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Earliest meeting: Thursday 6th May 1886
Final meeting: Tuesday 1st July 1913
The county Wicklow village of Carnew is located a mile from the border with county Wexford and was first recorded in 1247 when known as Carnebothe. Although race meetings took place prior to 1886, cards invariably included pony races, but at the meeting on Thursday 6th May 1886, held on the Mulrony course in sight of Carnew Castle, the principal races were the Carnew Plate, the Shillelagh Plate and the Umbegar Steeplechase Plate for hunters. Traditionally Lord Fitzwilliam sponsored the feature race, the Fitzwilliam Plate, and at the meeting on Thursday 27th April 1899 his horse Hospice was beaten into second place by Mr R Inman’s Bella Anna, while in the prestigious Carnew Handicap, over a mile and a half, Goodshot got the better of The Chief and Nahilla. It was a popular course in the late 19th century, but suffered a decline in attendance leading up to the First World War, although the announcement made on Thursday 6th August 1914 that all meetings scheduled for 1914 were cancelled was as a consequence of the Irish Railway Company not being able to transport racehorses because they were too busy with the War effort. Therefore, the final meeting held at Carnew was on Tuesday 1st July 1913 and racing did not return after the War.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Lord Fitzwilliam

Principal Races Carnew Handicap Plate, Fitzwilliam Plate

Thursday 27th April 1899

The Fitzwilliam Plate over 6 furlongs
1. Bella Anna owned by Mr R Inman
2. Hospice owned by Lord Fitzwilliam
3. Imperium owned by Mr T Manley

The Carnew Handicap Plate over a mile and a half
1. Goodshot owned by Mr M Williams
2. The Chief owned by Mr O Kehoe
3. Nahillah owned by Mr T N Wardrop

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 1st July 1913
Course today On the Mulrony course in the centre of the village next to Carnew Castle.
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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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