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Curragh Hospitality and Race & Stay offer bespoke guest managed services for Hotel, Guest Transport, Racing and Hospitality packages on behalf of The Curragh Racecourse, Horseracing Ireland and a large number of other Racing Organisations and Agents. We pride ourselves on the quality of our services and are always looking to find ways of increasing customer satisfaction. Please do contact us and let us know your thoughts, good and bad, they all help us imrove what we offer you. Below are some of the most recent comments clients have made to us ... The original's are available on request.

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

Peter Wilde UK Guest

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!

Shannon Fairchild IE Guests

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

Erica Lawrence AU Guest

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

Lisa Butler UK Guest

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.

Peter Couzens AU

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.

Helen Stephenson UK

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.

Albert Bustin UK

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.

Eilis Cummins IE

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!

Cristina Espejo-Badia IE

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.

Wayne SadowskiUSA

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.

Wayne & Jacki Miller AU

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

Rob Shearing UK

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.

Anne Conway IE

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.

Dionne Smyth IE

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!

Caroline Fantigrossi USA

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!

Rishi Patel UK

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.

Mary O'Sulivan NZ

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.

Tom Butler Quinn Cement - IE

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.

Joe Wharton UK

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.

Ann-Marie & Des UK

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.

Jan & John Daly AU

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.

Eilleen Sutton IE

We had a great time – needless to say we partied till the wee hours. Everything was great and the staff had a blast.

Sinead White IE

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.

Stephen Sweeney UK

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.

Lisa Roache IE

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!

Russ Kavanagh UK

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.

Martin Ryan UK

We had the most fabulous time!!! What a day- what an experience. Thank you for everything.

Kris D'Errico US

We had a super trip, Hotel was fantastic, Weather OK, Hospitality excellent!! Many Thanks

Harry Grant UK

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!

Shirley Nairn UK

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.

Niall Mc Laughlin IE

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.

Elizabeth Geddes Horseracing Abroad - UK Group

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 !

Paul Clarke UK


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