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Galway Race In Pink for breast cancer research

This week’s Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) column is dedicated to Race in Pink, one of the highlights of the Galway Races October Festival.

The event is back and held in support of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. It takes place on Sunday, October 24th, the middle day of the three-day meeting at Ballybrit.

The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is an Irish charity that raises funds in support of the breast cancer research team lead by Professor Michael Kerin and based at the Lambe Institute, NUI Galway.

Speaking at the launch of the event, director of research at the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, Professor Kerin said: “The research team at the Lambe Institute and the board of the charity are delighted with the support from the Galway Race Committee and the opportunity to raise funds at this great event. We are also deeply grateful to our sponsors, volunteers and the enormous community support and goodwill, which make events like this successful.

“Research outputs are at the epicentre of all cancer programmes, and here at NUI Galway the breast cancer research programme at the Lambe Institute supports a large bio bank, molecular research lab, clinical trials programme and new technology development. These programmes all lead to better outcomes and couldn’t happen without events like Race in Pink. We are very grateful for the continued support of the Galway Race Committee.”

Commenting on this year’s Race in Pink fundraising event, Michael Moloney, chief executive of Galway Racecourse, said: “We’re really delighted to be welcoming the National Breast Cancer Research Institute back to Ballybrit for our October Festival towards the end of the month. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, this event and helping raise much needed funds for the charity is very important to us.

Big thanks

“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone for their support this year; we’ve greatly appreciated it. Galway Racecourse holds a very special place in people’s hearts, and we’ve never heard it more that the last year; so thank you. Our brand values of the love of horse racing, friendships, community, family and fun, feed every decision we make and the things we do here in Ballybrit. We are delighted to now present our three-day October Festival to all our supporters and racegoers. We’re looking forward to some cracking racing and our passion project, the Race in Pink day. Lots to look forward to!”

The team at Galway Racecourse has put together a fantastic hospitality package to create a fun-filled day for those attending. Guests will experience the ultimate day at the races with panoramic views of the racetrack from the iconic Killanin Stand, while enjoying a drinks reception followed by a delicious four-course lunch with wine. There will be plenty of entertainment with prizes galore, plus a best dressed competition for ladies and gents sponsored by Anthony Ryans.

Win a BMW

As part of the day a draw will also take place for the charity’s annual ‘Win a BMW’ fundraiser and a celebrity tipster will help you be a ‘winner alright’! The real winner will be the charity as it’s hoped the event will raise significant funds for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.

To enjoy a great day’s racing, while supporting a great cause, call the National Breast Cancer Research Institute on 091 863 917 or email Tickets are €120 per person and corporate packages are available. For more information log on to

The Association of Irish Racecourses and its members would like to wish Galway Races the very best of luck with their fundraising efforts for Race in Pink.


By Leo Powell,

Irish field. 


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