About Galway Racecourse
Galway is one of the most important cities in Ireland. Being the European Capital of Culture this year makes this easy to see. More importantly for race fans, however, is it’s also the home of Galway Racecourse. This is a fantastic horse racing venue which features all the commodities you would expect from one of the few world-class racecourses in the country.
The track itself is suitable for both flat and national hunt racing. The course is short in distance totalling one mile and two furlongs and is run right-handed. The most exciting fact about Galway racecourse is towards the finish – where the last two fences are situated. There are two hurdles for jockeys to navigate, followed by a sharp uphill finish to end the race!
When it comes to non-horse-racing related events; Galway Racecourse hosted a mass performed by Pope John Paul II in 1979. A massive 280,000 Catholics were at the racecourse for this event!
The most significant event at Galway Racecourse every season takes place in July/August. That’s because over this period the 7-day Galway Races festival takes place. This festival starts on the last Monday of July every year and finishing on a Sunday. The busiest day during this festival takes place on a Wednesday. That’s because its biggest race, the Galway Plate, takes place. The Galway Plate is a national hunt event which runs over a distance of two miles and six furlongs. It’s a race which was first established in 1869, making it rich in both history and prestige.
The other big race taking place during this festival is the Galway Hurdle. The Hurdle takes place on a Thursday and is a two-mile race featuring nine hurdles. While not as old as the Galway Plate, the Galway Hurdle can still boast a history that began in 1913.
This makes the July/August months the ideal time to visit Galway Racecourse as it’s where all of its most significant action takes place!