Galway Races announces new partnership with a special connection

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Sinéad Cassidy, Sales and Marketing Manager Galway Races with Gráinne Mullins of Grá Chocolates. Photo Sean Lydon

The Galway Races has announced that Grá Chocolates will sponsor the fifth race on Saturday, 30 July this year as part of a new two-year partnership with the company.

Galway-based Grá Chocolates was founded by award-winning pastry chef Gráinne Mullins, the granddaughter of former Manager of the track Captain Luke Mullins.

To celebrate the partnership, the luxurious chocolate company has created a limited-edition box of Galway Races inspired chocolates, inspired by Gráinne’s memories of attending the races every year with her grandfather.

Each individual chocolate is carefully hand painted and there are five flavours to choose from – all using the best quality Irish ingredients.

Commenting on her company’s new two-year partnership, Gráinne Mullins said that the Galway Races has always had a special place in her heart.

“It’s a place to gather and celebrate, a week that makes the city come alive and showcases the best of Galway,” she said.

“I grew up attending the Galway Races with my grandfather, Captain Luke Mullins so to be able to be a part of it with Grá Chocolates is really an honour.

“Creating the bespoke box of Grá Chocolates for the Galway Races made so many of my childhood memories come alive and I hope visitors to the Galway Races enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.”

Chief Executive of Galway Racecourse Michael Moloney said that they are delighted to welcome Grá Chocolates to the race week programme.

“Gráinne and the Mullins family have a deep connection with the Galway Races so it’s extra special,” he said.

“The quality of Grainne’s business, her expertise and growth has been phenomenal and a real testimony to her hard work and ambition. This sponsorship deal is a great synergy and we’re excited to have a new and delicious brand like Grá Chocolates as part of our Summer Festival.”

The Galway Races will welcome race goers back to Ballybrit again this year from 25 to 31 July.

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