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In 1764 there was a five-day race meeting at Knockbarron near Loughrea, and exactly 100 years later, the ‘Western Plate’ race was confined to “gentlemen riders qualified for National Hunt Races at Punchestown or members of the County Galway Hunt”. The first racing festival held in Ballybrit was a two-day event with the first race meeting on Tuesday, 17th August, 1869.
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    Galway Races, The

    by trad
    [C] As I went down to Galway Town
    To seek for recreation
    On the [Am] seventeenth of August
    Me [G] mind being eleva- [C] ted
    There were passengers assem- [G] bled
    With their [Am] tickets at the [C] station
    And me eyes began to [Em] dazzle
    And they [Am] off to see the races

    With me [C] wack fol the [G] do fol
    The [Am] diddly idle day

    There were passengers from Limerick
    And passengers from Nenagh
    The boys of Connemara
    And the Clare unmarried maiden
    There were people from Cork City
    Who were loyal, true and faithful
    Who brought home the Fenian prisoners
    From dying in foreign nations

    And it's there you'll see the pipers
    And the fiddlers competing
    And the sporting wheel of fortune
    And the four and twenty quarters
    And there's others without scruple
    Pelting wattles at poor Maggie
    And her father well contented
    And he gazing at his daughter

    And it's there you'll see the jockeys
    And they mounted on so stably
    The pink, the blue, the orange, and green
    The colors of our nation
    The time it came for starting
    All the horses seemed impatient
    their feet they hardly touched the ground
    The speed was so amazing!

    There was half a million people there
    Of all denominations
    The Catholic, the Protestant, the Jew, the Presbyterian
    Yet there was no animosity
    No matter what persuasion
    But failte hospitality
    Inducing fresh acquaintance