Last day of the Galway Races Summer Festival 2022

Join us for a fantastic day of family entertainment at our ‘Mad Hatters Day‘ on Sunday 31st July. Hugely popular, our family day offers you fun and colour with children admitted FREE of charge. We offer families lots of entertainment including bouncing castles, a children’s disco, sides, face painting and crazy characters through the racecourse.

With eight competitive flat races on the card, first race on Sunday is off at 2pm. Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the iconic Galway Races  boasts superb horse racing, hospitality, entertainment with Live Bands and DJ’s daily, stunning 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!

The racecourse offers a wide variety of hospitality experiences. From panoramic views over looking the race track, to more casual fun group packages, we can offer you a variety of experiences, be it with friends or colleagues. Our all- inclusive Festival Package’ at €35 per person is ideal and very popular for large groups [minimum booking of 10 people applies for group packages]. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends. See you in Ballybrit!

Stay Connected

Stay in touch with all that’s happening at the Galway Races by tuning into our social media channels via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The team in Galway have lots of fun and entertainment planned to keep their fans engaged in the build up to and during the races. Follow us for all the latest updates LIVE as they happen on our social media channels using the hashtags #GalwayRaces #GiddyforGalway


    • 1st race, 2.00pm: The Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle
    • 2nd race, 2.30pm: The Kenny Galway Handicap Hurdle
    • 3rd race, 3.05pm: The Galway Steeplechase
    • 4th race, 3.40pm: The Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Steeplechase
    • 5th race, 4.10pm: The Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” Handicap
    • 6th race, 4.40pm: The Galway Irish EBF Auction Series Maiden
    • 7th race, 5.10pm: The JPK Fencing Systems Handicap 
    • 8th race: 5.40pm: The FR. Breen Memorial (Pro-am) Flat Race.

    The Mads Hatters Competition kindly sponsored by Ireland West Airport

    We are delighted to have the support of Ireland West Airport again for our 2022 Mad Hatters Competition. More information to follow on this competition.


    Ireland West Airport is spacious, airy and perfectly suited for the future of travel. Fly to 20 international destinations, including new services to Edinburgh, Manchester and Milan with Ryanair, without the stress of big crowds or large distances to cover. Perfect for families, friends and a more relaxed flying experience, ensuring your safety at all times. For more information visit


    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 €20 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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