Geesala Festival & Horse Racing

Festivals in County Mayo in the West of Ireland

FESTIVALS

AUGUST 2015

From 9th August to 16th August.

The Geesala Festival takes place in Geesala, a village very well known for its landscape, sandy beaches and breathtaking coastline.

This year the festival includes heritage events, cultural events, Là Gaeilge (Irish Day), a vintage show, horse show-jumping & classes, a dog show, a sheep show, boat racing, a deep sea angling competition, a clay pigeon shoot and a popular 10k road race.

The main event of the festival is horse racing on the beach at Doolough, a village three miles by road from Geesala. Here is a stretch of beach three miles long and is deemed to be the 'best turf' in the country by the Horse racing Association of Ireland. Visitors will find a bar, live music and delicious local food.

Since the first festival, greyhound racing on that same beach has been added to the programme and the excitement around that is built up all year with people bringing dogs from England and the North of Ireland, not to mention all over Ireland and the amount of local dogs taking part has increased every year.

The Geesala Festival is a family-friendly event not to be missed and a traditional entertainment for everybody, children and adults.