Ballybrit Racecourse

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Ballybrit Race Track (also known as Galway Racecourse) is a horse race course in County Galway, Ireland. It is located in the village of Ballybrit, in the environs of Castlegar, just north of the N6 Bóthar na dTreabh, c.6 km northeast of Galway city.

The track has two stands, the Main stand, and the Millennium stand.

The 7-day Galway Races Festival is held here every August.

Course Information[edit]

Right-handed course of one mile and two furlongs, with a steep decline into the dip where the last two fences are situated. These fences are famous for being the closest two fences on any racecourse in the world. There is a sharp incline to the finish line.


The first meeting was held in 1869.[1][2]

As part of his visit to Ireland in 1979, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass at the racecourse for two hundred and eighty thousand people.[2] Mayor of Galway Michéal Ó hUiginn conferred the Freedom of Galway upon the Pontiff.

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
July/Aug Wednesday Galway Plate Chase Handicap 2m 6f 4yo +
July/Aug Thursday Galway Hurdle Hurdle Handicap 2m 4yo +
October Sunday Ballybrit Novice Chase Chase Grade 3 2m 1f 4yo +


  1. ^ "History of the Galway Festival".
  2. ^ a b "Ballybrit steeped in History". Irish Daily Mirror. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2015 – via The Free Library.

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Coordinates: 53°17′58″N 8°59′57″W / 53.299414°N 8.999240°W / 53.299414; -8.999240