The Ardilaun Hotel – Sponsors of the Listed Oyster Stakes at the Autumn meeting of the Galway Races

 The Autumn meeting of the Galway Race begins Monday 7th September for three days, consisting of 21 races, both flat and national hunt races. One of the highlights of the racing festival will be the Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes, which takes place on the first day of the races, Monday 7th September, which is now in its twenty fourth year. Celebrating fifty three years in business this year, the Ryan family of The Ardilaun Hotel first became associated with this prestigious race in 1991 and have continued their support over the years.

Since 1991 when this race was first introduced, well-known and highly acclaimed trainers, jockeys and owners have chosen to enter this race, one of only two listed races in the Galway Racing calendar. As far back as 1969 Paddy Ryan, who sadly passed away was a member of the Race committee when the decision was made to add the Autumn meeting to the racing calendar, creating an extra attraction in an effort to prolong the Galway tourist season; drawing visitors and tourists to the region from all over Ireland and abroad.

‘The Galway race course is a superb asset to the Galway region, attracting visitors to stay and enjoy the area and providing a great source of revenue to all sectors. Galway has benefited greatly over the years and the Ardilaun are pleased to be associated with it,’ said John Ryan, Managing Director of the Ardilaun Hotel,’ We are certainly looking forward to another great day’s racing.’

The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes is a flat race open to colts, geldings and fillies who are three years old or more. Over the years the cream of the stables, trainers and owners have participated in this race with regular entries from leading trainers John Oxx who won last year, Dermot Weld, Aidan O’Brien, Kevin Prendergast, Jim Bolger and Mark Johnston.

Over the years The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes has drawn entries from internationally renowned owners such as Aga Khan, Godolphin Enterprise,

Moyglare Stud, John Magnier and Lady Clague.

This races meeting is also very popular with people involved in the tourist industry who may not have been available to attend during the Summer. Nightly special offers are now available call: 091 521433.

The Ardilaun Races Launch JR and Jessica and Ulestro the Horse



Did you meet at the Galway Races?

Galway race week is renowned for its great racing, great craic and great form, but what about the form that happens away from Ballybrit! Over the year’s we have played host to some great romances here in the Ardilaun Hotel during race week and for many who met here we were also the lucky hosts then for their weddings throughout the years.

How do you best describe the atmosphere during Galway race week? Well, that’s a difficult question but I am fairly sure that if you could harness the energy during the week you would power a rocket to the moon and back. The friendships renewed each year, the welcome of the crowd and the buzz of the evenings is very unique to Galway. So it only follows that for many it was where a great romance began.

When you think of romantic locations for many their minds will go to Paris or Rome for others it will be the allure of New York, all great spots but if you are looking for heart and soul like no other place then it has to be Galway on race week. The roar of the crowd, the allure and style of the ladies, the young stallions all lined out and that’s only the fella’s, all the pulses racing, its like lightning in a bottle.



Raceweek Fever at The Ardilaun Hotel

The Ryan family has a long-standing relationship with the Galway Racing Festival week. All jockeys, trainers, owners and their followers as well as the bookies will receive a warm welcome at The Ardilaun Hotel, as Taylor’s Hill gets into full race week form each night. Enjoy Ardilaun’s famous hospitality and join the racing crowd to celebrate the wins and meet familiar faces.


Live music and good food is in order with a super entertainment line-up with free live music nightly, with bands playing throughout the week including Guinness Jazz Band, Three Men & a Bass, Carmel Dempsey, topped off with raceweek piano legend Maurice entertaining nightly with his famous late night sing song to the early hours of the morning!

There will also be a special members night  for the Ardilaun Leisure Club and friends too on this evening where the group will enjoy a night of fun following their evening’s racing at Ballybrit, all for €35 including transfers, entry into races and light refreshments.

Some tickets are also available for the fifth annual charity event First Furlong at The Ardilaun in aid of Breast Cancer Research on Tuesday 28th July, check out last years video.

Wining & Dining

During the day, experience the hotel’s new food offerings with The Ardilaun Bistro’s newly launched new Summer menus, extensive craft beer, wine and cocktail selection, featuring artisan food from local West of Ireland producers served each day. During raceweek, why not park the car, have lunch and get a bus to the races all for just €20 per person. The Award Winning AA Rosette Camilaun Restaurant is also offering full table d’hote menu, with specials daily and served until late each evening.

