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The firsts set of National Hunt Committee rules were published in 1889 and Kilkenny Hunt with its long illustrious history of holding point-to-point meets can trace its first meeting back to then. Point-to-point meetings were held under the master ship of Ikey Bell at Lacken, near Bonnettstown in 1909 and from 1914 meetings were at Bishopslough.
Thereafter meetings continued to circulate around the country, 1926 in Ballyfacey, 1927 Rahelty, 1948 Stonecarthy, 1949-1959 Wollengrange, Gowran 1960-1989. From there the point-to-point moved to Brambelstown, Kilbline, Grennan and then to its current location in Damma House.
We hold two meetings during the season, one in November and one in May. Our tracks over the years have seen many winners go on to establish themselves amongst the elite of the racing world, dual Welsh National winner Mountainous and Tranquil Sea to name but a few.
Damma Point-to-Point Races
James Murphy - 087-2364860
How To Get There
Eircode: R95 FR59
Directions From Dublin:
Take M7 southbound. Merge onto M9 sign-posted for Waterford/Kilkenny/Kilcullen. At junction 8 take the N10, exit to Kilkenny. Continue on N9 for five kilometres. For the next six roundabouts follow signs for N10 at the seventh roundabout continue straight to stay on N76, straight through next roundabout. At the next roundabout take second exit onto Callan Rd/R909, then take first exit at next roundabout onto Circular Road. Continue straight through following roundabout, then take a left onto Circular Road/R695 continue for four kilometres. The point-to-point will be well sign posted from here.
Did You Know?
“Over 1,200 races on the track in Ireland & Britain were won by horses who had started their careers in an Irish Point-to-Point”.
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Our free parking is located just a short distance from the track which ensures race goers that everything is extremely assessable for them for their days racing.
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.
In our bookmakers ring you can view and bet on any off-course races on the day in both England and Ireland.
Our outside catering vendor has a variety of catering options from burgers and rolls to different chip combinations.
At our Spring fixture we have an ice-cream van in attendance.
Race goers can purchase teas, coffees and soft drinks from our outside catering outlet and also from our committee member’s tent.
Set amongst the beautiful Kilkenny countryside.
The location of the parade ring, bookies, finish line and services give a pleasant race day experience close to the action.
Our point-to-point is located only minutes from from the city of Kilkenny which has an abundance of pubs and restaurants as well as plenty of popular tourist attractions such as Kilkenny castle or the Smithwicks experience.
There is also a choice of some beautiful golf courses in the surrounding area such as Mount Juliet or Lyrath Estate.