Ballinrobe Races

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The West of Ireland has a reputation for warm hospitality and friendly, laid back approach to life and leisure. This is as true of horseracing as everything else and within Ballinrobe Racecourse, the only one in Co. Mayo, visitors get all the local flavour and fun which makes country racing so attractive. The wonderful natural setting with great views over Lough Carra certainly helps but it is the Ballinrobe races themselves which seem to dissipate the stresses and strains of every day life and encourage new and old racegoers alike to down tools, switch off and simply enjoy the day.

Free Racing Tips Racing has a long history in Ballinrobe, dating back to 1773 and this perhaps explains the relaxed nature of the race meetings since they have been an integral part of the culture and life of the town for so long.

The present course has been hosting races since 1921 and occupies an elevated position within a natural amphitheatre, giving great race views for all.

Situated just 2km from the town Ballinrobe races are easy to get to and provides the ideal opportunity for families and groups to enjoy some racing while on holiday in the area, especially given there are eight summer meetings, seven of which are held in the evening.

Galway is located some 50km south of Ballinrobe and provides the main gateway for international travellers and those flying in from Dublin.

The nearest train station is Claremorris which is 21km away and a bus service connects the station with Ballinrobe races. For those who like to arrive in style, landing for helicopters can be arranged. However you arrive you will be greeted with warmth and undoubtedly return as a friend.

Ballinrobe races are held on an oval track, right-handed with a circumference of a mile and one furlong. Hosting both flat and jump racing perhaps the courses greatest competitor was Dorans Pride, a locally owned and trained horse which made over a million in prize money at Ballinrobe in his career which also featured successes in the Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. The quality of racing on show is high for a local country course and there are plenty of options for dining, refreshments and betting.

Children under 14 get in for free with an adult and so providing an excellent value for money family fun day out in Co. Mayo. A self service restaurant is located on-site and there is a further fast food outlet and bars.

For corporate events there is a new restaurant at Ballinrobe which can accommodate up to 160 people for a silver service five-course meal. Fine dining is the customary way to enjoy horseracing and tables can be booked within the restaurant for groups of 10 or more. There are also marquees erected on site which provide further private function spaces for corporate days out and family celebrations. A range of hospitality packages are available to suit any event.
Ballinrobe Races, inside rail

Ballinrobe Races, winner If the rather sedate atmosphere of Ballinrobe races inspires further desires for some tranquil leisure experiences in Co.

Mayo then there are some 60,000 acres of prime brown trout fishing on the lakes and the River Robe. If golf is more your sport then head for Cloona Castle House where there is 18 holes of championship golf.

There are many great local walks too and all manner of additional outdoor activities in the area but if indoor pursuits are on the agenda then follow the sounds of the traditional Irish music and dancing emanating from the local pubs, where a great time is sure to be had.