About Laytown Racecourse Laytown Racecourse is a racecourse in Laytown, County Meath, Ireland. Laytown is up along ...
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About Kilbeggan Racecourse Kilbeggan Racecourse is in the small town of Kilbeggan, County Westmeath Ireland. Due to ...
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About Killarney Racecourse Killarney Racecourse is in the small town of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Killarney boasts ...
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Racing in Ballinrobe Ballinrobe Racecourse is an Irish racecourse which is in the north-western region of the ...
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About Clonmel Racecourse Clonmel Racecourse is a racecourse situated in the small town of Clonmel, in County ...
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About Cork Racecourse Cork Racecourse is one of the biggest racecourses in Ireland. Cork first opened its ...
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About Curragh Racecourse Irish racing fans will already know that Curragh Racecourse is one of Ireland’s most ...
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About Down Royal Racecourse Down Royal Racecourse is a racing venue which resides on the outskirts of ...
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About Downpatrick Racecourse Downpatrick Racecourse is one of only two racecourses in Northern Ireland. It’s also the ...
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About Dundalk Racecourse Dundalk Racecourse is in the county town of Dundalk, which lies just South of ...
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About Fairyhouse Racecourse Fairyhouse Racecourse is easily one of Ireland’s top destinations for horse racing. Being located ...
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About Galway Racecourse Galway is one of the most important cities in Ireland. Being the European Capital ...
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About Gowran Park Racecourse Gowran Park Racecourse is a racecourse in County Kilkenny; Ireland, which is in ...
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About Leopardstown Racecourse Leopardstown Racecourse is a racecourse which is in the small village of Leopardstown; just ...
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About Limerick Racecourse Limerick Racecourse is a racecourse which is in the city of Limerick, on the ...
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About Listowel Racecourse Listowel Racecourse resides in the small town of Listowel; County Kerry, Ireland. Not only ...
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About Naas Racecourse Naas Racecourse is a racecourse which is in the county town of Naas, County ...
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About Navan Racecourse Navan Racecourse is a racecourse near the small county town of Navan, County Meath; ...
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About Punchestown Racecourse Punchestown Racecourse is a racecourse situated in County Kildare; Ireland, not far from the ...
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About Roscommon Racecourse Roscommon Racecourse is a racecourse located in the town of Roscommon, County Roscommon; Ireland. ...
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About Sligo Racecourse Sligo Racecourse is in the town of Sligo; County Sligo, Ireland. Sligo is up ...
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About Thurles Racecourse Thurles Racecourse is a racecourse on the outer edges of Thurles; County Tipperary, Ireland. ...
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About Tipperary Racecourse Tipperary Racecourse is a racecourse just a couple miles north of Tipperary; county Tipperary, ...
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About Tramore Racecourse Tramore racecourse is in the town of Tramore; County Waterford, Ireland. It’s 13km south ...
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Racecourses in Ireland

Horse racing in Ireland is just as popular as it is across the United Kingdom. However, horse racing didn’t come to Ireland until a little after it did in the UK. The first recorded race meet took place at Laytown in 1868. That day an impressive 40,000 horse racing fans attended the event which was the kick-starter for Irish racing!

Because of its early success, Irish racing was able to build off this where even today it gains worldwide recognition! These days Ireland can boast 26 major racecourses, more per head in population than every other country! Of these courses, Curragh racecourse is the most famous hosting all four Irish classics, namely;

  • The Irish 2,000 Guineas which runs in May
  • Irish Derby which runs in late June/early July
  • Irish Oaks which runs in July; and finally
  • The Irish St. Leger which runs in September

The two primary forms of racing in Ireland is Flat racing and National Hunt racing. Flat racing which is the most popular of these two, with the large majority of these running on Turf. Ireland can even boast three of their tracks are Flat race only tracks! However, they also have all-weather courses at places such as Dundalk. Perhaps the most exciting track in Ireland, however, is Laytown racecourse. Uniquely, this is a racetrack run along a beach which helps it draw in huge crowds every season!

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