Friday 29th of July

Day 5 of the Galway Races Summer Festival 2022

The best way to start your Bank Holiday weekend, join us for ‘Friday Night Racing’. With eight competitive national hunt races on the card all generously sponsored by Guinness, racing on Friday 29th July kicks off at 5.00pm.

Athlone Towncentre enters its tenth year leading the ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ competition at the internationally renowned Galway Races.  This year the prizes are better than ever with celebrity judges Bláthnaid Treacy & Marietta Doran poised to spot the perfect balance of creative styling of high street pieces with personal flair.  Taking place from 4pm, ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of race going fashion lovers to date on the fifth day of the festival.


Judges for the competition Bláthnaid Treacy, RTÉ Television Presenter and Marietta Doran, Fashion Stylist & Racing Style Presenter will seek out the best style efforts at Galway Racecourse on the day.  Both judges will be joined by General Manager of Athlone Towncentre Shirley Delahunt who, together with Marietta, has formed part of the judging panel for the last ten years.  The chosen judges have a keen eye for style due to their involvement with race meetings and retailers throughout their careers.


This year sees the biggest Prize Fund on offer to date for the competition winner with a Shop & Stay Break courtesy of Athlone Towncentre.  The lucky winner will leave Galway Racecourse with a €2000 Athlone Towncentre Gift Card, a luxury two night break in the four star Sheraton Athlone Hotel in a Deluxe Tower Room with dinner & spa treatments and a gorgeous piece of jewellery courtesy of Fields The Jeweller, who are one of the many retailers located in Athlone Towncentre. As always highlights of the event can be viewed on the Athlone Towncentre social media channels.  Style watchers who cannot attend the event can view racegoers, the five finalists and winner on the same day just after the events unfold.

Talking about Friday’s Festival meet, Michael Moloney, Chief Executive at Galway Racecourse says “plans are in place for one amazing week here at Galway Racecourse, its our best line up yet with thrilling horse-racing and entertainment on offer. Friday has always been one of the highlights, a day thats hugely popular with our racegoers as we head into a Bank Holiday weekend. Our sponsorship with Athlone Towncentre is in its tenth year, a partnership that has gone to strength to strength. We look forward to working with Shirley Delahunt and team for a very special Fridays Most Stylish event. See you in Galway. A warm welcome awaits”.

Athlone Towncentre is home to major fashion brands including Zara, River Island and H&M as well as boutique businesses.  It is an ideal shopping destination with top brands and numerous food offerings under one roof catering to all tastes.

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!

NEW: The Parade Ring Lounge

It’s All About The Location! Prices start from €20 per person. 

New for the 2022 Galway Races Summer Festival is the welcomed addition of ‘The Parade Ring Lounge’ experience for you and your friends, located in a prime position beside the Weight Room. The Parade Ring Lounge offers our race goers an elevated racing experience in a superb location beside the parade ring, in which you can enjoy the electric and fun atmosphere that the Galway Races is famous for. Book early to secure your badge for the new Parade Ring Lounge.  Space is limited. Pre-booking strongly advised. Check it out today and book online. Click here.

The Parade Ring Lounge will open as gates open, 2 ½ hours before the first race. Marquee will close one hour after the last race.

What’s included:

    • Parade Ring Lounge Access Badge
    • Viewing area from the Marquee of the Parade Ring
    • Special guest racing tipster to kick off the day’s racing
    • Access to private Tote betting facilities
    • Full cash bar facilities
    • Unreserved informal seating

We look forward to seeing you. Giddy up, we’re off to Galway!


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

Fridays Most Stylish Competition generously sponsored by Athlone Town Centre.

More information to follow. Stay tuned!


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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