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Earliest meeting: Monday 18th May 1747
Final meeting: Friday 8th June 1754
The County Tipperary village of Clogheen, its name meaning ‘Little stone of the market’, lies just 3 miles from Shanbally Castle which was designed by John Nash in 1820 for Viscount Lismore. The village held its own racing meetings in the mid-1700s, the first of which extended over 5 days in Whit Week 1747 beginning on Monday 18th May. A year later the meeting ran from Monday 30th May 1748 for 5 days when the Hunters Plate was won by Mr Latham. In celebration of his success, Mr Latham sponsored the Hunters Plate on Thursday 25th May 1749 with £20 worth of Wool and Linen. By 1751 the meeting was deemed to be sufficiently important to be included in the ‘Historical List of Horse-Matches Run in 1751’. The five day meeting, spread over 6 days so that Tuesday could be reserved for hunting, began on Monday 27th May 1751 with a Purse worth £20 which was won after 3 heats by Mr Kissin’s The Heeler of Cashell. On Wednesday the £30 Prize was claimed by Sir Edward O’Brien’s Ranger at the expense of Batchelor, while Mr Moor captured the Real Hunters event on Thursday. The impressive black gelding Abelard won all 3 heats on Friday to reward Sir Edward with a much deserved success, and the concluding meeting on Saturday featured a £20 Plate which went to Wicklow Lass owned by Mr Jordan. In 1754 the meeting stretched over five days from 3rd to Friday 8th June, culminating in the 50 Guineas Purse for Gentlemen which was won by Mr Hyde’s Attalanta.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Edward O'Brien, Major Massey
Principal Races Clogheen Real Hunters Purse, Clogheen 20 Guineas Purse

Monday 27th May 1751

Clogheen £20 Purse
1. The Heeler of Cashell, grey mare owned by Mr Kissin 3 1 1
2. Silver Legs, grey mare owned by Mr Langley 1 2 2
3. Clarinda, spotted bay mare owned by Sir Edward O’Brien 2 dist
4. Hassleridge, chestnut horse owned by Major Massey 4

Wednesday 29th May 1751

Clogheen £30 Prize
1. Ranger, bay horse owned by Sir Edward O’Brien 2 1 1
2. Batchelor, brown horse owned by Mr Dogherty 1 2 2

Thursday 30th May 1751

Clogheen Real Hunters 20 Guineas
1. Unnamed brown horse owned by Mr Moor 1 1
2. Unnamed chestnut mare owned by Mr Conner 2 2

Friday 31st May 1751

Clogheen 20 Guineas Purse
1. Abelard, black gelding owned by Sir Edward O’Brien 1 1 1
2. Welcome, bay horse owned by Mr Dogherty 2 2 2

Saturday 1st June 1751

Clogheen £20 Plate
1. Wicklow Lass, bay mare owned by Mr Jordan 1 1
2. Unnamed chestnut gelding owned by John Fitz-Maurice 2 2
3. Smiling Ball, bay gelding owned by Mr Dogherty dist

The final meeting took place on Friday 8th June 1754.
Course today In the surrounding open countryside around the village.
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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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