It is that time of year again when the four star Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill are busy preparing for another busy Galway Racing Festival and one of the highlights this year again which is now in its ninth year is the First Furlong at The Ardilaun in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Research Institute which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 30th July at the hotel.
Kicking off at 12 noon with a bubbly reception and entertainment by the Guinness Jazz Band, guests can dress up for the Races, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with wine sponsored by Eno wines, followed by fabulous fashion with Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency, featuring designs by Galway’s most popular milliners Caithriona King Millinery, Crevation Designs, Emily Jean Milliner and Jewellery Designer, and Designs by Shimmer. There will be after dinner entertainment by Galway soprano legends Duo Vocis, a treat not to be missed, along with prizes for “First Past the Post Raciest Lady” and “Bookies Favourite Gent”, sponsored by Anthony Ryans, with guest judge social media blogger Get Glam with Gretta. There will be some fabulous raffle prizes also kindly donated by local businesses including a weekend away compliments of Select Hotels of Ireland, of which Ardilaun are a member.
You can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy a complimentary coaches to transfer you and your guests to the Racetrack to make the first race for this evening meeting, with complimentary entry to the racecourse also. Alternatively, relax and chill out in Blazers Bar and The Ardilaun Bistro with large screens featuring the Galway Races from Ballybrit. Avail of the free entertainment by Carmel Dempsey and band later that evening back at The Ardilaun.
Proceeds from the event will support the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, a charity that is positively impacting future outcomes for breast cancer patients by funding world-class breast cancer research at NUI Galway.