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 Irish Derby, which takes place at the height of summer, is the richest race in the Irish 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 Guineas Festival in May followed by the Summer highlights of the Irish Derby Festival and Irish Oaks weekend. The Curragh racecourse is also the focal point for the Irish Thoroughbred Trail, one of the highlights of Longines Irish Champions Weekend in September.
The Curragh Racecourse is also home to the Curragh Training ground which has seen many starts 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 the world".
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.
Mainline trains from Heuston Station (Dublin), Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway to Kildare Town with complimentary Shuttle Bus to the racecourse. Tickets cost from €13.20. Call Iarnród Éireann at:
+353 1 836 6222.
Dublin Coach provide a service to the races on all race days from Dublin Airport via the Red Cow Luas with stops in Naas and Newbridge and from Burgh Quay in Dublin City Centre via Kildare Village and from Limerick and Portlaoise, See
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