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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 13th October 1868
Final meeting: Tuesday 13th October 1868
The County Limerick racecourse at Ballinacurra, with Portland Park so prominent in the area, held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday 13th October 1868. It raced under the banner of Limerick Races and replaced the previous venue at Newcastle, which had been forced to close the previous year after drunkenness, a murder of a child and the refusal of the landowner to continue to lease the land for racing. The course was located two miles from Limerick on the Croome road and the opening race on the opening day was His Majesty’s 100 Guineas Plate, which was won by Aster owned by Mr Croker. However, in order to broaden its appeal the programme also contained a 4 mile steeplechase. This was all to no avail because course inspectors were not impressed with the state of the course, particularly the bends, and stated that they would withdraw the honour of hosting a King’s Plate if the meeting was not staged elsewhere the next year.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Quin, Captain Goodwill
Principal Races His Majesty’s Plate, Limerick Tradesman’s Plate, Garryowen Plate

Tuesday 13th October 1868
His Majesty’s 100 Guineas Plate
1. Aster owned by Mr Croker
2. Barometer owned by Mr Duncie
3. Sea Queen owned by Mr S Mansergh

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 13th October 1868.
Course today

Just two miles from Limerick on the Croome road in Ballinacurra.

If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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