Ireland has long been famed for the quality of its thoroughbreds and it’s easy to see why. Few things match a day’s horse racing for the winning combination of atmosphere and adrenalin rush. Whether you’re there to enjoy the ambience, show off your style or make your fortune, this truly is the Sport of Kings. Ireland boasts over 300 race meetings a year with 27 racecourses servicing the most serious horse pundit to the more relaxed racegoer. Nowadays, Irish racing has evolved into a great, and surprisingly sophisticated, day out for all the family.
Racing festivals like the Galway Races, the Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown, the Curragh Derby Festival and Fairyhouse Winter Racing Festival are renowned for their carnival atmosphere. For keeping up to date with all things horse racing www.goracing.ie is worth a visit. Aside from top quality racing, adults can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of fashion, fine dining and quality entertainment.
Perhaps you’re looking for something a little bit different on the racing scene? Then the Laytown races could be just for you. Each September, thousands of racegoers flock to this tiny Meath village with its broad, sandy beach to view Europe’s only officially approved beach racing.