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Inimitable and irresistible, the Galway Races is a huge celebration of life

Eamonn Sweeney


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The Magic Lads syndicate celebrate after Magic Chegaga won at Galway on Tuesday. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

The Magic Lads syndicate celebrate after Magic Chegaga won at Galway on Tuesday. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

It’s inimitable, irresistible and infamously tricky for the punter. It’s the Galway Races. There’s nothing like it.. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

It’s inimitable, irresistible and infamously tricky for the punter. It’s the Galway Races. There’s nothing like it.. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Theo Jones, aged seven months, with mother Nicola and grandfather Jack before the Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Theo Jones, aged seven months, with mother Nicola and grandfather Jack before the Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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The Magic Lads syndicate celebrate after Magic Chegaga won at Galway on Tuesday. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

It’s a cross between a county final, St Patrick’s Day and a giant open air wedding reception. It’s the Magic Lads beating the big boys and the Shark moving in for the kill. It’s middle-aged couples jiving frenetically to ‘The Crack Was Ninety In The Isle of Man’ and youngsters hopping up and down to ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’. It’s the old style Hollywood glamour of ladies’ day dresses but also flip-flops for a fiver when feet ache too much in high heels.

It’s inimitable, irresistible and infamously tricky for the punter. It’s the Galway Races. There’s nothing quite like it.


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