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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 28th August 1839
Final meeting: Friday 27th September 1889
The small County Clare town of Larinch is located on Liscannor Bay and today is a seaside resort and Golf Course. However, in the 19th century it had a racecourse which was, in many ways, ahead of its time. In 1839 it launched a new course on Wednesday 28th August and promised racing one day per week throughout the season. Entries had to be made at the Larinch Hotel and at the time of making their entries owners had to announce the colours their riders were to wear. Entry fees were charged and 5% of each person’s entry fee was added to prize money. Part of the Golf Course now covers the old racecourse. At the two day meeting on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September 1844 a steeplechase was run over 1 ½ miles with 6 leaps. The course was owned by Captain Andrew Stackpole, with Mr J H Coatsworth acting as Clerk of the Course. Racing lapsed for a number of years before returning to the Lachtovoneen course in August 1888. The final 2 day meeting took place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September 1889.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Andrew Stackpole
Principal Races

Larinch Plate, Ennistymon Plate, Ennis Plate

Tuesday 1st October 1861
Larinch Selling Plate over 2 miles
1. Flax, 6 year old owned by Mr Armstrong
2. Oyster Girl, aged horse owned by Mr Steward
3. Colleen Bawn, aged horse owned by Theo O’Maloney

The final meeting took place on Friday 27th September 1889.
Course today On the Lachtovoneen course owned by Captain Stackpole and now part of the Golf Course.
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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