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Earliest meeting: Thursday 16th January 1890
Final meeting: Tuesday 10th March 1891
The tiny East Cork hamlet of Lisgoold is located to the south of Ballincorrig and held its own steeplechase meetings in the late 19th century. The first widely reported meeting was held on Thursday 16th January 1890 on a course of one mile circumference a short distance from the hamlet. The meeting was well attended, although the heavy going deterred a number of runners, making fields low in number and less competitive. The opening Welter race over 3 miles was won by Mr K Madigan’s Flirt of Ennis, getting the better of True to the Core. The Tallyho Plate went to Mr E Quirke’s Musket; the Ballincorrig Plate to Mr E Byrne’s Miss Lucy, while the feature Lisgoold Plate attracted just two runners and went to Flirt of Ennis. The event was deemed to be a success and the next year a meeting took place on Tuesday 10th March 1891. However, although a large crowd had enjoyed a number of races, just before the final race the stand gave way in the centre, causing a good proportion of the occupants to be thrown 15 feet underneath the refreshment saloon. Racing was immediately abandoned and the injured treated by the local doctor.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr William Olomasnev (Judge and Clerk of the Course), Mr D Ring (Starter)
Principal Races Lisgoold Plate, Lisgood Welter Race, Tallyho Plate

Thursday 16th January 1890
Lisgoold Plate
1. Flirt of Ennis, chestnut mare owned by Mr Madigan
2. Forget-me-Not, bay mare owned by Mr Hayes

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 10th March 1891.
Course today A one mile course just on the outskirts of the hamlet.
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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