Killarney Races presents ‘JulyFest’

Killarney Racecourse is set to host JulyFest, an exciting five-day summer horse-racing festival from Monday 11th to Friday 15th of July inclusive. JulyFest at Killarney Races offers great racing, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse.


With 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 delicious food and beverage offerings complement the best of summer racing at the track this July. After a two-year break, the ladies can finally dust off their finery and put their best foot forward as Dawn Milk Ladies Day is back with a bang!


Adult admission tickets will give you access to all you need for a great day at the races; the viewing stands, public bars and restaurants, the bookies ring and parade ring viewing areas as well as access to live entertainment before, during and after racing all for just €20. OAPs and students enjoy a reduced rate admission of €15 per person with appropriate ID. Furthermore, it is good to note that all children under the age of 14 are free of charge to attend every race day at Killarney Races when accompanied by an adult. So why not bring along your very own ‘junior jockeys’ to JulyFest for a fun and inexpensive family day out.


Ideal for groups of friends and social clubs the Punters Package looks like a winner, offering the key ingredients for a good start to any race day; admission, racecard, a drink and a bet. The punters package will get you suited and booted for a proper day out with all the gang at Killarney Races. While those with a more discerning palate might opt for the Panoramic Restaurant package which includes four-course dining, a reserved table for the day, table service for food, beverages, and betting as well as a private balcony with stunning views overlooking the entire racecourse.


Chairman Ger Coughlan commented “Killarney Races is a boutique festival. It encompasses a wonderful mix of summer horse racing blended with live entertainment on the lawn and indoors, a wide variety of delicious food and beverage offerings, family fun and fashion. Here at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse our focus is on customer experience. We offer an unrivalled quality product where sport, entertainment and hospitality all combine to create a memorable day out. The stunning backdrop we race against is without question one of the finest in the world and we’re just a stone’s throw away from the town centre where there will be lots of aprés racing fun and frolics also. The team here simply can’t wait to see crowds back this July, as it really is the people who attend that make this place come alive. Killarney Races is unique, things are a little more special and remarkable here than your typical day out so if you’re new to racing come along, all visitors and regular racegoers are so valued and most welcome to join us for a great day out at Killarney Races.”


Monday to Thursday are all evening meetings, with the first race off at 5pm approx. each day and gates open from 3pm, so come along early and enjoy the stunning views, facilities, delicious food and live music on the lawn.

With seven races each day to look forward to here’s a brief summary of the highlights on the menu; Monday will feature The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race worth €25,000. Tuesday will see the Irish Examiner Handicap of €16,500 and The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap of €23,500 take centre stage. Wednesday offers a competitive listed race in The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes of €47,500. Thursday we switch codes for the feature race with The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Hurdle of €18,500. Friday is Dawn Milk Ladies Day with the following features on the card The Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle worth €22,000 and the BoyleSports Handicap Chase (Grade B) of €45,000.


Friday is an afternoon meeting with the gates open at 12 noon and the first race off at 2pm so beat the traffic and come along early or better again take a stroll from town to the conveniently located racecourse.


For many patrons the most competitive event of the week will take place off the track on Friday in the form of The Dawn Milk Best Dressed fashion event! This is when ladies and gents battle it out in style for the chance to be crowned best dressed and take home the covetable prizes of a VIP trip for two to Paris and Milan. This year celebrity judges Anna Daly and Aidan O’Mahony will be joining us to choose the winner!


Music on the lawn and in the Jim Culloty Bar after racing each and every day throughout the festival will be provided by Tom Cats, SuperCéilí, Jason Fallon, Donal Lucey and Ciaran Wrynn.


Patrons are advised to come early, to nab the best seats in the house and enjoy something to eat or drink before racing, gates open two hours before the first race each day. Killarney Racecourse is just a stroll from the town centre with ample on-site free car-parking also. Enhanced facilities are complemented by new hospitality partners and an atmosphere you’ll want to bottle and bring home with you, the only question left is, have you booked yet? For further information or to book online visit


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