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Horse Racing Ireland's Human Resources (HR) Function, under the leadership of Carol Nolan, Director of People & Industry Education, plays a vital role in supporting the organisation and its subsidiaries, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing and Tote Ireland. Through a dynamic people plan, the HR Department is committed to achieving HRI's Strategic Plan goals and ensuring the success of the group's aims and activities.

Core Responsibilities: The HR Department is dedicated to providing day-to-day support to the organization. This includes key areas such as recruitment, induction, training and development, performance management, rewards and recognition, communication, and employee engagement. By aligning these activities with HRI's Strategic Plan, the HR team ensures that the organisation is well-equipped to meet its objectives.

Talent Attraction and Retention: Central to the HR Department's mission is the attraction and retention of skilled individuals who can contribute to achieving HRI's strategic goals. The department actively encourages training opportunities, fostering an environment where employees can develop their skills and reach their full potential while working in an industry, they are passionate about.

Find out about current opportunities on our Career Page.

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equuip is HRI’s industry’s education and training function. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is committed to supporting and developing education and training opportunities at every level of the industry.  This involves playing a key role in the evolution of an Education, Learning and Development Strategy for the industry at large. 

Key initiatives in this area include:

  1. Promoting Ireland internationally as a world-class equine educational provider.
  2. Ensuring that educational and training interventions within the industry are relevant, future-proof, and accessible through strategic partnerships at a national level.
  3. Offering access to valuable tools for industry professionals, including information on career choices, vocational training, career coaching, and 3rd-level qualifications.
  4. Sponsoring programmes that drive positive change and facilitate career progression.

The equuip team, under the leadership of Carol Nolan, is dedicated to attracting new people to the horse racing and breeding industry by showcasing careers and opportunities available. Developing our people to enhance their skills and build their careers and making sure the correct supports are available for all employers to retain their people.

HRI is committed to making a positive impact on the community through its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The organization is currently partnered with The Curragh Community College and Scoil Mhuire Junior schools through the Business in the Community Programme, aiming to empower young students and instill an appreciation for education. In addition, HRI conducts various fundraising initiatives throughout the year for charitable causes.

For HR-related inquiries, the Human Resources Department can be reached from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at the following contact details: Tel: 045 455451 or by email: [email protected]

For Industry Education and Training matters, contact equuip from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at Tel: 045 455 619 or by email: [email protected], website: