It is that time of year again when the four star Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race Week Festival and one of the highlights this year again which is now in its eighth year is the First Furlong at The Ardilaun in conjunction with Breast Cancer Research which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 31st July at the hotel.

Kicking off at 12 noon with a sparkling wine drinks reception and entertainment by the Guinness Jazz Band, guests can dress up for the Races, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with wine, followed by fabulous fashion with Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency, featuring Galway’s most popular milliners who are Suzie Mahony, Caithriona King, Majella Dalton and Designs by Shimer. There will be after dinner entertainment by international soprano singer Marika Rauscher – The Voice of Choice a treat not to be missed, with prizes for “First Past the Post Raciest Lady” and “Bookies Favourite Gent”, sponsored by Anthony Ryans, along with some fabulous raffle prizes also kindly donated by local businesses including a weekend away compliments of Select Hotels of Ireland, of which Ardilaun are a member.

You can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy complimentary coaches to transfer you and your guests to the Racetrack to make the first race for this evening meeting, with complimentary entry to the racecourse also. Alternatively, relax and chill out in Blazers Bar and The Ardilaun Bistro with large screens featuring the Galway Races from Ballybrit. Avail of the free entertainment later that evening back at The Ardilaun.

Tickets are now selling for this prestigious event for just €80 per person all inclusive, therefore bookings are essential on 091 521433 or check out our video on or join our events page on facebook.

Proceeds from the event will support Breast Cancer Research, a charity that is positively impacting future outcomes for breast cancer patients by funding world-class breast cancer research at NUI Galway.

Tickets for First Furlong at the Ardilaun are available here or call +353 (0) 91 521 433.

Overnight stays available here or call +353 (0) 91 521 433



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