designated parking, lift and toilets.

     LOCAL HOTELS
     Ardboyne Hotel, Navan                   046 902 3119
     Newgrange Hotel, Navan                  046 907 4100

     LOCAL RESTAURANTS
     Racecourse Restaurant open 7 days a week
     China Garden, Navan
     Hudson's Bistro, Navan
     Singapore Sam's, Navan
     The Loft, Navan

     LOCAL PUBS
     Henry Loughrans, Navan
     Round O Bar, Navan
     Scanlons, Kilberry

     APRÈS RACING
     The world famous burial tomb of Newgrange is just
     15 km from the course. Other attractions include
     Trim Castle, Kells Heritage Centre, the site of the
     Battle of the Boyne and Slane Castle.




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THE PUREST, MOST SATISFYING MOMENT OF ANY SPECTATOR SPORT IS WHEN
SEEING ITS BEST PERFORMERS DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST, AT THEIR BEST,
AND THE SPRING FESTIVAL AT PUNCHESTOWN DELIVERS ON THAT REMIT
WITH EXCITING RESULTS FOR THE VIEWING PUBLIC.




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  Location                        How to get there
  Situated 5 km from Naas on      By Road: 37 km south of          By Rail: Newbridge (14 km)            By Bus: During the 4-day             By Air: Dublin is the closest
  the Naas-Ballymore Eustace      Dublin on the N7. 115 km         is the closest railway                Festival a special bus is            airport. Helicopter landing
  road. Signposted from Naas.     north-west of Rosslare port.     station, from where a taxi            available from Busaras in            at the racecourse can be
                                                                   can be taken to the                   Dublin city centre (Store            arranged in advance.
                                                                   racecourse.                           Street). For other meetings
                                                                                                         Bus Eireann and private bus
                                                                                                         services provide a regular
                                                                                                         service to Naas.




Course Characteristics:
The present racecourse is right-handed and
undulating with flat, hurdle, steeplechase and bank
courses. Hurdle course is one mile-six furlongs.
The steeplechase course is two miles.




FIXTURES
There are 18 racedays at Punchestown yearly,               PUNCHESTOWN REVEALED                                        RACING NIRVANA
held in two stages, from January to May                    Punchestown stages some of the finest jump racing,          With around €3 Million prize money on offer and 11
followed by a Summer break and then from                   not just in Ireland but in the world because, simply        Grade 1 races over the now 5 days, the festival
October to December. Peerless Punchestown                  put, it is the place where the champions of jump            attracts the best horses from Britain (and some from
we like to call it and for good reason.                    racing meet. Racing at the course is always about           France to give extra flavour) to take on the best of the
ADMISSION PRICES                                           quality and the Autumn and Winter seasons there             Irish contingent and this is what makes it so special:
Adults                                    €15              include many excellent fixtures, the highlight being        the crunch and sometimes grudge races. The
Students and OAPs                  Half-price              the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase in                   principal players from the Fairyhouse, Cheltenham
Accompanied children under 14            Free              December, won in recent years by such greats as             and Aintree Festivals all hook up again with some
Festival Prices                                            Kicking King and Beef or Salmon. As good as those           looking for revenge for previous defeats and others
Adult                                    €40               meetings are they are merely warm-ups.                      looking to frank their superiority. Then there are the
(Reserved Enclosure)                                                                                                   dark horses, which for one reason or another did not
Adult                                    €30               For, just when the jump racing season is coming to its
                                                                                                                       run at those previous festivals and are now looking to
(General Admission)                                        end in April, Punchestown, like a sleeping giant which
                                                                                                                       topple the interim leaders from their pedestals. This is
                                                           has been waiting in the wings while other festivals
CONTACT                                                                                                                serious stuff for owners, trainers and jockeys but for
                                                           have come and gone, awakes from its slumber and
Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare.                                                                             the spectators it is racing nirvana.
                                                           delivers the piece de resistance of the season giving
Tel: 045 897 704                                           vigour to the old truism of "saving the best until last".
Email: info@punchestown.com                                The purest, most satisfying moment of any spectator         MEMORIES
                                                           sport is when seeing it's best performers doing what        In recent years there have been some truly
Website: www.punchestown.com                                                                                           memorable performances from such stars as
                                                           they do best, at their best, and the Spring Festival at
                                                           Punchestown delivers on that remit with exciting            Istabraq, Moscow Flyer, Rhinestone Cowboy, Brave
                                                           results for the viewing public.                             Inca, Back in Front, Beef or Salmon and Hardy
                                                                                                                       Eustace - the roll of honour sounds like a racing
                                                                                                                       edition of Debretts. Like the Oscars Awards

