To celebrate our first week in Ireland J and I decided to go and enjoy a true Irish tradition, The Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse Racecourse. I love horses but I don’t really know anything about horse racing. It was a bitterly cold day but we wrapped up as warm as we could and watched every race. I really liked Fairyhouse as it was buzzing with activity but there were not so many people that it made it impossible to move around. It was Ladies Day so there were lots of glammed up women hoping to win the best dressed prize, but there were also lots of families which created a nice atmosphere.
After throwing away 5 euro on our first bet we decided that we would actually look at the horses before we decided who to bet on and that was actually my favourite part of the day watching them parade before the race.
I didn’t have any luck on the day but J won on 16-1 odds! Well done Solstice Night!
Where is it held? Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ballybin Ratoath, Co. Meath, Ireland. About 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre.
How much did it cost to get in? 20 euros each.
Was there food there? There were plenty of food stands with a good choice but quite expensive, with a sausage and small chips costing 6 euro. There is also an indoor food area.
More information on race days: http://www.fairyhouse.ie/Fairyhouse/Home/