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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 29th October 1839
Final meeting: Wednesday 7th November 1842
Newry was a market town and Garrison located 34 miles from Belfast and 67 miles from Dublin. As part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002 it was granted city status. However, in the middle of the 19th century the town held race meetings for a short period of time beginning on Tuesday 29th October 1839. The course was over ‘The Marsh’ in the neighbourhood of the town, and the meeting gained the support of an immense crowd. The opening Newry Cup was won by Slashing Harry, and was followed by a Match for £25 in which Mr James Greer’s Sunbeam beat Mr Montgomerry’s Maniac.The day finished with a Sweepstake won by The Edgar Filly owned by Mr McEvery. Meetings followed for each of the next 3 years, with the Cup being won by Mr Knaresboro’s Brunette on Tuesday 16th November 1841, and on the final day of racing on Wednesday 7th November 1842 the Newry Sweepstake over 3 miles was won by The Bard who defeated Taglioni.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Gartland, Mr Whittle
Principal Races Newry Cup, Newry Handicap Sweepstake

Tuesday 29th October 1839
Newry Cup
1. Slashing Harry, bay gelding owned by Mr Whittle
2. Damian, bay gelding owned by Mr Morland
3. Noble, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Gartland

The final meeting took place on Wednesday 7th November 1842.
Course today At ‘The Marsh’ about 1 ½ miles from the town centre.
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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