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Reviewed 5 February A supranational experience from start to finish. The third-largest country in the world in terms of the production of thoroughbred racehorses, Ireland has up to 10 times more horses per head of population than other countries such as the UK and France where racing is as widely followed. A two-day flat racing fixture — the Irish Champions Weekend — takes place each year in September at two racecourses within easy reach of Dublin. It features a number of elite Group One contests, races which are effectively the premier league of the sport.
Then on day two, the action moves a few miles west to The Curragh , the official home of horse racing in Ireland and the historic venue for Classic contests such as the Irish Derby. Another highly recommended jumps racing event is the six-day Punchestown Festival in County Kildare, the grand finale of the National Hunt season in April with races contested by the very best performers from both sides of the Irish Sea. Leopardstown is the nearest racecourse to Dublin itself, with a nearby LUAS tram stop at Sandyford and a regular service from the city centre.
On major race days, there are numerous other options for public transport to the track, including special bus services from the centre of Dublin. Hotel packages in which Irish Champions Weekend tickets are included at discount prices are available through the website , while there are numerous other accommodation options in and around Dublin. A number of hotels close to racecourses are notably popular with horse racing fans, and special deals may be available, often including transport to and from the track.
No guide to racing in Ireland could fail to mention this extravaganza of horse racing and hedonism, a seven-day meeting taking place each summer usually starting in the last week of July.
The iconic Galway Plate and Galway Hurdle races both attract large fields of runners from the big stables, and the action is a mixture of flat and jumps, as well as a number of other types of race, including charity contests. Over , people attended the meeting in Many come not just for the racing, but for the other entertainment, fashion and food and drink on offer — and a large number continue the party afterwards in the village of Ballybrit and the city of Galway itself.
As the longest of all of the Festival meetings, managing all seven days at Galway requires stamina and big pockets, but even attending for one day will give you a true taste of racing in Ireland. Additional bus services run from Galway City, or you can hire a car from Shannon Airport. With so many passengers travelling with just a carry-on bag these days, a backlog of cases waiting to be checked manually can quickly build up. Take the stress out of the process by preparing thoroughly and following these 7 easy ways to make airport security stress-free. As a popular area for holidays, there are various cheap, self-catering options in the locality, as well as a large number of hotels in the city.
One of the nearest to the racecourse is the Connacht Hotel. Other good options include the Clayton and the Galway Bay.