Day 5 of the Galway Races Summer Festival 2019

With seven very competitive races on the card, Friday is always a hugely popular evening race meeting and a great way to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend. The first race starts at 5.10pm with all races generously sponsored by Guinness. Friday also plays host to the elegant and stylish  ‘Friday’s Most Stylish Competition’, sponsored by Athlone Towncentre. Judges for the competition have been announced with Anna Geary, Broadcaster, Athlete, Performance and Wellbeing Coach and Marietta Doran, Fashion Stylist & Racing Style Presenter seeking out the best style efforts at Galway Racecourse on the day.  Both judges have a very keen eye for Racing Style due to their involvement with race meetings throughout the country.

This year sees the biggest Prize Fund on offer for the competition yet, as it is in excess of €3000.  The lucky winner will leave Galway Racecourse with a €1500 Athlone Towncentre shopping spree, a two night luxury hotel & spa break at Sheraton Athlone Hotel, a Gucci Watch courtesy of Fields The Jeweller and bespoke head piece created by Milliner Suzie Mahony plus racing hat hire for the year.

Talking about her excitement ahead of the competition Anna says “I am thrilled to be part of such a fashion filled day as ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ sponsored by Athlone Towncentre at Galway Races.  I especially love to see how people put their own stamp on their outfit, whether it’s a self-made piece, or attention to the finer details to finish off their ‘look’. People put so much effort into getting ready, using their style instinct to mix pieces from high street stores with boutique gems. It is this individual flair for style that I’ll be looking for on the day.  It’s about expressing your personality through your outfit, and wearing what works for you, so you can feel your best self.”

Social Media fans are advised to keep an eye on the Athlone Towncentre Facebook and Instagram accounts as fashion bloggers Two Broke Divas take them over for the day.  They will showcase the style on view at ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ competition as well as giving viewers exclusive access to what happens behind the scenes on the day.

Judging for ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ sponsored by Athlone Towncentre begins throughout Galway Racecourse at 4.00pm with the winner to be announced at 6.20pm. Talking about Friday’s Festival meet, Michael Maloney, General Manager of Galway Racecourse says “the Friday of our seven day Festival has grown from strength to strength, with advance ticket sales very strong again this year, proving it’s huge appeal and popularity.  With an array of great horse racing, new live bands, DJ’s and the reveal of our new Wilson Lynch two storey building, this year’s Galway Races promises to be a winner alright!”

Athlone Towncentre is home to major fashion brands including Zara, River Island and H&M as well as boutiques.  It is an ideal shopping destination with over 60 brands under one roof as well as numerous food offerings catering to all tastes.

Support from our Sponsors

We are delighted to have the generous support of Guinness for day five of our Summer Festival who have generously sponsored all races on the card. Thank you to Athlone Towncentre Shopping Centre for sponsoring Friday’s Most Stylish competition.

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.


Prices start from €10 per seat per day. Pre-booking essential due to high demand.

Reserved Seating with exclusive access to the private Corrib Bar with panoramic views of the finish line…(A ‘Top Tip’ from the staff at Galway Races!).

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