The Irish passion for horse racing is legendary and experiencing it at The Curragh is unforgettable. Hooves drumming, your heart is galloping faster than the thundering hooves, louder than the roar of the crowd as the horses race up the home straight…it’s exhilarating being swept away by the energy of the galloping horses before you, sheer unbridled excitement.
The vast open grassy plain of The Curragh is at the very centre of Ireland’s thoroughbred horse industry and the racecourse, in addition to regular race days, hosts all five Irish flat-racing Classics, including the oldest, The Irish Derby, originating in 1866. The Curragh stages meetings throughout the year, including the highlight the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival in late June.
It is one of the most historic sporting venues in Ireland with the first race taking place during the 1700s and is truly a venue where Champions are Made from training to racing.
It has a fascinating heritage, there is also written evidence of horse racing dating back to the third century when chariot races were held at the Cuireach, the Gaelic word for racecourse, on the lands known today as the Curragh. Legendary Fionn MacCumhaill and his warriors raced their horses here from the nearby Hill of Allen fortress. It is said that 3rd century kings and chieftains raced their chariots here.
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