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Events 2014

Find out what's on in Galway with our regularly updated event guide featuring the best events in Galway city and county. This guide lists events at a glance, showing what's on each month.

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 Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen
Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen
 

03rd - 04th August 2014
Come and experience Ireland's history and heriatge from Bronze Age to Medieval Times in Craggaunowen, Quin, Co. Clare. The Lughnasa event features a fantastic array of costumed re-enactors depicting life in Ireland from the Bronze Age to Medieval times. There will be lots to see and do including combat demonstrations, brehon law trials, ancient cooking demonstrations, artefacts and weapons display, ancient fun and games for the kids and much more!
more info: www.shannonheritage.com

 Omey Races
Omey Races
 
03rd August 2014
The Omey Races take place annually on the strand at Omey Strand, Claddaghduff in Connemara. The annual summer races have been steadily attracting greater numbers every year for a wonderful day of sand, sea, possibly sun and of course, horse racing. With up to nine races on the card, there's opportunities for young, upcoming jockeys to hone their skills, while providing a great day out for spectators. The first race will be off at 1pm sharp.
more info: www.omeyraces.com
 Cruinniu na mBad Festival
Cruinniu na mBad Festival
 

08th - 10th August 2014
Up to 100 unique Irish boats, the Galway Hookers, once the workhorses of the coast of Connemara and North Clare, will gather for a weekend of racing and celebration at Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) festival in Kinvara, Co. Galway, in August.
more info: www.kinvara.com/cruinniu/index.html

 Great Spin Out West
Great Spin Out West
 
09th August 2014
The Great Spin Out West (GSOW) is the fastest growing cycling sportive in Ireland. Now in its 4th year, it takes place every August in Connemara, Co. Galway. In just two years over 500 people of all ages and ability have cycled the GSOW with all proceeds going toward Cancer Care West, a west of Ireland focused charity. Starting and finishing in Oughterard on 9th August 2014, the 125 km route takes in some of Galway’s most scenic views.
more info: www.greatspinoutwest.com
 Streets of Galway 8k Road Race
Streets of Galway 8k
 

09th August 2014
Galway’s most popular athletic event, the Streets of Galway 8k Road Race is in it's 29th year the event will include more than 2,000 runners. Starting from South Park in the Claddagh, the race takes in the city centre streets, following a course out to Salthill before finishing with a two kilometre final stretch along with prom.
more info: www.runireland.com/events/streets-galway

 The Connemara 100
The Connemara 100
 

09th - 10th August 2014
The Connemara is a 100 mile endurance run with 30 hour limit taking place every August. The course is simply fabulous, taking participants from Clifden through Letterfrack, Leitirgeish, the Inagh alley, Maam Cross, Leenane, Inagh Valley again, then on to Roundstone, Ballyconeely and back to Clfden to complete 100 miles.
more info: www.connemara100.com

 Connemara Pony Festival
Connemara Pony Show
 

17th - 24th August 2014
Premier show for Connemara Ponies in Ireland for breeders and owners from home and overseas. The annual Connemara Pony Festival & Show in Clifden, Co Galway attracts visitors from all over the world. The highlight of the festival is on Thursday and Friday, when the biggest showcase of Connemara Ponies in the world takes place. Ponies compete in in-hand classes, ridden classes, working hunter classes, and a puissance (or high jump) competition. For non-pony enthusiasts, there is a dog show, a domestic arts show and Irish Dancing.
more info: www.cpbs.ie

 Gaelforce West & Get Out There Adventure Festival
Gaelforce West
 

16th August 2014
Gaelforce West is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking. The course of approximately 67km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach to Westport. En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Harbour and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. The event is designed for solo competitors, but you can run it with a buddy or training partner.
more info: www.gaelforceevents.com

 Claregalway Agricultural Show
Claregalway Agricultural Show
 

17th August 2014
The Claregalway Agricultural Show features classes for horses/ponies, cattle, sheep and dogs in the outdoor arena. There are indoor arts, crafts, home baking, horticulture, photography and flower arranging classes too. 
There will be live music and novelty events such as the donkey derby, best dressed lady, glamorous granny competitions. The event is affiliated with The Irish Pony Society and The Irish Shows Association. Horses and Ponies are pre-entry only with entries taken on the day for all other classes.
more info: www.claregalwayagriculturalshow.ie

