With the Galway races in full swing, supporters of the Rossport 5 staged a protest in Ballybrit to highlight their plight and raise awareness and support for the release of the five imprisoned men.

Supporters of the five Mayo men jailed for their opposition to the Corrib gas pipeline picketed the Galway races. The protesters called on the Taoiseach, who was attending the race meeting, to help get the Rossport 5 out of jail. 

The protest was staged at the entrance to the Ballybrit race course where Jim Fahy met Independent TD Jerry Cowley who spoke on behalf of the protesters.

We know that An Taoiseach is here with his merry band of ministers. And we know that they're drinking champagne and having their oysters while there are five heroic, brave men in Cloverhill Prison...

Meanwhile celebrations took place around the city to mark the Galway Races. Described as a week where

Cheltenham collides with Rio.

An RTÉ News report by Jim Fahy broadcast on 27 July 2005.