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The town of Doneraile, in North Cork, is situated in the heartland of National hunt racing history. It was in Doneraile in 1752 that the first recorded steeplechase finished at the spire of the local Protestant Church having started over 4 miles away in Buttevant at the spire of their local Protestant Church. Since 1752, North Cork has continuously held centre stage in national hunt racing.
The great Dr. Vincent O’Brien started out training in nearby Churchtown. In recent times Silver Birch, bred by the Power family in Shanballymore won the Aintree Grand national in 2007, providing leading trainer Gordon Elliot with his first winner. Jim Culloty sent out Lord Windemere to win the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup from his Churchtown base.
Doneraile point-to-point was first held in 1974 on the lands of the late Con O’Keeffe, a staunch supporter of point to-point racing during his lifetime. It was appropriate that the first winner was one of his horses, Westlander, ridden by his son Brian. Another favourite during the early days was a horse called The Black Watch owned and ridden by Bill Elliot.
In more recent times, the Doneraile Point-to-Point has been held at the nearby Dromahane course. Dromahane is one of the premier point-to-point tracks in Ireland, always providing competitive action. One of the recent Cheltenham winners, Black Hercules, won his maiden point –to-point at the Doneraile meeting for the renowned Mullins family.
Curraheen Point-to-Point Races
Robert Harkin - 087-2611588
How To Get There
From Mallow- At the roundabout take the N20 for Cork and continue out the road and take the R620 to Dromahane. In the village of Dromahane turn left up the hill. Continue up that road and veer left, (not to bweeng). Take the first left up that road. Use Eircode P51N6TO. It will be signposted from main road.
From Cork - On the Cork Mallow Road N20 turn left for Dromahane on the R620.In the village of Dromahane turn left up the hill. Continue up that road and veer left, (not to bweeng). Take the first left up that road. Use Eircode P51N6TO. It will be signposted from main road.
From Killarney - On the Main Mallow to Killarney Road (N72) on Navigation Road take a right on to the R621 and follow the road signposted for Dromahane. Use Eircode P51N6TO. It will be signposted from the main road.
Our point-to-point is located forty five minutes from Cork airport.
Did You Know?
“Over 1,200 races on the track in Ireland & Britain were won by horses who had started their careers in an Irish Point-to-Point”.
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We have excellent facilities at the track. We are lucky to have an abundance of car parking space and parking is free to those attending the point to point.
The car park attendants will direct disabled patrons to a designated area in the car park.
There will be a number of portaloos situated around the course.
There will a bookmakers ring at the point-to-point, be sure to check out the runners at the parad
We will have a wonderful array of fast food options available from our onsite catering providers, perfect to eat by the racecourse taking in all the action or at a table, on a rug, or in the comfort of your car for a family picnic.
There will be soup, sanwiches and a selections of home baked goods on offer, something for everyone !
There will be a ice cream van in situe and a swet stall to please those with a sweet tooth.
A coffee van will be in attendance on the day to satisfy all your caffine cravings.
Our dedicated volunteers in the catering tent are on hand all day to serve you hot teas and coffees along with soft drinks and juices for the younger racegoers.
Soft drinks may also be purchased from our outside catering outlets.
A day out at Dromahane point-to-point is a real treat for all racing enthusiasts. Along with this, we endeavour to make it a great day out for the whole family, children under 16 go free !
One of the real treats of point-to-point racing is the close proximity one can get to the runners and riders. The parade offers a perfect vantage point to check out the runners before deciding which horse to place your bet on !
Our point-to-point is located half an hour from Cork city which makes it extremely accessible for visitors to combine a city break with a day out in the countryside.