Ireland’s Most Scenic Racecourse is the place to be this month for the Killarney May Racing Festival. The festival offers three days of top class racing from 14 – 16 May in the beautiful County Kerry town. The racecourse is situated in Killarney town and looks out onto the magnificent scenery of Killarney National Park, making it the perfect venue for racegoers to enjoy some thrilling summer racing. Killarney has a long, established history of racing, with the first race recorded there in 1822. The present course opened in 1936 and remains the home of racing in Killarney.
The Killarney May Racing Festival offers a mix of National Hunt and Flat Racing. Sunday and Monday are both National Hunt cards while Tuesday is a Flat Racing card. Sunday is also ‘Mad Hatter’s Day’. In the Glass Bar above the Jim Culloty Bar, the judges will view the spectacular headpieces on show. The winners will be announced in the Parade Ring and there are some amazing prizes on offer.
These include a trip for two to any Flynn Group hotel with two weekend nights and one dinner, while the first prize in the children’s competition is a family trip to Funtasia Theme Parks, which includes four water park tickets, three activities and an overnight stay in the D Hotel in Drogheda.
The fun continues on Monday with Lá na gClub. Some of the county’s best footballers will compete in a free-kick taking competition. They will be competing to win a prize of €2,000 for their local clubs.
Monday is also ‘Killarney National Night’ with the running of the “Killarney National”. This race promises to be a great spectacle with all the usual thrills and spills of a National and Killarney Racecourse, with a €40,000 prize fund on offer.
So get your colours out and start working on those crazy hats and you could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. Or maybe you’re feeling lucky and fancy a flutter on one of the big races. Whatever you decide to do, you’re sure to have a ball at this year’s Killarney May Racing Festival.