Irish Derby Festival 2015
The Ultimate Summer Festival – Friday 26th June to Sunday 28th June 2015
There is only one place to be this summer and that’s the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. We will be celebrating the 150th running of the Irish Derby and we will be partying in style…… #irishderby150
This three-day racing festival promises a spectacle of fashion, entertainment, music and the finest racing from 26th June to 28th June. The Derby is the ultimate destination to be enthralled and get swept up in the magic of an unmissable summer celebration with friends. Held across three days in the height of summer, it is unrivalled in its prestige and tradition and is most definitely the social occasion of the year.
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We will be seeking out the most stylish lady on Derby Day Sat 27th June. This year’s prize is worth €20,000 and the winner will walk away with a holiday of a lifetime to Dubai courtesy of Dubai Duty Free with €1,000 to spend at the multi-award-winning Dubai Duty Free as well as other spectacular prizes.
Some of the world’s top horses and jockeys will compete over all three days with the 150th running of Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby attracting the creme de la creme of the equine world.
The weekend will play host to an array of live bands and DJs as part of the 150th birthday celebrations. On DoneDeal Derby Friday 26th June we will have Nathan Carter in concert after racing and then on Derby Day Saturday 27th June we’ll dance the night away to top 80’s tribute band Spring Break.
The Derby Food Paddock serves the best dishes from Ireland’s leading food producers, including restaurants, bakers and artisan producers. Racegoers can enjoy a huge variety of dishes located in the heart of the action beside the parade ring over all three days.
We offer a wide choice of hospitality areas over Derby weekend ensuring guests have the best seat in the house to enjoy the biggest race day on the Irish racing calendar. Find out more about Derby hospitality packages or book online HERE
As part of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival there are a number of ancillary events taking place which is the ideal way to complete your entertainment over the Derby Weekend.
Derby Food Paddock
Fri 26th June – Sun 28th June
The Derby Food Paddock makes a welcome return to this year’s Derby Festival, showcasing a selection of delicacies from Ireland’s leading food producers including restaurants, hotels, cookery schools, cheese makers, bakers and chocolatiers. Free to all, the Derby Food Paddock is located in the heart of the action beside the parade ring and is an exciting addition to the festival giving all race goers the opportunity to taste a spectacular variety of food from local restaurants – The Silver Restaurant, Jane Russell Sausages, Fallons of Kilcullen, East Coast Fish, Hartes, Rossmore Ice Cream, Silken Thomas and Creans Artisan Beers.
Live Derby Music
On DoneDeal Derby Friday 26th June we will have Nathan Carter in concert after racing and then on Derby Day Saturday 27th June we’ll dance the night away to top 80’s tribute band Spring Break.
Our Live Derby Music on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June makes a party of the the Derby Festival weekend and all FREE with your admission ticket.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Golf Classic
The opportunity to play on the world famous Palmer Course at one of the great Golf Classics of the year. Cost is €600 per team of 4 people to include pre Golf lunch, shotgun start at 2pm and dinner in the evening with a variety of great prizes. For bookings call O’Brien PR +353 (0) 45 446422
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball
This star studded black tie event takes place on Friday 26th June in the stunning surroundings of the K Club and raises funds for local charity The Jack & Jill Foundation. Tickets costing €125 per person includes pre dinner drinks reception, silver service dinner and entertainment. For information contact O’Brien PR Tel: +353 (0) 45 446422
Race Day Schedule
Friday 26th June5.25 The When You Want It Done, DoneDeal Irish Stallion Farms 2yo Fillies Maiden 7f 5.55 DoneDeal Ireland’s Largest Classifieds Website Maiden for 3 yos old and up over 8f 6.25 DoneDeal Apprentice Derby 12 f 7.00 Silken Thomas Handicap 6f 7.30 EBF Premier Handicap 12f 8.00 Today FM Handicap over 10 furlongs 8.30 The Clear Your Clutter with DoneDeal Maiden for 3yos and up over 10 furlongs 8.45 Concert with County Music Star Nathan Carter
Saturday 27th June2.00 Race Day Preview with Brendan McArdle featuring guets Hector OhEoghgain 3.00 Dubai Duty Free 2 year old Maiden for Fillies 6f 3.15 Curragh Racecourse Hall of Fame Induction to Dubai Duty Free (parade ring) 3.35 Dubai Duty Free Dash (Listed) 3.45 Presentation to the Legends of the Irish Derby Part 1 (parade ring) 4.10 Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Summer Fillies Handicap 7f 4.25 Dubai Duty Free Most Stylish Lady in Association with Boodles – Winner Announced 4.45 Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Celebration Stakes (Listed) 8f 4.55 Presentation to the Legends of the Irish Derby Part 2 (parade ring) 5.20 Paddy Power Premier Handicap 8f 5.50 GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2) 6f 6.05 Celine Byrne performs the Irish National Anthem and Army Band perform national Anthem of the UAE 6.10 Jockeys escorted by members of the Defence Forces (flags of Ireland &b the UAE – presented to dignatries) 6.20 Celine Byrne with the Millicent Singers & Army Band perform new Irish Derby Anthem “The Wind of Glory” 6.30 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1 Classic) 6.50 Derby Presentation 7.15 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Stayers Handicap 16f 7.30 Finale of 150th Irish Derby Day followed by live music in Derby Music Village by Spring Break & in the Derby Food Paddock by All Talk
Sunday 28th June1.30 Race Day Preview 2.15 Barronstown Stud 2 year old Maiden for Colts 7f 2.25 Presentation to County Kildare Schools Art Competition commemorating 150th Irish Derby (parade ring) 2.45 Grangecon Stud Stakes (Group 3) 6f 2.55 Disney Show (Kids Zone in the westend of grandstand) 3.15 International Stakes (Group 3) 10f 3.50 Sea the Starts Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) 10f 4.20 At The Races Curragh Cup (Group 3) 14f 4.35 Disney Show (Kids Zone in the westend of grandstand) 4.50 Tote Rockingham Premier Handicap 5f 5.20 Sunday Independent Handicap 5.50 Handicap 16f
Other key events as part of the Dubai Duty Free 150th Irish Derby FestivalMay – Launch of the book, The Irish Derby, Celebrating Ireland’s Greatest Race 20th June – Newbridge Busk and Food Festival as part of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival 21st June – Dubai Duty Free 150th Irish Derby Parade, as part of the Kildare Town Derby Festival 25th June – Audience with Derby legends in Riverbank Theatre in association with Leinster Leader 1st July – Celebrating Irish Derby 150th Years an historical presentation – Kildare House Hotel
For Derby hospitality enquiries please contact a member of our hospitality team on +353-45-441205 or check CLICK HERE