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Earliest meeting: Monday 20th September 1773
Final meeting: Tuesday 21st September 1773
The County Donegal village of Cloghan enjoys a rural setting surrounded by beautiful countryside, and is known for its excellent fishing and hunting. However, back in the late 18th century it was also known for its horse racing because it held a two day meeting from Monday 20th to Tuesday 21st September 1773. The four year old race over heats of two miles was staged on the first day and took 4 heats before the Hon. Mr Connelly’s Ceres was able to claim the Purse. The second day was reserved for 5 year olds, with a field of 3 contesting the 3 mile race. After an exciting tussle the Hon. Mr Connelly won with Miss Fortune beating Surprise and Toy. There are no further records of racing taking place in the village.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Altamont, Hon. Mr Connelly
Principal Races Cloghan 4 year old Purse, Cloghan 5 year old Purse

Monday 20th September 1773
Cloghan 4 year old Purse C25
1. Ceres, bay mare owned by Hon. Mr Connolly
2. Spinner, bay horse owned by Mr Westrop
3. Championess, bay mare owned by Mr Yelverton

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 21st September 1773.
Course today In the open countryside surrounding the village.
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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