Fairyhouse Race Course

Fairyhouse Race Course

Fairyhouse, a venue steeped in history and home to the Irish Grand National since 1870.

Fairyhouse Racecourse

A History of Fairyhouse Racecourse

The first meeting held at Fairyhouse was in 1848 when the ward union hunt held their point-to-point at this venue. From these small beginnings Fairyhouse quickly established itself as one of Ireland's premier racecourses.  In 1870 the Irish Grand National was run for the first time and the winner was ‘Sir Robert Peel’.  The Grand National quickly became Ireland's most valuable and prestigious steeplechase and each success has its own rich tale, none more amazing than the win in 1929 of a six year old mare ‘Alike’, owned and ridden by 5’4” Frank Wise who was missing three fingers and who rode with a wooden leg.

Fairyhouse has always been one of the finest and fairest racecourses and continues to attract the leading horses both on the flat and over jumps. Arkle, Desert Orchid, Flying Bolt, Captain Christy, Prince Regent, Persian War, L’escargot and more recently Istabraq, Bobbyjo, Florida Pearl and Limestone Lad are just some of the legendary greats that have graced the almost 2 mile circuit.



Fairyhouse today

The racetrack itself is a one-mile and 6.5 furlong right-handed circuit, with a 2.5 furlong straight and a slight uphill finish. 
A day at the races is ideal for a fun filled family day out, birthday celebrations, company social events, entertaining clients or even just to catch up with old friends and maybe make some new ones.

Check www.fairyhouse.ie for up-to-date fixture list.

Fairyhouse Racecourse
Co. Meath, A85 XK30

(01) 825 6167