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Galway Races – Ballybrit Race Track

The Ballybrit Race Track, which has also been referred to as the Galway Racecourse, is one of the most popular horse racing tracks in all of Ireland that is located in County Galway.  As for its exact location within County Galway, that would be in the village of Ballybrit, which is located in the environs of Castlegear, that is just north of N6 Bothar na dTreabh.  Essentially, all of this means that the Ballybrit Race Track is 6 km northeast of where Galway city is located.

The track, while not the largest in the world, does have two stands, the Millennium stand and the Main stand.  The popular annual 7-day Galway Races Festival is held once per year, usually taking place sometime in August.

The History of the Ballybrit Race Track

The very first meeting that ever took place at the Ballybrit Race Track happened back in 1869.  When Pope John Paul II was making his visit through Ireland in 1979, he decided to celebrate a ass at the actual race track, where over two hundred and eighty thousand total people would end up attending.  The then acting Mayor of Galway, Micheal O hUiginn, would go out of his way and conferred the Freedom of Galway upon that particular Pontiff.  Ever since this special mass and the Freedom of Galway, the Ballybrit Race Track has held a place in Ireland’s history that is of great importance to all the Irish.  

The Ballybrit Race Track Course Information

The Ballybrit Race Track is a right handed course that last for one mile plus two furlongs.  It contains a steep decline that goes into the dip, which is where the very last two fences are setup.  What makes this particular setup of such importance, is that the placement of these two fences has helped the Ballybrit Race Track become even more popular and famous, as these fences are actually the closest two fences in the world, when compared to any other race track.  As you finish up the course, there is going to be a sharp incline that leads you to the finish line.

As with any horse racing track, there is going to be some gambling that is going on throughout the day as the races get under way.  While this is completely optional for you to do, it can be a good way to have a little bit of fun while at the race track and can even result in you walking away with a couple of dollars.  If this is something that you are going to be taking part in, just remember to never gamble with anything that you cannot afford to lose, no matter what the reason may be.  Also, you should never gamble with any money that is already going to be used to pay for something, such as your rent, your car payment, food money, etc.  Just be sure that you use your head and you will not only have a great time but will not get yourself into any type of financial trouble either.

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