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

Racing was first held in the Killarney area of County Kerry in 1822, and continued using a number of different courses until 1901. In the early days the meetings were supported by Lord Clanmorris and the feature race was the Kenmare Stakes. At the meeting on Friday 30th June 1826 the Kenmare Stakes was won by Mr Hunter’s Fib, with the same owner following up the next year on Friday 6th July 1827 with Guiccioli, defeating Lord Clanmorris’s Sunflower. The current course first staged a meeting in 1936 and soon gained a reputation as being a holiday meeting. It now specialises in hosting Festivals of Racing. There is a three day meeting in May, and four day meetings in July and August, and this recipe is working well.

Currently the course hosts 11 fixtures annually.
Although Killarney remains a thriving racecourse, nearby Tralee closed its gates for the final time in 2008.
Racing in Tralee, county Kerry, began on Monday 10th August 1767 with a race restricted to Kerry bred horses. It was won by Spodill for Mr Bateman. The next day the Whim Plate went to Mark Anthony for Mr Denny, while a hunters’ race was won by Mr Quinn’s Old Ireland. The Tralee course was on the periphery of the town and at least six different locations were used over time. Racing moved to Ballybeggan Park in 1898, where it eventually ended its days. Prior to that date admission to the races was free, but a fence was erected around the Park to ensure that everyone paid. Racing continued until the 1930's when the Economic Recession forced the company into liquidation. The present Company bought the property in 1946, with fifty people contributing amounts of either £100 or £200 towards its purchase from the O'Connell family. After the War had ended racing resumed in October 1946. The Directors hit on the idea of the Rose of Tralee Festival, with the original Directors of the Festival drawn from members of the Race Company. With the success of the Festival racing thrived, quality horses were attracted to the course, encouraging crowds in their thousands. The principal races at the track were the Carling Gold Cup and Denny Gold Medal. The track closed its gates for the final time in August 2008 when crowds declined to an unviable level.
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