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Earliest meeting: Monday 31st July 1843
Final meeting: Monday 31st July 1843
Today Stillorgan is a suburb of Dublin, but back in the 19th century it was a village in its own right, steeped in history, its name is likely to have come from a Danish chief whose burial chamber was thought to have been discovered in Stillorgan Park in 1716. On Monday 31st July 1843 a private race meeting was staged in the grounds of Burton Hall, the seat of Mr Hall MP of Stillorgan. The attendance was ‘numerous and fashionable’, the meeting starting with a match in which Captain Ribton’s Rose d’Amour beat The Bee. The main Sweepstake of the day was won by Captain Ribton’s Knave of Trumps. There are no further records of a meeting taking place in the vicinity of Stillorgan.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr C Crampton, Mr W H Smith, Mr J E Bailey (Stewards)
Principal Races Stillorgan Sweepstake

Monday 31st July 1843
Stillorgan Sweepstake over 1 ½ miles
1. Knave of Trumps, bay horse owned by Captain Ribton
2. Peeler, grey gelding owned by Mr G Hall
3. The Priest, chestnut horse owned by Mr Gregory

The final meeting took place on Monday 31st July 1843.
Course today In the grounds of Burton Hall.
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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