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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 16th October 1838
Final meeting: Tuesday 18th July 1911
The Irish racecourse at the County Cork seaside town of Youghal was well supported by local inhabitants and visitors to the town. The inaugural meeting took place on Tuesday 16th October 1838 on a flat course, situated between the town and the causeway bridge, built on land reclaimed from the Blackwater estuary, with a stand-house erected at the south west corner of the course. After a period without racing the meetings were revived again on 6th June 1865 with the railway providing thousands with the opportunity to see future racing stars like Sam Chiffney and Alice Hawthorn. Racing continued to be popular until the final meeting which took place on Tuesday 18th July 1911.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Captain James Green, Captain Hamilton
Principal Races Youghal Flat Sweepstakes

Tuesday 9th July 1867
The Youghal Flat Sweepstakes over 1 ½ miles
1. Princess Royal, 4 year old bay mare owned by Mr M O’Regan and ridden by Sam Chiffney
2. January, 3 year old bay horse owned by Mr J O’Keeffe and ridden by T Ryan
3. Master of Arts, 3 year old chestnut horse owned by Mr R Barry and ridden by Nolan
4. Alice Hawthorn, 5 year old chestnut mare owned by Mr McDonald and ridden by Donelly

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 18th July 1911.
Course today On reclaimed land between the town and the causeway bridge.
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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