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Killarney Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

The National Hunt and Flat Racing horse racing venue in Killarney sits within the beautiful Killarney National Park in County Kerry, southwest Ireland. Its oval track is left-handed in trajectory and covers a distance of one mile and two furlongs. There are 11 race meetings per annum which commence in May and finish in August.

Historical records indicate show that horse racing in Killarney began in 1822 and that two individual tracks were in operation until activities ceased in 1901. Horse racing did not return to the area until 1936, when Killarney Racecourse was founded. The venue is considered to be one of Ireland’s most picturesque courses with its spectacular views of lakes, mountains, forests and Ross Castle. Indeed, the location has been used as a location for many well-known movies.

Killarney Racecourse has been hosting the three-day Racing Festival each May for the last 80 years. The racing action begins with the National Hunt events and ends with the Flat racing events. Visitors can also enjoy themselves in the enclosures where there is traditional Irish music, dancing and singing.

Many regard the Killarney’s four-day Racing Festival in July as the most important meeting within its racing calendar. The festival highlight is Ladies Day with its annual fashion competition. Altogether there are 28 races and the total prize fund exceeds €260,000. The four-day August Festival at Killarney Racecourse features flat racing on the first day, mixed events the next day, then national hunt contests, and ends with mixed racing. In all there are some 29 races with a prize fund worth almost €400,000. There events attracts numerous big name sponsors who support the individual races.

Often called “Ireland’s most scenic racecourse,” Killarney draws crowds from near and far. The Town of Killarney itself is a popular tourist destination due to the breath-taking natural beauty and historical heritage of the area. The venue provides excellent facilities for not only horse racing activity but also for corporate events and private gatherings such as conferences, exhibitions, banqueting, product launches, filming and weddings.

As well as race day tickets, the venue offers various hospitality packages and corporate packages. Entrance is free of charge for children under the age of 14. There are a selection of bars such as the Jim Culloty Bar, which boasts a dining area and serves hot carvery; and there is plenty of live entertainment. The Maurice O’Donoghue Stand has a sandwich bar plus a coffee area and fast food can be found at the Jockey’s Whip.

In addition, the Ross Golf Course can be found on-site. The 9-hole parkland course was designed and built around Killarney Racecourse and also benefits from magnificent views of the National Park, Ross Castle and the nearby lakes. It is widely regarded as one of the best nine-hole courses in the Republic of Ireland.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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