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Limerick’s Grand Prix Races of the 1930s

Limerick’s Grand Prix Races of the 1930s

The Limerick Grand Prix ran on the streets of Limerick, Ireland, between 1935–1938 (except 1937). The first race in 1935 was known as “Round the Houses” and the route ran 2.76 miles (4.44 km) through William Street, Roxborough Road, Careys Road, Rossbrien Road, Punches Cross, O’Connell Avenue and back down O’Connell Street. The first place was taken by Luis Fontes in an Alfa Romeo.

The following pamphlet courtesy of Reg Morrow shows a map of the entire 1935 route as well as the local sponsors and a leader board pull out.

The Round the Houses Grand Prix of 1935 was filmed by British Pathe

Grand Prix 1936

John Fitzroy, the 9th Duke of Grafton, was killed in the 1936 race while driving a Bugatti. The winner of this race was Alan Hutchinson in an MG.

The 1936 event program

The 1936 Grand Prix race was filmed by British Pathe which also shows some familiar scenes around the city.

The final Grand Prix of this era in 1938 was won by J McClure in an MG.

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Sharon Slater

Sharon Slater is the owner and operator of the Limerick's Life website. She has been researching and collecting information regarding Limerick history and genealogies since her early teens. She obtained a Masters degree in Local History at the University of Limerick.


  1. Sharon Slater

    Thank you very much for this information.

  2. Limerick Classic and Vintage Car Club

    In 2010 and 2011 the Limerick Classic and Vintage Car Club ran events to commemorate these races and many of the cars that took part in the original races participated, including the 1936 race winning MG. The cars drove around the original circuit, including going the wrong way down O’Connell St. The Club erected a plaque in Pery Square where the scrutineering took place. A book was also produced, (with help from the IMRC).

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