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Ballysteen Point-to-Point is held under the auspices of Stonehall Harriers Hunt. Stonehall Harriers celebrated their centenary in 2011, having been founded in 1911. Having held a point-to-point in Askeaton for many years, the Stonehall Harriers began holding the Ballysteen Point-to-Point on 4 May 1996. Originally an evening meeting in May, the meeting moved to a Sunday in April after about 10 years. The point-to-point has run every year since 1996, with the exception of 2001.
Michael O’Shaughnessy, Master of the Hunt, has been in his position since 1953, and he remains actively involved in the Stonehall Harriers and the point-to-point.
Ballysteen Point-to-Point has been held on a family farm since its inception in 1996. The course is left-handed, with three circuits (totalling three miles) and 15 fences per race.
Many winners in Ballysteen have progressed beyond point-to-points, including Celtic Native, Monksland and the famous Faugheen. Faugheen won his first race at Ballysteen.
Ballysteen Point-to-Point Races
Liam Fitzsimmons - 087 2395623
How To Get There
From Limerick City
Take the N69 (signposted for Foynes/Listowel) from Limerick City for just less than 20km, passing through the villages of Mungret, Clarina, Kildimo and Kilcornan. Then take a right turn onto the L6005 road, which is signposted “Ballysteen Sportsfield/GAA”. Continue on the L6005 for 4km, where the course is located on the right-hand side.
Take the N20 northwards through Charleville, turn left at O’Rourke’s Cross (approximately 8km north of Charleville) onto the R518, turning right at Lee’s Cross towards Ballingarry, then through Rathkeale and Askeaton (marked R518 all the way to Askeaton). Then travel eastwards on the N69 for approximately 1km and turn left onto L6005. Continue on the L6005 for 4km, where the course is located on the right-hand side.
The course is a 40-minute drive from Shannon Airport.
Did You Know?
“Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner, Faugheen won his maiden at Ballysteen point-to-point”.
Combined with extensive free parking we have a clear viewing track that allows race goers to get as close to the action as possible.
We can also provide disabled parking on the day if racegoers inform one of our parking stewards on their way into the point-to-point.
We have portaloo’s and changing facilities for toddlers on the course.
In our bookmakers ring you can view and bet on any off-course races on the day in both England and Ireland.
Chips, Burgers, Soup, sandwiches, sweets and drinks are available on the track which are all provided by a professional catering company.
There is also plenty of space for families to enjoy picnics if you choose to bring one with you for the day.
If you would like a sweet treat during the day we also have a confectionary stall at the meeting.
Our onsite catering providers will have a full range of hot and cold drinks for sale.
There will be a coffee van in situ for the days racing, serving teas and coffee for those looking for a caffine hit throughout the day.
Ballysteen point-to-point is an ideal day out for all the family, giving you the opportunity to sample the heart of national hunt racing.
You have the opportunity to get a close up of the action when the runners are being saddled and paraded in the parade ring before their race. There is great excitement for racegoers as once you have picked out your favourite horse you can proceed to the bookies to have a little flutter.
Nothing beats the excitement of the closing stages of a race and our track ensures that you have a birdseye view. Our final fence and finishing straight are both fantastic viewing points for both spectators in their cars and spectators on foot.