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Festivals

 
 Festivals of Galway City and County.

Galway FestivalsGalway is renowned for being the festival capital of Ireland. If you are lucky enough to visit during one of the famous festivals you will be in for a treat. Whether it is Sport, Food & Drink, Comedy, Music or any of the Arts you will find a festival for you in Galway. With the Galway Races, Cuinniú na mBád, the Galway or Clarinbridge Oyster Festival or one of the wonderful Arts Festivals, you are sure to enjoy yourself.


  Below is a list of the festivals that occur in Galway City every year.

 

http://www.baboro.ie
To explore with children the wonder of their world through the magic of creative expression. Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is recognised as the leading Irish arts festival devoted exclusively to children with an attendance record of over 72,000 since its foundation in 1997. One week every October is devoted to presenting high quality national and international arts for children.
http://www.baboro.ie
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http://www.ballinasloeoctoberfair.com
The Ballinasloe October Horse Fair is one of the oldest fairs in Ireland. Referred to as the “Great Cattle Fair” of Ballinasloe, at one stage it was renowned as the largest and greatest in all of Europe. The Ballinasloe Horse Fair & Festival takes place in October in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Known as the gateway to the West, Ballinasloe is situated on the N6, main Galway - Dublin route.
http://www.ballinasloeoctoberfair.com
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http://slowfoodclare.com/
The Burren Slow Food Festival is a showcase of all that is good about food from County Clare in one of the best possible settings - the Burren. Enjoy cookery demonstrations, farmers market, food talks and cookin' for kids workshops. The festival is about Community spirit and involves local & national chefs in Cookery demonstrations. Friday starts with a workshop involving local Producers and other stakeholders. Saturday and Sunday will have Cookery demonstrations, Food Talks, Childrens Workshops & a Farmer's Market. Expect top local and celebrity chefs, TV personalities and famous foodies to be involved throughout.
http://slowfoodclare.com/
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http://www.clarenbridge.com/
Clarenbridge's Oyster Festival is a celebration of its native oyster - a delicacy and some say an aphrodisiac - eaten locally for thousands of years and now enjoyed by people from around the world. Thousands of people from all over the world come to Clarenbridge each year to enjoy the oysterfest.
http://www.clarenbridge.com/
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http://www.clifdenartsweek.ie/
Clifden Arts Festival is a popular festival with an eclectic programme ranging from comedy to music and drama to literature. There are field trips, workshops, book and album launches, street theatre, dance, comedy, and much else besides. Takes place annually during September.
http://www.clifdenartsweek.ie/
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http://www.connemarathon.com
The Connemara Marahon comprises of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and is Ireland's only on-road Ultra Marathon (39.3 miles). Taking place in March/April every year, the event regularly attracts a sell out field with representatives from over 30 Countries.
http://www.connemarathon.com
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http://www.kinvara.com/cnb.html
Cruinniu na mBád, meaning "Gathering of the Boats", is a festival held in August each year, which brings us back in time, to when the majestic Galway Hookers used to transport turf/peat to Kinvara. Up to 100 unique Irish boats, the Galway Hookers, once the workhorses of the coast of Connemara and North Clare, gather for a weekend of racing and celebration at Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) festival in Kinvara, Co. Galway. Saturday evening features some lively Gleoteoig (small hooker) racing and, on Sunday, the Hooker and Leath Bhad (half hooker) races will take place, against the backdrop of Dunguaire Castle and the Burren landscape of South Galway Bay. Gaelic is the language of the bádóirí (boat people) and sean nós (old style) singing, dancing and music will feature prominently.
http://www.kinvara.com/cnb.html
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http://www.cuirt.ie
The Cuirt International Festival of Literature is a significant literary festival which incorporates a wide range of Irish and international writers, poets and artists, who converge on Galway for six days of readings and discussion every year. The festival also features writing workshops and the Irish Times debate.
http://www.cuirt.ie
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http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/
Galway Arts Festival is Ireland's leading arts festival, first held in 1978 this two week spectacular showcases the best in dancing, street performance, music, literary and children's events and art exhibitions. Over 150,000 people attend Festival annually with hundreds of writers, artists, performers and musicians creating theatre, spectacle, street art, music, comedy, literature and music producing a wonderful fortnight of cultural activity and celebration. <br><br>Theatre and dance companies including Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago, the Royal National Theatre, London, The Royal Court, James Thierree, Stephen Petronio Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance, The Abbey Theatre and Galway’s world famous Druid Theatre have all performed at the Festival. Artists and musicians including Bill Viola, Joni Mitchell, Hughie O’Donoghue, Walker Evans, David Byrne, Blondie, David Gray, Brodsky String Quartet, Stephen Isserlis and Philip Glass have all recently participated at the Festival.
http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/
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http://www.galwaycomedyfestival.com/
The Galway Comedy Festival is the highlight of the West of Ireland's comedy calendar. The 2010 event is taking place in October throughout the following venues in Galway - Roisin Dubh, Kelly''s Bar, Town Hall Theatre, Black Box, Radisson Blu Hotel, and more to be announced. The main acts to perform this year are likely to be Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher, Des Bishop, Neil Delamare plus many more.
http://www.galwaycomedyfestival.com/
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The Galway Sessions (15th - 22nd June 2014)
The Galway Sessions is the annual festival of Irish trad, promoting the cultural links between Ireland and Scotland.
Celtic Tales - Storytelling Sessions (05th June - 25th September 2014)
Experience storytelling at its most magical and uplifting every Thursday evening in The Cottage Bar with award winning storyteller Rab Swannock...
Connemara Bog Week (22nd May - 02nd June 2014)
Connemara Bog Week celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with lots of special events planned.
Roundstone Bay 8K (17th May 2014)
The 4th annual Roundstone Bay 8K takes place on Saturday May 17th @1pm in the heart of Connemara.
Connemara Adventure Challenge (10th May 2014)
The Connemara Adventure Challenge takes place on the 10th May, and covers 3 separate disciplines - trail/mountain running, kayaking and cycling.
Galway Early Music Festival (May 08th - 11th 2014)
Enjoy this wonderful medieval festival with concerts, film, family events and workshops in the lively medieval centre of Galway.
Connemara Mussel Festival (02nd - 04th May 2014)
A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara.
Fleadh na gCuach (02nd - 05th May 2014)
The Cuckoo Fleadh in the village of Kinvara has become a showcase for the best in traditional music, attracting musicians from all over Ireland and...
Galway Food Festival (17th - 21st April 2014)
Exceptional food producers and renowned Galway chefs will host a variety of events throughout the city over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

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