Ireland is renowned around the world for its beauty, culture, friendly people, pubs and much more. There is so much to do in Ireland, but what if you want to enjoy horse racing, poker or dog racing and want to put a cheeky bet on to make it more interesting?
Here’s our rundown of the top 5 places you can go to enjoy sports or games and place a bet if you want to.
Enjoy these fantastic places and if you do gamble, always remember to so responsibly! When the fun is over, stop!
5. The Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club, Dublin
The Fitzwilliam is perhaps the best-known establishment in Dublin, and boldly labels itself Dublin’s favourite on its own website. It’s certainly a very classy establishment, more focused on table games than loud, jingling slot machines and the like.
The main card room, in fact, looks more like a movie set (perhaps something you’d see in a James Bond film) than your typical big city casino. It can be mildly intimidating if you’re not an experienced card player, but it’s also comfortable.
And it’s not as if only the pros play here. The casino is located just off Fitzwilliam Lane, not a full block from Merrion Square, making it a pretty convenient stop during a night out in town.
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4. At the bookies – for a laidback bet
Did you know that one of the most dynamic ways to test your luck is at the bookies?
Dotted around the island of Ireland you will find low-key, local bookmakers as well as more mainstream commercial bookies.
Often filled with a handful of locals testing their good ju-ju on just about anything – from boxing to football, the Olympic games to international song contests – there’s much fun to be had at a local Irish bookmaker.
3. Killarney Racecourse, Killarney
The town of Killarney is renowned as the premier tourist destination in Ireland and Killarney racecourse is one of its major attractions.
All meetings at the scenic location are incorporated into three summer festivals in the months of May, July and August.
Primarily, racing is held in the evening time making the racecourse the ideal venue to round off a day of local sightseeing.
Located on the outskirts of the town just off the Killarney/Kenmare road, the racecourse attracts high-class racehorses for races like the Kingdom Gold Cup, the Cairn Rouge Stakes, the Ruby Stakes on the Flat and a number of valuable races over hurdles and fences.
2. Ballybrit Racecourse, Co. Galway
If you prefer national hunt racing, where the horses have to jump over hurdles or fences, Galway may be the meeting for you.
This racecourse comes alive for a seven-day festival every August where it attracts a huge crowd for the racing that week.
The Galway Festival is many horse racing enthusiasts’ favourite week on the calendar and book to attend every year.
The racecourse is famously known as the place in which Pope John Paul II celebrated mass in 1979 in front of 280,000 people when he visited Ireland.
1. Laytown Races
One of the most unique places to watch horse racing anywhere in the world is Laytown. The venue takes place at a beach in County Meath.
It is the only racecourse on the planet that is sanctioned to put on racing under rules. Racing has been held at the beach since 1868, but today there is only one meeting a year which takes place in September.
The straight-course consists of a seven-furlong distance along the beach and is supported by the best jockeys and trainers in Ireland.
Final note, enjoy these fantastic places but always remember to gamble responsibly!