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Earliest meeting: Monday 1st November 1830
Final meeting: Wednesday 30th May 1888
Castlerea, the second largest town in County Roscommon, lies on the banks of the Rivers Suck and Francis. It staged race meetings for over 50 years, with an opening two day meeting taking place on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd November 1830. The highlight of the meeting was a 2 ½ mile chase consisting of five 4 and a half foot walls. Entries were usually collected at MacLoghlin’s Hotel in Ballinasloe, with Ordinaries served at Gibon’s Hotel which was also the venue for a Ball and supper after racing on the final race day. The course was located a mile from the town centre at Southpark and continued to be the venue until a final meeting was held on Wednesday 30th May 1888.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain Blake, Thomas Horan (Clerk of Course)
Principal Races Castlerea Steeplechase, Castlerea Plate, Southpark Plate

Wednesday 30th May 1888
Castlerea Plate over 2 miles
1. Arald owned by Mr T Fitzpatrick
2. Woodman owned by Major Kirkwood
3. Spring Daisy owned by Mr Thomas Nally
Betting: 1/3 Arald, 7/2 Bar

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 30th May 1888.
Course today A mile from the town centre at Southpark.
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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