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The Ultimate Summer Festival – 27th June to 29th June 

There is only one place to be this summer and that’s the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh Raccourse, Co Kildare

This three-day racing festival promises a spectacle of fashion, entertainment, music and the finest racing from 27th June to 29th 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.


TV personality and style icon Millie Mackintosh is the official style ambassador for the 2014 festival and will form part of the judging panel to seek out the most styloish lady on Derby Day Sat 28th 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.  The prize also includes a personal shopping experience at Brown Thomas Dublin to the value of €3,000 with champagne lunch in the restaurant, a spectacular 18 carat gold diamond pendent from Boodles & an overnight stay at the five-star Marker Hotel in Dublin.


Some of the world’s top horses and jockeys will compete over all three days with the 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 through the Derby weekend, creating a festival atmosphere hosted by Hector including a live concert by country music star Nathan Carter on Derby Friday 27th June.


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.


Ticket Type Fri 27th June Derby Day
Sat 28th June
Sun 29th  June
General Admission €20 €40 €20
Senior & Under 25′s Admission €10 €25 €10
Day Member €30 €70 €30
Premier Seat with admission €40 €90 €40
Punters Package (admission, racecard, betting voucher & €5 food & beverage voucher) €25 €45 €25
Meal Deal Package (admission, main meal & tea/coffee) €25 €45 €25
Derby Festival Ticket – Admission on all 3 Days - €50 -
Under 16′s accompanied by adult Free Free Free


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

More Events

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.


Food Paddock

Derby Food Paddock

Fri 27th June – Sun 29th 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.

Music Village

Live Derby Music

Friday 27th & Saturday 28th June

Our Live Derby Music on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June makes a party of the the Derby Festival weekend and all FREE with your admission ticket.  Friday 27th June will feature Nathan Carter live after racing and then on Saturday 28th June we have a selection of live band and DJ hosted by Hector

Golf Classic

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Golf Classic

Thursday 26th June – K-Club Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort (Palmer Course)

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

Derby Ball

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball

Friday 27th June – K-Club Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort

This star studded black tie event takes place on Friday 27th 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 27th June – Done Deal Derby Festival Friday

5.30     Dublin Coach to the Curragh Races 2-y-o M’dn
6.00    Done Deal 3-y-o and up M’dn
6.30    Today FM H’cap
7.00    EBF Premier H’cap
7.30    Done Deal Apprentice Derby
8.00    Silken Thomas H’cap
8.30    Hanlons Concrete 3-y-o and up M’dn
Followed by concert by country music star Nathan Carter

Saturday 28th June – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

3.15     Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises 2 year old Maiden
3.45     Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Sapphire Stakes (Group 3)
4.15     Paddy Power Sprint
4.45     GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2)
5.25     Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1)
6.05     Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Handicap
6.40     Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Celebration Stakes (Listed)
7.15     Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Summer Fillies Premier Handicap
Followed by live music in the Derby Music Village

Sunday 29th June – Derby Festival Family Day

2.15     Barronstown Stud 2-y-o M’dn                        
2 45     Grangecon Stud Stakes (Group 3)                                        
3.15     At The Races Curragh Cup  (Group 3)                                    
3. 45     Friarstown Stud International Stakes (Group 3)                                     
4.20     Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1)
4. 50     EBF Premier H’cap                                  
5. 20     Macari’s of Kildare  Ladies Derby                                     
5.50     The Irish Field H’cap                                                     
Family Fun Day throughout the day with free kids entertainment


For Derby hospitality enquiries please contact a member of our hospitality team on +353-45-441205 or check CLICK HERE