To celebrate the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, Galway Racecourse hosted a ‘Galway City Engagement Event’ in Ballybrit inviting local businesses that look after their racegoers each Summer, while also presenting their plans for the much loved iconic Galway Races Summer Festival that takes place over seven days from Monday 31st July to Sunday 6th August.  As part of this event, Galway also launched their ‘Early Bird Ticket’, with €8 of each ticket for ten days.


Commenting on the event, Michael Moloney CEO of Galway Racecourse said,


“With all eyes on our sport this week with Cheltenham, we launched our special early bird ticket offer, with €8 off tickets for ten days only, never to be seen again for 2023. It offers superb value for our loyal race goers and we want to reward them for their loyalty. Each year we receive huge local support, so this event is key for us as we want to share our plans and strengthen our partnerships, it’s been key to the success of Galway. Our relationship to the city and our proximity to it sets us apart as a racecourse national and internationally. The Galway Races Summer Festival is much more than a week of horse racing, it’s a celebration of our wonderful city, Galway, and the warm Irish hospitality on offer. The people and businesses of Galway take provide in rolling gout the red carpet for visitors throughout the week”.


He continued, “we’re always looking to improve what we do and how we do it- based on customer feedback and trends so this event is a great way for us to get more feedback from local businesses. The Galway Races Festival contributes more than €58 million to the economy of Galway City and the local region. Over €23 million is spent in the immediate locality on accommodation, travel, eating out, entertainment & beverages. Businesses throughout the city experience massive increase in turnover during race week, which translates into additional employment in the city, in addition to the swell of employment at the racecourse in the run up to and during the weeklong Festival. The vision of the Galway Races Committee and Management of the Racecourse is to ensure that we remain a market leader, continuing to grow and evolve as a racing destination and maintains its contribution to the economic life of Galway City and the wider region”.


Galway is busy plotting and planning for July with some new initiatives up their sleeve. Watch this space! For more information on the Galway Races Summer Festival check out www.galwayraces.com