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Cork Racecourse Mallow

  • Conference Capacity : 400
  • Gala Dinner Capacity : 300

Organised racing in the Mallow region goes back as far as 1777 when six consecutive days racing was held under the auspices of the King's Plate Articles. When Cork Park racecourse closed in  [Cork Parade Ring] 1917 it left a sporting void to be filled in Ireland's largest county and so in 1924 Mallow racecourse was formed.

A few miles down the road from Cork Racecourse was the scene of the historic race which gave the world the phrase "steeplechasing", now a descriptive term for a race over fences. In 1752 two sporting Cork gentlemen, Edmund Blake and Cornelius O'Callaghan, wanted to find out which of their horses was the better so they organised a 4 1/2 mile race across country from the steeple of the St John's Church in Buttevant to that of St Mary's in Doneraile. Blake won the match and the bet, which was a cask of wine.


In 2002 a re-enactment of the event was organised in celebration of the two participants, attracting many amateur jockeys for the fun of it. A bronze monument to Blake and O'Callaghan stands in the village of Buttevant and is worth a visit before or after a visit to Cork races. It is very fitting indeed because Cork people are probably the most enthusiastic supporters and followers of jump racing in Ireland and many of the best jump horses are bred in Cork.

Racing at Cork is a mix of quality jump and flat racing with flat racing taking precedence in Summer and all jumps in Winter.

The main restaurant is situated on the top floor of the impressive 3-storey Grandstand overlooking the track and winning post. With an extensive menu, full bar and Tote facilities this Cork venue can cater for groups of 2 to 300. The Grandstand also has excellent conference venue facilities including 6 corporate hospitality suites, each of which has its own balcony overlooking the racetrack and winning post. These can cater for 15-25 people and are equipped with CCTV, bar and Tote facilities.

The New Pavilion Stand, opened on 2nd November 2008, offers the ideal location for a corporate day out.  It can seat up to 200 people in very sumptuous surroundings with a viewing balcony offering unrivalled views of the racetrack, betting ring and parade ring.  Downstairs contains a state of the art Paddy Power Betting Shop along with fast food and bar facilities, making facilities for the everyday punter as comfortable as possible.

There is a Free shuttle bus service to and from Mallow Town & Train Station for all the race meetings. All of our tickets & packages are available to buy ONLINE

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