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Race and Stay are the Largest and the Premier Horse Racing Tour Company in Ireland. We are proud to be the Only Official Guest Partner for The Curragh, Leopardstown, Punchestown, Fairyhouse, Naas and many other Racecourses in Ireland as well as Horse Racing Ireland and for the Longines Irish Champions Weekend. We can offer Race & Stay, Hospitality and Bespoke Racing Packages for all Irish Race Meetings.
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We had always wanted to take a group to Galway races to enjoy the ‘Craic’ and started planning over 12 months ago thinking that Covid would be long behind us. We chose Martyn Pipe of Race and Stay to handle all of the bookings and planning Ireland side. Initially it was a simple 3 days at the racing and a game of golf. Little did we know. Multiple changes, total uncertainty regarding travel/entry/covid and what events we could do led to us nearly cancelling. Martyn stayed calm throughout and tailored the trip to what could be booked and guaranteed. Thankfully Ireland opened up on the 19/7 and the trip was on . And what a trip it was. Golf at Adare,shooting ( clays), fishing and we even got into the racing despite the 1000 limit. Race and Stay were brilliant and Martyn was a magician! He appeared like a genie at every event making sure that we were welcomed and looked after and ensured that everything worked like clockwork. We couldnt have been in better hands. The venues/the organisation and the transport,care and attention were spot on. Martyn Thank you to you and your Team. We will be back!
Hi Martyn, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a wonderful weekend at the Dublin Racing Festival. We had the best time and so amazing to see Faugheen cheered home! We will definitely be back next year with family and hopefully some friends. I will be in touch in the autumn to sort out our booking. Please pass on our thanks to Jean, Amanda and the bus drivers and if anyone is ever in Tenby do come and see us.
Hi Martin,I would just like to thank you and Sam who met us at the Westgrove on Saturday for a great weekend. From start to finish it couldn't of gone better, plenty of winners helped with that of course! Our group have 3/4 stags on the horizon and we'll definitely be using your company again. Again, huge thank you.
Absolutely fantastic experience. Incredibly well organised and run by the Race and Stay team. Great bonus to be able to check into the room before departure for the races. Look forward to next time. Thanks and regards
Martyn, Great weekend, thank you - everything worked like clockwork; airport transfers, racecourse transfers, tickets , hospitality, racing post! We will definitely be back - do you have a listing of other popular meetings across Ireland out of interest. Good to meet you as well. Many thanks
Hi Martyn, Thank you for a great weekend of racing, can't fault the service. I hope we can do some business in the future Many thanks Martin.
Thanks Martyn! We enjoyed the weekend recently with Race and Stay. All arrangements as planned on your part worked out extremely well! My only concern as I mentioned to you last week was the time of pick up from our hotel. As the time 10.45 am is so early it would be a good idea to mention this in the initial contact especially for those travelling from further afield. Also include the facility for the final payment to be paid via Paypal and not only via telephone..Thanks.
Enjoyed it so much. Well organised. Thanks again.
All worked out very well Martyn Great and very enjoyable weekend! Thanks.
Martyn & Amanda, The Patrick Carroll group have all arrived safely back home, unfortunately! We are back in Saratoga Springs, my brother Dennis and his wife Peggy are back in Louisville. Leaving Dublin for home after such an amazing weekend was difficult, we all had a wonderful time, we didn’t want it to end. I want you to know that we were all “blown away" with the visits to the 2 stud farms, lunch at Fallon’s and The Irish National Stud. Then, the day at the Curragh was really awesome! Meeting Brian and Darren Bunyan and of course Chris Hayes in the paddock was a special treat, thank you. The Curragh grandstand structure is simply a spectacular facility and our table, location, meal and service was exceptional. Again WOW! My day at Leopardstown was difficult for me, due to some weird sinus trouble, I had that day, I still enjoyed a great day. You certainly know how to guide our group through The Champions Weekend, thank you! We have now begun talks, among ourselves, about NEXT year! Wow, and Thank you!
Hi Martyn, Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during Irish Champions! We had a phenomenal time and are looking forward to hopefully return to Ireland soon. We will definitely let you know when we are planning our next trip.