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Ceremony, all the stars turn up all the stars turn up     Buck House, trained by Mouse Morris and ridden by          La Touche Bar: On the ground level of the main
and perform for us in such prestigious events as the      Tommy Carmody had won the Queen Mother                     grandstand.
Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup, Kerrygold Champion         Champion Chase and was himself an outstanding
                                                                                                                     Double Bank Bar: Also on the ground level of the
Chase, Rabobank Champion Hurdle, Ladbrokes.com            champion. O'Neill was injured and the trainer's son
                                                                                                                     main grandstand.
World Series Stayers Hurdle, Ballymore Champion           Tony who had ridden the mare to many of her wins
Four Year Old Hurdle – the list of big races goes on.     before Cheltenham was back on board. The story of          Tote Sports Lounge: This new bar is on the second
You simply can't ask for any more from a festival.        the race was that Dawn Run led until Buck House            level of the main grandstand. Equipped to facilitate
                                                          challenged her and took the lead coming to the             fans of sports who want to see the golf, soccer or
DAWN RUN VERSUS BUCK HOUSE                                second last fence but Mullins galvanised the mare at       tennis action in between races. Fitted out with soft,
Down the years there have been many, many great           the last and she went on to record a famous victory.       comfortable furnishings and a wall of wide-screen
days at this mecca of jump racing but the meeting of      Both gladiators returned to a deeply appreciative          televisions.
Dawn Run and Buck House on April 23rd in 1986             reception from the enormous crowd. It was a
                                                                                                                     Lawlors Bar: This convenient bar is located on the
must rate a position in the top one! The idea had been    momentous day, not just in Irish racing history but
                                                                                                                     second level of the main grandstand just a flight away
the brainchild of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien and   Irish sporting history and one about which people can
                                                                                                                     from all the action but a bit more relaxed than the
though such match races seldom happen this one            proudly say they were there and tell their
                                                                                                                     ground floor bars. It also serves hot and cold snacks.
famously came to pass. The crowds gathered in a           grandchildren about.
zealous devotion not seen since the royal visit almost
120 years previously. The attraction of this match-up     REFRESHMENT FACILITIES
for the public was not hard to comprehend. One            De Robeck Restaurant: Overlooking the parade ring
month earlier Dawn Run, trained by Paddy Mullins          is a buffet restaurant with its own bar and tote betting
and ridden by Jonjo O'Neill had won the Cheltenham        facilities.
Gold Cup with a courageous effort that made her a
                                                          Self-service restaurant: Adjacent to the parade ring
national hero. At the same meeting fellow Irish steed
                                                          with a wide choice of hot and cold meals.


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                                        The first recorded       Races were based on a              Racing continued in     In 1860 the organisers           However,
                                   race meeting at               cross-country style back      this fashion until 1850      decided that permanent      Punchestown still
                                   Punchestown was in            then, each one involving      when so me members           stands and enclosures       retains the great
                                   1824 when the racing          the negotiation of            of the Kildare Hunt          should be erected and       spectacle of the old
                                   was quite different to        obstacles that were part      wisely decided to take       artificial fences created   fashioned racing of yore
                                   what we are used to           of the local terrain such     over the location for its    to facilitate some          over banks and walls
                                   today.                        as single/double banks        annual race meeting.         shorter races. By 1865      with the Avon Rí La
                                                                 and stone walls and                                        the two-day meeting         Touche Cup and the
                                                                 were staged over                                           was drawing a crowd         Ladies Cup run at the
                                                                 distances of four miles                                    of 40,000 and more.         Spring Festival, making
                                                                 and more.                                                                              for a great spectacle.
                                                                                                                                                        Remarkably, Risk of




DID YOU KNOW?
                                                                                                                                                        Thunder, owned by
                                                                                                                                                        actor Sean Connery
                                                                                                                                                        won the La Touche
                                                                                                                                                        Cup seven consecutive
                                                                                                                                                        times (1995-2002).




QUICK FACTS ABOUT
PUNCHESTOWN
     CORPORATE HOSPITALITY                                       APRÈS RACING                                               LOCAL PUBS
     Panoramic Restaurant: Offers spectacular views              The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in            Bardons, Kilcullen
     of the racecourse and a full 4-course menu with a           Kildare town is certainly worth a visit to see some        Bill McCormacks, Naas
     wide choice of dishes. Packages are available for           of the best stallions in Ireland. Stately homes,           Graces, Naas
     groups.                                                     Russborough House and Castletown House are also            Ivy Inn, Naas
                                                                 worth seeing. There are also plentiful opportunities for   Kavanaghs, Naas
     Private Suites: Each suite has its own private bar,
                                                                 golf, fishing and pony trekking.
     viewing terrace with ready access to Tote facilities.
     The Chairman's Suite on the 2nd floor can
     accommodate up to 60 guests. The Panoramic Suites           LOCAL HOTELS
     on the top floor are ideal for more intimate gatherings     Dunboyne Castle Hotel                      01 8053 100
                                                                 Kildare Hotel and Country Club, Straffan   01 6017 200     .
     and accommodate up to 15 guests.
                                                                 Killashee House Hotel, outside Naas        045 879 277
     A selection of corporate hospitality packages are           Lawlors Hotel, Naas                        045 906 444
     available for the Festival Village at the Spring National
     Hunt Festival.
                                                                 LOCAL RESTAURANTS
                                                                 Ballymore Inn, Ballymore Eustace
     DISABLED FACILITIES                                         Butt Mullins, Naas
     The racecourse is completely wheelchair friendly            Johnstown Inn, Johnstown
     with reserved areas overlooking the parade ring and         Lemongrass, Naas
     racecourse. Lifts provide access to all levels of the       Silken Thomas, Kildare
     grandstand. There is also a reserved car park for           The Thatch, Ballymore Eustace
     disabled racegoers close to the entrance.




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     In 1868               "Every residence in the
the presence at            neighbourhood, from
Punchestown of the         that of peer down to
Prince of Wales, the       peasant, bore evidence
future King Edward VII     of the approaching
drew a crowd that was      meeting for days
reckoned to be 150,000,    previous, and every
which if accurate is the   train has the brougham,
biggest crowd to ever      family omnibus or
attend a racemeeting       private car awaiting its
in the world. A local      arrival with the visitors
newspaperman of            to partake of Kildare
the time wrote:            hospitality during the
                           meeting and to judge by
                           the highway one could
                           suppose Dublin to be
                           deserted."




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(Gaelic: Ros Comain. Meaning: The Grove of Coman)                                                                                             ROSCOMMON


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                                          Contact:                      Course Info:
                                          Tel: 09066 63 494 or 26 231   National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2
                                          www.roscommonraces.ie         County: Roscommon

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A DAY AT ROSCOMMON RACECOURSE REVEALS THE PLEASURE
TO BE HAD IN THE SOMETIMES HIDDEN PARTS OF IRELAND.




