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Naas Racecourse (1924-2024) – Further Reading

From ‘The Centenary of Naas Racecourse (1924-2024) – Nursery of Champions’ by Turtle Bunbury.


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As well as Naas Racecourse itself (, I have greatly benefited from the websites of the Racing Post (, Horse Racing Ireland (, The Irish Field (, Kildare Community Network (, Thoroughbred Heritage (, Jockeypedia (, TRC (, British News Archives (, Irish News Archives ( and the Dictionary of Irish Biography (


Books Consulted


  • Alexander, Lady Jane, The Life and Times of Herbrand Alexander (Daletta Press, 2010)
  • Brophy, Kathleen, ‘The Foundation of Naas Racecourse’ (1998), a 15-page paper available from the Local Studies Department, Kildare Library, Newbridge
  • Browne, Noel Phillips, The Horse in Ireland (Pelham, 1967)
  • Bunbury, Turtle, with Art Kavanagh, The Landed Gentry and Aristocracy of County Kildare (Irish Family Names, 2004)
  • Clark, Neil, Champion Jump Horse Racing Jockeys: From 1945 to Present Day (White Owl, 2021)
  • Conway, Alan, Coolmore Stud: Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Success Story (Mercier Press, 2017)
  • Colley, Declan, When Bobby Met Christy: The Story of Bobby Beasley and a Wayward Horse (Gill & Macmillan Ltd, 2010)
  • Corrigan, Mario, James Durney, Kevin O Kelly, with Kevin Murphy and Karel Kiely, ‘A Timeline of the War of Independence in County Kildare, 1919-1922’ (Kildare Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives Department, Kildare Library Services, 2021)
  • Corrigan, Mario, with James Durney, Karel Kiely, Kevin Murphy and Kevin O Kelly, ‘A Timeline of the Civil War in County Kildare, 1922-1924’ (Kildare Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives Department, Kildare Library Services, 2022)
  • Costello, Con, ‘Kildare: Saints, Soldiers and Horses’ (Naas: Leinster Leader, 1991)
  • Crossan, John Dominic, A Long Way from Tipperary: What a Former Irish Monk Discovered in His Search for the Truth (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2020)
  • Curling, Bill, Royal Champion: The Story of Steeplechasing’s First Lady (M. Joseph, 1980)
  • D’Arcy, Fergus A.,  Horses, Lords and Racing Men: The Turf Club 1790-1990 (Kildare Turf Club, 1991)
  • Dooley, Terence A. M., The Decline of the Big House in Ireland: A Study of Irish Landed Families, 1860-1960 (Wolfhound Press, 2001)
  • Duggan, John, Beat The Bookies: The Do’s And Dont’s Of Sports Betting (Poolbeg Press Ltd, 2016).
  • Durney, James, Far From the Short Grass: The Story of Kildare Men in Two World Wars (James Durney, 1999)
  • Fallon, Kieren, Form: My Autobiography (Simon and Schuster, 2017)
  • Freud, Emma, A Feast of Freud: The wittiest writings of Clement Freud (Random House, 2010)
  • Fuller, Bryony, Tom Dreaper and His Horses (Punchestown, 1991)
  • Geraghty, Barry, with Niall Kelly, True Colours (Gill & Macmillan, 2020)
  • Hardy, Sara, Dame Joan Hammond: Love and Music (Allen & Unwin, 2008)
  • Harvey, Dan, Soldiers of the Short Grass: A History of the Curragh Camp (Irish Academic Press, 2016)
  • Holland, Anne, Arkle: The Legend of ‘Himself’ (O’Brien Press, 2013)
  • Holland, Anne, Festival Fever – The Irish at Cheltenham (O’Brien Press, 2017)
  • Holland, Anne, Horses for Courses: An Irish Racing Year (Random House, 2011)
  • Holland, Anne, Kinane: A Remarkable Racing Family (O’Brien Press, 2010)
  • Horgan, John, Sean Lemass: The Enigmatic Patriot (Gill & Macmillan Ltd, 1999)
  • Kelleher, Lynne, The Green & White House: Ireland and the US Presidents (Black & White Publishing Ltd, 2022)
  • Knowlson, James, Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (Bloomsbury, 1997)
  • Lawlor, Chris, The Little Book of Kildare (The History Press, 2015)
  • Magee, Sean, with Guy St John Williams and Francis P.M. Hyland, The Irish Derby: Celebrating the 150th Running of Ireland’s Greatest Race (Racing Post Books, 2015)
  • Mayo, Earl of, A History of the Kildare Hunt (London: St. Catherine Press, 1913).
  • McCormac, Michael, ‘The Irish Racing and Bloodstock Industry – An Economic Analysis’ (1978)
  • McCoy, A.P., My Autobiography (Hachette UK, 2011)
  • McGee Matt, U2: A Diary (Omnibus Press, 2011)
  • Morris, Tony and John Randall, A Century of Champions (Portway Press, 1999)
  • Murphy, Gary, Haughey (Gill, 2021)
  • Oakley, Robin, The Cheltenham Festival: A Centenary History (Aurum, 2014)
  • O’Donoghue, David, Line of Fire: Journeys through a Media Minefield (Orpen Press, 2022)
  • Ó hAodha, Micheál, Siobhán: A Memoir of an Actress (Brandon, 1994)
  • O’Flaherty, Liam, The Letters of Liam O’Flaherty (Wolfhound Press, 1996)
  • O’Sullevan, Peter, Calling The Horses: A Racing Autobiography (Hachette UK, 2014)
  • Owen, David, Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National’s Biggest Upset (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013)
  • Owen, David, No Snail: The story of L’Escargot, the horse that foiled Red Rum (Fairfield Books, 2023)
  • Peters, Stewart, The Irish Grand National: The History of Ireland’s Premier Steeplechase (Tempus, 2007)
  • Pyle, Hilary, Jack B. Yeats: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Volume 1 (Canongate Books, 1992)
  • Quinn, Niall, Niall Quinn: The Autobiography (Hachette UK, 2004)
  • Reilly, Paddy, From The Fields of Athenry to The Dubliners and Beyond (O’Brien Press Ltd, 2022)
  • Robinson, James, The Robinsons of North Kildare: 300 Years of Family History (McRobin Publications, 1997)
  • Sargent, Harry R., Thoughts Upon Sport: A Work Dealing Shortly with Each Branch of Sport; to which are Added Memoirs of the Curraghmore Hunt, Punchestown and the Curragh (Photo-prismatic Publishing Co. Ltd., 1894),
  • Smith, Brian, The Horse in Ireland (Wolfhound Press, 1991)
  • Smith, Raymond, Decades of Glory: A Comprehensive History of the National Game (Little & McClean, 1966)
  • Smith, Raymond, and Con Costello, Peerless Punchestown: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Glory (Mount Cross Publishers, 2000)
  • Smullen, Pat, Champion (Gill & Macmillan, 2021)
  • Smurfit, Michael, A Life Worth Living: The Autobiography (Oak Tree Press, 2014)
  • Stuart, Francis, Things to live for: Notes for an Autobiography (New York: Macmillan, 1935)
  • Townsend, Nick, The Sure Thing: The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History (Arrow, 2015)
  • Walsh, Ruby, Ruby: The Autobiography (Hachette UK, 2010)
  • Weld, Dermot, Vintage Crop: Against All Odds (Gill & Macmillan, 2009)
  • Williams, Guy St. John, with Francis Hyland, The Irish Derby: 1866-1979 (Sporting Book Center, 1980)
  • Williams, Guy St. John, Martin Molony: A Legend in His Lifetime (Hillgate Pub., 2001)
  • Williams, Guy St. John, T.P. Burns: A Racing Life (Hillgate Publishing, 2006)




