€1.3 million state-of-the-art Food Hall, Bar and Viewing Area officially opened at Listowel Race Course

Listowel Race Company officially opened their newly constructed €1.3 million Food Hall, Bar and Viewing Area at a reception in the new facility on Wednesday night (24th of August). Hosted by Chairman of Listowel Race Company, David Fitzmaurice on behalf of the Board of Directors, special guests on the night included the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., and Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI). Mc’ed by Owen MacMahon, over 300 guests including well known racing industry figures, sponsors and media, enjoyed sumptuous Canapes created using locally sourced produce, a drinks reception and musical entertainment. Built by Monami Construction Ltd, the new building has been part-financed by Horse Racing Ireland through its Racecourse Capital Development Scheme, which provided funding of over €600,000. Construction began in January and was completed ahead of schedule in mid-July. Many thousands of racegoers will have the opportunity to enjoy the new facility over the forthcoming 158th Listowel Harvest Racing Festival Meeting from 11th to 17th of September. For more information on Listowel Races contact 068 21144 / 21172 or visit


The new building is a modern contemporary design which both complements and enhances the overall look of the race course facilities. It replaces The Old Snack Bar, and incorporates a modern Food Hall, called The Old Weir Food Hall on the ground floor, and The Riverside Bar on the upper level with an adjacent viewing area that has magnificent views of the Parade Ring. There are also ladies and gents toilets on the ground level.



The Old Weir Food Hall is designed to serve people who want to grab a quick bite, but don’t want to waste time on eating when there are exciting races to watch and bet-on! The Riverside Bar will accommodate Sponsors, Owners & Trainers on race-days.


David Fitzmaurice, Chairman of Listowel Race Company, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Mr. Michael Creed T.D., and Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) cut the ribbon at the end of the opening ceremony to officially declare the new building open. Canon Declan O’ Connor then blessed the building.


Catering on the evening was provided by Kate Brownes. Musical entertainment was by Alfie Curtin and the Wise Guys.


Chairman of Listowel Race Company, David Fitzmaurice

“Listowel Race Company see this new development as a huge asset for racegoers, making their whole race-day experience more enjoyable by increasing the overall standard of facilities at Listowel Racecourse. It is part of our ongoing programme of development at the racecourse and the Listowel Executive will continue to invest in upgrading all facilities going forward”.


Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D.

“As Listowel Race Course this year celebrates 158 years of racing, today represents another important milestone both in its own history and in the future of racing in Ireland. Listowel Race Company’s continued commitment to investing in the upgrade of facilities at the course, ensures that one of Ireland’s most popular racing festivals will continue to grow for many years to come”.


Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

“I would like to congratulate Listowel Race Company on the latest phase of their development programme. They are a pleasure to deal with and do a great job for the town of Listowel and for Irish racing. They are constantly seeking to upgrade their facilities and this marvelous new addition will ensure that Listowel remains one of the most important fixtures in the Irish racing calendar.”


The 158th harvest racing festival will take place at Listowel Race course over 7 days from Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th of September. Racing highlights include the €175,000 Guinness Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase (Grade A) Chase on Wednesday 14th; the €55,000 Guinness Handicap Hurdle on Thursday 15th and the Listowel Races Supporters Club Sponsored Race 'The Slán Abhaile" on Saturday 17th September.

Fashionable racers of all ages can also look forward to three days of Best Dressed competitions, including dedicated categories for gentlemen, ladies, younger racers, vintage lovers, couples and NEW this year - the most stylish Selfie! There will also be a complimentary double decker bus taking ladies to the race course from the centre of Listowel town on the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day on Friday 16th of September.

Admission is only €20 each day / OAP / Students: €12 and children under 12 have free admission to the race course, when accompanied by an adult. There is a new online ticketing system to facilitate easy online purchase. Generous group, corporate, sports clubs and pre booking discounts also available including 7 day ticket for the price of 5 days; 20% discount for pre purchase of 20 tickets or more.  For more information on Listowel Races contact 068 21144 / 21172 or visit www.listowelraces.ie


News release on full programme for Listowel Harvest Racing Festival will be issued separately.



Issued by Orla Diffily, Upfront PR. Mobile: 086 8399115

Images by Don MacMonagle.