First Furlong

In support of National Breast Cancer Research Institute
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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 Guinness Jazz Band on arrival. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with fine wines, followed by Millinery & Fashion Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency and Anthony Ryans, featuring Galway’s most popular milliners Majella Lennon of Crevations Designs and Ailish McElroy Millinery.

There will be after dinner entertainment by Galway's talented tenors 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 especially Nuasan including a weekend away compliments of Select Hotels of Ireland, of which The Ardilaun are a member.

Delighted to have Ally McGinn Make-up Artist and Social Media Influencer as Guest Judge For the Best Dressed Competition on the Day.

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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 with Eric & Lisa and Three men & a Bass.

To join our mailing list, please email : news@theardilaunhotel.ieProceeds 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.

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