Notable horseracing on the cards this winter in Ireland

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WINTER horseracing is poised to run at festivals across Ireland and some of the most notable are on the cards from now and throughout the holiday season.

Winter horseracing is on the cards at festivals across Ireland

Notable winter racing showcasing some of the best horses, jockeys and trainers on the National Hunt scene is scheduled to run a minimum of two race days featuring top quality racing from Navan and at Fairyhouse, County Meath; Punchestown in County Kildare, Leopardstown in Dublin and at Limerick Racecourse.

With just days to go, plans for the inaugural Navan Racing Festival (Saturday-Sunday, 18-19 November) are ramping up for a weekend of top-class racing, music and hospitality on the racecourse and in the nearby Navan town. The full festival including scheduled events is online at

The inaugural Racing Festival at Navan Racecourse is ramping up for top-class racing and full-on fun

The Punchestown Winter Festival (Saturday-Sunday, 25-26 November) has a whole new look with an enhanced racing lineup and new dates, the highlight being the repackaged top quality races for a brilliant Grade 1 double-header across the weekend. Tickets for the new Winter Festival, taking place one week later than in previous years can be booked online at

check out the competition in the Parade Ring at the new-look Punchestown Winter Festival, taking place one week later than in previous years

Get ready for racing at the Fairyhouse Winter Festival and enjoy two full days of thrilling jumps action (Saturday-Sunday, 2-3 December) from Grade 1 National Hunt racing across the weekend. Book tickets online at and check out the amazing hospitality packages on offer.

Celebrate the winter racing season with four full days (Tuesday-Friday, 26-29 December) at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, featuring seven Grade 1 races and exhilarating days out for post-Christmas get-togethers. Early bird tickets for all days of exciting National Hunt racing are on sale until Midnight, 27 November, including Flexi Ticket general admission and festive hospitality packages.

The Christmas Festival at Leopardstown is set to run a full four days of exciting National Hunt racing

For racing festivals and events happening across Ireland see Horse Racing Ireland online at


Tags: Arts & Culture

Image credits: Navan Racecourse, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Leopardstown Racecourse, Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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