Quick Facts About Killarney

The first recorded racemeetings in Killarney were in 1822 and between that date and 1901 they were staged between two different courses in the area. They were then discontinued until the present course was opened in 1936.  

Killarney Revealed

Killarney Action Killarney is the premier tourist destination in Ireland and the Killarney races provides eleven cracking days of racing over 3 summer festivals in May, July and August. Killarney Racecourse proudly boasts the title of the most scenic racecourse in Ireland. It is situated within walking distance of Killarney town centre and has panoramic view of  Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, The Lakes of Killarney and the McGillcuddy Reeks. Killarney has some of the best hotels, restaurants and night life in Ireland coupled with the best scenery.

Course Characteristics

The course is a left-handed level, oval of approx one mile and about 100 yards and is home to both Flat and National Hunt racing.

How To Get There

By Road:
Approx 96km north-west of Cork and 32 km south-east of Tralee.

By Rail:
Killarney Railway Station is regularly served by trains from Heuston Station Dublin, Limerick and Tralee. See for timetables.

By Bus:
Regular services to Killarney operate from Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Tralee. See or call 01 836 6111 for timetables.

By Air:
Killarney is very accessible by air. Kerry Airport is located within 16km of Killarney with direct daily access to UK and German destinations with daily direct flights to Dublin Airport ( Cork Airport is only 90km from Killarney and provides a range of UK and EU connections ( Shannon Airport is 135km from Killarney and in addition to UK and EU connections, it offers direct flights to the USA ( Helicopter landing at the course can be arranged in advance.


May Festival Adult:
July Festival Adult:
August Festival Adult:


OAPs & Students: €12
Children U14: Free

Discounts available for pre-booked groups of 20 or more.

  Killarney Stalls

Refreshment Facilities

Killarney Racecourse had 4 public bars and a wide range of catering options. The Jim Culloty Bar has a large restaurant area with a hot carvery selection and light bite options. The Maurice O'Donoghue Stand offers patrons a sandwich bar and the Jockey Whip Fast Food Take Away is also available to racegoers.

Hospitality Facilities

The Panoramic Restaurant offers breathtaking views of the racecourse with its own private balcony. The Restaurant offers guests own bar and Tote facilities. It also combines the action and atmosphere the racegoer while enjoying excellent food in luxurious environment. There are a variety of hospitality packages available throughout each of the festivals.

Other options include the Maurice O'Donoghue Stand which overlooks the finishing post and can be booked for private groups.


Disabled Facilities

Viewing area, restaurant access and toilets.
Parking by arrangement. 

Après Racing

Killarney, as mentioned above, is the tourist capital of Ireland and there is lots to see and do both in the town and the surrounding area. Some attractions of note include the 26,000 acre Muckross House National Park located 6 km outside of Killarney.

The magnificent MacGillicuddy Reeks mountain range is located to the west of Killarney and merits closer inspection. There is also a plentiful supply of golf courses in the area, also lots of opportunities for fishing, horse riding and many sites of archaeological interest locally. For those just looking for a few drinks after racing in a lively, friendly setting then Killarney is second to none for such venues.

Local Hotels, Restaurants and Pubs

Killarney has a large number of excellent hotels, restaurants and pubs, to list them all would take pages. For advice on the most suitable accommodation contact the Killarney Tourist Office at 064 6631633. 

 Click here for a fantastic article on Killarney as written by the Independent.

Upcoming Killarney Races

Sunday 15 May 2016 Festival
Monday 16 May 2016 Festival
Tuesday 17 May 2016 Festival
Monday 11 Jul 2016 Festival
Tuesday 12 Jul 2016 Festival
Wednesday 13 Jul 2016 Festival
Thursday 14 Jul 2016 Festival

Racecourse Summary

Killarney Action 5Contact
Killarney Racecourse, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Tel: 064 66 31 125

Gaelic: Cill Airne. Meaning-Church of the Sloes
Grade: Grade 2
Track Info: National Hunt & Flat
County: Kerry
Location: Located 1 km outside Killarney town just off the road to Kenmare in the County of Kerry. Within walking distance of the town.

The magnificent scenery is what draws the huge crowds to Killarney and the mountains and lakes that cradle the racecourse make it arguably the most beautiful in the country.