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Glitz and glam: hopefuls attend Ladies Day at the Galway Races. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The tent is gone for good and the helicopter count may never recover to boomtime levels. But if the Galway Races is the Irish equivalent of the Big Ma(...)

Capt Luke Mullins recognised the magic associated with the history and tradition of the Galway Races and his military experience was a great benefit in his new role.

Capt Luke Mullins, who has died aged 97, spearheaded the development of the Galway Races during the 1970s and 1980s. A spirited character, he was an(...)

Imam Ibrahim Noonan, who leads the Ahmadiyya Muslim community welcomed visitors to the Mosque. Photograph: Frank Lanigan.

The city of Galway was invited to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community just days after the massacre of 50 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch o(...)

The proposed route involves a new bridge and viaduct over the river Corrib.

A plan for a €600 million ring road around Galway city is to be considered by the Cabinet today. The proposed route involves a new bridge and viaduct(...)

Healthy towns Wexford town is this year’s “Healthy Town”. Now in its seventh year, the Healthy Town initiative is an eight-week free public programme(...)

Pope John Paul II in Drogheda, 1979. Photograph: The Irish Times

It isn’t clear why John Igoe decided 5,000 was the correct number of sandwiches to make for the pope’s visit to Knock in 1979. But he certainly oversh(...)

Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway in 1979. Escorts hold umbrellas over the priests who are administering Holy Communion.

Radio folk from the BBC World Service were in town last week making a programme about the upcoming visit of Pope Francis and – having grown up listeni(...)

Calie Du Mesnil ridden by David Mullins (centre) on the way to winning the Guinness Novice Hurdle at Galway. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Having been out of action for over 16 months prior to Monday, Limini makes a quick Galway turnaround on Friday evening. The Cheltenham festival-winn(...)

Racegoers shelter from the rain on Ladies Day at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Galway Races are decadent and depraved. Or is that the Kentucky Derby? Either way, as you read this, I’m there – probably trying to “pace myself”(...)

Willie Mullins with son, Patrick. The  28-year-old rider is again bidding to win Galway’s traditional amateur highlight, this time on Limini. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Willie Mullins is odds-on favourite to be Leading Trainer at this week’s Galway festival and looks set to assume the unofficial ‘King of Ballybrit’ cr(...)

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