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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 23rd February 1841
Final meeting: Tuesday 15th March 1842
The picturesque Limerick village of Castleconnell, on the River Shannon, is located just 7 miles from Limerick, amid the ruins of Castle of Connell which was destroyed at the end of the 17th century. In the middle of the 19th century the village staged race meetings, the first of which took place on Tuesday 23rd February 1841. There was a ‘brilliant assemblage of beauty, fashion and rank surrounding the countryside’ to witness the steeplechase which was held on a course starting at Mr Wallplate’s field and proceeding along the Dublin road until, after jumping 12 leaps, the finishing flag was placed back at the start. The only race was a steeplechase which was won by Mr R White’s Lambkin who got the better of Conrod and Lady Flora. The next year a final two day meeting took place on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th March 1842.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir R De Burg, Mr Wallplate, Mr R White, Mr H Vereker
Principal Races Castleconnell Jug

Tuesday 23rd February 1841
Castleconnell Jug
1. Lambkin, brown gelding owned by Mr R White
2. Conrod, brown gelding owned by Sir R De Burg
3. Lady Flora, chestnut mare owned by Mr H Veker

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 15th March 1842.
Course today On the Dublin road, starting and finishing in a field owned by Mr Wallplate.
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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