Irish Grand National Travel

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 21: Jim Culloty and Timbera (7) return to the winners enclosure after landing The Powers Gold Label Irish Grand National Steeple Chase Race run at Fairyhouse Racecourse on April 21, 2003 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
The 2009 Irish Grand National will be run on Easter Monday, 13 April, at the Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ratoath, County Meath in Ireland.

The Fairyhouse is situated about 13 miles – or half an hour’s drive – outside Dublin city, making travel to the Fairyhouse Easter Festival easy by car or bus. Dublin airport is just a few miles outside the city centre.

2009 Irish Grand National By Bus

During the Fairyhouse Easter Festival – for which the Irish Grand National is the highlight – extra public transport to the racecourse is provided. Bus Eireann provides a bus service from the Central Bus Station (Busaras) in Dublin city centre to the Fairyhouse. Buses start running 90 minutes before the first race, and the last bus to Dublin runs soon after the last race of the day. For more information, you can call Bus Eireann on 01 8366111.

2009 Irish Grand National By Car

From Dublin

Take the N3 towards Navan. You’ll pass the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on the left. Continue for about 6 miles and then turn right onto the R155, towards Ratoath. Drive for about another 2 miles, and the Fairyhouse will be on your right.

From North of Dublin

Drive on the Motorway (M1) and then the N1 to Drogheda. From there, follow the signs to Duleek and then turn onto Mary Street (R125). At the junction with the N2, which continues on to Dublin, turn right onto the R155 to the village of Ratoath. Continue straight over the crossroads at Ratoath, and the Fairyhouse will be on your left.

From West of Dublin

After Enfield, take the M4 to Dublin. At the M50 roundabout, take the first exit onto the M50. Continue through a toll bridge and exit onto the N3, towards Navan. Continue for about 6 miles and then turn right onto the R155, towards Ratoath. Drive for about another 2 miles, and the Fairyhouse will be on your right.

From South of Dublin

Take the N7 to Dublin and then, at the Red Cow roundabout, take the M50 north. Continue over the toll bridge, and exit onto the N3, towards Navan. Continue for about 6 miles and then turn right onto the R155, towards Ratoath. Drive for about another 2 miles, and the Fairyhouse will be on your right.

Don’t miss the Fairyhouse Easter Festival, and start considering your favourites for the feature races!

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