Racecourse of the Year 2012  - 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...

Quick Facts About Ballinrobe

Race meetings have been recorded in the area since 1773. Racing has been held on the current course since it was purchased in 1921. Dorans Pride, a former Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle winner and twice placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, won his first race at Ballinrobe in 1993. Owned by Mayo man Tom Doran and trained by Michael Hourigan he went on to win €1m on the track.
Traverse, the horse owned by the irrepressible Hector O'hEochagain and star of the series "Only Fools Buy Horses" also won his first Irish race at Ballinrobe in 2003.

Racing At Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe Revealed

In keeping with the West of Ireland's reputation for being a relaxed, friendly part of the world the racecourses of the West of Ireland reflect that also. Race meetings in Ballinrobe are so relaxed one almost feels horizontal. Set before the picturesque vista of Lough Carra, an excursion to Ballinrobe will soothe any modern-life travails you may have. You will soon forget your boss's haranguing or the fume-ridden traffic jam gauntlet you must run to get in and out of work every day.

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, and with eight meetings in the Summer (including seven evening meets) it is the ideal place to go to switch off and unwind. Ballinrobe is a racecourse that you will return to again and again.

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 Members Club

Ballinrobe Racecourse have launched its new Members Club ahead of the 2013 racing season. Course Characteristics

The Members Club Package includes the following benefits: 

  • Admission to all 9 Race Meetings in 2013
  • Free Racecard
  • Members Car Park
  • Exclusive use of the newly refurbished Members, Owners & Trainers Lounge
  • Free Green Fee for Ballinrobe Golf Club
  • Reciprocal days at Leopardstown, The Curragh, Navan, Naas, Limerick, Sligo & Galway  Racecourses.
  • Exclusive Members Draw

Annual Membership Fee €100 

To find out more or become a member email  Tel: 094 9541811


How To Get There

By Road:
50km north of Galway, 28km south of Castlebar

By Rail:
The closest station is Claremorris (21 km). For more see

By Air:
The closest airports are Galway (56 km) and Knock (48 km) with regular flights from Dublin and many locations in the U.K. Helicopter landing can be arranged at the course.


Adults: €15
OAPs & Students: €10
Children U14: Free

Special Offers available for groups -please contact the racecourse in advance for more details.


Refreshment Facilities

Corrib Self Service Restaurant

Seating 160 people, the restaurant which was opened in 2010, serves a wide selection of both hot and cold foodsCorporate Facilities. There is a new 160-seater restaurant at the course which can serve 'silver service' 5-course meals and is available to book for groups of 10 or more. Also, corporate marquee available. 

Owners Trainers & Members Lounge (New for 2013)

A comfortable Bar with viewing balcony overlooking the winning straight.


Après Racing

There is a multitude of activities to occupy energetic visitors to the area, for both indoor and outdoor types. The area around Ballinrobe has been dubbed "The Lake Angling Capital of the West" with 60,000 acres of brown trout fishing between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask and also fishing on the river Robe. There are scenic walkways in the area and regular traditional music and dancing in local pubs. There is also an 18-hole championship golf course at nearby Cloonacastle House.

Local Hotels
Ashford Castle Hotel (5-star) 094 954 6003
Harlequin Hotel Castlebar   094 9286200
McWilliams Park Hotel, Claremorris 094 937 3333
Ryan's Hotel 094 954 6243
Lisloughrey Lodge - The Quay, Cong      094 9545400


Local Restaurants  
The Valkenburg, Ballinrobe 094 9541099
Flannery's, Ballinrobe 094 9541724
Carney's Bar and Restaurant, Ballinrobe     094 9541702
Tí Bhurca Bar and Restaurant, Clonbur 094 9546175


Local Pubs
O'Malley's, Ballinrobe
Art O'Neills, Ballinrobe
Inch’s Bar, Ballinrobe
Costello’s Bar, Ballinrobe
Carney's Bar, Ballinrobe
McGreal's, Ballinrobe

Upcoming Ballinrobe Races

Friday 15 Apr 2016
Tuesday 03 May 2016
Monday 30 May 2016
Tuesday 31 May 2016
Tuesday 21 Jun 2016
Monday 18 Jul 2016
Tuesday 19 Jul 2016

Racecourse Summary

Ballinrobe ActionContact:
Ballinrobe Racecourse
Tel: 094 95 41811 (Office)
Tel: 094 95 41052 (Race days)
Fax: 094 95 41406 (Race days)
Fax: 094 95 42636 (Office)
Grade: Grade 2
Course Info: National Hunt & Flat
County: Mayo
Location: Situated 2 km from the town of Ballinrobe in Co Mayo

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.