Killarney Racecourse officially unveiled its new entrance today as part of their bi-centenary celebrations programme. Minister for Education, Norma Foley together with Jonathan Mullin Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs from Horse Racing Ireland, The Irish Horse-Racing Regulatory Board and Killarney Racecourse formally opened the gates as part of a short ceremony before racing.
The project commenced in November 2020 and its completion was hindered by the Covid-19 pandemic, increased costs and availability of materials. The development has been partially grant assisted by Horse Racing Ireland’s Capital Development Fund.
Gerard Coughlan commented “It’s a great honour as Chairman to mark this historic and momentous occasion as we celebrate 200 years of racing in Killarney and unveil this magnificent new entrance. Racing in Killarney dates back to 1822 prior to establishing itself in 1936 in our current location which is now widely renowned as the most scenic racetrack in Ireland.
Over the years there have been many famous and legendary people as well as some very high-class racehorses through our gates. Many high-profile jockeys have ridden at our track including the late great Lester Piggott, Frankie Detorri, to name but a few.
The Race Company is deeply indebted to all our sponsors who generously contributed and supported the growth and development of Killarney Racecourse over the years, which has allowed us to grow our racing calendar to 13 superb race fixtures per annum.
We are also most grateful for the tremendous support of our very loyal patrons who have frequented Killarney Races over the years. I would also like to thank all management and staff, current and past and my fellow directors for their vision, enthusiasm, and dedication to establishing Killarney as one of the leading racetracks in the country”
A special note of thanks from the board of Killarney Racecourse DAC also went to Liam Sugrue of Farnes Construction and his team, Engineer, Ian Brosnan of Malachy Walsh and Partners, Brendan Williams, Architect, Sapphire Signs, Anita Barber, Landscaper and Kerry County Council Engineers John Ahern and Stephan Sheehan.
Minister Norma Foley TD said “I am delighted to be part of the official unveiling of the new entrance here at Killarney Racecourse today as they celebrate 200 years of racing in Killarney, a remarkable achievement. Killarney Racecourse plays an important role here in the town and surrounding areas. The positive economic impact of their 13 racing fixtures per annum combined with the many events held here throughout the year and the golf course activity is a major boost to local businesses in particular the hospitality sector for which Killarney is renowned. It’s fitting that as part of the bi-centenary celebrations we open the new entrance today and indeed begin the next chapter here on this special historical occasion. I’d like to congratulate all involved in the project which has certainly enhanced Ross Road’s natural beauty and a sense of occasion as you arrive at the exciting sports, hospitality and entertainment venue.”
AugustFest at Killarney Races continues tomorrow (Saturday) with bumper attendances expected for AYU Ladies Day. Adult tickets are €20 with concessions for students and OAPs and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the punters 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 further information visit killarneyraces.com.