Body & Soul: Ticket agents will contact customers about refunds. Photograph: Allen Kiely

The Government’s announcement that is is extending a ban on mass licensed gatherings of more than 5,000 people until the end of August has resulted in(...)

Robbie Power celebrates winning the Galway Hurdle on  Tudor City in 2018. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Government confirmation that mass gatherings are cancelled until September means the Galway racing festival in July will take place behind closed door(...)

The Irish racehorse trainers association has said it is “inevitable” some owners won’t be able to afford to keep horses in training the longer racing is cancelled. File photograph: Inpho

The body representing racehorse trainers is looking at June 1st as a potential date for racing to resume behind closed doors in Ireland. The Irish ra(...)

Racing at Clonmel  Racecourse in Co  Tipperary on March 24th,  in front of empty stands due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brace yourselves, folks, for a paean to racing which, despite all its problems, remains the most magnificent triviality of all. I know I’ve lost some(...)

Gordon Elliott:  ‘It’s unfortunate and we probably trained the horses a bit different this year keeping Punchestown in mind.’ Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Top trainer Gordon Elliott has backed Horse Racing Ireland’s decision to end the 2019-2020 National Hunt season due to the coronavirus pandemic. With(...)

Leopardstown is one of four tracks being made available to the government by Horse Racing Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s four racetracks are available to the government if needed in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Cork racecourse in Mallow has(...)

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(...)

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