The Galway Race Summer Festival is the pinnacle summer event in Galway’s social calendar. It is not only one of Irelands greatest Horseracing festivals but it is also one of the greatest festivals in Ireland. Very few sport occasions create such a buzz and atmosphere throughout an entire city. The seven day card brings throngs of racegoers to the West coast each year the last week in July. It’s a week that locals and visitors alike look forward to. We are fortunate to be located ideally between the city center and the Race Course.
The eagerly anticipated week long summer festival kicks off on Monday 30th July with the first of seven races taking place at 5:20pm. This is the 149th running (pardon the pun) of the iconic festival. Monday is Gather your Tribes Day, Tuesday is known as Sports and Social Day, the seven race card again kicks off at 5:20pm.  It’s a slightly earlier start on Wednesday, Galway Plate day with the first of a nine race card starting at 5:10pm. Thursday is one of the social highlights of the year in Ireland Ladies Day, the fashionistas of Ireland descend on Ballybrit to see who is crowned Best Dressed Lady. Friday is the My Fair Lady Day with a 5:10pm start for the seven races. Saturday is a family day and an earlier meet the first of seven races start at 2:30pm, Sunday finishes with the Mad Hatters Day theme and a 2:15pm start.
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 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 our Most Stylish competition will run again this year with  a wonderful prize package worth over 1K is up for grabs on the evening.
So mark The Connacht Hotel in your diary as your post racing venue on Ladies Day!
We look forward to welcoming you to the hotel and wish you lots of fun & luck for the week!
Make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing week by booking direct now to get the best prices in the perfect location to enjoy the Races.