Hi Martyn, I would just like to say a huge thank you to you and all your staff for your generosity and hospitality. Michele and I had a fabulous long weekend celebrating her Birthday. It all started with your warm welcome in The Heritage Foyer. We thank you for your kind welcome drink and managing to get us into the restaurant before they stopped serving food. The hotel was faultless with such grand sized rooms throughout. The hospitality packages at both Leopardstown and The Curragh were extremely impressive. It was lovely to dress up and see how the other half get to experience it! Adrian and Greg provided exceptional transfers from the airport and to and from the races. They were always on time, friendly and full of interesting conversations and recommendations. We will be spreading the word and telling everyone we know about our incredible package. If our review can be shared on other sites or websites then please do. We hope to see again. Kindest regards
Just come back from a fantastic weekend in Ireland. I cant recommend these people enough. Martin, Trisha and the rest of the team went above and beyond for us. The hospitality was just out of this world. I will definitely travel with them again.
Just a note to say thank you for our recent trip to the Curragh, fantastic experience for myself and my customers with the help of yourself and Mandy it could not have been organised better. Hotel, food, beer even a 25/1 winner for all of us a truly memorable experience. Again a big thank you
Hi Martyn, I thought I would pop you an email, just to let you know that our weekend at the Curragh for the Irish Oaks was fantastic! We all (especially my mother) had a most enjoyable time and I would like to say that the whole weekend went without a hitch. The hotel facilities and staff were very good and the planning and detail relating to the days racing went off without a hitch. All the staff from the initial contact at the hotel, the drivers and the Curragh staff were fabulous and it was very refreshing to experience such good customer service! Please express our thanks to the Race & Stay staff. It was my husbands first time in Ireland and I can assure you it wont be the last. I have no doubt we will be booking another racing break with you again in the future.
Hi Martyn, many thanks for organising an absolutely fantastic two days (and a very late Saturday night!) for us to celebrate our Mother’s birthday. Top class job from you guys as ever. Back to London for a much needed rest now!
Martyn, Just to say thank you for the wonderful weekend we had at the Oaks! It was a pleasure working with you, it was so easy organise my sister's hen from lodging money as it came in to arranging food/ transport/ accommodation. Everything was top- notch, the hotel was fab, 33 South Street was great - food was yum and music was pumping. We had a great time racing - though no winners 😭!! Thanks again, looking forward to working with you again in the future.
Hi Martyn, I just wanted to say thank you for sorting out the wonderful Heritage Hotel and the tickets for the Curragh on Saturday. Its been a unbelievable experience for the four of us and one we will never forget. So I just wanted to say thank you for everything. We will be back to do it again next year and I'll be in touch with you again soon about it. Thanks again Martyn.
Hi Martyn, My friends and I really enjoyed our recent trip to The Irish Derby with Race and Stay, everything was wonderful and all went according to plan. From the great welcome on our arrival at the hotel it just started the weekend off on the right note. The hospitality at The Curragh was amazing, great food, service, and location. My guests are still raving about the trip and time. I would highly recommend Race and Stay to anyone planning a Racing Trip, they make it so good. Our stay at the Heritage Hotel was wonderful and we attended the after race party each nite, it was very enjoyable and lots of fun. We will be booking again with Race and Stay. Thank you again for the great memories.
I bought this race and stay weekend as a gift for my father's birthday. Last weekend himself and my mother attended the Guineas race meeting and had nothing but praise for their entire weekend. From the quality standard of the hotel to the great customer service provided by yourselves in regards to the tickets and transport to from the curragh. They spoke very highly of your staff that they met. All in all they had a wonderful time and have dropped hints already for future birthday gift ideas. Thanks.
Hi Martyn, Just wanted to say thanks for Saturday. Was a really good day and all the boys loved it. Also wanted to say Ian was first class as the driver.
Susanne and I had a great time. Everything, the hotel, race course, National Stud, other guests, really well organised with that endearing Irish capacity reminiscent of Father Ted! Company was fab; entertainment both organised and unintended brought more than a hearty smile and sometime an infectious laugh. We were very lucky with the weather so an outdoor barbecue would have been nice but just a suggestion. A truly lovely time!
Hi Martyn, just a brief note to thank you and Trisha for making our weekend at the Heritage Resort such an enjoyable experience!! Top class racing and a lovely room to collapse in at the end of each day - what more could you ask for? Alan particularly enjoyed the visit to the Irish National Stud where (as he now tells everyone he meets) he fed carrots to Hurricane Fly, one of his all-time favourite racehorses. Our only regret was not allowing enough time for a round of golf but perhaps the next time. Sometime soon we are intending to do the Punchestown Festival and will definitely contact Race and Stay when we are ready to make a firm booking. Once again our thanks to both of you for “going the extra mile” in respect of customer care - it was greatly appreciated.
