Galway Races

WELCOME TO THE GALWAY RACES

Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion; you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Racecourse is the place to be.

Veteran race goers, and indeed those who simply love the atmosphere, travel from around the world for the unique experience that is, the Galway Races.

Galway Races

The Galway Races is certainly a festival for everyone. The Festival runs for seven consecutive days at Galway Racecourse starting from the last Monday in July each year.

Summer Festival 2012

Date Featured Race First race Last race Admission
Mon July 30th Carlton.ie/galwaycity Handicap 5.05pm 8.15pm €20
Tues July 31st Topaz Mile E.B.F. Handicap 5.05pm 8.15pm €25
Wed Aug 1st thetote.com Galway Plate 3pm 7.10pm €30
Thurs Aug 2nd Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap 1.50pm 6.05pm €30
Fri Aug 3rd Guinness Handicap 5.10pm 8.30pm €25
Sat Aug 4th Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle 2.25pm 5.30pm €20
Sun Aug 5th Connacht Tribune Handicap 2.20pm 5.55pm €20

Turnstiles will open approximately two hours before the first race.

The Summer Festival Race Meeting at the Galway Races is renowned worldwide for its electric atmosphere, excellent racing and infectious sense of fun. 

Celebrities can be seen sipping champagne by the Champagne Tent, the most conservative of us will be heard above the crowd as the horses round the bend into the home stretch. The Galway Races is certainly a festival for everyone. The Festival runs for seven consecutive days starting from the last Monday in July each year. We have race days at the Summer Festival which add fun and excitement to the event, take a look below under Special Race Days for more information on Ladies Day and Family Day including our very popular Mad Hatters competition.

Nearly 150,000 people attended the Summer Festival Meeting in 2011 where betting turnover reached great heights once again. The total prize fund for the fifty-one sponsored races reached an impressive €1.5 million. If you fancy a flutter while at the course, there are various options for placing a bet at the Galway Races; the Tote, on-course betting shops and on-course bookmakers.

Summer Festival Special Days at the Galway Races

Details on the special days held at the Summer Festival : Ladies Day and Family Day including our very popular Mad Hatters competition.

Summer Festival Competitions

Details on Race Card Competitions, Losing Tote Ticket Competitions, Best Turned out Horse, Leading Trainer and Leading Jockey awards.