This is Galway’s Day to Day Guide to the Galway Races 2024
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This is Galway’s Day to Day Guide to the Galway Races 2024

There are so many exciting things to do each year in Galway during Race Week and 2024 is no exception! All the fun kicks off this year on July 29th and runs until Sunday August 4th, so dive into our day to day events guide below to discover how you can make the most of the Galway Races 2024.

Monday - 29th July

12pm - Racing for Rosabel at The Connacht Hotel - An event which will feature an Aperol Garden Party with music entertainment, a three-course luncheon, tipster fun, fashion advice from Gráinne Seoige, Gillian Duggan, & Fiona Morgan Coleman as well as transport and entry to Day 1 of the Galway Races. With over €6,500 worth of prizes to be won, it promises to be a fabulous event for a fantastic cause, tickets available at the link above.

2.30pm - Naturally, we can’t talk about the Galway Races without mentioning the main hive of activity, and what better way to kick off your Race Week fun than spending Day 1 taking in all the excitement at the Ballybrit racecourse. Join them on Opening Day for a series of lively and colourful musical performances. Enjoy delicious food and drink while you soak in all the excitement and don’t forget to place your bets before the first races start at 4.30pm. Get your admission tickets here. Alternatively, Monday is the perfect day to plan out which bars you'll be watching the races from with your pals! So far, we are putting our money on Taylor's, M.P. Walsh's, Kelehan's, Carroll's on Dominick St, McGettigans, Garavan's and An Púcán so keep an eye on our socials to see where we end up and who knows we might just join you for a cold one!

Afterparty at 9pm - Clayton Hotel - Return each night to the Clayton Hotel via the free shuttle bus to Clayton Hotel and avail for their amazing free live entertainment all week long! On Monday night they've got performances from Kayla McDonagh & The Experts, Altrad, Who Knows, and DJ Derek Flaherty. Check out the rest of their week's lineup right here.

Tuesday - 30th July

12pm - Tom Sheridans Bar's Tipster Lunch - On this special tipster lunch, your afternoon will include everything you could want from a day of racing including; a pre-race two-course lunch with a complimentary drink, racing tips from special guests Bryan Cooper, race entry and card as well a return transfer to and from the track on a private coach. So, gather up your friends, dust off your glad rags and join them for what promises to be a fantastic day.

Afterparty - When the races have come to an end for Day 2, head off to Oranmore and experience the Galway Races nightlife like no other. With live entertainment every night, free parking, late bars and the option of a return bus transfer and free drink for only €13, this is too good an opportunity to miss! To learn more about this offer and the bus times to/from the racetrack please tap here. For the afterparty, you'll never go wrong selecting the Porterhouse. They will also be showing the races live each day so if viewing all the action with a pint of Guinness sounds like a plan, well this is the perfect spot. In addition to this, treat yourself to some food from their neighbours GIGAS Dinergrill and you have yourself a match made in heaven. Additionally, there's always loads of craic to be had at Glynn's Bar no matter the time of day or day of week and they work with the incredible Urban Fire to bring you delectable wood fire pizzas which are a phenomenal addition to your race day afterparty at Glynn's. Alternatively, the newly revamped McDonagh’s Thatch Bar & Beer Garden is home to a stunning beer garden that has ample room for all you and all your pals. Here, they have recently opened their cocktail bar with a fab menu so we highly recommend paying them a visit during Race Week also.

Wednesday - 31st July

1pm - Best Dressed at Brunch at The Hardiman - Ladies and Gentlemen, fashion enthusiasts, and brunch aficionados, get ready to show off your most stylish Galway Races outfit. Join The Hardiman for this fabulous event where the esteemed panel of judges, comprising fashion experts and style icons will be on the lookout for originality, attention to detail, and that certain je ne sais quoi. They’re excited to offer amazing prizes for Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gentleman, and Best Headpiece! Brand Ambassador Sarah Battle will be judging on the day along with the stunning Emily Jean Atelier and Martina of Harper.ie. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, a delicious brunch prepared by head chef Dominique, a taster of the beautiful Bottega Prosecco, and great music by none other than Michelle Lally. Tickets available via link above.

Afterparty - Ruaile Buaile at The Quays - While they've got entertainment lined up all week long, on the Wednesday of Race Week, Ruaile Buaile are taking to the stage in their Music Hall. Ruaile Buaile are an Irish based 5 piece twisted-trad band, from upbeat old Irish favourites, ground thumping trad, and unique twists on recent day classics, this collective are bringing their energy to Galway for an unforgettable Race Week  afterparty. In addition to the live music in the Music Hall and live in the bar from 6pm every day, there will be great local food served all day so be sure to pay them a visit. You are not going to want to miss it! Tap here to check out the other performers they have lined up for Race Week.

Thursday - 1st August

12pm - Bet on Brunch at the g Hotel - From Tuesday to Friday race-goers and racing fans alike can get the inside track on all the runners, riders, style and craic, at the leisurely brunch event with ex-racing jockey Jane Mangan. Guests can enjoy a delicious brunch with bubbles, while getting all exclusive insights and race day tips. Pre-booking is essential to guarantee the bus to Ballybrit Racecourse, while guest walk-ins are welcome for the daily brunch event.

Friday - 2nd August

12pm - Pink Friday at The Ardilaun Hotel - One of the highlights this year is the Pink Friday Luncheon event at The Ardilaun in support of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute which encapsulates fun, food and racing. Guests wearing a splash of pink to be in with a chance of winning the Best Dressed competition sponsored by Anthony Ryan’s.Special Guest Tipster and Jockey Amy Jo Hayes will also be giving her personal racing tips for Ballybrit. For this event there will be a sparkling bubbly reception, along with gin and vodka reception sponsored by Dingle Distillery and Poachers Drinks with live entertainment. Get your ticket via the link above.

8pm - CEOL at Coyotes - As if Galway isn’t buzzing enough over Race Week, CEOL are performing for one night only at Coyotes. This young band has taken the Irish folk music scene by storm and on the Friday of Race Week they have a fantastic show prepared. Doors 8pm, band on stage 10pm, followed by DJ til late!

Sunday - 4th August

1pm - 80s Disco Brunch at HYDE Hotel - Dust off your leg warmers and tease up that hair because on the final day of Race Week HYDE Bar are throwing the ultimate 80s Disco Brunch! You’ll enjoy a delectable main course and not one, but two fabulous cocktails to get you in the groove. Their chefs are ready to serve up some delicious dishes while bartenders mix up the best cocktails in town. Dance the afternoon away to the biggest hits of the 80s. DJ Frank Nestor will be spinning back-to-back classics from legends like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Duran Duran.

8pm - ABBA ‘Mamma Mia’ Tribute at Lough Rea Hotel & Spa -  Wrap up the Galway Races 2024 and attend the phenomenal on-stage tribute to ABBA. ‘Mamma Mia Band’ will perform LIVE whilst guests relish two hours of the top ABBA hits. Having performed all around Ireland and Europe this tribute act guarantees to keep you dancing and singing all night long. A great show with plenty of audience participation to add to the fun. Their Swedish accents and authentic costumes take you back to the 70’s & 80’s making this a night you won’t forget.

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