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Increase in security at this year's Galway Races

Wednesday, 5th July, 2017 11:22am

Increased security measures will be in place at this year’s Galway Races.

Ireland’s biggest racing festival, which runs from Monday 31 July to Sunday 6 August will have more extensive bag and physical search procedures for all patrons and staff at all racecourse entrances this year. There will also be a stronger Garda presence throughout the racecourse.

The increased measures are being brought in following a review of safety procedures with the relevant authorities and “with the safety of our patrons being paramount”, a statement from the Racecourse explained.

Patrons should note that backpacks and large bags will not be allowed into the racecourse this year and only small bags measuring no bigger than A4 (29.7cm x 21cm) will be permitted to the racecourse and may be subject to search procedures. There will be no bag storage facilities in or around the racecourse.

Patrons may also be searched at the entrance to Galway Racecourse which may include a full body pat down and/or use of hand held metal detectors. Any item(s), which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon, or which may cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event, will be confiscated. Confiscated items cannot be returned once the patron has entered the racecourse.

Persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities within the racecourse or other parts of the site may be searched.

Patrons should also note that the bringing of alcohol, fireworks, smoke canisters, bottles, glasses, cans, flags, banners, poles, distress signals, laser pointers and other similar articles or containers, including anything which could or might be used as a weapon is strictly prohibited.
Baby buggies may be permitted entry but may also be subject to searches. 

Visitors are asked to notify security at the gates in advance of being searched if they are carrying a medical bag.

If a person does not wish to give consent for a search to take place, Galway Racecourse have a right to refuse admission. This racecourse policy is endorsed and supported by An Garda Síochána who will be in the vicinity of the racecourse’s designated search areas.

The Racecourse stated that it will have signage on display detailing the policy and exact procedures will be explained.

The statement added, “It is inevitable that access to the racecourse this year will take longer than normal and we would ask patrons for your understanding, patience and cooperation with our security personnel and that you allow sufficient time for entry to the racecourse.

“We also ask for your vigilance in relation to security. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please report it to one of our stewards or report it to a member of An Garda Síochána on site.”

Patrons are asked to allow plenty of time to get into the racecourse.

Anyone with any queries are asked to email Galway Racecourse directly at

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