Day 1 of the Galway Races Summer Festival 2021

The highly-anticipated week long seven-day Galway Races Summer Festival kicks off on Monday 26th July with the first of seven races taking place at 7.45pm. Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the iconic Galway Races that boasts superb horse racing, hospitality, entertainment with Live Bands and DJ’s daily, striking fashion and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the sheer magic and infectious fun atmosphere that we are famous for!

Join us for our ‘Opening Day’ on Monday 26th July as we have a special treat in store for our racegoers in our parade ring with a lively colourful performance! Be sure to arrive early before the start of the first race and gather 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. Our all inclusive’Festival Package’ at €35 per person is ideal and very popular for large groups. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends.


  • 1st race: The (C&G) Irish EBF Maiden
  • 2nd race: The Handicap
  • 3rd race: The & Handicap Div 1
  • 4th race: The & Handicap Div 2
  • 5th race: The Easyfix Handicap
  • 6th race: The Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap
  • 7th race: The Eventus Handicap
  • 8th race: The Monami Construction (Q.R) Maiden

Support from our Sponsors

We are delighted to have the support of the following businesses for the opening race day including:
The Galmont Hotel & Spa, The Galway Bay Hotel, Claregalway Hotel, Clayton Hotel, The Connacht Hotel, Easyfix, Eventus, and Caulfield Industrial.

Raceday Programme

Gates Open
First Race
Last Race
Number of races

Admission Prices

Adult Admission*
Senior Citizens
Children 17 & Under (Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian)***
Reserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:

*Must be aged 18 or over.

** Must be aged 18 or over & hold a valid Student I.D.

***Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian for admission and for the duration of the raceday.


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!).

Find Out More

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.


Let us organise a great days racing for you and your friends. Two all-inclusive group packages available for Sports & Social Clubs /large groups. Minimum numbers of 10 apply to purchase these packages.

The Festival Package includes

  • 1 x Adult Admission Ticket
  • 1 x Racecard
  • €10 Food Voucher
  • €5 Drink Voucher

€35.00 per person (available on all 7 days of the Summer Festival 2020)

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

Contact: +353 91 700 100 or email:

The Premium Festival Package includes

  • 1 x Adult Admission Ticket
  • 1 x Reserved Seat Badge with Exclusive Access to the Private Corrib Bar with Panoramic Views of the Finish Line (a‘Top Tip’ from the staff at Galway Races)
  • 1 x Racecard
  • €10 Food Voucher
  • €5 Drink Voucher

Price: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday €50 per person. Thursday & Friday €55 per person, Saturday & Sunday €45 per person

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

Contact: +353 91 700 100 or email:

How To Book

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

Contact: +353 91 700 100 or email:

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