We booked to attend the Irish Derby with Race & Stay this year (2019) and what a great event it was! The accommodation and facilities at The Heritage were wonderful and the whole event (including transport there to The Curragh and back) went off like clock-work. We would highly recommend the event to any other keen race-goers.
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well organized with bus to and from. Hotel excellent. Race track top class. Enjoyed the evening bbq plus the musicians- it was fun to have a dance after a day at the races even if we didn't win
Excellent weekend Martin was a star, So helpful, Thank you
Hi Martyn, As far as our group is concerned we have had a fantastic time and your professional approach and service was to be commended, I can’t fault it in anyway other than what happened to the tips!
I Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the trip to Fairyhouse for the Irish Grand National!! Very organised from start to finish – flights, airport link went very smoothly and The Marker Hotel in Dublin was amazing!! Martin (Race and Stay) was a great chap and very helpful with everything on race day and was Ciaran my driver to and from Fairyhouse racecourse! Thank you for putting all this together, much appreciated.
Hi Martyn Just a quick email from all of us for your help and hospitality over the last 2 days. Everything was brilliant from the racing to the hotel and your staff were excellent and even the nice touch of the racing post in the morning. Many thanks and hope to visit again in the near future. Please feel free to use this email on your website feedback
We had a fantastic time and will definatley be back one day soon I hope. As for the feedback it was ALL just fantastic, you looked after us and appreciate the time you took to answer any questions we had and also the thorough details you gave us on arrival and departure The race course is fantastic, all the staff in the restauaraunt were brilliant looked after us really well NOTHING was any trouble for them and the food was delicious, the views and location superb too The transfers, drivers and times etc were all planned great with nothing late or again any trouble for them. I speak for everyone in my party when i say the above and also say thanks to you, they all agreed and wanted me to pass on the thoughts of us all I hope one day to sort some golf in Ireland and also some more racing so without any hesistation I will be back to you for our help when i do. If you pass our thanks on we would appreciate it, hope to speak soon and thanks again for everything
Hi Martyn, I Hope you had a good weekend. I just wanted to say thank you as the team as reported back that they all had a fabulous time on Saturday. Thanks so much for your help!
Hi Martyn, Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the great day we had on Sunday at Curragh. It was great to meet you and we appreciated our seats by the window. We will be telling everyone about the great hospitality and how beautiful the course is. Can’t wait to return and experience the new grandstand. Many thanks again
Hi Martyn, I am just emailing on behalf of my Dad ( he is not good with technology) and everyone else who attended this weekend. They had an absolutely amazing time and just cannot believe how well organized and how smoothly everything went. They had a fantastic time and just want to express a massive thanks to everyone involved and yourself for organizing it. Thanks Martyn
Hi Martyn, Julie and I wish to thank you and Mandy for all you did to provide us with a wonderful experience at this years Irish Derby Festival. We loved it. The Keadeen Hotel provided us with beautiful accommodation. What a delightful facility it is. The visits to Darren Bunyan's Stables and to the Irish National Stud were outstanding bonuses which we thoroughly enjoyed.Please pass on our thanks to Darren for his most generous and warm hospitality. Despite the disruption caused by the building works at the The Curragh, the Festival was, from our point of view, a great success. The highlight, of course, was Latrobe's win in the Derby. I was fortunate enough to see his sire Camelot win the 2012 Derby so it was very special for me to see one of his progeny follow in his father's hoofprints. Both Lloyd and Joseph were, of course, associated with the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling. As I may have told you I am a passionate supporter of jumps racing and as such have an ambition to attend the Punchestown Festival. Unfortunately we won't be able to do so next year as we will be attending the Cheltenham Festival, but hopefully the year after, God willing, we will be able to achieve my ambition. Whenever it occurs I will have no hesitation in once again contacting you to make the arrangements for our Visit. Why wouldn't I given the outstanding work that you and Mandy did to provide us with the outstanding experience that we have recently enjoyed.
Hi Martyn, We had a fab weekend thanks. The booking was so easy - you organised everything for us which took the headache away of having to book individual elements. We loved the Curragh - very relaxed & family atmosphere, not full of hen parties!! The Hospitality part was ok - the staff were not particularly attentive - we had to wait 20 mins for them to find glass flutes for our fizz when we first arrived which you would have thought would have been available. The food was ok - but much better in the Bistro on the Sunday and the restaurant above Kavanaghs was fantastic food. The Killashee was fine - but for us probably a bit big and impersonal, but all the facilities were good & loads of space etc - it just felt a bit wedding hotel but was good & the rooms were massive! All transport was very smooth. The actual racing was top class (and we had several Yorkshire winners which topped it off for us!!) Definitely interested in coming again and possibly to other races - so please let us know which races you cover.
