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Laois Hunt Foxhounds hold ther bi-annualy Point-to-Point race meetings on the grounds of Stradbally Hall, the venue for the fixtures for over twenty years. Btoh meetings ran at Stradbally are held in the Spring, the first in mid-April and the second in mid-May. Ease of access and the unique setting make this a very popular event.
Stradbally Hall, as it appears today, dates from the middle of the 19th century. Stradbally Hall has been the seat of the Cosby family since the reign of Edward VI. We are very lucky to have such a picturesque setting where spectators have a view of the full course which runs over beautiful parkland.
One of the joys of point-to-point racing is the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the future stars of Irish racing. Fundamentalist begun his racing career between the flags in the Irish countryside. The Cheltenham Festival winner recorded three wins in the pointing field, the second of which was achieved at Stradbally.
Stradbally Point-to-Point Races
David Lalor - 0872542114
How To Get There
Stradbally, on the N80, is located 12km from Portlaoise. With the exception of those travelling from the South East, exit the M7 at Junction 15 and take the N80 straight into the town. Stradbally Hall is on the right as you drive down the main street.
If travelling from the South East, take the N80 from Carlow or the N78 from Kilkenny taking a right turn in Castlecomer, to join the N80. Stradbally Hall is on the left as you drive up the main street.
Stradbally point-to-point is located an hour and fifteen minutes from Dublin Airport.
Did You Know?
“Over 1,200 races on the track in Ireland & Britain were won by horses who had started their careers in an Irish Point-to-Point”.
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Free parking is available for all spectators. Disabled persons displaying the relevant windscreen sticker will be accommodated in a suitable location close to the track and facilities. It is advised that they make themselves known to the stewards who will be clearly identified by “hi-vis” stewards jackets.
Temporary toilets are provided in a number of locations on site.
Changing facilities for babies and toddlers can be provided, if needed, in the ladies changing area.
Disabled persons requiring toilet facilities will be accommodated in the adjoining stable yard at the Equestrian Centre.
Outside caterers provide hot food options to order in the form of burgers and chips and similar fast food options. These are located near the parade ring and bookmakers.
The venue lends itself very well to family picnics when the weather is favourable. Separate catering facilities are provided for sponsors and officials.
Coffee Express offer a selection of coffees and hot drinks while the fast food caterers offer soft drinks.
There is no bar on site but there are a number of local hostelries in Stradbally where you can either celebrate a win or alternatively wonder where it all went wrong.
Stradbally Hall is a very picturesque venue that is easy to access from all routes. It is well known as the location for the Electric Picnic Festival which is held in September.
With a superb view of the track, this event is ideal for those who would like to enjoy a picnic while watching the racing.
Parking is available very close to the final fence and finish line.
Children’s entertainment is provided. This is typically a bouncy castle or similar attraction depending on the weather at the time.
Further information can be found on Laois Hunt Facebook page closer to the date of the event.
Occasionally, supplementary entertainment such as cossack riding, side-saddle and best dressed ladies and gents competitions are organised.