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First Furlong at The Ardilaun Hotel

In support of National Breast Cancer Research Institute


SAVE THE DATE   Tuesday 26th July 2022


It is with great pleasure that we make the welcome return of The First Furlong at The Ardilaun after a three year hiatus so this year will be bigger and better than ever !

It is that time of year again when the team here at The Ardilaun Hotel are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race Week Festival and one of the highlights this year again which is now in it’s tenth year is the First Furlong at The Ardilaun in support of the National Breast Cancer Research which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 26th July at the hotel.

This proven formula to the popular day has worked well over the years. Guests get glammed up and dress up for the Races. At 12 noon on the day, we have a sparkling bubbly reception and live entertainment by the Guiness Jazz Band on arrival. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with fine wines, followed by fabulous fashion with Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency, featuring Galway’s most popular milliners.

There will be after dinner entertainmentby Galway's talented tendors Duo Vocis, a treat not to be missed, along 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 The Ardilaun are a member.  

You can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy coach transfer for you and your guests to the Racetrack to make the first race for this evening meeting, which includes 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 will be going on sale online in the coming weeks for this prestigious event for just €89 per person all inclusive, so watch this space as it will be on a first come first served basis.

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Proceeds from the event will directly support the National Breast Cancer Research  Institute, a charity that is positively impacting future outcomes for breast cancer patients by funding world-class breast cancer research at NUI Galway, under the stewardship of Professor Michael Kerin and his team