The word "Curragh" means place of the running
horse. The historic Curragh Racecourse is the home of Flat racing in Ireland
and the venue for all five Irish Classic races and the second day
of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby,
which takes place at the height of summer, is the richest race in the Irish racing calendar.
Located just off the M7, the main Dublin/Cork road, in
the heart of County Kildare, the Curragh racecourse has a busy schedule of race
meetings between March and October every year. The big early season event is
the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival in May followed by the Summer highlights
of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival and Juddmonte Irish Oaks weekend.
The Curragh Racecourse is also home to the Curragh
Training ground which has seen many stars of the track including Sea The
Stars, Vintage Crop, Hardy Eustace and Sinndar. The Curragh Training Grounds
provide trainers with the opportunity to prepare their horses on approximately
1,500 acres of world-class training facilities. The standard and range of
gallops on offer is really quite remarkable and led to Dermot Weld describing
the facilities as "unquestionably one of the finest training grounds in
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The Curragh Racecourse
From Dublin take Exit 9 off the M50 onto the N7 southbound. Take Exit 12 off the M7. When you arrive, you'll find plenty of free car parking. Regular racegoers can opt for annual preferred car parking at a nominal rate.
Train to Kildare Town Station with
complimentary Shuttle Bus to the racecourse also collecting in the Square in Kildare Town.
Trains also to Newbridge with complimentary shuttle bus to racecourse
collecting on Main Street. See www.curragh.ie for latest information
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