Galway Races

A Scarcity of Ladies

Hundreds were late for the first races
The weather was beautifully fine for the Galway Races on Wednesday and Thursday, and the crowd, although not so large as in former years, was large.  The going was in capital order- in fact, it seldom has been better at the venue- but the fields on the first day, with the exception of the Plate, were on the small side.  On Thursday, however, the fields showed a great improvement.  The absence of motor cars, owing to the recent Order of the Board of Trade, was an important, but to the jarveys’ a welcome feature of the Races.  This year there was a change in the route to the course.  There is a new road leading to the field, but it is far from being an improvement on the route.  The long line of cars got congested and people were held up in the boreen for a long period. With a little supervision and control, the continual blockade could have been avoided.  Hundreds were late for the first races owing to the confusion in this respect.

As compared with last year, which was a record one, a noticeable shrinkage was in evidence.  An interesting feature of the stand’s statistics was the scarcity of ladies, the male element being in a preponderating majority.  Outside the enclosure the crowd was small, comprising country folk from local districts.

Connuaught Tribune, 4 August 1917

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