                                                                                                           FIXTURES
                                                                                                           There are 9 meetings annually at Roscommon
                                                                                                           from May until October featuring mostly
                                                                                                           Summer evening meetings providing a great
                                                                                                           location for family outings.
                                                                                                           ADMISSION PRICES
                                                                                                           Adults                                                               €12
                                                                                                           Sunday meeting                                                       €15
                                                                                                           Students & OAPs                                                       €8
                                                                                                           Sunday meeting    Image                                              €10
                                                                                                           Children under 14                                                  Free
                                                                                                           CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                           Roscommon Racecourse, Lenabane,
                                                                                                           Racecourse Road, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon.
                                                                                                           Tel: 09066 63 494 or 26 231
                                                                                                           Fax: 09066 304 462
                                                                                                           Email: roscommonracecourse@eircom.net
                                                                                                           Web: www.roscommonraces.ie




64                                                COURSES FOR HORSES
   Location                             How to get there
   Situated about 1km from              By Road: Roscommon is 76          By Rail: Regular train              By Air: Galway is the
   Roscommon town on the                km north-east of Galway           service from Dublin                 closest airport with daily
   Dublin-Castlebar Road                city and 136 km west of           (Heuston) to Roscommon              flights from Dublin and
   (N60).                               Dublin.                           station. Taxi service from          regular flights from several
                                                                          there to the racecourse.            UK destinations.




                                                                                                                  Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                  The course is right-handed, of one mile and two furlongs
                                                                                                                  in length with a marked incline to the winning post.




ROSCOMMON REVEALED                                       CORPORATE FACILITIES                                     QUICK FACTS ABOUT ROSCOMMON
Roscommon is a favourite course with trainers            There are hospitality rooms available to cater for
                                                                                                                       The first recorded race     1996 Cheltenham Gold Cup
for introducing talented, inexperienced young horses     20-60 people and there is also space for a tented        meeting took place in 1837. It   winner Imperial Call ran in
to racing and if you keep a close watch at the course    village on site.                                         was organised by the British     his first novice chase at
you will see some stars of the future competing there                                                             military which had a base in     Roscommon, and finished
(see below). The racing consists of good quality, full                                                            the town then.                   only third. 1999 Ascot Gold
                                                         OTHER/DISABLED FACILITIES                                                                 Cup winner Enzeli (Ireland's
fields featuring lively betting markets and the view     There is a designated disabled viewing area                  Racing officially began      first winner of the race since
of the racecourse from the stands and enclosures         in the stands.                                           there in 1885 and with the       1969) won a race at
is excellent, making it very spectator friendly. The                                                              exception of a 12 year period    Roscommon the year before
€40,000 Grade 3 EBS Kilbegnet Novice Chase, run at                                                                (1936-48) has continued ever     his famous triumph.
the October meeting is the feature race of the year      LOCAL HOTELS                                             since.
                                                         Abbey Hotel, Roscommon           0906 626 240                                                 The course won the
at the course.                                                                                                        Famous horses to run         2004 Stable Staff Award for
                                                         Coachmans Inn, Roscommon         0906 626 459            there include:
After the racing there is a great atmosphere in the                                                                                                the most improved
                                                         Gleesons Hotel, Roscommon        0906 626 954
                                                                                                                                                   racecourse in Ireland.
local pubs and hotels (of the sort that you only get     Hannons Hotel, Roscommon         0906 637 644
in the smaller towns in Ireland) and even more so                                                                Red Parrot, Roscommon
during the 2-day meetings in June and July. A day                                                                Coachmans Inn, Roscommon
                                                         LOCAL RESTAURANTS
at Roscommon racecourse reveals the pleasure to
                                                         Gleeson's, Roscommon
be had in the sometimes hidden parts of Ireland.                                                                 APRÈS RACING
                                                         Horan's, Roscommon
                                                                                                                 Nearby Lough Key Forest Park, County Heritage
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                   LOCAL PUBS                                              Centre in Strokestown, fishing and cruises on the
There is a spacious dining room, self-service                                                                    River Shannon and horseriding.
                                                         Central Bar, Roscommon
restaurant, snack bar, tea room and several bars.
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                                            Contact:                         Course Info:
                                            Tel: 071 918 3342/071 916 2484   National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2                             GALWAY
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                                            www.countysligoraces.com         County: Sligo

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IT'S ONE OF THOSE RARE PLACES WHERE THE JOURNEY TO AND FROM
(PASSING THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE IN IRELAND)
IS IN ITSELF PLEASURABLE.




                                                                                                                FIXTURES
                                                                                                                There are nine fixtures each year at Sligo, the
                                                                                                                first in early May and concluding with a two
                                                                                                                day fixture at the end of September/start of
                                                                                                                October. There are two Sunday fixtures and six
                                                                                                                week day fixtures.


                                                                                                                ADMISSION PRICES
                                                                                                                All fixtures
                                                                                                                Adults                                                                                €15
                                                                                                                OAPs & Students                                                                      €10
                                                                                                                Children                                                                             Free
                                                                                                                Special discounts are offered for groups.
                                                                                                                Coach tours welcome.
                                                                                                                Free Parking.

                                                                                                                CONTACTS DETAILS
                                                                                                                Sligo Racecourse
                                                                                                                Cleveragh Road, Sligo.
                                                                                                                Tel/Fax: 071 916 2484/071 918 3342
                                                                                                                Email: info@countysligoraces.com
                                                                                                                Web: www.countysligoraces.com


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   Location                             How to get there
   Situated at Cleveragh 1km            By Road: Sligo is located 137       By Rail: Dublin                         By Bus: Local bus service            By Air: The closest
   from Sligo town centre, just         km north east of Galway             (Connolly Station) to Sligo.            with stops adjacent to               airports are Strandhill
   off the Pearse Road.                 and 217 km west of Dublin.          Taxi service from Sligo                 enclosure.                           airport (10km) and Knock
                                                                            Station to the racecourse.                                                   international (56km)
                                                                                                                                                         airport with daily flights
                                                                                                                                                         from Dublin. Knock also
                                                                                                                                                         has a service from Liverpool.
                                                                                                                                                         There are helicopter landing
                                                                                                                                                         facilities at the racecourse
                                                                                                                                                         (to be arranged in advance).