Hi Martyn, Just a note to say that we enjoyed our day on Saturday. The food and service excellent. Thanks also to you and Kate for arranging taxi transport back to Dublin it was the icing on the cake. We look forward to coming again next year.
Hi Martyn, As I mentioned on the call, our group throughly enjoyed the weekend. The racing experience was fantastic and the girls are already talking about returning next year. The atmosphere at the track with ladies day etc was so much fun. The only negative I could give you on the whole weekend was the hotel breakfast felt like they were over capacity and when we arrived at breakfast there were no clean glasses, no cutlery, lots of the breakfast items had run out. Also, the door staff were quiet rude upon our arrival back to the hotel the attitude seemed to be quiet and go to bed!! All in all I would give the racing experience 10 out of 10 but The Osprey only 7 out of 10. Dealing with you in the planning phase 12 out of 10, you made it all so easy.
Hi Martyn, It was great to meet you in person and put a face to your name! The guests returned to the hotel with big smiles in their faces, so I would say that they had a very good time. Some of them said that they are looking forward to coming back after you guys finish the new stand. I would like to thank you for all your help with this booking. I hope we will work together again soon!
Dear Martyn I wanted to make sure I thanked you and your staff for all the hospitality and help you showed Marianne and myself on Friday night. It was especially appreciated and a surprise I that you sought us out to welcomed us and the time you spent to talk to us. I love horse racing and we had a great time, the meal and service were excellent. We were able to walk around and the facility is beautiful and will be even better were the grandstand is completed. It was also profitable as I was able to 'hit" the Jackpot 4 (pick 4 in US terms) for a little over $2000 Euros I will make a it point to return and I have communicated this to friends on my Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Hi Joe and Martin, Thank you both for organising our private tour at Godolphin. We are both most grateful for the opportunity to visit the farm and be able to get “up close and personal” to three of your very kind stallions. To be able to see Ribchester having seen him strut his stuff at Ascot last year, was fabulous. You have both been most kind and helped us have a very memorable trip to Ireland. We look forward to seeing Ribchester promote the Darley brand in Australia. Thank you both for your kindness. You are both great ambassadors to racing.
Dear Martyn, Just a quick email to say thank you to you and all your team for such a fantastic weekend. Everything ran to perfection and it was a pleasure and really enjoyable weekend. Whilst I don't like to single any one thing out, I have to say that the food at the Curragh was delicious and a real credit to the racecourse. I have eaten at many and I have to say this was by far the best I have had. Hope to see you again soon, Thank you once again
Hi Martyn, many thanks to you and Mandy and all your staff for looking after myself and my husband Tony this weekend, we had a brilliant time at the races and the hotel was lovely and all the staff were so nice, thanks again.
Hi Marytn Jean and Mandy, Thank you for a wonderful weekend of racing and hospitality, we were made to feel very special and it was a wonderful experience seeing how the other half live! The staff at both venues were fantastic and the hotel was amazing. Hopefully we will do it again some time, all the best.
Hi Martyn, Everyone had a lovely time. Many are even saying it was the highlight of their week and they'd like to plan another trip when the renovations are completed! Killashee was very organized and check in was quite easy when we returned. The hotel and grounds were beautiful and staff were very kind. Our driver, I did not catch his name, was lovely. And of course, your tour of the track was fantastic. The upgrade was certainly worth it. The food was delicious and having a home base was great for a large group. Our only negative, and I use that very lightly, was that some of the menu items were no longer available by the time some of us sat for lunch. Other than that everything was better than expected! We look forward to coming back again and seeing the new additions! - Thanks again for everything!
Martyn thanks very much for all your help, we all had a great time! Feedback all positive - you were very helpful organising it all for us and it was very nice that we could walk straight up and you had the tickets waiting for us so there was no queuing and we could walk straight in. Will def recommend people to come visit!
We all really enjoyed our experience with Race and Stay to celebrate my brothers 50th. Keaden Hotel was lovely and we all enjoyed our trip to the stud farm. The Race day at the Curragh was great and we enjoyed our meal.
