The Curragh is mentioned in the earliest Irish manuscripts as a meeting place of the Celtic Kings where much sporting activity, including horseracing, took place. The first official racing to take place at the Curragh was in 1741.
Quick Facts About The Curragh
The Curragh is a right-handed horseshoe shaped course with a circuit of two miles with no sharp bends and a straight run in of three furlongs uphill. The Curragh includes a straight mile course and two round courses and is widely recognised as a very fair galloping track. The Curragh is also the largest horse training centre in Ireland and boasts extensive facilities on it's grounds. The surrounding area is home to thousands of racehorses in training yards and stud farms.
The Curragh Revealed
For those who enjoy seeing the best racehorses and horsemen in the world doing what they do best on a glorious stage then a visit to the Curragh is a must. This racecourse, steeped in tradition, is where the Five Classic races are held: The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby; The Darley Irish Oaks; The Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas; The Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and The St Leger along with many other great races.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival - Fri 27th to Sun 29th June 2014
A spectacular glamorous weekend of world class racing, fashion, food & music, the Irish Derby Festival has it all.
Friday 27th June – DERBY FRIDAY HOEDOWN
Kicks off the great weekend with a major Irish country music theme featuring concert by Nathan Carter after racing
Saturday 28th June – SATURDAY IS DERBY DAY!
The ultimate sporting & social day of the year featuring the Derby Music Village, the Derby Food Paddock & the Dubai Duty Free Most Stylish Lady competition.
Sunday 29th June – FAMILY DAY
A must for all families with lots of free entertainment for children Derby Hospitality & Dining - A Variety of options are available over all 3 days of the festival.
Great Online Ticket Offers! – Book in advance to avail of an admission & transport to & from Dublin Ticket for only €40 or just Admission Ticket for €30
See www.curraghhospitality.com for details.
The Best Classic Racedays in 2014
- Guineas Spring Racing Festival – Sat 24th & Sun 25th May 2014
- The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – Sat 28th June 2014
- The Darley Irish Oaks – Sat 19th July 2014 Irish Champions Weekend – Sun 14th September 2014.
Our fashion & style days are the ultimate social days out and offer the chance to win spectacular prizes. They will take place on:- Sunday 25th May, Saturday 28th June & Saturday 19th July
Hospitality at the Curragh
The ultimate in style and luxury, a day's hospitality at the Curragh Racecourse is the perfect way to enjoy a day with friends or family, clients or colleagues - there is something for everyone to enjoy. We offer a superb range of entertainment options from corporate hospitality to admission & lunch packages plus a wide and varied selection of food and beverage facilities.
How To Get There
50 km south-west of Dublin City on the main Dublin-Cork/Limerick road. Take the N7 southbound and exit at junction 12 (M7). Free car parking at the racecourse.
A regular service from Dublin Heuston, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway to Kildare Town with a free shuttle bus to the racecourse. Admission concession available with valid train ticket. For more see www.irishrail.ie/home
Dublin Coach provide a race day service from Dublin City Centre, Dublin Airport & Limerick, also stopping in Newbridge, Naas, Kildare Town & Portlaoise. We also have a dedicated admission & coach transport from & to Dublin for Guineas Weekend, Derby Weekend, Oaks Day & Irish Champions Weekend. - see www.dublincoach.ie or www.curragh.ie
40kms from Dublin Airport www.dublinairport.com and 25kms from Baldonnell. There is also a helipad behind the main Grandstand.
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|*Children Under 16||Free|
|Day Member (Premier)||€30|
|Reserved Premier Seat||€40|
Seniors and Under 25s
50% reduction on all race days (admission only) except Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day where the admission is €25.
*Children under 16
Children under 16 accompanied by an adult FREE
At the west-end of the stand there is an outdoor playground for children, together with picnic area. There is a gift shop in the Tote Hall carrying a range of Curragh merchandise. For disabled customers there is a special viewing area in the grandstand. All areas of the course are wheelchair accessible. There is an on-course Ladbrokes betting shop. There is also a big screen at all fixtures for enhanced viewing quality.
Free car parking is available, while a Members Car Park is available for Curragh Members.
Although there is no strict dress code, we would appreciate appropriate attire is worn at all times. Smart casual attire is requested for anyone with access to the Premier Level of the Grandstand.
We welcome families to the racecourse and do all we can to make the day as special as possible for them with FREE admission for U/16s accompanied by an adult on all raceday. We have dedicated family days on: Monday 5th May (Bank Holiday) & Sunday 10th August (Free Family Admission on the Day)
Curragh Racecourse Merchandise
A variety of merchandise is available from TRI Superstore, The Curragh - 045 435019 / email@example.com
A Paddy Power Betting Shop is located in the Betting Hall
Owners and Trainers
Owners and Trainers with runners on a race day enjoy a number of privileges such as access to the Balcony Bar & Bistro located on the premier level with complimentary tea/coffee voucher and all winning owners receive a momento either from the race sponsor or the from the racecourse.
The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Kildare are a must see. In the surrounding area of the Curragh there are many opportunities for playing golf, fishing and horse riding.
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