Killarney Races celebrates 200 years of racing today at the popular County Kerry racecourse. Today (Thursday) was the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run from now until Saturday 20th of August inclusive.
Kerry Senior Football Captain, Sean O’Shea with a host of fellow teammates and back-room staff escorted Sam Maguire to the racecourse arriving by jaunting cart to take part in the bi-centenary celebrations. Racegoers of all ages were thrilled to get up close with the Sam Maguire Cup and our fantastic Kerry football legends.
AugustFest at Killarney Races offers patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse. A special bi-centenary admission package was available on the opening day offering patrons admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20 which went down a treat with punters. With many bringing their jerseys and cameras along to make the most of the double celebrations at the Kerry track.
The first race at Killarney Racecourse was recorded in 1822. In the early days, the meetings were supported by Lord Clanmorris and the Earl of Kenmare, the feature race being the Kenmare Stakes from 1826 to 1830. The current racing venue located at Ross Road held its first race meeting on 20 July 1936 and Ontario was the first ever winner at the track, winning the 1½ mile handicap hurdle, in the hands of jockey Willie O’ Grady.
During the August racing festival, a special commemorative marquee featuring a wonderful collection of memorabilia and photographs from the last 200 years is open to all in attendance for the duration of the festival.
Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan commented “Today we celebrated a major milestone here at Killarney Races, two hundred years of racing in Killarney which is amazing. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the two-hundred-year celebrations during AugustFest! It’s a rare opportunity to be able to say ‘I was there the day they celebrated the bi-centenary’ anywhere and what a great story to share with the grandchildren in years to come. On that note, we are looking forward to welcoming multiple generations of families over the next few days, so make a plan and come along and join us for what will be a most remarkable festival at our beautiful boutique racecourse this August!”
With two more fantastic days of racing in store and lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.
Patrons are advised to book online and come along early to enjoy the stunning views, facilities, delicious food, live music on the lawn and soak up the boutique festival atmosphere for which Killarney Races is famous.
Adult tickets and packages are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the punter’s pack is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options. For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.