The Fairyhouse Racecourse

5 Apr 1999: Jockey M.J.P O''Brien celebrates with his horse Glebe Lad after winning the Irish Grand National held at the Fairyhouse racecourse in Ireland. Michael Cooper /Allsport
Since the first Irish Grand National was run in 1870, the Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ratoath, County Meath, Ireland has continued to play host to the race. Fairyhouse – or Tigh na Siog (meaning “House of Fairies”) in Gaelic – has a rich racing history. It hosted its first race meet as early as 1848, when it was used for a point-to-point race.

Situated north-west of Dublin off the N3, the Fairyhouse has premier grade courses for flat and National Hunt racing. It sees some of the most prestigious races on the Irish jump racing calendar. The Fairyhouse Easter Festival and its chief feature race, the Irish Grand National, are the highlight of the racing year. Check our Irish Grand National travel page for information on how to get to the Fairyhouse Racecourse.

In 2009, the Fairyhouse Racecourse will play host to the 138th Irish Grand National – now named the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National.

The Fairyhouse Course

The Fairyhouse course is a right-handed circuit of 1 mile 6 1/2 furlongs, with a run in of almost 3 furlongs and a slight uphill finish. The course offers a high-draw advantage up to a mile, and includes 8 hurdles and 12 fences.

National Hunt legends who have run the Fairyhouse Racecourse include the likes of Arkle, Flyingbolt, Desert Orchid and – in more recent times – Istabraq, Bobbyjo, and Florida Pearl.

Visit our Fairyhouse facilities page for information about the facilities at the racecourse.

As well as hosting the famous Fairyhouse Easter Festival, the Fairyhouse Racecourse hosts a Winter Festival, with top-notch racing. 2009 Winter Festival races are due to be run on 29 November, 2 December, and on 12 December.

On Sundays when no races are to be held, the Fairyhouse Racecourse becomes a market, with food and goods of all descriptions on sale until about 5pm.

Fairyhouse Racecourse Contacts

  • Telephone: 353 1 825 6167
  • Fax: 353 1 825 6051
  • E-mail:

Don’t miss the excitement and fun of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival! Start checking the Irish Grand National odds and decide who you think will come out ahead on the Fairyhouse Racecourse.