The Galway Races at Ballybrit is the longest race meeting in Ireland running for seven days and has always attracted huge crowds.
A look back at the 1977 festival, when all previous attendance and betting records were broken in an estimated spending spree of £5 million.
So far, all attendance and betting records have been broken.
Captain Luke Mullins and several punters tell RTÉ News what makes the Galway Races so special. Late-night bar extensions, three-card tricksters and Eyre Square street traders add to the carnival atmosphere.
An RTÉ News report on 27 July 1977.