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Galway Races/Arts festival, closing for COVID?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 672 ✭✭✭Ashleigh1986


    If races go ahead behind closed doors it will be some source of relief for some .
    They will be allowed to watch on tv and have a bet on a bookies app .
    Can't see many visiting galway unless pubs and restaurants and hotels are allowed to open by than .
    Its a long shot at the moment that these places will be allowed to open in July/ August .


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    Ludikrus wrote: »
    At least we will be spared that annual puke fest! Every cloud...

    :( Favourite week of the year of many including myself, I go racing the 7 days and out 3 or 4 nights every year. Massively disappointed but it's not feasible this year.

    Also its going to be a serious serous blow for pretty much any business involved in hospitality etc. I think losing the races could be the difference between a lot of places going under and staying afloat.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,417 ✭✭✭JoeA3


    Its a monumental blow to Galway in fairness. Hopefully they do come up with something to do it in some capacity. How hotels and pubs will come out of this I don't know...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 511 ✭✭✭ChewyLouie


    They will be allowed to watch on tv and have a bet on a bookies app.

    Will be a big blow for bookies - a lot of young professionals would have a flutter in cash over race week but wouldn't use an app or website as it hangs around as a black mark for possible mortgage or loan applications.


  • Registered Users Posts: 548 ✭✭✭ek motor


    Any word on when they'll be refunding the Big Top gig tickets ? Have contacted GIAF on social media , but no response yet.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 672 ✭✭✭Ashleigh1986


    ChewyLouie wrote: »
    Will be a big blow for bookies - a lot of young professionals would have a flutter in cash over race week but wouldn't use an app or website as it hangs around as a black mark for possible mortgage or loan applications.

    Bookies could open with just a few people in them to just do a bet with cash .
    No screens on ... Just do your bet and leave .
    Your as well aware as I am ... That if a punter wants to get a bet on a horse they will by any means .


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 511 ✭✭✭ChewyLouie


    ek motor wrote: »
    Any word on when they'll be refunding the Big Top gig tickets ? Have contacted GIAF on social media , but no response yet.

    They haven't cancelled yet. They're awaiting the next government advice at the end of the current restrictions in May.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,859 ✭✭✭Redo91


    ek motor wrote: »
    Any word on when they'll be refunding the Big Top gig tickets ? Have contacted GIAF on social media , but no response yet.

    They released a statement yesterday saying they aren’t cancelling yet as the Big Top capacity is less than 5k. We were discussing it on the previous page.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,329 ✭✭✭✭Utopia Parkway


    Ludikrus wrote: »
    At least we will be spared that annual puke fest! Every cloud...

    Puke fest or not it's an absolutely massive hit to the economy of the city. Therefore a very bad thing it's not happening albeit not unexpected.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,470 ✭✭✭Whereisgalway


    Puke fest or not it's an absolutely massive hit to the economy of the city. Therefore a very bad thing it's not happening albeit not unexpected.

    The city planners, organisers etc will have to be creative, innovative & forward thinking to thrive but somehow I imagine they’ll be whingy and look fir bailout


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,301 ✭✭✭gordongekko


    Arts festival has been cancelled


  • Registered Users Posts: 460 ✭✭Smegging hell


    Arts festival has been cancelled

    'Organisers says that all concerts scheduled for the Big Top have been rescheduled until 2021'. https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2020/0501/1136174-galway-arts-festival/


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,003 ✭✭✭✭thesandeman


    It's like there's some sort of a higher power stopping Sinéad O'Connor getting to Galway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,753 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble


    Arts festival has been cancelled


    you forgot the bit about ....

    we are happy to announce that a special programme of events will take place this Autumn with details coming soon.


    Source: https://www.giaf.ie/media/news/giaf-july-2020-festival-update


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,301 ✭✭✭gordongekko


    Film fleadh cancelled now as well


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,325 ✭✭✭✭Fitz*




  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Just came in to post the above but beaten to it!

    Will be a bit of craic at least, cans at home watching the racing and doing the betting online (which I often do on course too anyway for better odds/more places etc).


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