SUNDAY 4th of August

Last day of the Galway Races Summer Festival 2024

Join us for our best line-up yet for our young racing fans at our ‘Mad Hatters Day‘ on Sunday 4th August, kindly supported by Ireland West Airport. Family admission ticket now on sale, advance ticket price just €32.50 (€40 on the day). Hugely popular day with over twenty free activities for children to enjoy including Magic Shows, Inflatable Games, Penalty Shoot-Out, Face Painters, Family Photo Booth, Tea-Cup Rides, Birds of Pray, our Miniature Train, plus lots more.

With eight competitive flat races on the card, first race on Sunday is off at 1.50pm. 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!


Mad Hatters Day

Thanks to our partners at Ireland West Airport we have fantastic prizes on offer for the very popular Mad Hatters Day competition.


Judge on the Day

Charlene Flanagan  – Charlene Flanagan (@charleneflanagan_) • Instagram photos and videos


Mad Hatters Day Prizes 2024

Children’s Category 

 1st Prize

  • Partnering with KelAir Campotel and Ryanair in offering the top prize of a return trip for 2 adults and 2 children to Barcelona (Girona) including 7 nights accommodation in a luxury mobile home in Cala GoGo Resort.

2nd Prize

  • Return flights for 2 adults and 2 kids to Milan Bergamo with tickets to Gardaland in Lake Garda.

3rd Prize

  • Return flights for 2 adults and 2 kids to London Heathrow with Aer Lingus and tickets to Legoland


Adult’s Category 

  • Return flights to Malaga with Ryanair for 2 adults this winter including free parking at Ireland West Airport during your stay, complimentary use of the Ireland West Executive Lounge and a €50 retail voucher for use in ShopWest before your flight.


Music Line Up – Sunday

This year Galway Races present to you its biggest music line up yet! Over the seven days of the Galway Races Summer Festival we have over fifty live music performances and entertainers booked. On Sunday enjoy music from:

  • The Gamblers
  • DJ Ronan Lardner, and
  • Lackagh Comhaltas

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 €30 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 #HoldYourHorses


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