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Earliest meeting: Monday 28th March 1842
Final meeting: Thursday 10th April 1845
The County Wicklow village of Newtown-Mount-Kennedy, 9 miles north of Wicklow and about the same distance south of Bray, was a village in its own right within the historic town of Ballygarny. In the middle of the 17th century the MP for Kildare, Sir Robert Kennedy, made it his principal residence and gave it its present day name. In the middle of the 19th century it held its own race meetings for a silver cup on Killendrenan, a substantial property owned by James Edwards. The earliest record of a meeting was on Monday 28th March 1842 when the keenly contested Silver Cup was won by Mr William Clement’s Fakeaway after a hard fought tussle with Miller and Whitestockings. Meetings certainly continued for at least three years, with the Silver Cup attracting an entry of eight on Thursday 10th April 1845.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Sir Robert Kennedy, William Clement
Principal Races Newtown-Mount Kennedy Silver Cup

Monday 28th March 1842

Newtown-Mount Kennedy Silver Cup
1. Fakeaway, grey gelding owned by Mr William Clement
2. Miller, bay gelding owned by Mr O’Rourke
3. Whitestocking, chestnut gelding owned by Mr Pearson
4. Rodney, bay gelding owned by Mr Marsh
5. Lady of the Lake, bay mare owned by Mr Harrick
6. Gay Lass, bay mare owned by Mr Bastel
7. Barmaid, bay mare owned by Mr Lamb
8. General, bay horse owned by Mr Ripton

The final meeting took place on Thursday 10th April 1845.
Course today Within the grounds of Killendrenan owned by Mr James Edwards.
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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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