Phoenix Park Racecourse, Co. Dublin

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My Father God rest him, was a great race-going man. He did like a Saturday afternoon or a mid-week evening meeting at the Phoenix Park. I remember him telling me that it was difficult to identify the winning horse in a very close finish as the winning post was at an acute angle to most of the viewing areas. He used this anomaly in an effort to profit by betting on "photo finishes" with the bookmakers.

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: August 1954


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    • 22/Sep/2022 07:19:59

    Traffic seemed to be a problem even back then. Is that the Irish Metal Box factory at lower left? I used to pass it by on the bus when commuting from Blanchardstown in the late 90s.

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    • 22/Sep/2022 07:36:11[email protected]/ Seán correct, I see on one of the old maps that it is the Ashtown Metal Box Co.

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    • 22/Sep/2022 07:43:11

    The ring of trees has survived and grown. Google Maps satellite 3D -,-6.3363974,310a,35y,177.56...

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    • 22/Sep/2022 07:47:39

    Name ALL those cars ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Sep/2022 08:08:42

    A poster reference to this racecourse was helpful in dating this one to after the opening of this course in 1902: Striding along Sackville Street

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Sep/2022 08:36:35

    It seems there was a big meeting on the 7th August with Mr Beau winning the "Fifteen Hundred" for trainer P.J. Prendergast.

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    • 22/Sep/2022 08:58:06

    Was it sold for housing? I worked in racing for a time and many people I met lamented the loss of the track. Not the first sporting venue lost to housing unfortunately. Great photo. Still looking for the winning post.

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    • 22/Sep/2022 09:04:03[email protected]/ Thanks Danny. That’s the name I was trying to think of.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 22/Sep/2022 09:15:36 With commentary on Radio Éireann from the distinctive voice of Mícheál Ó hEithir. The Fifteen Hundred was at 4.45 on Saturday 7th August, and the whole meeting was the grand finale of Horse Show Week. (Evening Herald)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Sep/2022 09:21:54[email protected] thank you, Miss Maddock.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Sep/2022 09:26:24 Simon the finishing post is located near the area at the bottom of the photograph where there is a split in parked cars.

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    • 22/Sep/2022 12:03:31


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    • 22/Sep/2022 16:46:12

    Great photo. Thanks. A stray horse and a stray car.

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    • 22/Sep/2022 19:36:48

    The horses are in the parade ring

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    Aidrean S

    • 07/Oct/2022 17:36:03

    From 1939 to 1950 the track was managed by Mr Peard's son Harry, and thereafter it was run by his widow Fanny. Mrs Peard retired in 1969, and the track closed for the first time at the end of the 1981 season. The course re-opened for the 1983 season, owned by a consortium that included Vincent O'Brien and Robert Sangster. Due to financial difficulties the track was permanently closed for racing in late 1990.