Thursday 12th July 2018

Ireland West Airport and Sunway delighted to partner with Galway Races for

Mad Hatters Day at the 2018 Summer Festival

Ireland West Airport and Sunway are once again delighted to partner with the Galway Races in sponsoring the ever-popular Mad Hatters Day competition on Sunday 5th August. The Galway Races is one of the pinnacles of the annual racing calendar and as the international gateway airport for the West of Ireland the airport are once again delighted be coming on board for their annual Mad Hatters Day competition. Award winning Irish designer Heidi Higgins will be joining Audrey Elliott from Ireland West Airport to pick the lucky winners on the day.



This year’s children’s top prize, sponsored by Sunway, Irelands largest Irish owned Tour Operator, is an amazing overnight family trip to Lapland on December 21st which includes 4 x return flights (2 adults & 2 children) from Ireland West Airport to Lapland and 1-night B&B. Enjoy a fairytale world of snow covered forests where you’ll visit Santa’s post office and village and get the opportunity to meet “Santa” himself which is what makes a holiday to Lapland the perfect choice. Lapland has the last remaining expanse of wilderness in northern Europe, including the coastline, forests, mountains and unspoilt rivers and in winter this becomes a wonderland of snow where you can experience the fun of snow mobiling, toboggans, a reindeer sleigh ride through the snowy forest and a husky dog ride.2nd prize in the kid’s category this year is thanks to our friends in Hotel Westport and Westport House who are providing a Two Night Family break at Hotel Westport for two adults and two children with a family day pass to Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park



The top adult prize this year will be 2 x return flights from Ireland West Airport with Ryanair to a choice of Faro, Lanzarote, Malaga or Tenerife with 7 nights’ accommodation in a 3*self-catering apartment included whilst we have teamed up with our airline partners Flybe to offer 2nd place in the adults category a fantastic trip to Manchester, including flights and accommodation to see Manchester Utd play Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

As always fun and colour is the theme for family day with children admitted free of charge. There is lots of entertainment for the young racegoer including bouncy castles, a children’s disco, slides, face painting and crazy characters throughout the enclosure.

Commenting on the airport’s ongoing partnership with the Galway Races, Donal Healy, Head of Marketing at Ireland West Airport said “The airport and Sunway are delighted once again to be partnering with the Galway Races, Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, in sponsoring their ever popular Mad Hatters Day. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest on record with record prize money and the opening of the magnificent Wilson Building. We are delighted to be associated with this prestigious West of Ireland event and the increasing popularity of the Mad Hatters Day competition is recognized by the very generous prizes on offer this year from the airport and partners with the top prize of a dream trip to Lapland with Sunway worth in the region of €5,000. It promises to be another great day and we are really looking forward to seeing the style and colour on the day’.