2019 is a very special year for us here in Ballybrit. For a century and a half, people from the greater Galway area, across Ireland and around the world have been coming here in their tens of thousands to enjoy “the sport of kings, in the city of the tribes, at the Festival of the year”.
It’s only right, at this point, that we tip our hat to Lord St Lawrence, who organised the very first race meeting here back in 1869 and to all those owners, trainers, jockeys, spectators and local businesses that have since contributed to the remarkable popularity and success of our Festival.
We can just imagine the spectacle, the colour and the excitement of 40,000 people descending on Ballybrit for two days in August 1869. There were four events each day, the feature race being the inaugural Galway Plate. A handsome 100 sovereign prize tempted entrants to tackle its challenging 2½ miles and to face its eight fences, two of which were stone walls. Clearly, not a contest for the faint-hearted.
Today, Galway is rightly regarded as one of the world’s greatest race meetings. There is nowhere like it for atmosphere, style, entertainment and hospitality. Add in the superb racing, well
it’s enough to make your hair stand on end!
We look forward to seeing you in July.
Thank you for your continued support.
Turnstiles open two hours before the first race on the day. This gives you a chance to explore your surroundings before racing kicks off. Restaurant and Bar facilities will be open.
The racecard also known as a race programme can be purchased from any of the racecard booths within the enclosure. The racecard is invaluable as it provides the details of each race including the runners past form and also explains how to bet.
When you have decided on your horse, bets can be placed at any Tote outlet, with the bookies in the bookies ring or in the onsite Ladbrokes SP Office.
ATM machines are on site for your convenience.
We have a fantastic line up of live bands and DJ’s for this Summers Festival all of which is provided throughout the race day.
Enjoy the excitement of seeing your horse romp home in the comfort of the Killanin Stand or the Millennium Stand. To get closer to the action you can watch the race from behind the railing. Big Screens are also on site for your convenience.
Seating in the numbered tiered seating balcony in the Millennium Stand which boasts a fantastic view of the winning post can be purchased from a kiosk at the back of the Millennium Stand.
Regrettably, dogs other than Guide Dogs are not allowed within the racecourse
Please would racegoers kindly note that the bringing of your own alcohol drink into the Racecourse is strictly prohibited. For your own enjoyment and to avoid disappointment please observe this restriction. Please respect our neighbours when leaving the racecourse. No alcohol to be taken off site.
Children aged 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout their visit to the Galway Races.
We have a strict ID policy on site and the following are accepted as ID for the bars and cigarettes. Please note that ID is required at all bars at Galway Racecourse. It is required by law that anyone between the ages of 18-21 are required to carry ID. Any ID that has been doctored in any way will be confiscated and given to the Gardaí.
The accepted forms of ID are:
We are always pleased to hear from our customers and are grateful for any feedback you can provide about your visit. Please email us your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org as we value your interest in our racecourse and experience.
In the event of the race meeting on the day being abandoned before the start of the 2nd race, patrons will be issued with a voucher to the value of the admission price on the day, which can be redeemed to that value only to gain entry at any of our next race meetings. Should the meeting be abandoned after the start of the 2nd race there will be no refunds made. In either event, there will be no cash refunds.
Children under 14 years will not be permitted in the Parade Ring.