Avalon Beauty Salon

In order to look your best, the Avalon are offering Jane Iredale mineral make-up, file & polish  for just €30 for July – for the races or that special occasion, call: 091 514708 for bookings. Check out Avalon’s latest midweek and post races packages here. So pamper yourself and get shopping now and vie for glory on the track at Ballybrit this Summer.

The message from the Ardilaun is come early so as not to be disappointed, the atmosphere is unlike any other time of year. Enjoy the luxury of free parking at the hotel, with some limited availability for accommodation, book online today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter


Kickstart Galway Races with First Furlong at The Ardilaun


It is that time of year again when we at Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race Week Festival and one of the highlights this year will be the 5th annual event in conjunction with Breast Cancer Research (formally known as NBCRI) which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 28th July.

Kicking off at 12 noon with a sparkling 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 some of Galway’s most popular milliners who are Suzie Mahony, Caithriona King, Emily Jean Designs & Majella Dalton. There will be after dinner entertainment with the popular classical tenors Duo Vocis, a treat not to be missed, with prizes for “First Past the Post Raciest Lady” and “Bookies Favourite Gent”, sponsored by Anthony Ryans and Diamonds by Julia, along with some fabulous raffle prizes also kindly donated by local businesses.

George McDonagh Racing Tipster will be on hand to give racing tips, so you can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy a complimentary shuttle 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 with Three Men and a base, topped off with a late sing song with raceweek piano legend Maurice.

Tickets are now selling for this prestigious event for just €75 per person all inclusive, therefore bookings are essential on 091 521433, visit last years video or find us on facebook.



Suzie Mahony who will hold a pop-up shop at Les Jumelles, Galway between 10am and 5pm on Saturday July 11th      Photo: Martina Regan

Milliner, Suzie Mahony’s beautiful creations have adorned the heads of best dressed ladies at race meetings around the world and made her a firm favourite with many. Recently Suzie was one of Vogue UK’s featured Milliners for Ascot this year and her work has won numerous awards. In September, she will fly the flag for Galway when she features at London Fashion Week as part of the House of Icons Show for the Prince’s Trust, where she will launch her Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. You can see learn more about Suzie and view her work by visiting her website,


CAITHRIONA  KING  MILLINERY rsz_1caithriona_king_milliner

 Galway based Caithriona King is a designer and milliner with more than 12 year’s experience and offers quality hand crafted Feathered & Beaded Headpieces, bridal headpieces, tiara’s, jewellery & hats … a mouth-watering array of colour, design and textures.
Her speciality is to customise each piece to suit your individual requirements, enjoying a close hands on approach in providing you with exactly what you want for that special day. A stunning range of styles, all available in a palette of fabulous shades to give your special outfit that extra splash of glamour and elegance. Caithriona likes her designs to be expressive so it is no surprise that she scooped the much coveted accolade of Millinery Designer of the year 2015 at the recent Golden Egg Fashion Innovation Awards, check out her website


EMILY-JEAN  DESIGNS rsz_1emily_-_jean_milliner

Irish milliner and jewellery designer Emily-Jean O’Byrne has been creating striking collections for the last ten years for both the hat couture and bridal market, specialising in stunning hats, headpieces, tiaras, combs and jewellery.

Her background and experience has defined her signature hat couture style, highlighting a passion for working with diverse materials and embellising her designs with jewels, crystals and handmade brooches. At the core of all of her designs is a sense of femi­ninity, expressed using a wide variety silks, satins, plumes, quills and ribbons, evident throughout the range.

Designing her headpieces with the right shape and style to suit the individual, she has proven that anyone can wear a hat and look great! Visit for more information.


CREVATION DESIGNS BY MAJELLA DALTON  rsz_majella_dalton_milliner

Established in 2013  Crevation Design custom creates unique and quirky millinery which is inspired by the millinery fashions of the 1920’s-1960’s .

Coming from an engineering  background Majella Ioves to mix materials and textures and play with structure and form. Having also studied Fine art and Design she has flair for working with colour. Her passion is creating unique designs for the Mother of the Bride/Groom, Wedding guests and those heading to the Races.   The aim is to provide each client with the perfect handmade design to complement their personality and style. This is a fun process, involving an initial visit to select shape/colour/materials/embellishments, a second visit to fit/ finalise the design and if necessary a final visit to collect your finished “Crevation” (Creativity mixed with Innovation), visit her facebook page for more information.