 Etape Connemara
Etape Connemara
 

17th August 2014
The Étape Connemara is a 150km cycling sportive which will take place on Sunday 17th August 2014. This is a chip-timed event on open roads in Connemara. The event is organised by Croí, the heart & stroke charity, with all proceeds going back to the charity..
more info: http://www.croi.ie/event/etape-connemara

 Sugarbeat 2014
Sugarbeat Concert Galway
 

23rd August 2014
Sugar Beat 2014 is Galway's new outdoor music festival. SugarBeat will take place in Tuam Stadium, Co. Galway on the 23rd August 2014. The one-day festival includes two live music stages, 10 acts and a wide range of food and beverage offerings. The festival grounds are within walking distance of the town centre.
more info: www.sugarbeat.ie

 Galway Heritage Week
Galway Heritage Week
 

23rd - 31st August 2014
Galway’s rich heritage is set to be celebrated in a range of events across the city and county as part of National Heritage Week. Over 100 different events are planned from Ballinasloe to Inishbofin and will take in everything from genealogy workshops to talks on the history of the Connemara pony.
more info: www.heritageweek.ie

 Oughterard Agricultural & Horticultural Show
Oughterard Agricultural & Horticultural Show
 

30th - 31st August 2014
The Oughterard Show is one of the leading agricultural and horticultural shows in the West of Ireland. It gives both locals and visitors to see the best of Connemara with performance ponies, livestock, pets, dogs, farm and garden produce and vintage displays as well as a large variety of art and craft exhibits along with fun provided for children on both days.
more info: www.oughterardshow.com

 
 Lunchtime @ The Library
Lunchtime @ The Library
 

02nd September 2014
The Lunchtime @ The Library is a popular and long-standing event which caters for all tastes and interest levels in classical music from the novice to the professional. Each month will feature The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet string quartets from their repertoire. All performances are preceded with a brief introduction of the music.
more info: www.thegalwaymusicresidency.ie

Lunchtime @ The Library
 Oscar Wilde Festival
Oscar Wilde Festival Galway
 

05th - 07th September 2014
This September, a festival dedicated to Oscar Wilde will take place in Galway, to showcase Wilde in a west of Ireland setting. Not much is widely known of the huge influence the west of Ireland had on him and his family. His father, in particular, Sir William Wilde has strong family connections with the west of Ireland and displayed a huge interest in the area. The festival aims to educate and entertain people about Wilde and leave a lasting impression in their minds long after the festival is over.
more info: http://oscarwildefestival.weebly.com/

 Sky Road TV & Film Festival
Oscar Wilde Festival Galway
 

05th - 07th September 2014
Sky Road TV & Film Festival is an exciting new three-day event, which takes place at the Station House Theatre, in Clifden, Co Galway. The aim of Sky Road TV and Film Festival is to give Irish filmmakers a better opportunity to screen their content at festival level.
more info: www.SkyRoadFilmFestival.ie

 Galway Races Autumn Meeting
galway races
 

08th - 10th September 2014
Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion; you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned.
more info: www.galwayraces.com

 Clarenbridge Oyster Festival
clarenbridge oyster festival
 

12th - 14th September 2014
Great food, great Guinness, great music and entertainment all in a splendid marquee on the banks of the Claren River which flows through the village of Clarenbridge on the edge of Galway Bay.
more info: www.clarenbridge.com

 Burren Peaks Walking Festival
Burren Peaks Walking Festival
 

12th - 14th September 2014
Organised by The Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club with a choice of Grade A, B & C Guided walks on both Saturday & Sunday. Enjoy walking in this wonderfully rich limestone pavement...the land of the fertile rock with its precious and delicate terrain.
more info: www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com

 Shorelines Arts Festival
Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival
 

18th - 21st September 2014
Shorelines Arts Festival celebrates art and sculpture from local artists and guest artists, vintage machinery display, art talks and other art events over the weekend in the town of Portumna, Co. Galway
more info: www.shorelinesartsfestival.com