The archives afforded access to numerous invaluable newspapers and magazines from which the information in this book was gathered, including the Belfast News-Letter, Belfast Telegraph, Carlow Nationalist and Leinster Times, Carlow Sentinel, Connacht Tribune, Cork Examiner, Drogheda Independent, Dublin Evening Mail, Dublin Evening Post, Dublin Gazette, Evening Herald, Freeman’s Journal, Ireland’s Saturday Night, Irish Independent, Irish Press, Irish Society, Irish Times, Kildare Nationalist, Kildare Observer and Eastern Counties Advertiser, Leinster Leader, Munster Express, Munster Tribune, New Ross Standard, Northern Whig, Pue’s Occurrences, Sport (Dublin), Sligo Champion, Sunday Independent, Sunday Tribune, Sunday World, Waterford Standard, Westmeath Examiner and the Wicklow People.

Outside of Ireland, I consulted magazines such as the Chronicle of the Horse, The Sketch, The Tatler, Country Life, the Illustrated London News and the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, as well as the Birmingham Daily Gazette, Bristol Evening Post, Cambridge Daily News, Catholic Telegraph, Chester Chronicle, Civil and Military Gazette (Lahore), Coventry Evening Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Herald, Daily News (London), Daily Telegraph (London), Derby Daily Telegraph, Edinburgh Evening News, Hull Daily Mail, Leicester Evening Mail, Liverpool Daily Post, Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Evening Express, Nottingham Guardian, Reading Evening Post, Sandwell Evening Mail, Sunday Life, Sunday Sun (Newcastle), Weekly Dispatch (London), Western Daily Press, Western Morning News and the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer.

I have also looked at various volumes of ‘The Irish Horse: The Official Publication of The Bloodstock Breeders’ and Horse Owners’ Association of Ireland’, ‘The Blood- stock Breeders’ Annual Review’, ‘The Racing Calendar’, ‘The Irish Racing Book and Sheet Calendar’ and ‘The Directory of the Turf’.





Articles and Papers


  • Brindley, Roy, ‘How Government Greed Almost Destroyed Bookmaking in Ireland’, March 9th, 2020,, here.
  • Cavileer, Sharon, ‘Georgia’s Pebble Hill’, Equus, 10 March 2017, here.
  • De Burgh, Thomas J., ‘Ancient Naas’, Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society (1891)
  • Durney, James, ‘Cinders for a good girl? A traumatic event my mother never forgot’ The Irish Times, 15 Mar 2019.
  • Durney, James, ‘Irish Army deserters from Co. Kildare in WWII, 4 December 2012, here.
  • McCabe, Brian, ‘Palmerstown and its Colourful Owners’ here.
  • Durney, James, ‘Naas U. D. C. and the Irish Civil War,’ 28 October 1920, here.
  • Kenny, Liam, ‘Air crash near Naas at start of Civil War in July 1922,’ Kildare Local History, 24 July 2022, here.
  • Mongey, David, ‘Progressive Diplomacy’ The Association of Irish Racehorse Owners, 2017, p. 58-59.
  • O’Connell, Bob, ‘Young Days in Green,’ St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, annual, 1971, p. 29-30.
  • Pownall, Sylvia, ‘Margaret McGuinness – A True Pace-Setter in the World of Racing’ (June 2005).
  • Reid, Breda, ‘A Real Winner Alright,’ Kildare Nationalist, 13 August 2004.
  • Viner, Brian, ‘Jonjo O’Neill: King of McManus’s castle delights in the ride of a lifetime’, Independent, 6 March 2004.
  • ‘Paper Prophet – Arthur Moore,’ Irish Independent, 3 Apr 2005, here.
  • Putting a Face on Naas’, The Irish Field, Saturday 14 October 2006.