Sligo Racecourse History
NOTE:The badges displayed on this page are not authentic and are for artistic display only.

The earliest record of racing in the vicinity of Sligo was a four day meeting at Bowmore from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th September 1781. The meeting opened with a race restricted to 4 and 5 year olds which was won by Intruder owned by Mr Fenton. By 1873 the meeting had transferred to Hazlewood, near the banks of Lough Gill, and remained there for nearly 70 years. The current course at Cleveragh, three quarters of a mile from town, opened on Wednesday 24th August 1955, appropriately enough with the Cleveragh Hurdle which was won by Soloe.

Currently the course hosts 8 fixtures annually.
Although Sligo remains a thriving racecourse, nearby Tubbercurry closed its gates for the final time in 1908.
The town of Tubbercurry, also known as Tobercurry, is the second largest town in County Sligo and had its own racecourse in the 19th century. The course was situated on Maxwell’s Farm in Rhue. It was a family concern but its isolated location made it a challenge for the horses, owners and trainers to travel to the track. On the outskirts of the farm is Ballyara’s Old Cemetery and the remains of Pride of Ballyara are buried in the Mullarkey family plot. The racehorse Pride of Ballyara was owned by Dr Joe Mullarkey and won many races, including a Gold Cup (not the Cheltenham one), in England. It was the time of the great Irish Famine and the philanthropic family used their winnings to purchase food for the inhabitants of Tubbercurry to prevent their starvation. Pride of Ballyara retired from racing in 1845 and went on to pull food carts loaded with grain on 50 mile round trips. Such was the high esteem in which the family held him that they used part of the family plot to bury him. Meetings continued at the track until a final card was staged on Friday 9th October 1908.
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