Punchestown 1914 in review
This year's Punchestown Festival was a great success with large numbers making their way to Kildare for the races. Photo: Irish Life, 17 April 1914. Full collection of Irish Life available in the National Library of Ireland.

Punchestown 1914 in review


This year's Punchestown Festival will be remembered for its marvellous attendence and for the glorious week's weather . People flocked from all over the country, and from abroad, to attend the festivities. The latest fashions were on show and all types of motor car were seen making their way down the Naas Road. 

Catch up on the week through our gallery of images below. Click on an image to view enlarge:

(L) The stands are packed as crowds enjoy the view of the racecourse. (R) Horses jump over the big double during a race. (Images: Irish Life, 17 April 1914)

(L) A spectator examines her race card from the members stand. (R) Scouts mingle among race goers. (Images: Irish Life, 17 April 1914)

Irish Life magazine published a map of the best approaches to Punchestown for those travelling by motor car in 1914. Click to enlarge. 

Newspapers reported that all manner of motor car could be seen making their way down the Naas Road towards Punchestown. (Image: Irish Life, 17 April 1914)


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