Wednesday 9th October 2019


Today, Galway Racecourse launched details of their exciting three-day October Festival that takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 26th , Sunday 27th and Monday 29th. They continue racing into the winter months and even more importantly all in aid of a great cause, The National Breast Cancer Research Institute with their ‘Race in Pink’ fundraising day at the heart of it.   The Bank Holiday Festival offers fantastic horse racing, live music, delicious hospitality, entertainment and of course the meeting of old friends and new at Ballybrit.


Race in Pink

Last year Galway Racecourse approached The National Breast Cancer Research Institute to host a dedicated fundraiser for them as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event was such a success and received a huge ground swell of support that it went on to raise €95,000 for the charity. This year both organisations have teamed up again for their ‘Race in Pink’ fundraising day

on Sunday 27th October and to date have sold over fifty-five tables for the popular fun event. The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is an Irish charity that raises funds in support of the breast cancer research team lead by Professor Michael Kerin based at the Lambe Institute, NUI Galway. There are lots of ways to support this day including ‘Win a BMW’ raffle with tickets just €20 for entry, plus an auction led by local auctioneer James Heaslip from rom DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard.


Speaking about the upcoming ‘Race in Pink’ fundraiser Professor Michael Kerin said: “The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is very grateful to the Galway Race Committee for helping us in our efforts to improve diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Based at the purpose built Lambe Institute for Translational Research on the grounds of Galway University Hospital, we are in an ideal position to make important discoveries and make changes that have real implications for breast cancer patients. Our research is relevant to everyone and focuses on such diverse areas as genetics, tumour markers, novel therapies, better diagnostics and reconstruction. We are very excited to partner with such a historic and forward-thinking West of Ireland brand as the Galway Races and we look forward to a wonderful event”


Student Race Day in aid of NUIG Rugby and Voluntary Services Abroad

Monday sees the return of our annual ‘Student Race Day’ in conjunction with NUIG Rugby Club and Voluntary Services Abroad (a medical aid charity run by the fourth-year medical students of NUI, Galway). Always a popular day with advance tickets sales very strong.


Commenting at the launch, General Manager of Galway Racecourse Michael Moloney said, “we’ve had a very special year, particularity with it being our 150th anniversary. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone for their messages, emails, cards, letters of support this year, packages with old photos, racecards and memorabilia. We’ve greatly appreciated it. Galway Racecourse holds s a very special place in people’s hearts. We are delighted to now present our three-day October Festival to all our supporters and race goers. We’re looking forward to some cracking racing and of our passion project, the ‘Race in Pink’ day”.


Over the three-day October Festival at Galway, racegoers can enjoy the usual great facilities each day. Enjoy mouth-watering action on and off the track with our all-inclusive hospitality packages priced at €70 euro per person, where you get to enjoy a four-course lunch in our Panoramic Restaurant. National hunt racing on Saturday kicks off at 2.05pm with racing Sunday at 1.05pm and Monday at 1.10pm. Adult admission on all three days is €15 with children under 16 years of age, accompanied by an adult, free. For more information please check out