Galway Races Issues
May 7, 2014 6:59 PM Subscribe
My extended family, 29 people, will be visiting Ireland in the Summer of 2015. Yay! Because of the size of our group, We have already booked some accommodations. Our plan was to be in Galway on the final weekend, Aug 1 & 2, 2015, which is the Galway Races. Will this enhance or disrupt our experience? Details inside.
posted by Flood to Travel & Transportation around Galway, Ireland (10 answers total)
This family trip is centered around my father's 75th birthday. Galway will be the final stop of the trip. Of the 29 people in our group, only 6 have ever visited Ireland before. We have no real interest in horse racing.
We were hoping to stay in a hotel on Eyre Square or along the Quay. (Maybe Park House Hotel or Jury's). I know hotel prices will be double this weekend, but in this case, for various reasons, the extra cost is not the issue.
The issue: will the city be a drunken mayhem. My 75 year old parents will not want to end the trip in a Mardi Gras atmosphere. Will Eyre Square be an intolerable zoo that weekend. My parents are drinkers, and socially active - they will definitely enjoy their time in Irish pubs - but will the crowd for the Galway Races overwhelm them.
Any insight into the atmosphere of the city of Galway during the weekend of the races would be greatly appreciated. We are not sure if we should make a new plan for that final weekend. Will the Galway Races enhance or disrupt the experience.