“The Galway Races”


On August 17 "half a million" gather at Galway for the horse races.The multitudes and occupations are described in great variety. "There was yet no animosity, no matter what persuasion"


I could not see the following broadside in detail though it almost certainly refers to the same ballad:

Bodleian, Harding B 26(621), "The Sporting Races of Galway" ("As I roved out through Galway town to n ek for recreation"), P. Brereton (Dublin), c.1867. There are the usual Brereton spelling errors -- in this case in the first line -- as well as the imprint (so far as could be made out) that make me believe this is the same broadside as LOCSinging as113080. - BS

Although the "proper" title of this seems to be "The Sporting Races of Galway," I called it "The Galway Races" because that title (from the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem) seems to be what most people know these days. - RBW


  • LOCSinging, as113080, "The Sporting Races of Galway," unknown [Brereton (Dublin)?], 19C


  • Liam Clancy, "Galway Races" (on IRLClancy01)


  1. OLochlainn 10, "The Sporting Races of Galway" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, [abbreviation unknown, but it's in there]
  3. Roud #3031
  4. BI, OLoc010


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (OLochlainn); 19C (broadside, LOCSinging as113080)
Found in: Ireland