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

The earliest occasion racing was staged in Laytown was in 1876 when a 3 mile course was marked out on the sands of the strand. Local legend suggests a race meeting was the brainchild of a priest in the neighbourhood. The atmosphere at the course is like no other, and racing can only take place on one day each year, usually in August or September. In 1901 a local landowner took over the administrative duties and the ‘Laytown experience’ is enjoyed by thousands. Local fields are used as enclosures, with stalls and marquees stretching the extent of the course. Although the quality of racing is not always high, that does not prevent massive crowds from attending and enjoying the event.

Currently the course hosts one fixture annually.
Although Laytown remains a thriving racecourse, nearby Skerries Strand closed its gates for the final time in 1907.
The Dublin seaside town of Skerries Strand could command a crowd when it hosted race meetings on the sand. An early period of racing was held in the mid-19th century, starting on Monday 17th May 1858 and lasting for a couple of years. The important races in those early days were the Balcumman Stakes and the Railway Stakes. Meetings then lapsed for some considerable time before returning between 1903 and 1907. The meeting on Saturday 4th August 1906 attracted an enormous crowd to witness Esculapius land the odds in the Skerries Plate over 2 miles. Later on the card the Railway Plate went to Mr H M Hartigan’s Severna, while the Strand Plate was won by Most Noble for Mr R Courtney. The final meeting took place on Saturday 10th August 1907, although some minor races of little significance took place over the next two years.
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