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Horse racing fan? Irish Ferries break to Irish Derby at the Curragh

13th June 2013 Print
Irish Derby

The Curragh is the home of Irish horse racing, including the famous Irish Derby, which will attract thousands to County Kildare over the three day weekend at the end of June.

Irish Ferries has created a special self-drive break that includes the ferry to Dublin on 27 June and four nights at the four-star Killashee House Hotel & Spa just 15 minutes’ from the Curragh, and only 45 minutes’ drive from Dublin Port.

The cost is £341 per person based on two adults sharing a deluxe room at the hotel, with an Irish breakfast each morning, free shuttle bus transfers to the racecourse every day and of course, return crossings for the car on the cruise-ferry Ulysses from Holyhead to Dublin.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Three Day Festival (to give it its full name) runs 28, 29 and 30 June with a full card of races each afternoon/evening, a concert by the Knights of Leon on Friday night and family-friendly entertainment on Sunday. 

General course admission costs from €30 for one day, with a three-day festival ticket €50 (visit for further information).

Killashee House Hotel and Spa is set in 280 acres of parkland with views across Kildare to the Wicklow Mountains. Opulent guest rooms, award-winning dining and attentive service are all part of this special package.

Other attractions in the area include the National Stud and its Japanese Gardens, Russborough House and Castletown House. 

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