Monday 20 May 2019

After Croker, Ballybrit? Garth Brooks invited to Galway Races

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

Caroline Crawford

Garth Brooks has been offered a novel way to unwind after his mammoth five concerts in Ireland this summer – a day at the races.

The country legend may have answered the dreams of thousands by putting on a fourth and then fifth date but in doing so he managed to clash with the country's biggest race week – the Galway Races.

However, John Moloney, manger at the Galway racecourse is not worried that the sell out gigs will lead to a drop off in numbers at Ballybrit.

“The Galway Races have run during the Olympics and the World Cup and it has continued against all sorts of events. Ireland is a great country for sports and music so this happens.

“I think people will come to Galway anyway. Obviously people will be going to Garth Brooks but I think they might well take in a day at the races, going and coming from the concerts,” he added.

Mr Moloney also suggested ladies day on Thursday, July 31 could be the perfect way for the musician to unwind after his five sell out sessions.

“We look forward to seeing all our patrons back and if he'd like to visit us after the concerts he will be more than welcome,” he added.

The Galway Races runs from Monday, July 28 to Sunday, August 3. Garth Brooks will play Croke Park on Friday 25, Saturday 26, Sunday 27, Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 of July.

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