                                                                                                                        Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                        Sligo is a right-handed course of 1 mile in length
                                                                                                                        with a steady incline from halfway to the finish line.



                                                                                                                        QUICK FACTS ABOUT SLIGO
                                                                                                                             Racing has taken place       was no racing for the 13
                                                                                                                        in Cleveragh since 1955, but      years preceding the opening
                                                                                                                        there is a tradition of racing    of the present course.
                                                                                                                        in the area dating back to
                                                                                                                        1781, when racing was first            The programme at all
                                                                                                                        recorded at Bowmore on            meetings is comprised of
                                                                                                                        Rosses Point. It was written      Flat and National Hunt
                                                                                                                        in the Sligo Journal of the       (jump) races.
                                                                                                                        races in 1893 that the
                                                                                                                                                               Among the top-class
                                                                                                                        "beauty and fashion of the
                                                                                                                                                          horses to run at Sligo are
SLIGO REVEALED                                            onto the reserved balcony of the stand, betting               county attended the races".
                                                                                                                                                          Jazz Princess, who later went
Sligo racecourse is nestled among some of the most        facilities and close circuit television.                                                        on to win a Group 3 race at
                                                                                                                        Nothing has changed then
scenic countryside imaginable with the mountains                                                                        in the meantime! For the          the Curragh in 2004 and
Benbulben and Knocknarea looking down from either                                                                       next hundred years the races      became one of the best
                                                          APRÈS RACING                                                                                    two-year-olds in Ireland.
side of the town. The area is considered as one of the    There is much to do after or indeed before racing             were halted intermittently
                                                                                                                        because of political turmoil      Brewster, one of the top
unheralded beauty spots of Ireland and it’s certainly     around Sligo. There are hundreds of archaeological                                              novice hurdlers in Britain in
                                                                                                                        and/or faction fighting and
worth the effort to get to Sligo racecourse for one of    sites to visit in the area and miles of idyllic sandy                                           2005 won a bumper at Sligo
                                                                                                                        in 1898 moved to a site at
its nine fixtures.                                        beaches to explore. For the younger, more energetic           Hazelwood until 1942. There       in 2002.

It’s one of those rare places where the journey to and    types those beaches also have some of the best
from (passing through some of the most beautiful          surfing in the country, dude. Sligo is, of course            Markree Castle                         071 9167800
countryside in Ireland) is in itself pleasurable. The     where the brothers William and Jack Butler Yeats             Radisson Hotel                         071 9140008
racing is exciting with competitive cards making for      spent much of their time and from where they                 Sligo Park Hotel                       071 9190400
very lively betting markets especially the early August   derived much of their creative influences. William           Sligo City Hotel                       071 9144000
meetings which feature a continuation of Summer           regarded it as the "Land of Heart's Desire". Their           The Glasshouse                         071 9194300
festivities from the nearby Galway races.                 influence on the town's art world is immense: there
                                                          is a W.B. Yeats society based in the town and much of        LOCAL RESTAURANTS
                                                          Jack B. Yeats' work is displayed in the local Municipal      Bistro Bianconi                        071 9141744
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                    Art Gallery. There are also ample opportunities for
The track has a spacious bar, self service restaurant                                                                  Clevery Mill                           071 9127424
                                                          angling, golfing and pony trekking.                          Cromleach Lodge                        071 9165155
and snack bar.
                                                                                                                       Molly Fultons                          071 9160027
                                                          LOCAL HOTELS                                                 The Belfry                             071 9161250
CORPORATE FACILITIES                                      Castle Dargan                          071 9118080           The Embassy                            071 9161250
The Cleveragh Room can cater for groups of 50                                                                          The Madarin Court                      071 9142568
                                                          Clarion Hotel                          071 9119000
people and features its own viewing area, an exit                                                                      The Waterfront                         071 9177122
                                                          Cromleach Lodge                        071 9165155

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                                            Tel: 0504 22 253         National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2
                                                                                                                                                                               HORSE AND JOCKEY
                                            www.thurlesraces.ie      County: Tipperary                                    CASHEL                                                                              CORK

                                                                                                      RACE COURSE




PROPER DYED IN THE WOOL, QUALITY JUMP RACING TO WARM THE COCKLES OF
YOUR HEART IS WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON A JAUNT TO THURLES RACECOURSE.




                                                                                                         FIXTURES
                                                                                                         There are 11 fixtures held at Thurles every year
                                                                                                         in the Spring and Autumn/Winter. Most of the
                                                                                                         meetings are on Thursdays so make sure you
                                                                                                         can get off work to go, it's a great way to begin
                                                                                                         your weekend racing as forays. Remember, it's
                                                                                                         Thurles on Thursdays.
                                                                                                         ADMISSION PRICES
                                                                                                         Adult                                                                               €13-15
                                                                                                         Students & OAPs                                                                 Half-price
                                                                                                         Under 14's                                                                            Free
                                                                                                         Discount available for pre-booked groups
                                                                                                         of 20 or more.
                                                                                                         CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                         The Racecourse, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
                                                                                                         Tel: 0504 22 253
                                                                                                         Fax: 0504 24 565
                                                                                                         Email: info@thurlesraces.ie
                                                                                                         Web: www.thurlesraces.ie




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   Location                              How to get there
   Situated 1.5 km west of               By Road: Thurles is 16 km          By Rail: There is a regular            By Air: Shannon (approx
   Thurles town, 8 km west of            north of Cashel, 48 km west        train service from Dublin              80 km away) is the nearest
   the main Cork-Dublin road.            of Kilkenny and 64 km east         (Heuston) and Cork to                  airport. Helicopter landing
                                         of Limerick.                       Thurles Station. There is a            at the course can be
                                                                            free minibus service from              arranged in advance.
                                                                            the station to the
                                                                            racecourse.




