The word 'Curragh' means place of the running horse in Gaelic, and the plain in County Kildare is the home of Irish racing. The racecourse is used exclusively for flat racing, and host to all five Classics.
Home to the five Irish classics, The Curragh is a right-handed horseshoe shaped course with a circuit of two miles with no sharp bends and a straight run in of three furlongs uphill. Races over five and six furlongs take place on an adjoining straight course, and mile races join onto this course after a two furlong chute. It is recognised as a very fair galloping track.