Killarney Racecourse Guide

Killarney is tucked away in the south-west corner of County Kerry and the town itself is regarded as one of the foremost tourist destinations in the country due to its abundance of ancient castles, mountainous terrain, and the National Park, which is located just outside the town.

The racecourse itself lives up to this picturesque reputation. Set just a stones throw from Lough Leane, next door to Ross golf club and with the Demesne of Ross Castle at beyond the back straight, it gives some of the most scenic views from a racecourse that you will see anywhere in the world on an Irish summer's day.

Killarney is serviced by trains and buses from all major cities in the country and the local station is just 1/2 mile from the track. The nearest major airport is in Cork, which is an hour and 20 minute drive away.

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Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for the course are as follows: Adults €15, OAP /S tudent €12, and Children under the age of 14 are free.

The Course

Killarney is a dual purpose, left handed track, which is undulating and sharp in nature. A circuit of the course is 10 furlongs and it contains a particularly tough bend straight after the winning post. The course is unique in that there is no home straight, so essentially you are on a constant bend from 3f out and the winning post is at the end of the bend.

The flat course holds no races under 1m in distance. A low draw is always preferable given that the track seems to be always turning slightly to the left and this is especially the case in races over 1m because a sharp left turn comes up soon after the start and taking this badly could mean the end of your race.

The jumps course has six fences to a circuit which are not too stiff, so a horse can get away with being a sticky jumper although three of the six fences come in the 3f run for home with a flat run in of 1f. The ground at the track doesn't hold rain well and it can get very soft in a short space of time, so it is the norm to see very extreme conditions (either very heavy or very quick) at a meeting.

Major Meetings at Killarney

Killarney holds 11 meetings each year separated into three festivals in May (3 days), July (4 days), and August (4 days). The majority of the meetings are held in the evening, so it is an ideal way to round off a day of sight seeing.

Dining and Hospitality

The "hospitality ticket" at Killarney includes entry to the racetrack, as well as entry into the track’s Panoramic Restaurant. It also includes a racing slip, a viewing platform that offers unbeatable views of the track, private tote betting, access to a bar, a three or four course dinner, entertainment after the races and much more.

The “BBQ Ticket" is €35 and includes admission, a race card, and an on-course BBQ meal during the racing. This is only available Monday through Wednesday evenings in July and every day during the August Festival.

For general admission, there is a good selection of food and drink options throughout the venue.