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Curragh Racecourse, Curragh, Kildare,
Mr Evan Arkwright
The Curragh is the home of Irish flat racing and the largest horse training centre in the country. It is named in early manuscripts as a meeting place of celtic kings and chieftans.
From its earliest days as a meeting place of Celtic kings and chieftains, to the modern day glamour and excitement of the Irish Derby, the Curragh in County Kildare is without a doubt the beating heart of Irish racing. Each year, the cream of the crop descend on the Curragh to partake in or enjoy the spectacle of the five classic races, The Irish Derby, Darley Irish Oaks, Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas and the St Leger, as well as many more great races. The home of Irish flat racing and the largest horse training centre in the country, the Curragh has been host to all the great names in racing such as Sea The Stars, Vintage Crop, Galileo, High Chaparral and Nijinsky.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day is the highlight of the racing calendar. Usually run on the last Sunday in June, it is an infectiously exciting social occasion of great glamour and electric atmosphere. The moment you arrive you know that this day is going to be special. Featuring some of the finest racehorses in the world, owned, trained and ridden by the world’s finest trainers and jockeys, let yourself be swept away by the thrill of this world class racing.
The racecourse is embarking on a major development project to include a magnificent state of the art grandstand. High quality temporary facilities will be available to race goers in 2017 and 2018 to include a variety of food and beverage facilities.
Admission: Adult admission from 15 euro, concessions for Under 25s and Over 65s. No charge for children accompanied by an adult
Book on line at www.curragh.ie
The Curragh stage a number of themed races including Family Race Days, live concerts after racing and fashion and style days
Dress Code: Although there is no strict dress code, we would appreciate appropriate attire is worn at all times.
Located off exit 12 of the M7 between Newbridge and Naas, there is plenty of free car parking. Irish Rail service to Kildare Town with free shuttle bus to racecourse on race day. Dublin Coach provide a race day service (see dublincoach.ie) Refer to the website for further information