Over 100,000 turned up at Ballybrit for the races leaving Galway City deserted.
The report includes a look at ladies' fashions as well as the betting and the racing, though it is not proving a good week for the punters.
It takes more than a recession to deter racegoers.
An RTÉ News report from 31 July 1981. The reporter is Pihi Crotty.