The Galway Races is the highlight of the year for many fans of horse racing — or even those simply fond of having the craic.
Many people who attend do so every year and so are pros at handling the festivities – but those attending for the first time could perhaps do with a little guidance through the madness.
But even a Galway Races veteran could benefit from using some of the key apps listed below to help them through the festival…
Simplicity itself when it comes to its name, this is a handy little app for visitors to the City of the Tribes.
If offers local news, which this week is naturally dominated by the races, as well as offering suggestions and information on places to stay, shop, eat and drink, and things to do when you get tired of the racing!
This is a horse racing festival after all.
The Racing Post app is available for iOS, Android and tablet and offers news, tips, race cards, results and statistics. It also affords you the option of placing a bet with Ladbrokes or William Hill bookies within the app.
It’s a pretty nice little app – and useful too for those enjoying the races from the comfort of their couch.
As someone who has previously attended the Galway Races, take it from me that a taxi driver is your best friend at the end of a long day of betting and boozing, and, with Hailo active in Galway since 2013, it’s an app you wouldn’t want to be without for this festival.
There is also a Galway Taxis app available in the App Store that is probably worth a download – because at events like that you want to maximise your taxi options.
All the major betting shops out there have their own apps, but for those with a wariness of the traditional bookie and a love for the Tote, this is the app for you.
The app provides you with a variety of betting options, as you would have betting at a Tote counter.
I know it’s July, but it’s Ireland, so we all know that regardless of the time of year the weather could do anything.
Digging out the fleece pyjamas… #irishsummer
— Avila Lipsett (@AvilaLipsett) July 26, 2015
Australian tourist said she didn’t mind the weather as she doesn’t often get to experience winter…..? #irishsummer
— Margaret Griffin (@foodborn) July 20, 2015
So, best download the Met.ie app to figure out whether or not you’ll need to pop one of these on over your Ladies Day outfit…
Because, let’s be honest, as much as it’s about the racing, the Galway Races is also all about the style, especially on Ladies Day. Follow #galwayraces on the social network to keep up to date with all the happenings, and use it to show off to all your friends still sitting in work on a Thursday in July…
Cracking shot of @kateharro1989 celebrating her victory aboard Modem – The mother and daughter combination of Jessica and Kate Harrington teamed up to land the feature Connacht Hotel Handicap at Galway yesterday evening on Modem who was returned at odds of 5-1. Kate Harrington tracked the leaders on Modem and had to squeeze between horses to launch her challenge turning for home, after Wood Breizh had kicked. She hit the front just inside the final furlong and battled on bravely to beat Awesome Star by a neck with the favourite Ted Veale back in third. #Galway #galwayraces #galwayfestival #Connachthotel #teamharrington #winner #ballybrit #todaystips
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Have fun y’all!
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