Clonmel Racecourse History
NOTE:The badges displayed on this page are not authentic and are for artistic display only.

The South Tipperary course first staged racing in the early 19th century, although at that time it was on open ground which was freely accessible to the public. Powerstown Park was then enclosed in April 1913 and managed by Villiers Morton Jackson, offering four race days annually. The course was the first to introduce overnight declarations. It was renamed Clonmel in the 1970s. The course stages a number of prominent races, including the Tipperary Cup and Clonmel Chase.

Currently the course hosts 12 fixtures annually.


Although Clonmel remains a thriving racecourse, nearby Cahir closed its gates for the final time in 1857.
The County Tipperary town of Cahir is located in the south of the county and hosted a series of race meetings in the 19th century. In both the Sporting Magazine and Racing Calendar the town was referred to as Caher. While races of minor significance took place at Caher before 1818, on Tuesday 29th September 1818 the racecourse witnessed a tragic incident when Nabocklish, owned by John Kirwan, collided with another horse and fell, killing its jockey D.Foghey. In 1831 the New Sporting Magazine reported on a three day meeting held from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th September 1831, opening with a Sweepstake which went to Mr Maher’s Elk. The next day the Sweepstake was won by Mr Prendergast’s Childe Harold. Could the Irish training wizard Paddy Prendergast have been a descendant? The Stewards sponsored a Sweepstake on the concluding day. Meetings continued intermittently, with a Garrison meeting organised on ground at Farmley on the Clogheen road on Monday 17th July 1843. Later, on Tuesday 21st July 1857, Caher Hunt Races were staged when the main Sweepstake was won by Mr McCaith’s The Unknown.
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