Naas Race Company has been around since 1922 when a group of local businessmen and farmers teamed up to create a racing company within the county town as it lacked an equestrian presence. They held their first official race meeting in June of 1924, and they had events and races from Flat races to Hurdle and Steeplechase races ever since.
It makes sense that Naas is the equestrian center of Ireland as it is the county town in Kildare County, the thorough bread county of Ireland. Naas is the Newmarket (England) or the Kentucky (U.S.A) of Ireland. Kildare County has a rich history in racing and equestrian events; hence the development of Kildare into Ireland’s horse county is understood. The county is rich in horse and stud farms and equestrian events and races. Naas Racecourse is one of the three famous tracks in the County. Many of the equestrian champions of the 80’s and 90’s trained and raced their horses at Naas Racecourse. The course is where breeders, trainers and riders alike have started their very successful careers.
The Naas Racecourse’s success and longstanding reputation as a community monument makes it a staple facility in the community. For this reason, in October of 1998, the racecourse announced a development plan of £2 million. This development allowed Naas to create and provide a range of facilities for participants and attendees. The new facilities were impressive and warmly welcomed by members of the community. The racecourse’s face lift included an indoor tote hall on the ground floor, a Paddy Power betting shop as well as bars and restaurants. One of the restaurants is bright with panoramic views and the bar has a perfect view of the track. The track offers race goers the ability to rent tables for lunch if they prefer watching the race at a table with family and friends. The development also allowed Naas Racecourse to create corporate and executive suites on the second floor.