                                                                                                                       Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                       An undulating right-handed oval course of one mile and
                                                                                                                       two furlongs with an uphill climb to the winning post.




THURLES REVEALED                                           REFRESHMENT FACILITIES
                                                                                                                       QUICK FACTS ABOUT THURLES
Proper dyed in the wool, quality jump racing to warm       Self-service restaurant, several bars and a tea room.
                                                                                                                            The earliest recording       the Kinloch Brae Chase 3
the cockles of your heart is what you will find on a                                                                   of race meetings in Thurles       times in succession (2002-
jaunt to Thurles racecourse. Its Gaelic translation, as    CORPORATE FACILITIES                                        is 1732 when a three-day          04). Also won the Grade 1
above, is stronghold and this course is certainly a        Hospitality room which can cater for 50-100 people.         meeting was held there.           Melling Chase at Aintree
fortress for action packed, quality jump racing, where                                                                                                   twice.
                                                                                                                           Famous horses to have
it's very likely that you will see a future Cheltenham                                                                 run at Thurles in recent          Rule Supreme. The winner
or Punchestown winner in action. The town of Thurles       LOCAL HOTELS
                                                                                                                       years include:                    of the 2004 Grade 1 Sun
and the surrounding area is one of the best locations      Anner Hotel, Thurles                   0504 21 799                                            Alliance Chase at
                                                           Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel             062 62 707          Klairon Davis, winner of the      Cheltenham and 2005
for country pursuits in Ireland, and has a populace
                                                           Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum            062 71 116          Arkle and Champion Chases         Grade 1 Hennessy Gold
that loves its sport, be it hunting, greyhounds or their                                                               at Cheltenham.
                                                           Horse and Jockey, Thurles              0504 44 192                                            Cup at Leopardstown.
favourite, horseracing.
                                                                                                                       Native Upmanship. A               Vintage Crop. Melbourne
And Thurles is an enthusiasts' course, nothing flashy                                                                  standing dish at Thurles and      Cup winner. Won his debut
                                                           LOCAL RESTAUANTS
or snazzy about it but it's all about the horses and                                                                   a real favourite there, won       here.
                                                           Chez Hans, Cashel                       062 61 177
when you are there you can't help but get caught up
                                                           Inch House, Thurles                    0504 51 348
in that enthusiasm, that anticipation engendered by a
                                                           Mitchel House, Thurles                 0504 90 776         APRÈS RACING
novice hurdle or chase and the thought that one of
                                                           Rolys at Park Avenue, Thurles          0504 58 658         There are lots of equestrian activities to pursue in the
these horses could be a future festival winner. The
                                                                                                                      area including hunting and pleasure riding. For golfers
Grade 2 €50,000 Kinloch Brae Chase in late
                                                           LOCAL PUBS                                                 there is an excellent 18-hole course in Thurles.
January/early February is the highlight of the year at
the course and always attracts a top-class field.          Arch Bar, Thurles                      0504 22 250
                                                           Doyle Pub, Urlingford                 056 88 31184
                                                           Eddie Joe’s, Templemore                0504 32 272



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                                             Website: www.tipperaryraces.ie   County: Tipperay

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"IT'S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY". SO THE POPULAR 1912 SONG WENT BUT IN FACT,
IT'S MUCH NEARER THAN YOU THINK, IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD TO GET TO AND
WORTH IT WHEN YOU DO.




                                                                                                                 FIXTURES
                                                                                                                 There are 12 fixtures held every year at
                                                                                                                 Tipperary including many very enjoyable
                                                                                                                 Summer Evening Meetings, where there is a
                                                                                                                 lively atmosphere. Like its county neighbour
                                                                                                                 Thurles, most of it's meetings are on Thursdays
                                                                                                                 so, repeat the mantra, Thursdays For Tipperary.
                                                                                                                 ADMISSION
                                                                                                                 Adults                                                                                            €15
                                                                                                                 Students & OAPs                  Image                                                           €10
                                                                                                                 Children Under 14                                                                                Free
                                                                                                                 CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                                 Tipperary Racecourse, Limerick Junction,
                                                                                                                 Co. Tipperary.
                                                                                                                 Tel: 062 51 357
                                                                                                                 Email: info@tipperaryraces.ie
                                                                                                                 Website: www.tipperaryraces.ie




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   Location                              How to get there
   Situated 3 km west of                 By Road: 37 km east of            By Rail: Regular train                   By Air: Shannon
   Tipperary town on the                 Limerick City and 100km           services from both Dublin                international airport is
   Tipperary-Limerick road.              north of Cork City.               (Heuston Station) and Cork               60km west. Helicopter
                                                                           to Limerick Junction                     landing at the course can be
                                                                           Station, which is within                 arranged in advance.
                                                                           easy walking distance of
                                                                           the racecourse.




                                                                                                                       Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                       A flat, left-handed course of one mile and two furlongs
                                                                                                                       in length with a chute for five furlong races.




