08/09/2019 to 14/09/2019
Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Listowel Races 2019 promises another great week of top horse racing and lots of other entertainment.
Listowel Races, also known as Listowel Festival of Racing or Listowel Harvest Festival is the last festival meeting of the racing Calendar year.
It is a mix of great flat and National Hunt racing with top horses, trainers and jockeys coming from all over Ireland and usually some from abroad.
At this time of year, the flat season in Ireland is coming to an end and the serious business of winter national hunt season is starting.
There are some great races at Listowel with substantial prize money which makes it one of the great racing festivals in the country.
The best known race is the Guinness Kerry National which is held on Wednesday and is one of the top handicap chases of the year in Ireland.
The prizemoney for this Grade A steeplechase is €200,000 with the first six getting a share of the winnings. This attracts the top handicap chasers in the country making it a great racing spectacle.
Last year’s Kerry National was won by the Noel Meade trained Snow Falcon, ridden by Seán Flanagan.
The weather is ooften quite good for the Listowel Races, but even if it is not, the crowds enjoy the racing and the carnival atmosphere which includes a funfair, music in the pubs and on the streets, street entertainment, theatre and general fun and merriment.
Accommodation for Listowel Races 2019
For the week of the races accommodation is usually fully booked out far in advance and latecomers will find it almost impossible to get any accommodation in the town.
Racegoers planning to go to Listowel for the races it is essential that you book well in advance if you want to stay in or near the town.
If you have left it late you may still be able to get accommodation in Ballybunion, Ballylongford, Tarbert, Abbeyfeale or Tralee all of which are no more than a half hour drive away.
Check here for accommodation for Listowel Races
Best of luck from Stay in Kerry to all Listowel Races Visitors!
Note: Stay in Kerry will be posting results from Listowel Races 2019 as they happen on Twitter