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Punchestown Racecourse. A wonderful setting amid rolling plains distinguishes the Punchestown Racecourse, with the Wicklow Mountains providing a spectacular backdrop. Horse races are held regularly, but the most popular event is the Punchestown National Hunt Festival in April, a real pilgrimage for fans of steeplechase racing. R411, 3 km (2 miles) south of Naas, Naas, Co. Kildare. 045/897–704. www.punchestown.com.
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