Hi Martin, Earlier this year we took a decision to reward our loyal customer base with a day out where they could relax and get away from their daily routine. I was charged with the task and the rest is history. I must say the venues have left a memory which has certainly bonded us with our customers. The number of customers who approached Paddy and I, to thank us for a wonderful day out was more than we normally experience, none of them failed to mention the friendly staff, excellent food and atmosphere. This is just a short note to thank you and your staff for the attention to detail and very hands on approach. When we at Quinn's are considering what to do for our customers next year the Curragh hospitality has certainly set the bar very high.
I would like to say how fantastic our stay at the races was, the hotel was clean and tidy, staff very helpful, the Curragh race course was excellent, it was spotless and the service we were given was amazing. I would recommend Race and Stay to any one as a 5* plus service.
Hi Martyn, both Des and I had one of the best experiences ever this weekend which is thanks to you and your team. From arriving on Saturday until leaving on Sunday after the races everything was perfectly organised but also very relaxed and totally enjoyable. The hotel was brilliant and even though there were not many at the BBQ we danced til midnight and my feet are still recovering. Hospitality at the Curragh was amazing, the food was second to none and we spent the whole day enjoying the company of the other people we had met at our table. Please express my thanks to your staff and know that you all made Des's birthday perfect.
We wish to express our appreciation to you for the arrangements you made for us to attend the Irish Derby Race Meeting at the Curragh on July 1. The hospitality package we took through your company which included our accommodation at the Keadeen, transportation to and from the Curragh and lunch and afternoon tea at the Legends Restaurant was wonderful. We have attended Race meetings throughout Australia and the world and your organisation for our day at the Curragh was excellent. All arrangements were done very efficiently and in a friendly manner. We thoroughly recommend Curragh Hospitality.
We had a fantastic day and night, everything went smoothly. All staff were absolutely amazing, from the bus, the waiters and bar staff at the event and the hotel. I will most definitely back next year.Thanks for all your help.
We had a great time – needless to say we partied till the wee hours. Everything was great and the staff had a blast.
I would just like to say that we had an excellent day and it was flawless, between yourself and the staff in the Horseshoe we were thoroughly looked after and genuinely couldn't have asked for anymore.
We all had a brilliant time. Service was brilliant Emma couldn't do enough for us. Food was lovely so much so that the only fault anyone did have is there was more dessert apart from that everything was excellent. Thanks a million for all your help and we will be back again soon.
Where do I start? - I want to thank you and your team for making me and my family feel special. The welcome, the care, the food, the warmth and the kindness were second to none. Quite simply, the whole eperience was amazing!
Thank you and you staff so much for organising such a fabulous stay at The Marker and racing experience at The Curragh, everything was faultless and the staff in every location so friendly and helpful, thank you, and we will definitely be booking with you again.
We had the most fabulous time!!! What a day- what an experience. Thank you for everything.
We had a super trip, Hotel was fantastic, Weather OK, Hospitality excellent!! Many Thanks
A big Thank You for making our stay and weekend another fabulous one. We all appreciate your hard work in making our weekend great, we look forward to seeing you again next year,if not before!
Thanks for a fantastic weekend. The hotel, it's staff and the driver were all first class. Our party already intend to return for the st ledger meeting and we would like the same hotel and arrangements but this time make it two nights.
A quick note to thank you so much for all your assistance over the Irish Champions Weekend. To the best of my knowledge all the HRA clients had a marvellous time and thoroughly enjoyed their weekend. There were numerous comments - all favourable - about both the National Stud tour and the Thoroughbred Trail. The only suggestions that clients made (which I believe you already know) were to possibly reduce the number of visits on the Thoroughbred Trail to two rather than three and to spend longer at the National Stud. Please pass our sincere thanks to Dermot Weld, Alan Fleming and Eddie Harty for their valuable time and tremendous hospitality. Also, when you next see/speak to him, please thank Tony - his assistance, good humour and pleasant smile were great! Finally, please pass our thanks to Mandy for all her help in the racecourse restaurants. I trust that we shall be over with a group again in the near future but, in the meantime, I send you best regards.
A Good day out - Sir, - Last Sunday (August 28th) myself and three other men, along with my two teenage sons, attended the Irish Cambridgeshire meeting at the Curragh. For all it was a first visit and we were in the dark regarding facilities and general layout. One of our party had mobility issues and, upon arriving and parking, we were accommodated in a most courteous manner and given much helpful advice by the lady on the hospitality desk and a chap named Martin. Our day was spent in the Horseshoe Bar where the Tote staff, service and catering was first-class. The young lady on duty at the members’ entrance was very considerate in providing a chair for me to view the action from and I must thank her. Overall we all enjoyed the experience and atmosphere. It was an altogether most agreeable day out. We will be back !