Francis Brennan ‘At Your Service’ for Annual BPW Summer Lunch in aid of Childline Galway at The Ardilaun Hotel  

Francis Brennan, well known hotelier, author and star of “At Your Service” TV programme on RTÉ will speak at this year’s BPW Galway Summer Lunch.

Plans are well advanced for the popular event, which will take place here in The Ardilaun Hotel on Friday, 15th May.  The day will start with a Prosecco reception at 12 noon, followed by a 4-course sumptuous lunch with wine. A Raffle in aid of Childline Galway promises some fabulous prizes.  Then, while away the afternoon to the Music of The Marley Road Band from 4pm into early evening.

Speaking at the launch, President of BPW Galway, Moyra McMahon said; ‘The BPW Members and Guests are looking forward to hearing from Francis Brennan; Ireland’s much-loved hospitality business guru.  Every business, regardless of sector or size, will benefit from Francis’ attention to detail, stellar customer service, style and energy.’

BPW Galway is grateful to Francis for giving his time and expertise to this event which will benefit the important work of ISPCC/Childline Galway

Speaking on behalf of the charity, which has just come through an emergency appeal for funds to keep its night-time service open, Carmen Taheny Corporate Fundraising Executive said; ‘We are delighted Childline Galway is going to benefit from the proceeds of the raffle from this year’s BPW Summer Lunch event. Childline Galway answered 32, 829 calls in 2014 and currently has 32 volunteers with 14 in training. These funds will make a difference to many children’s lives in Galway City and County.’

Tickets are priced at  Members €60 and are available by searching or by emailing For more information contact Moyra on 086 265 6021



Daffodil Day Coffee Morning

The Ardilaun Hotel in association with the local branch of the Irish Cancer Society are organising a coffee morning this Friday 20th March between 10.30am and 12 noon where all proceeds of the event go directly to this worthwhile charity.

All are welcome to attend and customers are asked to donate €3 to the Irish Cancer Society for Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee accompanied by Fresh Homemade Fruit & Chocolate Chip Scones all baked inhouse by the kitchen team at The Ardilaun. For anyone interested in attending the coffee morning or supporting the local branch of the Irish Cancer Society, please contact Maria Kelly at The Ardilaun on: 091 519795.

The Ardilaun staff are decorating the Hotel reception area with posters, balloons and daffodils creating awareness of Daffodil Day as well as selling daffodil pins and keyrings on the day.  Daffodil Day is the Irish Cancer Society’s major fundraising day supporting cancer patient care and information services across the country. It’s a day for all of us to come together and pin a daffodil to the nation, giving hope and support to people affected by cancer in Ireland. Funds from Daffodil Day ensure that certain  families all around Ireland had a specialist night nurse in their home in their time of need.. so we want to help them more for 2015 and we are supporting them to help them reach this target. For more information visit the events page on facebook.


The Ardilaun Hotel is the place to be this Halloween on Friday 1st November, for anyone who is over 25 years and who wishes to dust off their costumes, come along to the hotel for a fun filled Halloween party from 9pm, take time out of your busy schedule and let your hair down this Autumn. This fun evening kicks off at 9pm with disco dancing until late.

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Outlining what guests might look forward to at the Halloween Trick or Treat party in The Ardilaun Hotel , according to organisers Elaine Faherty and Yvonne Hanley are “a night of fun and frolics for Halloween with a ghoulish drink on arrival, finger food, music of the 80’s, 90’s and naughties and a great spooky atmosphere with late night DJ. It promises to be a great night with tickets now selling from only €15 per person”.

There will be fantastic prizes to be won including prizes for the best costumes. Raffle proceeds on the night will go directly to the Galway Hospice, a very worthy cause. Tickets for the Halloween themed party may be purchased from the following Galway retail outlets – Faherty Paints Woodquay, O’ Briens Newsagent Shop St, and Richard Hughes Opticians, Woodquay, or call Elaine or Yvonne on: 087 699539 or 086 3044874.

