Gather Your Tribe

mondayGates Open:                      2:30pm

First Race:                          5.15pm

Last Race:                          8.20pm

Number of races:             7

TV: Live television coverage with RTE and At the Races.



General Admission:     €20
Senior Citizens:            €10 (Please note this option is only available to purchase on the day with valid I.D.)
Students:                       €15 (Please note this option is only available to purchase on the day with valid I.D.)

Children Under 12:        Free

Reserved Seat:               €15 (Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand)


‘Gather Your Tribe’ for the Opening Day of the Galway Races Summer Festival in The City of The Tribes.

A Seven Day Festival with an Infectious Lively Vibe!

The highly-anticipated week long seven-day Galway Races Summer Festival kicks off on Monday 31st July with the first of seven races taking place at 5.15pm. This year the theme for the opening evening is ‘Gather Your Tribe’ in the City of the Tribes, Galway. Join us on Monday as we have a special treat in store for our racegoers with an infectious lively performance for the opening of the Galway Races – be sure to arrive early before the start of the first race and gather your ‘Tribe’ around the parade ring! You won’t want to miss this!

The racecourse plays host to one of the greatest race meetings in the world, the famous and iconic Galway Races Summer Festival, that boasts superb horse racing, hospitality, entertainment, stunning fashion and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the magic that is the Galway Races.The racecourse offers a great selection of hospitality facilities and continually strives to offer the race goer a wonderful race day experience.

We are delighted to have the generous support of the following businesses for the opening race day including The Radisson Hotel, The Galway Bay Hotel, Claregalway Hotel, Clayton Hotel, Eventus and McGettigan’s Pub, with the feature race of the evening kindly sponsored by The Connacht Hotel. Join us for a very special evening and experience first hand the ‘magic’ that is the Galway Races.

***Sports & Social Clubs/ Groups Offer: Check out our all inclusive ‘Punters Package’***

Create memories at the Galway Races. A day out at the Galway Races makes the ideal experience for you and your friends. Groups are very welcome with packages tailor made to suit your group.  The Punters Package is very popular and is available to groups of 10 or more people. The package includes:

  • 1 x admission ticket
  • A €10 food voucher
  • A €5 frink voucher
  • Plus a €5 Betting voucher

All for just €30 per person & €35 on Friday 4th August.

Advance booking required. Contact: Contact: +353 91 753 870 or email:

This package excludes Thursday 3rd August (Ladies Day)


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NOTE: Galway – City of the Tribes explained

The Tribes of Galway were fourteen merchant families who dominated the political, commercial, and social life of the city of Galway in western Ireland between the 13th and 16th centuries. They were the families of Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D’Arcy, Deane, Ffont, Ffrench, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martyn, Morris and Skerrett. They were of Anglo-Norman or Cambro-Norman origin except for the D’Arcy/Darcy and Kirwan families who were of Irish origin. The “Tribes” were wealthy merchant families who prospered from trade with continental Europe, they also dominated Galway’s municipal government.