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Earliest meeting: Thursday 24th March 1859
Final meeting: Thursday 21st June 1894
The County Galway town of Athenry, a walled town which boasts a 13th century Castle, is situated 16 miles east of Galway. In the 19th century it staged race meetings, the first recorded being on Thursday 24th March 1859. The principal race was the Athenry Stakes over 2 miles, although by 1871 a Military Cup was added to the programme and was always hotly contested. Racing continued annually, although in 1891 a new course at Ballydavid was used. The final record of a meeting was on Thursday 21st June 1894 when the Athenry Plate over 2 miles was won by Mr C Taaffe’s Bloomfield, getting the better of The Master and Welkin.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr C Taaffe, Mrs Stackpole
Principal Races Athenry Stakes, Military Cup

Thursday 21st June 1894
The Athenry Plate over 2 miles
1. Bloomfield, aged horse owned by Mr C Taaffe
2. The Master, 5 year old owned by Mrs Stackpole
3. Welkin, aged horse owned by Mr S Kelly

The final meeting took place on Thursday 21st June 1894.
Course today

The final course was located at Ballydavid.

If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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