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 148th running of the famous and iconic Galway Races 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. 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 offers a great selection of hospitality facilities and continually strives to offer the race goer a wonderful race day experience.

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. The ‘Punters Package’ is one of our most popular for Sports & Social Clubs /large groups.

The all-inclusive package is available throughout the Summer Festival excluding Ladies Day, Thursday 2nd August 2018.

The Punters Package includes:

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

Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun €30.00 per person

Friday 3rd August €35.00 per person

How To Book

This package applies to groups of ten or more. Advance booking required.

Contact: +353 91 753 870 or email:

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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