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Earliest meeting: April 1752
Final meeting: Tuesday 13th April 1852
The County Cork town of Doneraile, on the River Awbeg, is located 7 miles north of Mallow. Its townsfolk claim that the steeplechase is so named because it was first run in April 1752 between the church steeples of Doneraile and neighbouring Buttevant, a distance of 5.6 miles. Perhaps to mark the centenary of this event a steeplechase meeting did take place in the immediate vicinity of Doneraile on Tuesday 13th April 1852 and attracted a large assembly of people. The 3 ½ mile course was over stiff country, with 18 challenging fences and a water jump, and the feature chase was won by Lord Waterford’s Warner. A supporting Weight for Age Sweepstake saw Mr Hurley’s 4 year old Erin defeat The Maid of Clonmel and Irish Maid. There is no evidence that a similar race to mark the 200th anniversary was held in April 1952.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Waterford, Mr Hurley
Principal Races Doneraile Stewards Sweepstake, Doneraile Weight for Age Handicap

Tuesday 13th April 1852
Doneraile Stewards Sweepstake over 3 ½ miles
1. Warner, bay gelding owned by Lord Waterford
2. Shamrock, bay gelding owned by Mr Moloney
3. Joan, grey mare owned by Mr Driscoll
4. Montreal, bay gelding owned by Mr Creagh

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 13th April 1852.
Course today A 3 ½ mile course containing 18 challenging fences.
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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