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Earliest meeting: Monday 1st April 1839
Final meeting: Monday 1st April 1839
The County Kilkenny village of Kilmacow is situated some 4 miles south of Mullinavat and about 5 miles north of Waterford City. Although it is a small village, it still consists of an Upper and Lower Kilmacow, and they jointly held race meetings in the mid-1800s. The Waterford Chronicle reported on the meeting which took place at Kilmacow on Monday 1st April 1839. The impression from the article was that the meeting was the first such meeting over a 2 mile course of sporting country, but was so successful that it should be repeated in future years. However, there are no records to indicate that further meetings were staged. The meeting opened with a Match in which Mr William’s chosen horse defeated Mr Langaan’s horse after a draw in the first heat, while the Farmer’s Saddle and Bridle was won by Mr Rowe’s selection from a field of three other runners, and the closing Whip and Spurs went to a farmer from the neighbouring village, defeating two rivals.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.

Local Patrons Mr Williams, Mr Lanagan, Mr Rowe
Principal Races Kilmacow Farmers’ Saddle & Bridle, Kilmacow Whip & Spurs race

Monday 1st April 1839

Kilmacow Match
1. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Williams
2. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Lanagan

Kilmacow Farmers’ Saddle & Bridle
1. Unnamed horse owned by Mr Rowe

There were also 3 runners for the Kilmacow Whip & Spurs race which was won by a farmer from a neighbouring village.

The final meeting took place on Monday 1st April 1839.
Course today Over 2 miles of sporting country in the vicinity of 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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