King John’s Castle Racing Festival launched at Limerick’s most iconic landmark

Jockey Conor McNamara was jumping for joy at the launch of the King John’s Castle Racing Festival. Photo: Brian Arthur.

RATHKEALE jockey Conor McNamara and his dad, racehorse trainer Eric McNamara, squared up for battle at Limerick’s historical landmark in advance of the new two-day King John’s Castle Racing Festival, which takes place at Limerick Racecourse on October 20 and 21.

The much-anticipated meeting will include two listed races on Saturday October 21, The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cailin Alainn Mares Hurdle of €27,500 and the Rathsallagh Country House Novice Hurdle of €25,000, ahead of the Munster National on Sunday.

Sunday will feature the €100,000 Grade 3 JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Steeplechase, the pinnacle race of the King John’s Castle Festival.

The iconic Limerick visitor attraction is partnering up with Limerick Racecourse, lending its

name to the new two-day National Hunt Festival, one that is synonymous with the

McNamara name. Speaking at the launch in King John’s Castle Tom Rudd, Manager of Limerick Racecourse, said: “We are really excited to expand our hugely popular JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National race day into a two-day festival.”

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“There is a huge appetite for top quality jump racing in Munster and with seven jump races over both days, including the addition of two listed races on Saturday, along with a supporting card of family fun, fashion, and live music, we think we have the perfect sporting and social occasion to offer all our customers.

“It is very special to join forces with such an iconic landmark like King John’s Castle to launch and showcase our new festival. The castle symbolises Limerick’s rich medieval history, and we hope our racing festival, like its namesake, will still be going strong 800 years from now.”

The €29 festival package includes admission, race card, a pint, and a €5 Ladbrokes bet.

Corporate hospitality in the panoramic restaurant starts at €79pp, include a three-course

meal with tea/coffee. Private suites are available from €65pp.

For bookings, visit or call 061 320 000.