A whole new era awaits
Steeped in history and tradition the Curragh Racecourse is undoubtedly Ireland’s premier flat racing venue and the spiritual home of the sport in Ireland.
Considered to be one of the finest tracks in the world every year it is the home to Ireland’s five Classics. Centre stage is of course held by the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, a major event for flat racing worldwide and a race that down through the years has been won by some of the greatest racehorses ever to run.
Unfortunately, the world class racetrack and the quality of the horses, owners, trainers and riders it attracts has to date not been matched by a similar quality of world class facilities. All is, however, about to change.
“The Curragh is at the heart of Kildare, the thoroughbred County. It is an acknowledged centre of excellence in every aspect of the thoroughbred industry, and this project will secure it’s place as the keeper of Ireland’s racing traditions and a welcoming host of some of Ireland’s best sporting and social occasions.”
SIMON COVENEY TD
The new Curragh
The new Curragh will see the creation of world class facilities on a par with the best anywhere in the world. The centrepiece of the redevelopment will see the creation of a major new grandstand which will incorporate five star corporate facilities, restaurants, bars and superb viewing facilities.
A new arrivals and reception area will incorporate a museum to celebrate the history of racing in Ireland and the contribution Ireland has made to the sport worldwide.
A new parade ring will ensure that more patrons can share in the excitement and build up to the racing.
A new weigh room will provide even better facilities for the jockeys, while a completely refurbished stable yard will ensure that the real stars of the sport will also have first class facilities.
And all this while retaining the unrivalled atmosphere and unique spirit of the Curragh is retained.
AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE
The original plans for which we already have planning permission were costed out at €65 million. Funding has been put in place, by a combination of government monies, through Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and generous private investment. The objective from the outset has been to finance the redevelopment without any debt.
A new company has been formed to assume ownership of the racecourse and training grounds. This company will oversee the redevelopment of the project. Its shareholders are HRI, the Turf Club and a number of private investors.
While the core project is totally funded we have identified a number of enhancements that will ensure that the new Curragh is future proofed as a world class facility for many years to come.
It is our intention to invite a small number of private investors to fund these enhancements and become part of the future of this Irish sporting phenomenon.
“My father loved Ireland and enjoyed great success at the Curragh. Quietly, he helped where he could in promoting the infrastructure of the business he embraced, and I am very happy to be able to continue his legacy by supporting the Curragh redevelopment. Equally important is that the vast majority of my horses are trained here, on these Curragh Training Grounds, and hence it is vital that I support the upgrading and integrity of one of the world’s great training centres.”
MS EVA-MARIA BUCHER HAEFNER