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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.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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http://www.galwayearlymusic.com/festival.html
The Galway Early Music Festival is an exciting international event that celebrates the culture of Europe from the 12th to the 18th centuries through authentic music, dance, costume and colour set in the medieval city of Galway. Held annually over a weekend in mid-May weekend, the festival's goal is to entertain and inform an ever-increasing audience in the music and dance of the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods of history through a series of concerts, workshops and masterclasses. Interaction is encouraged between professional and amateur musicians in order to produce historically accurate performances, as well as introducing early music and dance to primary and secondary school children as part of their heritage. Highlights of the festival include a walking tour of medieval Galway, costumed parades, a treasure hunt, oral storytelling and mime, minstrel singing and Ceili dancing. Events are held in the cathedral, various city centre churches, the city library and Galway Rowing Club in Woodquay.
http://www.galwayearlymusic.com/festival.html
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Upcoming Events
Lunchtime @ The Library (02nd September - 02nd December 2014)
Lunchtime @ The Library is a series of free classical music concerts taking place on the first Tuesday of each month in Galway City Library
Galway Continental Christmas Market (21st Nov - 22nd Dec 2014)
A continental style outdoor Christmas market will be located in Eyre Square, in the heart of Galway City this festive season from Friday 21st...
Irish Fly Fair and Angling Show (15th & 16th November 2014)
Irelands biggest fly fishing extravaganza will again feature the largest host of fly tyers and game angling stands under one roof in Ireland
Galway City On Ice (14th November - 04th January 2014)
Lace up your skates and prepare to join in the most exciting feature of the Galway winter events calendar.
Tulca Festival of Visual Arts (07th - 23rd November 2014)
Renowned Irish and international artists will showcase their work in several venues across Galway city and county for the Tulca Festival of Visual...
Galway Restaurant Week (03rd - 09th November 2014)
Galway Restaurant Week will run from Monday Nov 3 until Sunday Nov 9, offering diners exclusive promotions, complimentary treats, and hefty discounts.
Galway Abooo Halloween Festival (25th, 26th & 31st October 2014)
Something devilish is taking place Galways Latin Quarter this Halloween when the streets come alive with some free wicked entertainment.
Connemara Sea Week (17th - 27th October 2014)
Connemara Sea Week is a celebration of our Marine Heritage which takes place over two weekends.

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