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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 19th September 1854
Final meeting: Thursday 25th September 1862
The Jenkinstown Park racecourse in County Kilkenny, situated midway between Kilkenny some 10 kilometres to the north and Castlecomer some 11 kilometres to the south, had the grounds of Jenkinstown Castle (circa 1830) nearby. The inaugural 2 day meeting was staged on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th September 1854 on a 1 ½ mile round course a short carriage trip from the town centre. The opening Trial Stakes went to Mr P Foley’s The Trapper. Meetings continued to be well supported each year with the highlight being the Jenkinstown Park Stakes which in 1852 was won by Lord Howth’s Seducer. Crowds were boosted each year when excursion trains were provided by the Waterford & Kilkenny Company. The final meeting took place on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th September 1862 with the last running of the Jenkinstown Park Stakes going to the Even money favourite Staunton owned by Mr O’Reilly.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Viscount St Lawrence, Lord Howth, Sir T Burke, Mr E J Irwin
Principal Races Jenkinstown Park Stakes, Flying Stakes, Trial Stakes Handicap

Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th September 1855

The Trial Stakes Handicap over a mile
1. Trapper owned by Mr Foley
2. Astronomer owned by Mr Bryan
3. Rosetta owned by Mr Onion

The Jenkinstown Park Stakes over 2 miles
1. Seducer owned by Lord Howth
2. Albatross owned by Mr Dennis
3. Eugenia owned by Mr Irwin

The Flying Stakes over 4 furlongs
1. Curragh Lass owned by Sir T Burke
2. Ariel owned by Mr Gibbons
3. Astronomer owned by Mr Bryan

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th September 1855.
Course today

A 1 ½ mile round course within walking distance of the town centre. Jenkinstown Park still exists today, although there is little indication of where the races took place.

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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