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Earliest meeting: Monday 20th October 1794
Final meeting: Thursday 12th July 1900
The Irish racecourse at the coastal seaside town of Dungarvan, the County town of Waterford, was certainly staging King’s Plate races as early as 1794 when a meeting took place from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th October 1794. On the opening day the Dungarvan Handicap over 3 miles was won by Honest  Ned for Mr Lewis, beating Lightning, while later in the week the 4 mile Hunters’ Stakes went to Goldfinder who got the better of Spott. That same meeting concluded with a two mile Hunters Stakes which went to Mr R T Carew’s Honesty. Racing continued on a very regular basis for over a century, with the management adaptable to change if change was needed to maintain support for the meetings.  Initially a course a mile and a half from town was used, although a later Private Match in April 1837 was contested on The Strand, while a Steeplechase meeting was held in November 1869. Even one of the final meetings held under rules in 1900 had widespread appeal, offering a mixed card of 7 hurdle and 3 flat races spread over 2 days on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July 1900. Point to point racing still continues at the present time on a course in the vicinity of the town at Kilossera.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Lewis, Mr Devonshire
Principal Races Dungarvan Handicap, Dungarvan Purse, Dungarvan Hunters Stakes

In 1794 The Irish Racing Calendar was published by its proprietor P. Sharkey. It contained an Account of the Plates, Matches and Sweepstakes run for in Ireland from the April Meeting 1794. An extract of this is shown below.

Monday 20th to Saturday 25th October 1794

Dungarvan Purse over 4 miles
1. Honest Ned owned by Mr Lewis
2. Quickstep owned by Mr Parker
3. Amphibious owned by Mr Devonshire

Dungarvan Hunters Stakes over 4 miles
1. Goldfinder owned by Mr Harris
2. Spott owned by Mr Butler

Dungarvan 2  miles Hunters Stakes
1. Honesty owned by Mr R T Carew
2. Unnamed mare owned by Mr R Power
3. Lord Howe owned by Mr B Drew

The final meeting took place on Thursday 12th July 1900.
Course today A course 1 ½ miles from town, while later racing was staged on The Strand.
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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