Killarney Races

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County Kerry in Ireland is best known for its stunning natural beauty. One of the largest Irish counties it is situated in the south west and boasts incredible landscapes formed by lakes, mountains and a long dynamic coastline. It is also a place rich in traditional Irish culture, which manifests itself most in the many festivals which celebrate arts, music and that most famous of Irish obsessions, horseracing.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! One place in Co Kerry manages to effortlessly combine all the visual splendour with some great racing and that is Killarney.

There are many racing events for which the setting is part of the appeal and Killarney races certainly fall into this category.

Killarney is the most popular tourist destination in Ireland outside the capital Dublin.

Set against the mountains of the MacGillicuddy Reeks on the shore of Lough Leane, both of which form part of Killarney National Park, there can be fewer more breathtaking environments in which to enjoy the many attractions of the town.

Killarney races form a part of the summer activities in the town and this is when Killarney comes alive.

SummerFest features live concerts by national and international names and a great many arts, theatre and children's activities. Killarney races play their part by hosting May, July and August Festivals of three, four and two day’s duration respectively.

Racing at Killarney dates back to 1822 and was described in glowing terms some 20 years later by celebrated author William Thackeray.

Also immortalised in song and art, Killarney races have played host to many famous celebrities who, like all visitors, make the most of the hospitality, the incredible views and the competitive racing on offer.

Clearly a major draw for tourists, the social atmosphere at Killarney makes the course a definite inclusion into summer holiday plans and, located within walking distance of the town, the racing dovetails easily with the other notable historic and cultural attractions.

The track at Killarney is a left-handed oval, one mile and two furlongs in circumference.
Killarney Races, inside rail

Grade II National Hunt and Flat races are held at the course with the main event being the Summer Festival in July.

Killarney Races, winner Groups of 20 or more can enjoy discounted rates when booked in advance. Dining options include the main restaurant and hot bar food. There are also a variety of snack outlets.

A recent addition to the course is a hospitality suite with great views over the course and the lakes and mountains beyond. Hospitality packages are available and represent an excellent way to get the full race day experience. The Corporate Package comprises exclusive entry to the suite, four course meal with drinks service, a racecard detailing all the races of the day, and the services of a tipster to get the best betting options. Alternatively, there are the facilities within the Maurice O' Donoghue Stand. Situated by the finishing post, the race views are superb and groups of up to 250 persons can be catered for.

Packages can be tailored specifically for any group, depending on requirements and budget and will typically comprise elements such as a private entrance with security, exclusive parking, racecards, tipster, prizes and access to a private bar and betting facilities. Catering can range from a buffet service to sit down meals and post-race entertainment can be supplied.

Those spending some time in the town have a great many accommodation options and there are ample opportunities for après race festivities in the pubs and clubs. No stay in the town is complete however, without a visit to Killarney races.