Polo clubs gearing up around Ireland for the summer season ahead

THE longer stretch in the days and the release of the season fixtures earlier this year is a sure indication that clubs around Ireland are already gearing up for some of the best polo, all summer long.
Clubs across the island of Ireland can look forward to a season of high-performance coaching and training in programmes open to anyone from young people to adult beginners and improvers along with matches, tournaments and events. Wicklow will open the season in the all-weather arena and on the Home Field; Polo Wicklow and Curraghmore Polo Club will next share a weekend of polo in June.


Polo Wicklow will host the opening tournaments of the 2024 season in the all-weather arena and the grass field

Polo Wicklow near Wicklow Town

The summer weather predictions from May to September, the prime months of the season are forecasting an average of 15 days of rain with the rest scattered around clouds and sun: the season is shaping up to be roughly half as expected and maybe half as much of either slightly above or slightly below optimum conditions – in other words, no rain in the forecast on those days.

Days for the diary include Wicklow (Friday-Sunday 17-19 May) and Saturday-Sunday 25-26 May at Bishopland Polo Club before the month closes.

Training Award recipient Kristina White at the 2022 awards ceremony, presented by James Kennedy of the IPF

Bishopland Polo Club, County Kildare Ireland

Bunclody Polo Club, County Wexford dates for the diary (dates denote tournaments unless otherwise noted, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday): Bunclody Cup 1-2 June, Patron’s Cup 13-14 July; Polofest 3-4 August.

The 2024 season will open with the Novice Cup in the arena at Polo Wicklow

Ladies polo at Bunclody Polo Club, Wexford Ireland

All Ireland Polo Club, Dublin: Stuarts Cup 8-9 June, Derby Cup 29-30 June; Novice Cup 27-28 July; Six Goal 10-11 August; AIPC/Wicklow 17-18 August; Freebooters Cup 25-26 August; Pakistan Cup 7-8 September.

The 2024 season will open with the Novice Cup in the arena at Polo Wicklow

The All Ireland Polo Club, Dublin Ireland

Polo Wicklow: 15-16 June.
Northern Ireland Polo Club: 22-23 June.
Bishopland Polo Club, County Kildare: 6-7 July, 31 August-1 September. Curraghmore Polo Club, County Waterford: 15-16 June, 20-21 July.

The 2024 season will open with the Novice Cup in the arena at Polo Wicklow

High performance training at Curraghmore Polo Club, County Waterford Ireland

Bookmark the IPF website for tournament updates as well as training and event information.

The 2024 season will open with the Novice Cup in the arena at Polo Wicklow

Tournaments on the beach at Northern Ireland Polo Club, County Down

Article by Kim Mullahey

Image credits: Kim Mullahey, Polo Wicklow

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