TIPPERARY REVEALED                                        The main attraction is the Grade 2 Tipperary Hurdle          DISABLED FACILITIES
"It's a long way to Tipperary". So the popular 1912       which has been contested by such stars as Istabraq,          There are male and female disabled toilets, a viewing
song went, but in fact, as shown above, it's much         Limestone Lad, Accordion Etoile and Harchibald.              area overlooking the parade ring and race course.
nearer than you think, is very straightforward to get                                                                  There is also access to the bar and restaurant.
to and worth it when you do. Tipperary is a county        REFRESHMENT FACILITIES
steeped in every facet of horse tradition, from the       A recently refurbished self-service restaurant plus the      LOCAL HOTEL
world famous Coolmore Stud to the volume of               Winning Post and Istabraq Bars which also serve a            Aherlow House Hotel, Glen of Aherlow     052 56 153
outstanding horsemen to have come from there              range of snacks.                                             Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort
and this racecourse, as its centrepiece, reflects this                                                                 (opposite racecourse)                    062 33 333
tradition providing high-class racing both on the flat                                                                 Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel              062 62 707
                                                          CORPORATE FACILITIES
and over jumps.                                                                                                        The Woodlands House Hotel, Adare         061 605100
                                                          The recently renovated High Chaparral Dining Room
During the Spring and Summer meetings it is possible      can cater for groups from 10-170 with facilities
to see future champions in action. Recent top class       including CCTV, Tote betting and a choice of silver          LOCAL RESTAURANTS
performers to have won at Tipperary include 2008          service or buffet style dining. The room overlooks the       Ballykisteen Golf and Country Club (opposite racecourse)
Champion 2-year-old Bush Ranger, Dual Breeders’           parade ring and racecourse.                                  Bit and Bridle Bar/Restaurant (opposite racecourse)
Cup Winner High Chaparral and other Group 1                                                                            Mary Hanna’s, Tipperary
Winners, Heat Seeker, Hawk Wing, Yesterday and Irish      OTHER FACILITIES                                             Stables Restaurant, Tipperary
Derby Winner, Dylan Thomas. But the course saves          There is on-course entertainment for children
the best for last in the form of “Super Sunday”, held     at all evening and Sunday meetings.
on the first Sunday in October, their last meeting of
the year. This is the highest quality National Hunt and
Flat meeting staged in the country featuring a
plethora of high-class that attract some of the best
horses around including some from Britain.

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     LOCAL PUBS
     The Bit and Bridle, Limerick Junction.
     The Hideout, Sologhead.

     APRÈS RACING
     Places to visit include the scenic Glen of Aherlow, Mitchelstown Caves, Cahir
     Castle. There are also opportunities for fishing, golf and shooting.




     QUICK FACTS ABOUT TIPPERARY

                           >
                                            The first meeting of               The first race meeting on       The name was changed         The only racecourse in
                                        Tipperary races was at             the present site (Limerick      from Limerick Junction to   Ireland to stage a graded Flat
                                        Barronstown Course in March        Junction) was in September      Tipperary in 1986.          and National Hunt on the
                                        1848. These races were             1916.                                                       same card.
                                        abandoned in 1871/72 due to
                                        an outbreak of smallpox but
                                        were revived in 1881.




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                                               Contact:                     Course Info:
                                                                                                                              ANNESTOWN
                                               Tel: 051 381 425             National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2
                                               www.tramore-racecourse.com   County: Waterford

                                                                                                              RACE COURSE


TRAMORE AND WATERFORD PEOPLE IN GENERAL ARE AN ENTHUSIASTIC RACING
CROWD AND THIS, COUPLED WITH A STRONG FOLLOWING FROM SURROUNDING
COUNTIES, ENSURES A GOOD ATMOSPHERE AT ALL THE MEETINGS.




                                                                                                                FIXTURES
                                                                                                                There are 11 fixtures during the year,
                                                                                                                the highlights being the New Year's Eve/Day
                                                                                                                and August Festival meetings.
                                                                                                                ADMISSION
                                                                                                                Adults                                                                              €12-20
                                                                                                                Students & OAPs                                                                      €8-10
                                                                                                                Accompanied children under 16                                                         Free
                                                                                                                Group discounts / Annual Badge available.
                                                                                                                Please contact the racecourse office.
                                                                                                                CONTACT DETAILS
                                                                                                                Waterford and Tramore Racecourse,
                                                                                                                Tramore, Co. Waterford.
                                                                                                                              OPTIONAL HERE
                                                                                                                Tel: 051 381 425
                                                                                                                Email: racing@tramore.ie
                                                                                                                Website: www.tramore-racecourse.com




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 Location                           How to get there
 Situated 13 km from                By Road: 112 km south-east          By Rail: Trains to Plunkett             By Air: Waterford airport is
 Waterford city and 1 km            of Cork and 170 km south of         station in Waterford                    just 12 km away with daily
 outside the town of                Dublin. When coming from            originate at Dublin                     flights from London Luton,
 Tramore.                           Cork follow signposts for           Heuston, Limerick and                   Manchester and
                                    Tramore located a few miles         Rosslare. There is a regular            Birmingham airports,
                                    before the city. All other          bus service between the                 www.aerarann.ie
                                    routes come over the bridge         station and Tramore.
                                    into Waterford City and
                                    follow signs for Tramore.




                                                                                                                     Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                     The course is a right-handed, turning undulating track of
                                                                                                                     one mile in length with an uphill climb to the winning
                                                                                                                     post.




