Yes, you heard it right here the Galway Races 2020 is closed to the public. The official word is that the iconic Galway Race Meeting, or as it’s known locally, the Race week, will only be held behind closed doors and televised due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The first time the races took place way back in 1869 they were just a 2 day event, rising to 5 days in 1974 and up to 7 days in 1999. With upwards of 150,000 spectators descending on Galway across the week, it is the highlight of the business year for most in Galway. Some bookings are made a year in advance and with repeat bookings made a many years in advance.
The Galway races really are a who’s who of the racing world, with some of most famous horses and jockeys hoping to win silverware in some of the calendar’s most prestigious events.
You will hear talk of the Ladies Day which is held on the Thursday and is always the busiest day of the event. Ladies compete for the most stylish awards for Best Dressed Lady and Most Elegant Hat or, as the ladies like to call them a Fascinator.
If you have a week to spare and are lucky enough to get a room to stay and even luckier to place a winning bet on a winning horse. Then get yourself to the Tribal County of Galway on the 27th of July to the 2nd of August for an unforgettable experience, even if it is watching from a TV screen!