The Galway Race Summer Festival is the pinnacle summer event in Galway’s social calendar. We are delighted to extend our sponsorship of the festival again this year and are proud sponsor of the feature race The Connacht Hotel QR Handicap, on Mondays opening day of the festival on July 31st.

We have a jam-packed line up of events throughout the week which will appeal to all racegoers.

The fun begins in Ballybrit with the first race at 5.15pm on Monday 31st July through to the last race on Sunday 6th August at 6pm. 2017 sees the 148th running of the iconic Galway Races Summer Festival, prize money has been boosted to a new record level at the Ballybrit venue to over €2,000,000. With fifty-two races over the seven days, each day now offers a minimum prize fund of €100,000 for the feature race. The overall prize fund has been increased by €123,000 on last year’s Festival.

Back to the hotel.. and we have an impressive line-up of entertainment events throughout the week, which is sure to attract the crowds and create a buzz around the hotel.

There will be delicious food on offer daily, with a Buffet being served daily from 12-5pm, an evening Race Week menu from 5pm-10.30pm, our famous and seriously tasty pizzas are available until 11pm nightly and finger food from 11.30pm – 1.30am so there is no chance of anyone going hungry! 

We have the perfect pre & post race dining packages, if you are racing as a group and are looking for a corporate entertaining option, or a meeting spot, we have everything you need. Enquire about our pre & post racing packages today as booking is essential Tel: 091 381200 or email:

We have bus transfers to Ballybrit for customers on Wednesday & Thursday (Ladies Day) and with a taxi rank within the hotel grounds, and extensive free car parking, and our proximity to ballybrit, its sure to get you to race track with ease.

There is live entertainment nightly at the hotel, and on Thursday 3rd August (Ladies Day) we have Hermitage Green playing at our Bulmers Live event in The Ryan Room, and our Most Stylish competition will run from 8pm with fashionista and stylist Marietta Doran along with Galway milliner Emily-Jean O’Byrne judging the style, a wonderful prize package worth over 1K is up for grabs on the evening, which includes accommodation for Ladies Day 2018 at the hotel, a bespoke headpiece from Emily-Jean O’Byrne, a bottle of champagne and fashion goods to then value of €300. So mark The Connacht Hotel in your diary as your post racing venue on Ladies Day!

Check out our entertainment guide below for the full line up of music.

We look forward to welcoming you to the hotel and wish you lots of fun & luck for the week!

RACEWEEK 2017 AT THE connacht hotel