      TRAMORE REVEALED                                          REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                        DISABLED FACILITIES
      Tramore racecourse is where the turf meets the surf       The Inside Track bar has a cozy, intimate atmosphere          All areas of the course are wheelchair accessible
      and it is one of the most intimate stages for racing      with a large conservatory and a capacity of 600. The          with wheelchair accessible toilets. There is also
      in Ireland. The 4-day mid-August festival                 Front Room is a comfortable setting for 250 people            a baby changing facility.
      (incorporating 3 evening meetings) has everything         with panoramic views of Tramore Bay and the Graun
      a summer racing festival should have: sun (usually),      Hill Suite is the latest addition, providing a smaller        LOCAL HOTELS
      sea, sand, spectacular racing and anything else that      intimate room for 50 people. There is also a self-            Grand Hotel, Tramore              051 381 414
      takes your fancy on a hot summers day. It offers a        service and a take-away restaurant. Additionally there        Granville Hotel, Waterford        051 855 111
      great opportunity to take a racing holiday because        is always live music after the racing.                        Majestic Hotel, Tramore           051 381 761
      of the great amenities on your doorstep in Tramore,                                                                     O'Shea's Hotel, Tramore           051 381 246
      one of the premier seaside resorts in Ireland.            CORPORATE FACILITIES                                          Tower Hotel, Waterford            051 875 801
      You won't have to work so hard to keep the children       For the four days of the August Festival meeting              Waterford Castle, Waterford       051 878 203
      amused before or after the racing because they are        the Front Room can be hired for groups of up to 200.
      catered for like at no other venue in the Tramore         A three-course buffet meal service is available               LOCAL RESTAURANTS
      funfair and amusement park. During the Winter             throughout the day and afternoon tea will be served           The Esquire, Tramore
      holiday season the first day of the 2-day New Year's      after the fifth race. A private bar will be available until   The Ship, Dunmore East
      Eve/Day meeting is a great place to start off those       one hour after the last race. Private Tote and CCTV           The Vee Bistro, Tramore
      end of year festivities and the following day an even     facilities are available.
      better place to finish them off in style. Tramore and
      Waterford people in general are an enthusiastic racing
      crowd and this, coupled with a strong following from
      surrounding counties, ensures a good atmosphere at
      all the meetings. The racing is an even mix of flat and
      jump races.

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         QUICK FACTS ABOUT TRAMORE

                      >
                                         Racing in Tramore           Then in 1888 a                        The course underwent a          The 1983 English Derby
                                    originally began on the beach    race committee under             €5 million complete             runner-up Carlingford Castle
                                    back in 1785 and had become      Martin J Murphy renovated        refurbishment in 1997 under     was galloped the 'wrong way
                                    so popular with the locals       the facilities and revived       the new ownership of local      round' at Tramore
                                    that a 6-day meeting was         the racing. However, the         racing enthusiasts. It          beforehand in preparation for
                                    held there in 1807 in mid-       course and facilities were in    continues to go from strength   the big race. The reason his
                                    August (a tradition that         constant danger from stormy      to strength.                    trainer Liam Browne did this
                                    continues to this day).          seas and in 1911 the course                                      is because going left-handed
                                                                     was so badly breached that       On 1 January 2002 Tramore       at Tramore closely resembles
                                    These early events               time had to be called on         was the first racecourse in     (on a smaller scale) the
                                    consisted of all flat races      the event. Undeterred,           Europe to use the Euro          unique gradients of Epsom
                                    but steeplechasing was soon      the racecourse company           currency and on 1 January       racecourse. It nearly brought
                                    incorporated into the fixture.   established a new course         2000 held the first             off a famous Irish win but
                                    Racing continued                 at Graun Hill on the outskirts   racemeeting of the new          Teenoso and a certain Lester
                                    uninterrupted until the 1860's   of Tramore, where racing         millenium in Europe when        Piggott were just too good.
                                    when disturbances at the         continues to this day.           a record crowd of 11,000
                                    meetings led to the local                                         turned up.
                                    gentry withdrawing their
                                    support.                                                               The first race
                                                                                                      of the millenium,
                                                                                                      The Mean Fiddler Handicap
                                                                                                      Steeplechase was won by No
                                                                                                      Problem, trained in Cork by
                                                                                                      Gerard Cully, owned by
                                                                                                      Tommy Cronin and ridden by
                                                                                                      Waterford jockey Shay Barry.




LOCAL PUBS
O'Neills, Tramore
Rocketts, Tramore
St Leger, Tramore
Victoria House (The Vic), Tramore

APRÈS RACING
There are 16 fine golf courses within a 60 km radius
of Tramore including renowned local courses at Tramore,
Waterford Castle and Faithlegg. Tramore holiday resort is
within walking distance of the course and there are many
villages along the picturesque Waterford coastline worth
visiting. There are also numerous places of archaeological
interest locally, especially in Waterford City.




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                                          Contact:               Course Info:
                                          Tel: 053 9142307       National Hunt & Flat / Grade 2
                                                                                                                  KILMORE
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THE RACING INVARIABLY FEATURES LARGE FIELDS OF COMPETITIVE FLAT
AND JUMP RACING WITH THE TOP JOCKEYS FROM BOTH CODES IN ACTION.




                                                                                                  FIXTURES
                                                                                                  FIXTURES
                                                                                                  There are 11 fixtures held every year in
                                                                                                   There are 7 meetings each evening Summer
                                                                                                  Wexford including 5 Friday year at Sligo,
                                                                                                   the first in late April and concluding in
                                                                                                  meetings, which are an absolute treat. There is
                                                                                                   mid-August. All but are evening meetings
                                                                                                  simply no finer place1to be in the country than
                                                                                                   (and that's such an occasion.
                                                                                                  Wexford onon a Sunday) so there is no excuse
                                                                                                   for not being able to get there.
                                                                                                  ADMISSION PRICES
                                                                                                  ADMISSION PRICES
                                                                                                  Adults                                                                                            €15
                                                                                                  Weekdays
                                                                                                  OAPS & Students                                                                                   €8
                                                                                                  Adults
                                                                                                  Children under 14                                                                                 €12
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Free
                                                                                                  Students & O.A.P's                                                                                 €8
                                                                                                  Discounts available for pre-booked
                                                                                                  Children                                                                                         Free
                                                                                                  groups of 10 or more people.
                                                                                                  Sundays
                                                                                                  CONTACT
                                                                                                  Adults                                                                                            €15
                                                                                                  Wexford Racecourse
                                                                                                  Students & O.A.P's                                                                               €10
                                                                                                                   OPTIONAL HERE
                                                                                                  Newtown Road, Wexford.
                                                                                                  Children                                                                                         Free
                                                                                                   Special discounts are offered 9143853
                                                                                                  Non race day phone/fax: 053 for groups
                                                                                                   of 10 and over. Coach tours are
                                                                                                  Raceday phone: 053 9142307 welcome.
                                                                                                   Free parking.
                                                                                                  Fax: 053 9143702
                                                                                                   CONTACTS DETAILS
                                                                                                  E-mail: info@wexfordraces.ie
                                                                                                  Sligo Racecourse,
                                                                                                  Cleveragh, Sligo,Co. Sligo
                                                                                                  Website: www.wexfordraces.ie
                                                                                                   Tel: 071-9183342




