Race week brings record numbers to Ballybritt and creates plenty of trade in Galway city.

It is estimated that £5 million will be spend during Galway's biggest ever race week spending spree.

All attendance and betting records have been broken.

Between eighty and ninety thousand people are expected to have passed through the Ballybrit (Baile an Bhriotaigh) turnstiles by Friday evening. In addition to local people, hundreds of overseas visitors are in Galway for the week in the hope of taking money from the bookies.

Captain Luke Mullins says that after 109 years in Ballybrit, the tradition of the Galway Races as the place to be continues.

For the punters, Ballybrit is one of the best race meetings in the country and a place to hopefully make a few bob. Others hoping to make a few bob include the bookies and the three card tricksters.

In Galway city itself, the annual carnival attracts hundreds of street traders turning Eyre Square into one huge open air market.

With all this money floating around, the Gardaí have had to mount a big security operation. A special mobile Garda headquarters has been set up at the racecourse. Uniformed and plain clothes Gardaí are also on duty at the race track and around the city.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 July 1977. The reporter is Dermot Mullane.