Pat Keogh, who was CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse since 2011, has been appointed the Chief Executive of The Curragh Racecourse and Training Grounds effective immediately, Horse Racing Ireland and Curragh Racecourse Ltd. announced on Monday. Keogh will continue in his Leopardstown role for now, but will begin scaling back his involvement there over the next few months, while the Leopardstown management team will be augmented in the near future.
Padraig McManus, Chairman of Curragh Racecourse Ltd. said, “I would like to thank outgoing CEO Derek McGrath and wish him well, he has been a driving force in delivering the world class facilities which we now have at The Curragh. I am delighted that we have been able to secure the services of an experienced racecourse CEO of the calibre of Pat Keogh. I welcome him to The Curragh and look forward to working with him. I appreciate the co-operation of Horse Racing Ireland and Leopardstown in this regard.”
“The Curragh faces many challenges and I am delighted that Pat has agreed to take up this position and help establish The Curragh’s reputation as one of Ireland’s most enjoyable sporting venues,” added HRI CEO Brian Kavanagh. “He and his team have done a remarkable job during his time at Leopardstown.”
“I look forward to the challenges provided by The Curragh–it is a racecourse that has always had impressive credentials in terms of its track and race programme and now has the facilities to match,” said Keogh. “I look forward to meeting the team there. In tandem, I would like to pay tribute to my own team and all of the staff at Leopardstown who have been an absolute pleasure to work with and have dedicated themselves to bringing Leopardstown to the position it is in now.”