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Earliest meeting: Thursday 13th November 1845
Final meeting: Wednesday 15th September 1869
The County Cork market town of Macroom lies in the valley of the River Sullane, mid-way between Killarney and Cork. Its railway station opened on 12th May 1866 on the Cork and Macroom Direct Line. The earliest record of racing taking place in the town was in 1845 when the Sweepstakes was won by Mr Power’s Saucepan on Thursday 13th November 1845, and after the 1846 meeting racing lapsed. The race committee met at Williams Hotel, where entries were also made, and the course was situated at Sleaveen, to the east of the town, on land owned by Jeremiah Hartnett. The meeting was revived in 1850 and continued annually until the final meeting on Wednesday 15th September 1869 when the principal race was the Hunt Chase.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir A R Warren, Sir John Arnott
Principal Races Hunt Chase, Brewers’ Plate, Steward’s Plate, Muskerry Stakes

Thursday 13th November 1845
Macroom Sweepstakes over 4 miles
1. Saucepan owned by Mr Power
2. Princess owned by Mr Baldwin
3. Tullamaine owned by Mr Prendergast

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 15th September 1869.
Course today East of the town at Sleaveen.
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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