It is part of what was once the Lord Annaly Estate. Gowran Park racecourse first opened its gates to the racing public on the 16th of June 1914. The first televised meeting in Ireland was at Gowran Park in 1969.
This picturesque track in Co. Kilkenny has developed into one of Ireland’s premier Racetracks. The track hosts 16 race meetings throughout the year featuring both National Hunt and Flat Race meetings. The showpiece race of the season at Gowran Park is the Grade A Thyestes Steeplechase run in mid-January. First held in 1954 it commemorates the famous racehorse owned by the McCalmont family who have been closely linked with Gowran Park since its inception. The magnificent trophy for the race was originally won by Thyestes in England and was donated to the racecourse by the McEnery family.
Gowran Park is a right handed oval of 1 1/2m (Chase) and 1m 3 furlongs (Flat) with run in of 3 furlongs and uphill finish. 6 hurdles and 7 fences on circuit.
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Gowran Park Golf Course
In 2001, Gowran Park, in County Kilkenny developed this unique 18 hole golf course to compliment its renowned race meetings. The course meanders in and around 130 acres with 5 holes within the racecourse boundary and the remainder in the mature woodland and lake settings of the Annaly Estate.
With the magnificent backdrop of the Blackstairs Mountains this par 71, 18 hole golf course provide an excellent test for the low handicap golfer whilst also being very enjoyable for the middle to high handicappers.