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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 24th October 1775
Final meeting: Thursday 24th September 1789
The village of Crumlin, now a suburb of Dublin, was just a small village in the late 18th century but held its own race meetings and could call on vast crowds from the city. The first occasion results were included in the Racing Calendar was from the three day meeting from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th October 1775. The opening day was disappointing with no horses entered, but on the Tuesday the 4 mile race for aged horses was won by Mr Joseph Shadwell’s Lovely Molly, while on the concluding day the Hunters race also went to Mr Shadwell with Rattler. Although races continued to be held intermittently for the next 13 years, there were concerns about the unruly behaviour with large gatherings, and at the 1790 meeting the cavalry was brought in to prevent the meeting from taking place. The previous year a meeting had been staged on Thursday 24th September 1789 when a large number of people were injured due to fighting breaking out in the crowds.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Jos. Shadwell, Mr Kirwan
Principal Races Crumlin Purse

Tuesday 24th October 1775
Crumlin Aged Mares & Geldings Purse over 4 miles
1. Lovely Molly, bay mare owned by Mr Joseph Shadwell
2. Frolic, bay gelding owned by Mr J Kirwan
3. Unnamed bay gelding owned by Mr Daly

The final meeting took place on Thursday 24th September 1789.
Course today 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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