Quick Facts About Kilbeggan
The first recording of racing in the Kilbeggan area was in March 1840 when a group of local gentlemen organised a race in Kilbeggan for the Challenge Cup valued at 40 Guineas. Future racing was held periodically in various locations around the town after this time but it was not a permanent fixture. However, in 1901 racing was revived at the present location and except for the war years 1941-45 has been held ever since.
The feature race of the year is the E50,000 Midland's Grand National staged in mid-July.
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. All but one of it's race dates are Summer evening meetings and this fact attracts hordes of people from the large surrounding areas and visitors from further afield alike, all unhindered by work commitments. At first the message was a bit slow to get around the country that this was the place to go to have fun on Summer evenings but word has spread rapidly with the effect that attendance doubled from 24,000 to 50,000 annually between 1995-2000 and they are still increasing. It is also the only racecourse in Ireland that stages National Hunt (jump) racing only, which adds to the overall spectacle of its meetings.
The view of the races is excellent as the runners are never too far from the stands which promotes a more involved feeling among the spectators, like you're jumping every fence/hurdle with the jockey.
Kilbeggan is a right-handed, undulating course of one mile and one furlong with an uphill run to the winning post.
How To Get There
13 km north of Tullamore, 21 km south-east of Mullingar, 92 km west of Dublin and 125 km north-east of Limerick.
Tullamore is the closest rail station from where taxis can be hired to the racecourse.
There is a Bus Eireann service from Dublin Central Bus Station ( Busaras) to the town.
Dublin is the closest airport.
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The Pavilion bar overlooks the winning post, there's live music in the tented bar on the hill overlooking the racecourse, plus a self-service restaurant and snack bars.
The glass-fronted Balcony Suite on the first floor of the new pavilion provides first class hospitality facilities for up to 200 guests or subdivided in tables of 10 with its own private balcony overlooking the racecourse. It offers a buffet lunch, CCTV, private Tote betting and private bar facilities. The tented village can cater for up to 2000 guests offering the same facilities as above.
Designated car parking, toilets and and access.
Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan Town is the oldest licensed distillery in the world and is worth a visit. Also Tullynally and Birr Castles are open to the public. Plentiful opportunities for golf and fishing.
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