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Mon 29 Jul 2019

Summer Festival - Monday

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The unmissable Summer Festival Meeting at Galway gets underway on Monday 29th July 2019 with the first of seven competitive races going off at 5.20pm, with racing live on RTE and Racing TV.

The opening evening of our seven-day festival delivers a vibrant, bustling atmosphere, full of excitement, as the UK and Ireland’s longest race meeting gets under way.

There is no better way to enjoy a Galway Summer’s evening than to spend it with friends and family, accompanied by choice racing, live on-course music and the buzz of spotting sports stars mingling with the crowds - bring your camera and autograph book!

Tue 30 Jul 2019

Summer Festival - Tuesday

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The second day of Galway’s Summer Festival centres around the COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap underpinned by a superb prize pot of €120,000 designed to attract the best handicappers in this division in Ireland.

Latin Quarter and Caulfield Industrial also provide sponsorship on the card.

Racing will be broadcast on RTE and Racing TV, with the first getting underway at 5.20pm - the second evening fixture of the week. A great evening’s entertainment for race goers, families and groups alike!

The entertainment just goes on and on with live music on the day.

Wed 31 Jul 2019

Summer Festival - Wednesday

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Wednesday marks the third day of the Summer Festival which gets underway at 5.10pm with eight excellent races on the card sponsored by Tote Ireland.

This race has been running at Ballybrit since 1869 with more heritage and prestige than any other race run at Galway Racecourse. The longstanding thetote.com Galway Plate is run over a distance of 2 miles 6 furlongs 111 yds with a round of fourteen fences to jump in total. The last two fences, situated three furlongs from the finish, are the closest fences together of any racecourse in the world. Racing coverage will be live on RTE and Racing TV.

To add to the general atmosphere, there will be live music on course.

Thu 01 Aug 2019

Summer Festival - Thursday

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Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Festival, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar. The first of eight races goes off at 1:40pm on a card that sees the ‘Galway Guinness Hurdle Handicap’ – the richest National Hunt race in Ireland – run over a distance of two miles with the mouth-watering prize fund of €300,000. Racing coverage will be live on RTE and Racing TV. All 8 races on the card are sponsored by Guinness.

‘Ladies Day’ has always been the most visually sumptuous of our Festival events with the opportunity to socialise and show off your sartorial style. You could be awarded the ultimate accolade of being voted a winner in the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Competition and Best Hat Competition! There is an envy-inducing €10,000 prize for the winner of the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Lady competition and €2,000 prize for the Best Hat competition. Throughout the day, there will also be live music on-course. What could possibly keep you away on this very special day?

Fri 02 Aug 2019

Summer Festival - Friday

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With seven very competitive races on the card, Friday is shaping up to be a fantastic evening of racing. The first race starts at 5.10pm with all races generously sponsored by Guinness.

Friday also plays host to the perennially popular ‘Friday’s Most Stylish Competition’. The winner of this ‘Most Stylish’ competition will receive the unique prize of a Shop and Stay package courtesy of the Athlone Town Centre Shopping Centre and Sheraton Athlone Hotel.

You can also enjoy on course live music throughout the evening and with something this good you will want to invite your friends, so why not book the full Galway Races Experience in the form of our our Festival Package at €35 per person (for groups of ten or more) to include an Admission Ticket, €10 Food Voucher, €5 Drink Voucher and a Racecard. All seven races including the highlight, the €100,000 Guinness Handicap over 1 mile 3 furlongs 180 yards are live on Racing TV.

Sat 03 Aug 2019

Summer Festival - Saturday

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Our Super Saturday has fun and colour at the heart of this spectacular day. There are eight action packed races with live music throughout the enclosure. Children are admitted free of charge and we have lots of entertainment for the younger racegoer, including bouncy castles, slides, face painting and much more.

The feature race on Saturday of the Summer Festival is very kindly sponsored by Galway Shopping Centre. The racing starts at 2.00pm, broadcast live on Racing TV, so make sure you come down early!

Sun 04 Aug 2019

Summer Festival - Sunday

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The final day of the Summer Festival epitomises that old adage about saving the best for last! The first race goes off at 2.15pm on a card supported by sponsors including Kenny Galway, SCL Sales, Martinstown Stud, JPK Fencing, and Irish Stallion Farms. On-course music throughout the day, where racing will be televised on Racing TV.

Sunday is Family Day with fun and colour at the heart of this spectacular day. Children are admitted free of charge and we have lots of entertainment for the younger racegoer, including bouncy castles, a mobile farm, slides, face painting and much more. After tipping the horses, you can tip your hats as the ever popular Mad Hatters competition returns. Ireland West Airport and their partners Ryanair are generously sponsoring the competition for Adults and Children in search of the funniest, most colourful and creative hats!

