Brian Kavanagh is to become the new CEO of the Curragh Racecourse and will take up the position in November.

He is stepping down as CEO of Horse Racing Ireland after 20 years later this year and was a leading contender going into the recruitment process for the Curragh role.

Kavanagh is widely respected throughout the horseracing world and will be returning to the Curragh where he previously served as General Manager.

In his role at Horse Racing Ireland, he was a key figure in building the coalition of investors that produced the extensive redevelopment of the Curragh in recent years.

“Brian Kavanagh brings with him a wealth of experience in the racing industry and is a welcome addition to lead the racecourse and training grounds into the future,” said Padraig McManus, Chair of the Curragh

“The Board are looking forward to welcoming Brian into his new role as CEO of the Curragh Racecourse and training grounds, and look forward to Brian leading the Curragh as we prepare for racing in a post-Covid world.”

“He will play a key part in growing the world-class training ground facilities here at the Curragh together with the strong, committed team we have already in place.”

“We also want to put on record how extremely grateful we are to Pat Keogh for the tremendous job he has done, and his leadership of the Curragh Racecourse and training grounds over the last two years.”


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