The General Manager of Galway racecourse says he's “hopeful” that this year’s festival could have spectators back at the annual event, pending Government approval.
Current restrictions have a cap of 200 spectators at a racing event, which is due to increase to 500 on July 5 but there was a trial event at last weekend’s Derby at the Curragh which saw 1,000 people in attendance.
Organisers of Galway’s racing festival, taking place from July 26-August 1, have been working alongside Horse Racing Ireland on a plan to get some racing fans back at the track for the festival.
They have submitted a proposal to the Department of Agriculture to allow some spectators back next month.
They are hoping to have 5,000 ticket holders attend each day at Ballybrit.
Michael Moloney, General Manager at Galway racecourse told the Irish Independent that they've submitted the plans, are waiting for a decision from Government.
He said that having 5,000 people at the track would equate to about 12pc of the course’s capacity but the onus is on having the event ran as safely as possible.