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   Location                                 How to get there
   The racecourse is located                By Road: Racecourse is 48            By Rail: The nearest railway             By Air: The closest airport is
   just outside Wexford town                km East of Waterford City            station is in Wexford town               Waterford (57 km west).
   off the Dublin-Rosslare                  and 24 km North-West of              from where there is a taxi               Regular service from Luton
   bypass.                                  Rosslare Ferry Port.                 service to the racecourse.               to Waterford airport.
                                                                                 Regular rail service from                Helicopter landing can be
                                                                                 Dublin. Tel Irish Rail                   pre-arranged at the
                                                                                 (Iarnrod Eireann)                        racecourse.
                                                                                 00 353 1 836 6222 for train
                                                                                 timetables.




                                                                                                                              Course Characteristics:
                                                                                                                              It is a gently undulating right-handed course of
                                                                                                                              one mile and two furlongs which features flat and
                                                                                                                              National Hunt (jump) racing.




WEXFORD REVEALED                                               grounds is the Long Bar and a cafeteria serving tea,           QUICK FACTS ABOUT WEXFORD
Wexford racecourse, and the county in general,                 coffee and hot snacks plus the Ivy Room Bar
                                                                                                                                   The earliest record of         Sinntara, owned by His
is a very friendly, welcoming place (they're used to           incorporating a spacious carvery restaurant.                   racing in the area is in the    Highness The Aga Khan, and
being invaded by outsiders such as Vikings and                                                                                1870s but these races had       the dam of the 2000 Irish
Normans so they know how to deal with strangers).              CORPORATE FACILITIES                                           ceased by 1902.                 Derby and Prix de l'Arc de
Furthermore its located in one of the most pleasant                                                                                                           Triomphe winner Sinndar,
                                                               The Carriglawn room can be used to cater for up to                  The present racecourse     won a maiden race at
parts of the country, the sunny south-east. It's true!         100 people.                                                    at Bettyville was opened in     Wexford in July 1992.
                                                                                                                              October 1951 when an
Wexford's average sunshine quota is 4.48 hours
                                                                                                                              estimated 17,000 people
per day against the national average of 3.75 hours             WHEELCHAIR FACILITIES                                          attended.
so it's much more likely to be sunny for your visit,           There is a dedicated wheelchair viewing stand
whatever time of year that is. Even the name of its            and are wheelchair friendly toilets in the Ivy Room.          LOCAL HOTELS
location, Bettyville, has a titillating appeal that reflects                                                                 Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford       1890 516 171
the feeling of bonhomie prevalent at the course.                                                                             Maldron Hotel, Wexford           053 9172 000
                                                               APRÈS RACING                                                  Talbot Hotel, Wexford            1850 222 566
It's a fun course. The racing invariably features large        There is much to see and do in the environs
                                                                                                                             The Riverside Park Hotel,
fields of competitive flat and jump racing with the top        of Wexford. There are three local 18 hole golf
                                                                                                                             Enniscorthy                       053 9237800
jockeys from both codes in action. There is also an            courses: Wexford, St Helens and Rosslare, the latter
                                                                                                                             Whitford House Hotel, Wexford    053 9143 444
excellent view of the track from the stands. You will          also features a 12-hole play anytime course. There
find that there is always a warm, lively atmosphere            is much of archaelogical interest in Wexford town
in Wexford and afterwards in the local hostelries.             and the local area plus a Heritage Centre in                  LOCAL RESTAURANTS
                                                               Ferrycarraig. Of more recent historical interest are the      Footprints at Whitford House Hotel
                                                               John F Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine              Fordes, Wexford
REFRESHMENT FACILITIES                                                                                                       Heavens Above, Wexford
                                                               Ship, both in New Ross. Also extensive fishing in local
The main stand houses two bars upstairs,                                                                                     Mange 2, Wexford
                                                               rivers Slaney and Barrow in addition to sea fishing.
the Bettyville and Carriglawn bars. Also on the                                                                              Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy

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                                                        GALWAY             Galway    28

RACE REGIONS
                                                        KERRY            Killarney   38
                                                                         Listowel    50




                                                        KILBEGGAN       Kilbeggan    36




                                                        KILDARE       The Curragh    11
                                                                            Naas     53
                                                                     Punchestown     59


                                                        DUBLIN       Leopardstown    42




                                                        LIMERICK         Limerick    47




                                                        MEATH         Bellewstown    04
                                                                       Fairyhouse    24
                                                                            Navan    56
                                                                          Laytown    40

                                                        NORTH         Down Royal     16
                                                                      Downpatrick    19




                                                        NORTH WEST      Ballinrobe   02
                                                                      Roscommon      64
                                                                             Sligo   66


                                                        NORTH EAST
                                                                          Dundalk    21



                               - National Hunt & Flat
                                                        SOUTH EAST    Gowran Park    33
                               - Flat                                    Tramore     73
                                                                         Wexford     76
                               - National Hunt
                                                        TIPPERARY         Clonmel    06
                                                                           Thurles   68
                                                                         Tipperary   70
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