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Ireland is famous for its horse racing. We have 4 race courses near Dublin and two types of racing. Flat racing which runs from March to November and National hunt (jump racing) from November to to April. The four race courses are Leopardstown, Fairyhouse, Punchestown and the Curragh. Leopardstown is easy to get to by by bus its about 7 miles from the city centre plus you can catch the Luas to the racecourse. During July the festival always has bands entertaining. Great value for money. Only recently l saw the wonderful Irish band called the Saw Doctors. Easter Monday is the best day to go. The Curragh holds the Irish Derby around June.
Check local papers for details of festivals.
Equipment: Going to the races has become very fashionable. Most race meetings now have a best dressed ladies day. You have the choice of going over the top or you can wear your jeans and runners. There is no dress code. Be prepared for fashion cat walk with crazy looking head gear.
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I was in Dublin so I took the short bus trip to Leopardstown racecourse to watch the Hennesy Gold Cup meeting.
This meeting was the first time I had made a profit at a race meeting and was extra special because I didn't even know that the racing was on when I booked the trip.
Equipment: Loads of money and a little bit of knowledge about horse racing, or luck I suppose.
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Leopardstown race course in South Dublin is good fun during winter. The Baileys Ikon centre is there as well, if you fancy some creamy irish liquer ;-)
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