Countries, Ireland

A Galway girl

What’s a fella to do to get a whirl round Salthill Prom with a Galway Girl?

Before The Scary One puts the tracker on me over my whistlestop trip to Ireland I’m just reminiscing about the Galway Races.

Because our friends at the G Hotel have only reminded us that it’s that time of year at Ballybrit, Monday 25th July-31, again.

Made even better this year for the festival having been in cold storage since 2019.

Cussing cousins

For my latest trick: The Races

The Galway Races was a mainstay for me of childhood summers in the West of Ireland with my cousins.

And bumper cars, trips to the Marian site of Knock, swims off Spital beach and roller discos.

And an innocent dalliance at our mobile home park with a couple of girls from Drogheda in Co. Meath.

Only as was always the way of it when I was 14 the other guy got the girl.

I lost my nerve and ended up hanging out with a fella called Edser while cousin was rockin’ the room with Lorna.

Luck be a Lady

Pack of lies: Find the Lady

I had no better luck with the Lady at the races either.

The Find the Lady card trick is where the stallholder mixes the cards and asks you to pick the Queen.

And which through sleight of hand you always choose wrongly.

The Galway Races, of course has become synonymous with great racing, The Big Tent where political deals are done and Ladies Day.

But what has changed is that I’ve moved in from mobile home parks, great as they are, to swanky 5-star hotels.

G whizz

Horse sense: Galway

Such as the 5-star g Hotel which has a two-night B&B offer during race week available from €668.00pps.

And because you’re race people you’ll want to do it with bubbly.

Try g races Afternoon Tea in association with Taittinger(€65pp).

Where you’ll be entered into the daily Best Hat of the Day.

And you can pre-book the g hotel’s courtesy car to bring you into the city to soak up the festival atmosphere!

This offer is available on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.

And maybe that’ll be enough to get you a whirl round Salthill Prom with a Galway Girl

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