Irish Racecourse Information

Galway Racecourse

Racecourse Information
Welcome To Galway Racecourse
Records of organised race meetings in Co Galway go back to the middle of the 18th century and, according to local tradition, steeplechase races were run annually at Kiltulla, east of Ballybrit, for many years prior to 1868. In 1868, due to flooding of the course, they were transferred to Bushfield, beyond Oranmore. These, we are told, were the forerunners of the Galway races.

Sources record that there was an attendance of around 40,000 on the opening day at Ballybrit on Tuesday, 17th August 1869, and that 35,000 people turned up on the second day of the meeting. It is reported that the park in Eyre Square was used as a camping site to accommodate the huge crowds that arrived for the occasion. The first meeting was an overwhelming success and the Galway Races have gone from strength to strength ever since. The Galway Plate is one of the most important steeplechases in Ireland.

The new Millennium Stand with its viewing terrace for 8,000 people and a second floor seating balcony for 2,000 people also features a wide range of amenities. The 1999 summer festival meeting became the first festival in Ireland to run for a full week - where new records for both attendances and betting were set.
Contact Details
Galway Racecourse
Address
Galway Racecourse
Ballybrit
Galway
Ireland
Telephone
353 91 753 870
Fax
353 91 752 592
Travel Information
Local Transport Links
By Road
Galway is 136 miles from Dublin. The racecourse is situated four miles outside the city centre off the Galway-Tuam road. Directions to the course from the city are clearly marked with AA signs.
Public Transport
Regular train service to Galway from Dublin (Heuston Station). Special continuous bus service from Galway city centre during racing.
Airport
Carnmore 8.9 km (5.5 miles)
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Facilities
Betting
Tote facilities and bookmakers are available
Parking
Children
Disabled
Enclosures And Grandstands
Grandstand
Tickets:
Food And Drink
Viewing
Dress
Course Details
Flat Course
Galway Racecourse Flat Course
Effect Of Draw
Low numbers slight advantage in 7 furlongs.



Galway is right handed and almost rectangular of 1 mile 2 furlongs. Sharp decent to the turn in and uphill finish of 2 furlongs.
National Hunt Course
Galway Racecourse National Hunt Course



Galway is right handed and almost rectangular of 1 mile 2 furlongs. Sharp decent to the turn in and uphill finish of 2 furlongs. 6 hurdles and 7 fences on circuit.
Fixtures
2011
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25 July 2011
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23 October 2011
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