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(...)

There is growing uncertainty about next week’s Cheltenham festival and whether or not it can go ahead as planned.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland has said the option of running meetings behind closed doors due to the coronavirus threat cannot be ruled out but stressed such a(...)

Gordon Elliott: ‘We’ll have about 40 working here either tomorrow or on Tuesday morning. All the main Cheltenham horses will be here.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gordon Elliott could have to write a sizeable cheque to Leopardstown racecourse after giving many of his Cheltenham Festival team a post-race workout(...)

Journalist Thom Malone talks to  Dermot Cantillon, chairman of Naas racecourse, who is bidding for a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One of Irish racing and breeding’s most high-profile administrative figures, Dermot Cantillon, has decided to run for election to the Seanad. Current(...)

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