Horse and jockey flying at Thurles racecourse

Thurles racecourse is located only a few kilometres from Thurles town centre. Jokingly and affectionately referred to as ‘Ireland’s first all-weather racecourse’, it is a rarity to see Thurles racecourse losing a race meeting, even in the depths of Winter when many of the track’s meetings take place. 

The only privately-owned racecourse in the country it hosts both flat and jump racing with the right-handed track consisting of one and a quarter mile. With the vast majority of meetings taking place on Thursday afternoons, the annual Sunday meeting before Christmas is well attended by many. 

One of the highlights of the season at Thurles racecourse is the Kinloch Brae day usually in the month of January with the fixture featuring two Grade 2 chases including the Kinloch Brae Chase. Run over a distance of approximately 2 miles with 14 fences to be jumped it proves to be a thrilling race with many witnessing the action from the stand.

Another stand-out race at this track is the Grade 3 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle which is usually held in February. Thurles Racecourses is a cosy local track with the main bar situated beside the parade ring and the restaurant adjacent to the bar offers an exciting atmosphere in cosy surroundings. 

Check out the upcoming race meetings at Thurles Racecourse and experience a proper day out.

By Road:
Thurles Racecourse is situated 1 mile west of Thurles town and 5 miles west of the N8 (Dublin / Cork), on the road to Limerick, Shannon and Galway.

By Rail:
The railway station on the Dublin / Cork line is approx. 1 mile from the Racecourse. A free mini bus service brings racegoers to the course.

By Bus:
Bernard Kavanagh and Sons Bus service provides transport to and from Thurles. See timetable here;

By Air:
The closest major airport to Thurles racecourse is Shannon Airport. 



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