The now ‘not so new’ Limerick racecourse was completed in 2001, replacing the old one situated nearer to Limerick City, which closed in 1999.
Situated off the M20 at Patrickswell. Easy to get to, plenty of fields on the lands for parking.
Where to stay
Limerick City is well-served by good standard hotels, there is a good Radisson Blu: https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-limerick-spa and the Absolute Hotel near St. John’s Castle: https://www.absolutehotel.com/ – amongst others. Plenty of grades to choose from.
You could also treat yourself and stay in the chocolate-box village of Adare, with it’s thatched roofs.
Adare is home to the JP McManus owned hotel – the 5* Adare Manor: https://www.adaremanor.com/ – the ultimate in luxury and the venue for the 2024 Ryder Cup. I can highly recommend the Dunraven Arms just across the road, which is owned and managed by horse racing aficinados: https://www.dunravenhotel.com/ Adare has a plethora of good eating spots and bars. I can highly recommend the Wild Geese – I had one of the best meals ever here a good few years ago, so I hope it’s still as excellent.
As you would expect due to it being less than 20 years old, modern clean structure. I attended a meeting as part of their Christmas festival, where a best-dressed competition was in full flow. As such, it was a fairly busy day, so it was difficult enough to get near the food to see what they had to offer. I only had experience of using one of the outdoor carts, where they had a good selection of homemade cakes.
It’s a large stand, with very good viewing and a water feature in the middle of the track.
As a first time visitor, the only criticism I would have is that there wasn’t a great deal of information around, for example I went the whole afternoon without being able to find a racecard and admittedly gave up after a while.
I would like to to visit again to give it a proper appraisal, as my over-riding impression was fairly positive.
The crowd would be a mix of rural types, with a few glam ones from the cities, but very much in keeping with the rural vibe.