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Earliest meeting: Monday 30th June 1834
Final meeting: Wednesday 23rd November 1870
The historic County Cork fishing town of Kinsale lies just 16 miles south of Cork and once held its own races in the early 1800s. The first meeting was staged at the Prehane course, some 2 ½  miles north-east of Kinsale overlooking the harbour, on Monday 30th June 1834 when over 2500 people attended, and was sponsored by the Gentlemen of Cork. Race meetings continued to be held on an annual basis until the final recorded meeting took place on Wednesday 23rd November 1870.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Thomas Roberts, 63rd Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Bowles
Principal Races Gentlemen of Cork Sweepstake, Prehane Stakes, Shopkeeper’s Plate

Tuesday 30th June 1835
The Gentlemen of Cork Sweepstakes
1. The Disowned owned by Mr Dunn
2. Muskerry Lass owned by Mr Coppinger
3. Valentine owned by Mr Barry

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 23rd November 1870.
Course today At Prehane 2 miles from Kinsale.
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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