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Earliest meeting: Thursday 12th November 1833
Final meeting: Monday 18th July 1904
The county Wexford fishing village of Duncannon is located in the south west of the county and first held races in the early part of the 19th century. A wonderful racecourse was developed on the sands and racing was certainly taking place on Thursday 12th November 1833 when the unfortunate bay horse owned by Mr Boswell collided with another horse when contesting the Silver Cup and was killed on the spot. By 1840 the Duncannon steamer brought crowds each day for the two day meeting on Wednesday 30th September and Thursday 1st October. On the first day the Duncannon Silver Cup was won by Mr Potter’s bay mare, defeating Mr Fraine’s and Mr Murphy’s mares after two heats. The next day the Duncannon Cup went to Mr Watt Walshe’s Aglish Lass. Meetings continued in the 1850s when they were combined with the annual fair, while in the 1870s there were disputes between owners and the race committee over the ages of horses entered in a race for five year olds. Although racing lapsed, meetings were revived in the latter part of the 19th century and the final event took place on Monday 18th July 1904.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Watt Walshe, Mr Potter
Principal Races Duncannon Silver Cup, Duncannon Handicap Cup

Thursday 1st October 1840
Duncannon Cup
1. Aglish Lass, grey mare owned by Mr Watt Walshe
2. Unnamed bay mare owned by Mr Potter
3. Unnamed 6 year old mare owned by Mr Byrne

The final meeting took place on Monday 18th July 1904.
Course today On the sands near 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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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