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#Ballybrit

# ballybrit - Tuesday 6 August, 2019

Brilliant Borice, Elliott's Plate and One Cool Poet: The Galway Races in review

Donn McClean runs down the best moments of a fantastic week of racing in Ballybrit.

# ballybrit - Sunday 4 August, 2019

Enigmatic Yorkhill claims big victory on final day at Galway

Meanwhile Gerry Keane saddled the most valuable winner of his career when Laughifuwant landed the feature Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap.

# ballybrit - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Power guides Tudor City to Galway Hurdle glory in thrilling finish

The Tony Martin-trained horse came fast and late under Robbie Power on day four at Ballybrit.

# ballybrit - Saturday 7 July, 2018

From TheJournal.ie 'The staff are buzzing' - Galway is on the hunt for its latest millionaire Ballybrit

'The staff are buzzing' - Galway is on the hunt for its latest millionaire

The winning ticket was sold in Ballybrit in the western county.

# ballybrit - Thursday 3 August, 2017

Wild celebrations in west Waterford and Panama after the opening winner at Galway Races yesterday

Fair to say the Connery Family Syndicate got excited.

# ballybrit - Monday 31 July, 2017

19-year-old Aubrey McMahon wins 'Amateur Derby' as Galway Races get underway

16/1 shot Whiskey Sour won the feature on day one at Ballybrit.

# ballybrit - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Window smashed in Galway mosque while people inside praying Ballybrit

Window smashed in Galway mosque while people inside praying

Imam Ibrahim Noonan said people were upset by the incident.

# ballybrit - Monday 1 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Houses evacuated after viable explosive is found in Galway Ballybrit

Houses evacuated after viable explosive is found in Galway

The incident happened late last night.

# ballybrit - Sunday 2 August, 2015

Aidan O'Brien's teenage son rode a memorable Galway winner this afternoon

Donnacha O’Brien claimed the feature on the final day of the festival.

# ballybrit - Saturday 1 August, 2015

Our 8/1 tip for the Galway Races today

Day Six and you’re still going strong, right horse fans?

# ballybrit - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

From The Daily Edge The 11 best things to eat in Galway this week Sponsored By HRI

The 11 best things to eat in Galway this week

The feed you need.

# ballybrit - Tuesday 28 July, 2015

The rain came to Galway today for Day 2 of the festival

Our 9/1 tip returned some nice each-way money.

Our 9/1 tip for the Galway Races today

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the 6.50pm at Ballybrit this evening

# ballybrit - Monday 27 July, 2015

What's the big fuss about the Galway Races? Here's everything you need to know

When does the racing start? And, more importantly, who’s going to win?

Our 8/1 tip for the Galway Races today

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the 6.15pm at Ballybrit this evening.

# ballybrit - Sunday 3 August, 2014

All the results and the best pics from the final day of the Galway Races

Baraweez was the winner in the feature while trainer Tony Martin claimed his sixth victory of the week.

# ballybrit - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

All the results and the best pics from Day 3 of the Galway Races

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and president Michael D Higgins were in attendance as Road To Riches won the Galway Plate.

# ballybrit - Monday 28 July, 2014

All the results and the best pics from Day 1 of the Galway Races

A number of Irish rugby stars were in attendance as the festival got under way.

# ballybrit - Monday 29 July, 2013

Fun, frocks, winners and losers: 14 pictures from day one of the Galway Races

Beats spending Monday afternoon in work, that’s for sure.

# ballybrit - Monday 8 April, 2013

From TheJournal.ie New Hewlett Packard facility to create 150 construction jobs Jobswatch

New Hewlett Packard facility to create 150 construction jobs

The 87,000 square foot facility will be dedicated to software research and development, cloud technology and business services.

# ballybrit - Monday 30 July, 2012

Galway races: And they're off... Dermot Weld and Ruby up and running

“He’ll come back here for a handicap on Sunday on the Flat providing the ground stays decent, it’s beautiful at the moment.”

# ballybrit - Thursday 24 May, 2012

From TheJournal.ie HP Ireland: job losses will impact 'every business and region' HP Ireland

HP Ireland: job losses will impact 'every business and region'

But there is no specific details for the 4,000 people currently employed at HP Ireland.

# ballybrit - Friday 28 October, 2011

From TheJournal.ie Man killed in single vehicle crash in Co Galway Roads

Man killed in single vehicle crash in Co Galway

The 52-year-old was the sole occupant of the car which struck a wall on the N17 at Ballybrit this morning.

# ballybrit - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

From TheJournal.ie 'Bertie, you b****x': Former Taoiseach gets an earful in Galway Galway Races

'Bertie, you b****x': Former Taoiseach gets an earful in Galway

Bertie Ahern was heckled at the Galway Races – but some other Fianna Fáilers were counting their winnings…

# ballybrit - Monday 25 July, 2011

Mark your Card: Galway Festival day one

We take a look at the runners and riders on day one at Ballybrit. Go on ya good thing …

# ballybrit - Monday 13 December, 2010

From TheJournal.ie Hewlett Packard to create 105 jobs in Galway Jobswatch

Hewlett Packard to create 105 jobs in Galway

The computer and printer manufacturer will create posts in software engineering and recruitment will begin straight away.

# ballybrit - Monday 26 July, 2010

WITH ONE OF the biggest fixtures on the racing calendar – the Summer Festival at the Galway Races – kicking off this evening, it seems only right that we go back down memory lane a bit and pick out some random bits and bobs for your afternoon amusement.

They’re a pretty old-school thing
The first ever racing festival at the famed Ballybrit racecourse was a two-day meeting in August 1869. Back then, Ulysses S Grant had just taken over as the 18th President of the United States, some random book called War and Peace was being published, and Queen Victoria had just appointed Gladstone as prime minister.

The festival only became a 3-day event 90 years later, but had more and more days added over the 1970s and 1980s before becoming a week long in 1999.

It had the world’s longest bar…
Anyone who has been to the races before they became a 7-day event in 1999 may recall the old main Corrib Stand – or, at least, they’ll recall it if they weren’t at the bar below for too long.

The bar along the foot of the old stand, which essentially stretched its entire length, was anecdotally the longest bar in the world for many years but had fallen into disrepair before the new Millennium Stand was opened in ’99.

…and the shortest gap between two fences
As if for perfect contrast, aside from having the longest bar in the world, it also has the shortest gap between two fences of any racecourse in the world.

Keep an eye out for the last two fences at the end of the ten-furlong course – which themselves are in the middle of a slight dip in the ground. If a horse takes the second-last badly, it might not make it over the final fence.

The Pope wandered along in 1979
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.”

The Bible is fairly black and white on gambling – but not that Pope John Paul II was too bothered when he attended the races in September 1979 as part of his visit to Ireland.

280,000 people showed up to hear him speak and to hear the immortal words:

Young people of Ireland, I love you.

It was such a great occasion – even in the early 1900s – that Yeats wrote about it
One of William Butler Yeats’ more celebrated works celebrated sport’s ability to help its spectators escape from the humdrum of the real world and for a brief few minutes live on a higher plane:

THERE where the course is,
Delight makes all of the one mind,
The riders upon the galloping horses,
The crowd that closes in behind:
We, too, had good attendance once,
Hearers and hearteners of the work;
Aye, horsemen for companions,
Before the merchant and the clerk
Breathed on the world with timid breath.
Sing on: somewhere at some new moon,
We’ll learn that sleeping is not death,
Hearing the whole earth change its tune,
Its flesh being wild, and it again
Crying aloud as the racecourse is,
And we find hearteners among men
That ride upon horses.

Just remember that when your odds-on favourite stumbles between the last two fences.