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Famous faces lead the way at Galway Races

Published 31/07/2013 | 20:19

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Rugby Lion Sean O Brien at the Galway races
Rugby Lion Sean O Brien at the Galway races
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on a walk about at the third day of the Galway Races
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on a walk about at the third day of the Galway Races

Irish rugby star Sean O'Brien made his annual appearance at Ballybrit today.

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Underneath all of the umbrellas, a few well-known faces were floating about Ballybrit racecourse today.

British and Irish Lion Sean O’Brien was enjoying his “last hurrah” before returning to training with Leinster, next Tuesday, and spent the majority of the afternoon in the shelter of the main totes tent with a group of childhood friends.

While he told the Irish Independent he's "not a betting man", the Tullow Tank, said he's a regular at the Galway Races each year.

Maura Derrane at the Galway races in Ballybrit Galway yesterday.
Maura Derrane at the Galway races in Ballybrit Galway yesterday.
Claire Dunlop from Kilkenny City and Edel O' Mara from Portumna Galway at the Galway races in Ballybrit Galway yesterday. (Steve Humphreys/Steve Humphreys)
Claire Dunlop from Kilkenny City and Edel O' Mara from Portumna Galway at the Galway races in Ballybrit Galway yesterday. (Steve Humphreys/Steve Humphreys)
Enjoying the Galway Races at Ballybrit yesterday were nurses and midwifes from left, Noelle Greene from Tipperary, Sinead Walsh from Tipperary, Aoife Ryan from Tipperary, Kate Hennessy from Tipperary, Tara Johnston from Tipperary and June Petrie from Mayo. Pic Steve Humphreys 30th July 2013.
Enjoying the Galway Races at Ballybrit yesterday were nurses and midwifes from left, Noelle Greene from Tipperary, Sinead Walsh from Tipperary, Aoife Ryan from Tipperary, Kate Hennessy from Tipperary, Tara Johnston from Tipperary and June Petrie from Mayo. Pic Steve Humphreys 30th July 2013.

And despite forecasts of thunderstorms ahead, O'Brien, who was sporting a cast on his left hand following an operation on his thumb, plans to stick around for the remainder of the week.

While the weather may not have co-operated, the punters enjoyed a successful afternoon financially, with several favourites coming in with a win.

“The punters couldn’t have wished for a better day and Carlingford Lough really hit us where it hurts in the Galway Plate. It’s been a day to forget for the bookies and we’ll be hoping to pick up the slack over the next four days," a Paddy Power spokesperson said.

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