Regardless of the weather, it is a rarity to see Thurles Racecourse losing a race meeting, even in the depths of winter when many of the track's meetings take place. Jokingly and affectionately referred to as "Ireland's first all-weather racecourse", Thurles is the only privately-owned track in the country and is located only a few kilometres from the town centre. It plays host to a number of top-class National Hunt (jumps) races early in the year including the Grade 2 Kinloch Brae Chase and the Grade 2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle. Thurles is one of five all-National Hunt racecourses in the country.
Thurles Racecourse is situated 1 mile west of Thurles town and 5 miles west of the N8 (Dublin / Cork), on the road to Limerick, Shannon and Galway.
The railway station on the Dublin / Cork line is approx. 1 mile from the Racecourse. A free mini bus service brings racegoers to the course.
Bernard Kavanagh and Sons Bus service provides transport to and from Thurles. See timetable here; www.bernardkavanaghcoaches.com
The closest major airport to Thurles is Waterford Airport. This airport has international and domestic flights from Waterford, Ireland and is about 73 km from the center of Thurles, Ireland.
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