Phoenix Park Races to celebrate 100 years

Updated: August 9, 2012

Phoenix Park looks set to make the headlines again later this month, but this time for much more positive reasons.

Over 60,000 motor enthusiasts are expected on August 18 and 19 as the Phoenix Park Motor Races take place in the capital city.

The races, Ireland’s oldest motorsport event, are this year celebrating their 110th anniversary.

The weekend event is free of charge for the public, with a host of races and activities planned over the two days to cater for all interested.

President of Motorsport Ireland, Joe Corcoran, is hoping for a “fantastic couple of days”.

“The Phoenix Park Motor Races really are the showpiece of the Irish motor racing calendar and a great opportunity for people to get out and see a thrilling couple of days racing and entertainment for free,” he added.

“There is a huge range of cars from Ferraris and Porsches to single-seater racers and of course the Dublin Grand Prix. It will be a fantastic couple of days and we would encourage everyone to come along and hear the roar and see the speed of competitive Irish motorsport.”

The unquestionable highlight over the course of the weekend will be the Dublin Grand Prix, which will take place on the Sunday. Other vehicles confirmed to take part during the event include the Formula Libre, Irish Touring Cars, Strykers, GTs and Sprints, as well as classic bikes and Supercars.

From a transport perspective, the Luas red line will be operating to Heuston Station, which is the closest station to Phoenix Park. Spectators can then avail of a free shuttle bus from Parkgate Street to the venue, with their valid Luas ticket.

Luas are the official transport partner to these races, but it is important to note that there will be no official spectator parking in Phoenix Park for the weekend races due to this summer’s detrimental rainfall.

Motorsport Ireland will also have wristbands on sale throughout the weekend, in a bid to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which all attendees are encouraged to support.

More information on the event can be found from and

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