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Earliest meeting: Monday 23rd October 1752
Final meeting: Wednesday 4th July 1753
The small village of Corofin, on the River Fergus, is located in the northern part of County Clare about 7 miles north of Ennis. The name Corofin, sometimes spelt Corrofin or Currofin, means ‘the white ford’, and the village held a 3 day race meeting from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th October 1752 in fields on the edge of the village. On the opening day the £20 Plate was won by Sir Edward O’Brien’s Miss Doe, while the second day was reserved for Galloway horses and went to Sir Edward O’Brien’s Fribble who got the better of Mr Parson’s Weasel. On the concluding day the 30 Guineas Purse saw Sir Edward’s Cumberland defeat Mr Dogherty’s Fox. The next year a two day meeting, spread over three days, took place from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th July 1753 when the Forty Guineas Weight for Age Handicap was won by Mr Charles Daly’s Sprightly Nancy.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Edward O’Brien, Cornet French, Mr Parsons
Principal Races Corofin £20 Plate, Corofin 30 Guineas Purse

Monday 23rd October 1752
Corofin £20 Plate
1. Miss Doe, bay mare owned by Sir Edward O’Brien
2. Foxhunter, bay gelding owned by Cornet French

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 4th July 1753.
Course today In fields on the edge of the village.
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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