of Ireland’s favourite social and sporting events, the Punchestown Festival,
gets underway on Tuesday April 30 and runs until Saturday May 4. Over 125,000 people are expected to attend the action packed event to
enjoy top class racing, vibrant social scene and soak up the unique atmosphere
at the famous Kildare venue.
star of the Punchestown show is of course the brilliant racing with 39
thrilling contests including 12 grade 1’s for a record breaking €3,222,500
prize fund. Household names like Ruby Walsh, Nicky Henderson, Davy Russell,
Willie Mullins and the trail blazing Rachel Blackmore will be in action as the
best of Irish and British talent battle it out at the home of Irish jump
the competition on the turf is gripping the entertainment throughout the
recently refurbished bars, restaurants, cafes and enclosures is electric.
New additions to the Punchestown experience for 2019 are the introduction of
Osprey Avenue, a boutique shopping venue showcasing art, millinery, clothing
and accessories and The Style Quarter for all things festival fashion. Located
at the Bollinger Lounge in the reserved enclosure, the Style Quarter is the
place to see and be seen for the prestigious Bollinger Best Dressed Lady award
that runs from Tuesday through to the grand final on Ladies day, Friday 3rd
May. The message to all potential best dressed ladies is to arrive early as
scouting will commence from 1pm.
Punchestown Festival means big business with 17,000 corporate hospitality
clients making it one of the most popular events of its kind in Ireland. Over
870 companies are involved as clients, sponsors, suppliers or corporate
partners. Of this number 157 British based companies are engaged as corporate
clients making up some of the 20,000 overseas visitors in attendance. Research
shows that the five day Punchestown Festival generates an estimated €60 million
towards the local economy with the sponsorship folio at Punchestown involving
43 companies of which 25 are Kildare based.
Family Saturday includes a full entertainment programme in the designated
Junior Jockey Fun Zone where 60,000 square feet is dedicated to bouncy castles,
face painting, craft corner, disco zone, pony rides, fun fair and so much more.
All children under 14 years of age race for free throughout Punchestown. There
will be a full selection of casual dining options in The Feedroom, Hay Café,
Fox Den Café and variety of food concessions throughout the week with 14 bar
venues, a majority of which will host live music each evening after racing.
The message from Punchestown CEO Conor O’Neill
is positive ahead of the 2019 renewal “We’re in really good shape as we
prepare to open this year’s Punchestown Festival. Hospitality wise there isn’t
a seat in the house Tuesday to Friday but we have waiting lists in operation
whilst there is limited availability on Saturday. Our ticket pre-sales are
where we would like to see them also. We’ve had super support from trainers and
owners and thanks to our sponsors we have record breaking levels of prize money
which is all integral in getting the best horses to Punchestown. However, it is
the people that make the Festival. Whether you like to dress up and book a
table or dress down and buy a ticket on the gate everyone is there for the same
reason to enjoy the sport, craic, music and brilliant atmosphere and that’s
what makes Punchestown so special”.
open at 12 noon each day (11am Saturday) with the first race going to post at
3.40 (2.30 Saturday). A shuttle bus service is available from Dublin city
and Naas town centres. Tickets start from €30pp with special group, senior,
student and teen discounts available.
full event and ticket purchase information please visit www.punchestown.com