Mon 16 Sep 2019

September Festival Monday

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Autumn racing returns to Ballybrit, kicking off with a two day meeting in September, Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th. Our September race meeting is always popular due to its relaxed atmosphere. Monday 16th September is an action packed national hunt card with seven races on offer. Racegoers can enjoy the usual great facilities in the enclosure such as delicious food, bar facilities, on-course bookmakers, the big screen, live music and of course great horse racing. Come to our September race meetings and be part of the excitement, fun and electric atmosphere that is The Galway Races.

Tue 17 Sep 2019

September Festival Tuesday

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Autumn racing returns to Ballybrit, kicking off with a two day meeting in September. Our September race meeting is always popular due to its relaxed atmosphere. Tuesday 17th September offers you a flat card with seven races on offer. Racegoers can enjoy the usual great facilities in the enclosure such as delicious food, bar facilities, on-course bookmakers, the big screen, live music and of course great horse racing. Come to our September race meetings and be part of the excitement, fun and electric atmosphere that is The Galway Races.

Tue 08 Oct 2019

October Raceday

Tuesday sees a single day of racing with seven fantastic races on the card. Racegoers can enjoy the usual great facilities in the enclosure such as good food, bar facilities, on-course bookmakers, the big screen and of course great racing. Turnstiles will open approximately two hours before the first race.

This raceday is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a mid week October racing so don’t miss out! Free car parking and admission for children under 12 and there is plenty of seating throughout the enclosure.

Sat 26 Oct 2019

October Bank Holiday Festival - Saturday

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Come racing at Galway and join in on the fun of our popular Bank Holiday weekend race meeting. The ideal way to spend your Bank Holiday weekend! The day will include 7 action packed races.

Sun 27 Oct 2019

October Bank Holiday Festival - Sunday

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Come racing at Galway and join in on the fun of our popular Bank Holiday weekend race meeting! It’s the ideal way to spend your Bank Holiday weekend!

Sunday is our Breast Cancer Research Ireland fundraising day with the first race off at 1.05pm. The day will include 7 action packed races aswell as lots of entertainment.

Mon 28 Oct 2019

October Bank Holiday Festival - Monday

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Come racing at Galway and join in on the fun of our popular Bank Holiday weekend race meeting! It’s the ideal way to spend your Bank Holiday weekend!

Monday sees the return of our show stopping Student Raceday in conjunction with the NUIG Voluntary Services Abroad and NUIG Rugby Club, with 7 action packed races, live music, fashion competitions and much more.

Galway Racecourse Ballybrit, Galway, Ireland, H91 V654.
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Travel Information

How to find us

Located just off the M6 motorway, Galway Racecourse is easily accessible from Dublin, Cork, Limerick or any other location around Ireland. It is located 40 minutes from Shannon Airport, 1 hour from Knock Airport, 2 hours from Dublin Airport and 2.5 hours from Cork Airport.

Directions

By Car

From Dublin & East
Follow R148 and N4 to M4 in South Dublin. Follow M4 and M6 to Bothar na dTreabh/N6 in Galway. Continue on Bothar na dTreabh/N6 to your destination

From Limerick
Take R445 to N18 in Clare. Take M18 to N66 in Galway. Follow N18 and R446 to your destination in Galway.

From Cork
Take N20, N18, M18 and N18 to R339 in Galway. Take Ballybrit Cres to your destination.

From The North
Get on A12 from A1 and Grosvenor Rd/B38. Take M1 to A1 in Lisburn. Take the A1 exit from M1. Continue to N1. Take M1, M4 and M6 to Bothar na dTreabh/N6 in Galway. Continue on Bothar na dTreabh/N6 to your destination.

By Bus

Races Shuttle Bus
Shuttle Bus from Eyre Square to Race Course for Galway Races Summer Festival 2017 Buses will depart outside The Skeff Bar in Eyre Square. Return services starts before 2nd last race and after the races.

By Helicopter
Pre-registration is essential for helicopter landings at Galway Races. Please contact Galway Racecourse for landing requirements.

Parking

Parking is available on-site.

Dress Codes

What to wear

There is no strict dress code at Galway Racecourse, however it is advisable to dress appropriately for the weather with many racegoers opting for smart dress. Racing doesn’t happen every day, so why not treat your visit as a special occasion?

Racecourse Information

The History

In over one hundred years of racing at Ballybrit, the Galway Races has gone from strength to strength with now in excess of 150,000 poeple attending the week long festival every year. Recognised as the greatest mid-summer festival in Ireland, punters from all over the world visit the famous race track year after year for a great mixture of racing and old Irish craic.

When the racing is over they stream into the city to carry late into the night. The Galway Race Course Committee pays tribute to Lord St. Lawrence, the man who started it all.