Welcome To Laytown Racecourse
Local folklore has it that it was the parish priest who, in 1876, organised the first race meeting on Laytown’s three miles of golden strand. Held intermittently since then, it was not until 1901 that local landowner, Paddy Delaney, established the meeting as we know it today. Nothing, not even two World Wars, has stopped it taking place since then.
Laytown races have not changed very much through the years, but they are unique because they are the only grandstand races held in Europe which have the approval of the governing bodies. The enclosure consists of a three acre field, elevated above the beach. Steps which have been built up into the face of the sand dunes and these form the Grandstand. Marquees are erected on the day before the races and these are used to provide a weigh room, bars and snack bars.
On Race Day, the strand is closed from early morning and work on the course then commences. By the time the first race is ready to start the tide has gone out, and racing can begin.
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Local Transport Links
Laytown is a small seaside resort on the cast coast of Ireland, 29 miles north of Dublin. To reach the course, turn off the Nl Dublin-Belfast road at Julianstown
Regular train services from Drogheda and Dublin
Dublin 60.7 km (37.7 miles)
Map and Route Finder
Directions and route plan will be displayed on the google maps pages, from here you can print, email and save the map.
Tote facilities and bookmakers are available
Enclosures And Grandstands
Food And Drink
Effect Of Draw
Laytown is racing takes place on Laytown strand.
08 September 2010