Racing. It’s a feeling you won’t find anywhere else. It’s the whole experience. It’s that feeling you get in the packed stands or watching the theatre of the parade ring. It’s the anticipation as the races unfold out on the track. From the elegance and colour of ladies days to the party atmosphere of the music nights, you and your friends are spoiled for choice. So what are you waiting for? Embrace the feeling of a day at the races. Play the odds, raise a glass and enjoy good times with friends.
Dublin Racing Festival will combine the best that Dublin has to offer over one weekend. Immerse yourself in the races that have produced icons of jumps racing; Arkle, Hurrican Fly, Sizing John, Florida Pearl, Brave Inca, Istabraq, Moscow Flyer, Douvan, Sizing Europe and Jodami. Witness new heroes as they emerge and watch the best of talen from Ireland and Britain fight it out for two massive titles - The Unibet Irish Gold Cup and The BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle.
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The three-day Easter Festival is one of the highlights of the year at Cork Racecourse and runs from Easter Saturday to Easter Monday. The three-day race meeting is a fine mixture of everything racing has to offer. Saturday's meeting is dedicated to Flat racing; Easter Sunday is an all-National Hunt affair, and as the surrounding area is steeped in point-to-point tradition, fittingly Monday's card is a mixture of high class flar racing and a number of races dedicated o amateur riders and horses that have been competing 'between the flags'.
The three-day Fairyhouse Easter Festival begins on Saturday and runs through to Monday. A historic event, the highlight of the meeting is the running of the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at the track. The Irish rand National is steeped in tradition and shares top billing over the weekend with the Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup.
The Punchestown festival is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendar. The Special combination if thrilling sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and drink, family fun, dazzling glamour or casual comfort is unequaled thanks to the unique Punchestown festival atmosphere.
The Punchestown festival is considered the grand finale of the jump season with top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish sea converging on the Kildare venue to settle scores and confirm reputations. The quality of racing is unrivaled with a total of 12 Grade 1 contests taking place.
All summer Leopardstown will be bringing you a fantastic line-up of live gigs, great food, and thrilling horse racing. With a strong Irish card, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown gives you all the makings for a great night out, with a difference. Concert & Racing
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival is one of Ireland's most exciting sporting and social events of the year, as Europe's top horses line up for the biggest prize in Irish racing.This three-day racing festival promises a spectacle of fashion, entertainment, music and the finest racing. The Derby is the ultimate destination to be swept up in the magic of an unmissable summer celebration with friends. Some of the world’s top horses and jockeys will compete over all three days with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby boasting record prize money of €1.5 million.
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The four-day Bellewstown Summer Festival is synonymous with top-class racing, wonderful summer evenings, family entertainment, Ladies Day Races and a few extra surprises.
You can look forward to music, fashion and thrilling racing across the festival. The Best Dressed Lady competition is held on Friday. There are also plenty of other prizes on offer from local businesses with some weekends away at some of Ireland’s leading hotels.
It may be small in stature, but this County Meath festival is big in tradition, heart and atmosphere and it is a place where racegoers tend to return time and time again.
Killarney's five-day July Racing Festival is the centre piece of their racing calendar with a mix of both National Hunt and Flat racing. The racecourse, with its backdrop of mountains and lakes, is justifiably regarded as Ireland’s most scenic track.
The two-day Kerrygold Irish Oaks meeting at the Curragh is one of the most prestigious of the entire Flat racing season. The meeting opens on Saturdayand the feature event is the Group 1 Kerry Gold Irish Oaks, having been first run in 1895. Irish Oaks Day also plays host to one of the most high-profile best dressed lady competition of the entire season. Sunday is another exciting day with a packed programme of seven competitive races.
The Galway Festival is undoubtedly the high-point of the summer season with seven glorious days and nights of high-class racing. It has been said about the festival that it once brought Galway City to a standstill, but now it brings the whole country to a standstill.
Widely regarded as the highlight of the Summer season in Ireland, Galway Races offers you fantastic horse racing, live music and entertainment, stunning fashion, family fun and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from all over Ireland and abroad to experience first-hand the infectious sense of fun
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Experience a great atmosphere with bumper crowds and take in the fine panoramic views of Tramore Strand.
The Tramore Racing Festival is the place to be this August! Live music in the bars after racing every evening ensures the party goes on until late.
Longines Irish Champions Weekend is the pinnacle of the Irish Flat Racing season. For two days in September, what's best in Ireland will be what's best in the world. Ireland host world-class horse racing, featuring outstanding style and entertainment, at two internally renowned racecourses. over on weekend - Leopardstown and The Curragh.
The autumn highlight of the Irish racing calendar, the seven-day Listowel 'Harvest' Festival draws crowds from all over the country. An action-packed week of the highest quality Flat and National Hunt racing, the highlight on the track is Wednesday's Guinness Kerry National. The Guinness Handicap Hurdle is the feature event and often attracts horses which have competed in the Galway Hurdle a couple of months earlier. Ladies Day attracts the highest attendance of the week-long Festival. Fashionable racegoers of all ages can look forward to three days of Best Dressed competitions.
As the winter months close in, Down Royal has the honour to staging the Grade 1 steeplechase of the Irish National Hunt season (the JNWine.com Champion Steeplechase) at the Down Royal Festival of Racing which takes place in early November. The two-day meeting is a huge draw boasting a number of graded races and is the highlight of the year at Down Royal.
The Weekend also features Best Dressed Lady Competition on the Saturday.
The Punchestown Irish National Hunt festival is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendar. The special combination of thrilling sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and drink, family fun, dazzling glamour or casual comfort is unequalled thanks to the unique Punchestown Festival atmosphere.
Enjoy 2 days of top class racing, including 3 Grade One National Hunt Races. Come and see some of the best National Hunt horses in training first hand and be a part of the electrifying atmosphere at one of Ireland's most popular racing festivals. There are some fantastic hospitality packages available including our Bobbyjo Bistro Package with a wonderful four course lunch overlooking the track. We also have the brilliant Fairyhouse Bumper Bundle ideal for a great get together for family or friends.
The twelve days of Christmas would not be the same without the four days of Leopardstown. It's time to plan your trip to the Leopardstown Christmas Festival from December 26th to the 29th. You will see some of the best horses from Ireland and Britain in action at the top level of jumps racing.
Limerick Racecourse is the ideal place to continue the festive celebrations and provides the perfect opportunity to catch up with family and friends in a unique atmosphere. This is combined with the thrills and spills of an action packed seven-race card each day showcasing some of Ireland's top equine talent.
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