Limerick Racecourse History

Limerick Racecourse is located at Greenmount Park and first opened its gates for racing in October 2001. To ensure it maintains its attendance and wide appeal the course hosts a mixed programme of Flat and National Hunt racing on an oval track with perimeter of 11 furlongs. Just 2 years earlier Limerick were staging racing nearer to the city centre at Greenpark, which had been its home since 1870, but it was felt that a more modern course with up to date facilities could only be offered if a course was built from scratch. Racing first began in Limerick in 1790 and prior to the latest two courses the city has occupied 5 others, including one at Newcastle and another at Ballinacurra.

Currently the course offers 18 fixtures annually.
Although Limerick remains a thriving racecourse, nearby Ennis closed its gates for the final time in 1924.
The Clare county town of Ennis, on the River Fergus, first held races in 1763 when results from its five day meeting were included in the ‘Historical List of Horse Races and Matches run in 1763’. The meeting began on Monday 10th October when the 4 mile Purse saw Mr Lambert’s Free-Mason defeat the more fancied Lottery owned by Sir Edward O’Brien. The next year the meeting extended over eight days when the most competitive race took place on Wednesday 23rd May, with Mr Taylor’s Partner getting the upper hand over Trimmer and Kitty. The same publication reported that the Clare Gold Cup was won by Harkaway and the Ennis Town Plate by Junius. Although racing did not take place between 1807 and 1808 or from 1811 to 1812, races were staged on a regular basis on the Ballycoree course in other years. The final meeting took place on Tuesday 19th August 1924.
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