The opening day of the Galway Races Summer Festival in The City of The Tribes

The highly-anticipated week long seven-day Galway Races Summer Festival kicks off on Monday 30th July with the first of seven races taking place at 5.20pm. This is the 149th running of Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the iconic Galway Races that boasts superb horse racing, hospitality, entertainment with Live Bands and DJ’s daily, striking fashion and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the sheer magic and infectious fun atmosphere that we are famous for!

Join us for our opening day on Monday 30th July as we have a special treat in store for our racegoers in our parade ring with an lively performance! 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 offers a great selection of hospitality facilities and continually strives to offer the race goer a wonderful race day experience. Our all inclusive’Festival Package’ at 35 euro per person is ideal and very popular for large groups. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends.

Support from our Sponsors

We are delighted to have the generous support of the following businesses for the opening race day including:
The Radisson Hotel, EasyFix, The Galway Bay Hotel, Claregalway Hotel, Clayton Hotel, Eventus and McGettigan’s Pub. The feature race of the evening is kindly sponsored by The Connacht Hotel. Join us for our ‘Gather Your Tribe’ day and a very special opening ceremony around the parade ring before the first race. You won’t want to miss this!

Raceday Programme

Gates Open
First Race
Last Race
Number of races

Admission Prices

Adult Admission
Senior Citizens


Children Under 12
Reserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:

*Please note this option is only available to purchase on the day with valid I.D.


Let us organise a great days racing for you and your friends.

Two all-inclusive group packages available for Sports & Social Clubs /large groups. Minimum numbers of 10 apply to purchase these packages.

Contact: +353 91 753 870 or email:

The Festival Package includes:

1x Adult Admisson Ticket | €10 Food Voucher €5 Drink Voucher | €5 Betting Voucher

€35.00 per person (available on all 7 days of the Summer Festival 2018)

The Premium Festival Package includes:

1x Adult Admission Ticket | 1x Reserved Seat Badge with Exclusive Access to the Private Corrib Bar with Panoramic Views of the Finish Line (a‘Top Tip’ from the staff at Galway Races)  |  €10 Food Voucher | €5 Drink Voucher | €5 Betting Voucher

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday €50 per person, Thursday €55 per person, Saturday & Sunday €45 per person

About the ‘City of the Tribes’

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.

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