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Earliest meeting: Thursday 3rd November 1842
Final meeting: Thursday 3rd November 1842
Today Dundrum is a suburb of Dublin, but back in the 18th century it was a town in its own right. Part of the ground associated with the church dates from the 6th century, while a castle was built in the latter part of the 12th century. On Thursday 3rd November 1842, at the instigation of Mr C Featherstone, a race meeting took place on a course a mile from the town at Mureen, the seat of local MP Manners McKay. The pretty course was packed with fashionable company to witness Arbitration win the Sweepstake for Mr E Dycer, beating Merrylegs and Warwick. The principal race of the day was the Stewards Sweepstake which went to Wasp owned by Captain Hilliard, overcoming the persistent challenge of Vixen. There are no further records of meetings of note taking place in the town.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Manners McKay, Mr C Featherstone, Mr H O’Neill

Principal Races Stewards Sweepstake, Dundrum Sweepstake

Thursday 3rd November 1842
Dundrum Stewards Sweepstake over 1 ½ miles
1. Wasp, chestnut gelding owned by Captain Hilliard
2. Vixen, chestnut mare owned by Mr W Daly
3. Creeping Jenny, chestnut mare owned by Mr G Archer
4. Agnes, brown mare owned by Mr H O’Reilly

The final meeting took place on Thursday 3rd November 1842.
Course today A pretty course just a mile from Dundrum at Mureen, 5 miles from Dublin.
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 johnwslusar@gmail.com

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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