Kilbeggan Races

21 Apr - 8 Sep

Kilbeggan Races have been one of the premier meetings for horse-lovers in the midlands since the 9th March 1840. Why not check it out in 2017?

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Location: The Racecourse, Kilbeggan, Westmeath

Kilbeggan may be one of Ireland's smaller race courses, but it has seen incredible times and collected the stories to prove it. There's the story of the telegram from the House of Commons that saved the races in 1917, and the one about the local Irish Grand National winner who had to walk home from the race in 1916 because of the rebellion. Or there's the strange case of a brilliant victory by Prince Aly Khan on Ynys in 1953 (ask around, it's fascinating). One of the premier meetings for horse-lovers in the midlands since the 9th March 1840, the Kilbeggan Races originally offered a 40 guinea cup and 10 pound prize money to victors - not much to fuss over by today's standards. But the history of the racecourse makes for atmospheric, fun and fascinating times trackside, and fans of racing have been making their way to the ring ever since. With a twisting and turning history, fine fillies and entertainment between races, it's perfect for just about everyone. Tickets €15/€12