Irish National Hunt racing’s biggest festival of all at Punchestown is scheduled to start on April 28th. Photograph: Inpho

Irish racing’s top official wouldn’t speculate on when the sport might resume here but pointed to other major jurisdictions for evidence of how such a(...)

Jockeys and trainers endeavour to maintain social distancing in the parade ring at Naas last Monday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland aims to formalise guidelines on social distancing in racing yards that will help maintain animal welfare standards as the sport c(...)

A view from the stand in Clonmel during Tuesday’s meeting. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland has described as “potentially catastrophic” the impact of a sustained period without racing on all sectors of the thoroughbred in(...)

The parade ring at Thurles racecourse on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Irish racing can be an incestuous echo-chamber at the best of times. But its decision to keep going behind closed doors in the face of a national heal(...)

Ger Lyons: ‘What we’re doing is 20 jockeys going racing to keep a livelihood. It’s horses running.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Top trainer Ger Lyons believes racing here is just one positive coronavirus test away from coming to a halt, but has backed the sport continuing behin(...)

A security guard wearing a face mask at Croke Park in Dublin,  where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A further 74 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Wednesday night. The new cases involve 29 women(...)

Grand National entry Jury Duty will race at Down Royal on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In unprecedented and fraught times racing has the St Patrick’s Day sporting stage almost entirely to itself. Fixtures at both Wexford and Down Royal(...)

Racing took place behind closed doors at Navan on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Some of racing’s essential service providers are being broken up into teams in ongoing attempts to ensure the sport keeps going despite the threat of (...)

The HRI-owned track at Navan will be the first National Hunt fixture to operate under the new guidelines on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish racing’s top official has conceded “it will be very painful for the industry” if the ban on public attendance at race meetings goes into the lon(...)

HRI also plans to open a new all-weather track at its own course in Tipperary by 2022. Photograph: @tipperaryraces /Twitter

Horse Racing Ireland has unveiled its ambitious five-year strategic plan for the thoroughbred industry with a key aim being to increase annual governm(...)

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