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It is with thanks to William Duffy and the Duffy Family that this wonderful facility has been made available to The Ward Union to host this important meeting on the point-to-point calendar.
Based on the foresight and dedication of such stalwarts as Standish Collen and the Craigie Family back in 1963, together with the technical skills of Clerks of the Course Ted Kelly and Al O’Connell, The Folly became known as a fair but testing challenge for horse and rider. This high standard is maintained today by the present Clerk of the Course, Paddy Griffin and his Team.
After a break from 1974 The Folly welcomed back The Ward Union in 2012. In the intervening years various other venues were used but thanks to the generosity of the Duffy Family The Folly has again become the ‘Home’ venue. This is a worthy tribute to the memory of John A. Duffy and his neighbour and friend Pat Rooney.
The solid foundations laid down by this of yesteryear still stand as values held high by The Ward Union organisation of today.
A track like The Folly gives us all the opportunity to see young hopefuls fight it out for glory and it is likely you can watch the same horses and riders competing at the highest level a year or two later, even at Cheltenham itself.
Oldtown Point-to-Point Races
Sarah Maxwell - 086 3413299
How To Get There
From Slane directions - Straight through Ashbourne, as you leave the town on the Dublin road, you will come to a big roundabout, take first left (signed for Swords) off this which is the R125 Donaghmore road, follow this road for about 2.5 miles until you meet a crossroads, take the left for Garristown it’s the R130 follow this road straight for about 3 miles and you till come to ‘The Folly’ on the right hand side.
Coming from Ratoath road, it’s the second exit off the roundabout to R125 (follow directions above)
Coming from North Road/ M50 it’s the 4th exit of roundabout onto R125 (follow directions above)
Our point-to-point is located twenty minutes from Dublin airport.
Eircode: A45N 803
Did You Know?
“2008 Cheltenham Festival winner Our Vic won his point-to-point maiden at Oldcastle”.
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We offer free parking which is located at the top of the track, which gives spectators a perfect view of the track.
It is also the ideal location for a picnic from the boot of your car.
Our track is a fine big galloping track with some terrific views.
There are also plenty of portaloo’s around the field.
We can cater for any disabled race goers, with an ideal parking spot with an excellent view point of the track.
Our betting ring is located beside the parade ring, there are also bookmakers on site that will take bets and show live pictures from racing on the track.
We have a hot caterer on site who will be serving burger, chips, sausages etc.
We also have a coffee van on site which will have an assortment of sweet treats on offer.
We have a coffee van on site which sells coffees, teas and refreshments.
The on-site chip van will also have a selection of refreshments on offer.
A day at The Ward Union point-to-point is the ideal day out for all the family.
One of the real treats of racing at Oldtown, is just how close racegoers can get to the action.
Watch the horses being saddled up by their trainers before making their way to the parade ring.
The younger spectators can enjoy all the action on day and we also have bouncing castles which proves to be very popular.