Summer Horse Racing Festivals at Killarney are back!

Killarney Racecourse is set to host the first of three Summer horse-racing festivals in May. From Sunday 14 to Tuesday 16 of May inclusive ‘MayFest’ will take place at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse. Killarney Racecourse Ambassador, Bryan Cooper will be on hand to help steer punters on the right path and live music, family fun and delicious food and beverage offerings will also complement the best of summer racing at the popular track.

There are a number of tickets and packages to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining and a table for the day, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. 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 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 Mayfest 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 Billy O’Sullivan 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 start the season and welcome racegoers back to the track, 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 and all visitors and regular racegoers are valued and most welcome to join us.”

Sunday is an all-jump racing card and the feature race is the exciting ‘Tote Killarney National’. The first race will go to post at 13.55pm and gates will be open from 12 noon.

Monday is an evening meeting, all jump racing again with a start time of 16.55pm and gates open from 3pm. The feature race the An Riocht Chase looks set to attract plenty of entries from a number of the country’s top stables.

Tuesday will close MayFest in style on the flat with an action-packed card featuring race The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Race. The first race goes to post at 17.00pm and gates open from 3pm.

Live music will be provided by Tom Cat’s and Resolute in the lively Jim Culloty Bar. On Sunday there will be children’s entertainment also, with the team from The Art House providing painting and an exciting bubble machine as well as face painting to ensure plenty of fun between races during Mayfest for all junior racegoers. Don’t forget kids under 14 go free every day at Killarney Races making it a cost-effective family day out for all the gang!

The only question remaining is, have you booked your tickets yet? For further information or to book online visit


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