Monday 5 December 2016

Curragh Racecourse to undergo €65m revamp

Published 29/10/2015 | 02:30

Curragh Racecourse Limited will be chaired by Eir chairman and former ESB chief executive Padraig McManus
Curragh Racecourse Limited will be chaired by Eir chairman and former ESB chief executive Padraig McManus

The Curragh Racecourse is to undergo a €65m revamp with an ambitious plan that includes a new grandstand and parade ring.

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The Aga Khan, JP McManus and John Magnier are among the backers of a new company established to redevelop, own and operate the Co Kildare course.

The company – Curragh Racecourse Limited – will be chaired by Eir chairman and former ESB chief executive Padraig McManus.

Goffs chairman Eimear Mulhern – daughter of former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey – is also on the board.

“The Curragh has always had iconic status in world racing and we are determined to create a racecourse which does justice to the quality of the racing staged there and the owners, trainers and racegoers

who make it such a special racing experience,” Mr  McManus said.

A public consultation process is due to begin and the group  aims to submit a planning application before the end of the year.

The new racecourse will be open in 2018.

Racing will continue until then and the track will not be affected.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said Irish racing “is a high-value contributor to the rural economy and a generator of inward foreign investment, competing with and beating some of the biggest players internationally. The Curragh is the heart of Kildare, the thoroughbred county.”

The redevelopment plan includes a new weigh room, the establishment of a museum of Irish racing at the course’s arrivals and reception area and the refurbishment of the existing stable yard.

The existing entrance to the course will also be moved.

Irish Independent

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