Tribes Alive returns to Galway this Summer

During your stay at The Ardilaun Hotel Galway, check out the Dramatic Walking Tour of Galway’s Medieval Latin Quarter

Fancy an exciting living history journey through the heart of medieval Galway? And one which offers an authentic and fun insight into the city’s rich cultural heritage? Then don’t miss Tribes Alive!, an enchanting 60 minute dramatic walking tour through the winding medieval streets of Galway’s Latin Quarter.

Presented in an engaging and humorous way, the tour in association with Failte Ireland returns for an extended run after a successful pilot last year and will again take participants on an enchanting journey back in time. Written by Paraic Breathnach, directed by Rod Goodall and featuring local actors, the tour will visit nine of the city’s most historic landmarks including Blake’s Tower, Kirwan’s Lane, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, The Hall of the Red Earl and Spanish Arch.

With up to two performances per day and private tours available by arrangement, this unique tour based on historical fact and humorous observation brings to life great Galway stories, larger than life Galway characters and historical Galway events. Don’t miss it!

Looking forward to the re-launch of Tribes Alive, Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland’s Head of Operations, believes the initiative will give a great boost to the City, and said:

“Fáilte Ireland continues to invest heavily in enhancing the cultural and heritage product across the country in 2013 and while Galway has some world-famous summer festivals, experiences like this, which combine live professional performances with our living history, are becoming increasingly attractive as they bring to life our heritage and culture and offer the visitor the opportunity to immerse themselves in it.

We are delighted to be supporting Tribes Alive again in 2013. A product like this which harnesses the energy and history of the city is guaranteed to enhance the visitor experience in Galway against the backdrop of our vibrant City of Culture and Festivals. The addition of this unique experience to the busy summer calendar serves to reinforce the City of the Tribes’ reputation as a premier destination for domestic and international visitors.”

Advance booking though not essential is available through the Discover Ireland Centre, Forster St, Galway; or book online at Tickets also available from Galway Arts Centre 47 Dominick St and Lally Tours Office Forster St. ** Tour concludes 15 September. For more information visit or e mail

Tickets €10* (*Accompanied U-14’s free). Tour departs from outside Blake’s Tower, near Jury’s Inn, Quay St.  2.30pm Mon – Fri until Fri 9 Aug; and then 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tues to Fri & also 2.30pm Sundays ‘til Sun 15 Sept

The Tribes Alive Theatrical Walking Tour is a Destination Development 2013 initiative of Failte Ireland, supported by Galway’s Latin Quarter.  The Failte Ireland Tourism Product Development Strategy 2007-2013 recognises the need to invest in the experience of culture and heritage provided to visitors. The aim of the Interpretation and Animation scheme (from which Tribes Alive is funded) is to enhance the visitor experience by supporting innovative projects which bring to life our heritage and culture both inside visitor attractions and in the public spaces of key destinations.

First Furlong at The Ardilaun for the Galway Races

One of the major social events getting Galway Race week under way is First Furlong at the Ardilaun Hotel held in aid of The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI). Now in its third year it takes place on Tuesday 30th July and encapsulates all the fun of the Galway races with lunch, music and fashion. Master of Ceremonies this year is Image Magazine Editor, Melanie Morris.

Starting at 12 noon with a sparkling drinks reception those attending will enjoy a beautiful four course lunch with wine, followed by an afternoon of fabulous fashion with a Millinery Showcase hosted by Fashion Editor of Irish Independent and Weekend Magazine, Bairbre Power featuring some of Ireland’s leading Milliners: Suzie Mahony, Andrea Tighe, Caithriona King, Fiona Mangan and Mary White. Bairbre will also judge ‘First Past the Post Raciest Lady’ and ‘Bookies Favourite Gent’ sponsored by Anthony Ryans and Diamonds by Julia.

Tipsters will be on hand to give racing tips before everyone is shuttled to Ballybrit for an evening of racing. Tickets are on sale from the Ardilaun Hotel for the amazing price of just €65, that includes your shuttle to and from the races, along with entry into the race course. Alternatively treat yourself and stay overnight also with an all-inclusive package of €150 per person sharing. All monies raised on the day will go to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute based at NUI Galway.

So why now line up for the First Furlong while supporting breast cancer research. Tickets and packages are available online or call on 091 521433.