Limerick Racecourse Guide

With close proximity to Limerick City, the Limerick racecourse is easily accessible via the N20 motorway. When it opened its doors in 2001, it was the first track built in fifty years. The course is best known for its summer evening meetings, which always feature live music for patrons after racing.

Limerick city is a vibrant and growing area in the south west of Ireland, best known as the home of the Munster Rugby team. Boasting wide open spaces and some of the most modern amenities you will see at a track in Ireland, it creates a great family atmosphere during an evening meeting at the venue.

Limerick train station is serviced from Dublin and Cork and is located just 15-minutes from the track. Additionally, Bus Eireann run a bus from Colbert Station to the course for €3.50 single and €5.50 return on race days.

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Ticket Prices

General Admission prices for the course are €15 for adults, €10 for OAPs and Students with Children under 16 being free.

Tickets for the Christmas Festival, however, are slightly more with Adults paying €20, OAPs and Students €15, and Children under the age of 16 are still free when accompanied by an adult.

The Course

Limerick is a right-handed track that is oval in shape, which features a sharp left hand turn shortly after the finish line and several large undulations during its 1m 3f circuit. There is a steep climb all the way up the back straight, including five fences on the outer chase course, followed by a downhill run to the 3 furlong final straight with a bit of an upward climb inside the final furlong after the final fence.

The track can take a fair bit of getting used to because of the stiff back hill climb and often you will see riders try for home too quickly on that downhill path only to be reeled in during the final climb to the winning post.

The type of flat horse required at Limerick is severely ground dependant. On faster ground, a low draw and plenty of pace is needed, because once they reach the top of the hill it is not that much of a test and not many tend to make ground from the back of the pack. However, if the rain comes and the track softens out, that hill severely takes its toll on the horses and you will see horses who are ridden from off the pace come to the fore inside the last couple of furlongs in the slightly rising ground.

Major Meetings at Limerick

Limerick stages a total of 18 flat and jumps meetings each year with the biggest race being The Munster National worth €100k in October. Other major meetings include the four-day Christmas Festival from St. Stephens Day with a Grade 2 novice chase being the feature race during that particular festival.

Dining and Hospitality

Packages are available at the Panoramic Restaurant at the course and prices vary depending on the meeting and can be viewed on the course website in the lead up to racing.

13 Private Suites are available for groups between 30-120 people starting at €45 per person.

Available to all patrons are the Munster Suite, Tote Hall, and the Owners and Trainers Bar that provides a variety of hot meals, bar food, and fast food options and drinks on any given race day.