Facilitated by Horse Racing Ireland, the Racegoers' Consultative Forum is a Statutory Committee established under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001 to represent the views of racegoers to the Board of Horse Racing Ireland. The forum is chaired by Paul Dermody, who is Director of Commercial and Marketing & CEO of HRI Racecourses.

    If you have ideas about how to improve the experience of racegoers at Irish race meetings, the Racegoers' Consultative Forum members in your area are there to listen. The aim of the forum is to improve the race-going experience for both new and regular racegoers. 

    Every year, members of the forum vote on the winner of the 'Racecourse of the Year' award, which is presented at the Horse Racing Ireland Awards. (Note: There was no HRI ‘Racecourse of the Year’ award in 2020 and 2021 due to the disruption of covid). 

  • South-east Region: Clonmel, Gowran Park, Thurles, Tramore, Wexford

    Tom Galway


    You can email Tom at  [email protected]

    Mark McGrath


    You can email Mark at [email protected]


  • Northern Region: Downpatrick, Down Royal

    Steven McGuinness


    You can email Steven at [email protected]


  • North-east Region: Downpatrick, Down Royal, Dundalk

    Eugene Kelly


    You can email Eugene at [email protected]


  • Student Representative

    Kara Gabbett


    You can email Kara at [email protected]