This week’s picture from our archives shows a couple of racegoers relaxing at the Croom Harriers point-to-point races, at Liskennett, Co Limerick, dated 1931.
Organised by local committ e e s a n d u s u a lly r u n o n farmland, point-to-point racing continues to thrive in Ireland. The first official recognition of point-to-point races was in the National Hunt Rules of 1889.
Now, about 100 fixtures are held per season from October to June, administered by the Turf Club, and grant aided by Horse Racing Ireland. Several Cheltenham Gold C u p a n d A i n t r e e G r a n d National winners began their racing careers in the point-topoint fields.
For more information, see websites such as www.turfclub.ie or p2p.ie.