Tuesday February 18, 2020

Beating the crisis on horse power

The recession may be showing little sign of going away, but the committee behind the ever-popular Galway Races fully intends to make hay regardless, writes John Fallon in Galway.

27th July, 2013
Niall McCullagh on Sadler's Mark winning last year's Guinness Time Handicap: more than 132,000 racegoers attended last year's festival. Photo: Photo: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

The Galway Races could teach the country a thing or two about how to handle a recession. That's according to Galway city mayor Padraig Conneely, who said that the festival had learned to adapt to ever-changing circumstances since the first horses battled it out in Ballybrit in 1869.

The event started out as a two-day festival and, in keeping with a policy that encourages incremental growth rather than dramatic leaps, has increased steadily to the current...

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