Ballybrit Racecourse began in the year of 1869, and is located in the Parish of Castlegar, County Galway, Ireland.

Elevation; 140 feet


  • This place is well known as The Galway Races, because of its long tradition and the fact that it is the only Racecourse for Horses, near the City.
  • Also known as a Family Event, where the Amateur can mix freely with the professional punter.
  • Historically flat while well elevated, the site is ideal.
  • About three miles East of Galway City.
  • See a dynamic Google Map of this place (new window).
  • Modern times - facilities are of a standard that they can and are, used for non- Racing purposes.
  • This is also to be the Venue for The Castlegar Gathering, 2013.
  • The Last Leg of the 100kforCormac, fundraiser for Pieta House, was here in August 2014.
  • Townland - Ballybrit.
  • Parish - Castlegar.


William Butler Yeats, the Irish Poet wrote a poem; At Galway Races, which can be read at


Coordinates for Directions. (Click on Coordinates to open a dynamic map in a new window)



  • Corrib Stand - locals knew them as the "Alley" (ref. D.C.) - must have been majestic in 1955, but lesser so, as the Century moved on. Knocked with some fanfare and replaced by the following;
  • The Millenium Stand - Foundation stone layed by Joe Walsh (T.D.), 25th Oct. 1998.
  • Killanin Stand - officially opened by Bertie Ahern, 9th July, 2007.

Today, these Monuments to Race goers, are impressive, colourful and largely practical. They also offer an elevated view of Ballybrit in general, are in the same general position as they were for the Papal visit, and look to the refurbished Ballybrit Castle.

See a wonderful Photograph, taken from the Stand in or around 1964 on Facebook.

Captain Luke Mullins, was the Predecessor to Mr. John Moloney - serving close to two Decades. 

^ Rough outline and stats. of the Course's perimeter, stands, etc.. And also other grounds and parking facilities.

356204.99 m²
0.36 km²
88.02 acres
3834158.59 feet²
You can click on it to open the Google map in a new window.


Race course bell

  • June, 2014. A successful fundraiser - ‘Ireland Heads West for Emma’ Classic & Vintage Show.

Thanks to P.M.