 Clifden Arts Week
Clifden Arts Week
 

18th - 28th September 2014
The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 37th year yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this years programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival.
more info: www.clifdenartsweek.ie

 Galway Culture Night
Galway Culture Night
 

19th September 2014
The event is now in its nineth year provides free access to museums, galleries, theatres and public buildings.
more info: www.galwayculturenight.com

 Marconi Half Marathon
Galway Americana Festival
 

20th September 2014
This years Marconi Half Marathon in the heart of Connemara takes place on Sept 20th.  Starting at 11am, the race begins at the glorious Gurteen Bay outside of Roundstone. The route then follows the coast through Roundstone Village with amazing views of The Twelve Bens before turning onto The Old Bog Road where more stunning Connemara landscapes and scenery await.
more info: http://marconirun.com/

Guinness Live in Galway’s Latin Quarter
Guinness Arthurs Day Galway
 

25th September 2014
Now in its 4th year, Guinness Live in The Latin Quarter will be a four day music festival featuring an extensive line-up of national and local acts  in a series of intimate gigs in venues and pubs throughout the city’s Latin Quarter, with more than 50 live performances over four nights. Admission to all gigs will be free and on a first-come, first-served, basis.
more info: www.thelatinquarter.ie

 Galway International Oyster Festival
galway oyster festival
 

25th - 28th September 2014
On the last weekend of September each year, the picturesque town of Galway hosts the Galway International Oyster Festival, one of the biggest events in Ireland's social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world.
more info: www.galwayoysterfest.com

Leenane Autumnal Festival
Leenane Autumnal Festival
 

27th - 29th September 2014
Taking place over the last weekend of September, the Leenane Autumnal Festival celebrates all things autumnal, with a focus on traditional food, arts and crafts from this exceptionally beautiful part of the country.
more info: www.leenane-festival.com

 Sea2Sky European Researchers’ Night
Sea2Sky European Researchers’ Night
 

September 2014
Galway will celebrate European Researchers’ Night in September (date to be confirmed) together with 320 cities around Europe with its latest Sea2Sky event. Sea2Sky, organised by NUI Galway in collaboration with the Marine Institute, Galway Atlantaquaria and its new partner CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, will showcase science on the grandest of scales themed around marine science, atmospherics and astronomy.  The main events will be held at the Galway Bay Hotel, Leisureland and Galway Atlantaquaria.
more info: www.sea2sky.ie

Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure
Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure
 

27th September 2014
The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure race involves a combination of running, cycling and an assault course. There are 3 levels to choose from: the 17km intro course, the 32km sport course, and the expert-level 60km option. Each race includes the Fear Gorta assault course through Kylemore Woods, the details of which are a heavily guarded secret. Sumo wrestlers are rumoured, muck is gauranteed.
more info: www.connemararoughdiamond.com

 Ballinasloe International October Fair & Festival
Ballinasloe International October Fair
 

27th September - 05th October 2014
A nine-day extravaganza of all things equestrian, with entertainment, music and great family fun, the 173rd Ballinasloe International October Fair & Festival is held in the town of Ballinasloe, County Galway. The equestrian days are Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On the Sunday and Monday, the Fairgreen is the place to be, with every breed of horse and pony on display from the beautiful Connemara Pony to trotting ponies and wonderful Irish draughts. With an assortment of fun events, street stalls, fireworks, tug-o-war, street & vintage parade, arts & crafts, music and children's events, there’s a sense of community about the show, but with around 85,000 visitors a year the word has spread.
more info: www.ballinasloe.com

 
 Galway Theatre Festival
Galway Theatre Festival
 

29th September - 05th October 2014
The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it's seventh year, will take place throughout the city with the inclusion of more venues than before; the soon-to-be-reopened An Taibhdhearc will host two shows, as will Druid Lane Theatre, the Town Hall Theatre, and of course, the Nuns Island Theatre. Galway theatre companies feature heavily in the programme with Blue Teapot, Mephisto, Fregoli, Moonfish, and Vagabond all involved.
more info: www.galwaytheatrefestival.com

 Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering
Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering
 

02nd - 06th October 2014
Each year since 1995 an Autumn Gathering has been held in Coole Park, Gort to honour the memory of Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932). The cream of world speakers have contributed to the continued success of the weekend. Lady Gregory was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre for which she wrote many plays. She contributed enormously to the Irish Literary Renaissance and fostered the genius of W.B.Yeats . Poets, artists, playwrights and writers of every genre found a welcome in Coole Park. The Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering programme will include lectures, workshops and discussions on literature, creative writing, drama, novels, poetry and local history. A comprehensive list of entertainment items is organised including plays and music. A resident genealogist will help people to find their Irish roots.

 Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K
galway bay half marathon and 10k
 

04th October 2014
The Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K race includes a half marathon (13.1 miles) and also a 10k run/walk in aid of Cancer Care West along a fast, flat, fun and scenic route starting and finishing along Galway’s famous coast line on the edge of the city and the Bay.
more info: www.galwaybayhalfmarathon.com/

 Lunchtime @ The Library
Lunchtime @ The Library
 

07th October 2014
The Lunchtime @ The Library is a popular and long-standing event which caters for all tastes and interest levels in classical music from the novice to the professional. Each month will feature The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet string quartets from their repertoire. All performances are preceded with a brief introduction of the music.
more info: www.thegalwaymusicresidency.ie

Lunchtime @ The Library
 Galway Jazz Festival
Galway Jazz Festival
 

08th - 12th October 2014
The Galway Jazz Festival returns for its ninth year, with an expanded programme with shows to be held in An Taibhdhearc, Druid Theatre, The Black Cat in Salthill, the Meyrick Hotel, The Electric Garden, various schools in the city and county, as well as public spaces around the city.
more info: www.galwayjazzfest.com

 Baboró International Arts Festival for Children
Baboro International Arts Festival for Children
 

13th - 19th October 2014
Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid October, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops. Come to Galway to experience this delightful Festival and explore this beautiful family-friendly city.
more info: www.baboro.ie

Connemara 4 Seasons Autumn Walking Festival
Connemara Four Seasons Walking Festival
 

17th - 19th October 2014
Explore Connemara in Autumn with guides Michael Gibbons & Gerry McCluskey who provide an insight into the unique cultural/archeological /historic heritage of the area. The walks are suitable for beginners through to advanced… all you need is a good pair of walking boots!
more info: www.connemara4seasonswalkingfestival.com

 Conamara Sea Week
Conamara Sea Week
 

17th - 27th October 2014
The annual Conamara Sea Week takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack in North West Conamara, starting Friday Oct. 17th and running until Bank Holiday Monday Oct. 27th. The village of Letterfrack which is the focal point of the festival is situated at the butt of the magical Diamond Mountain and is the gateway to Connemara National Park. It is also adjacent to Kylemore Abbey surrounded by mountains and at the edge of the ocean. This is a fun packed festival celebrating our wonderful marine heritage, with tons of great music and buckets of fun for all the family.
more info: www.ceecc.org

 Galway Comedy Festival
Galway Comedy Festival
 

21st - 27th October 2014
The Galway Comedy Festival has grown since its beginning in 2005 to become a major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland, regularly attracting big international names to the city for week leading up to and including the October Bank Holiday weekend.  With several shows each day and night, with comedy show for children too, you are garaunteed to see well known comidians both Irish and international –and a decent number of ‘faces from the telly’ there.
more info: www.galwaycomedyfestival.com

 Why Not? Adventure Film Festival
What If, Why Not? Adventure Film Festival
 

25th October 2014
The Why Not? Adventure Film Festival was started in Galway on November 2012 and is entirely run by a small team of volunteers with a passion for adventure and music.
more info: www.whynotadventurefilmfestival.com

 Galway Races - October Racing Festival
Galway Races
 

26th - 27th October 2014
The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway on Sunday and Monday, 26th and 27th October, 2014. So if you fancy some great racing and great fun, then this is the place to be. There will be great racing, free car parking, free entry for children under 14, free racecard draw each day, big screen, Tote, On course bookmakers, bar and restaurant facilities • Admission Price: €15 per adult Music will be by the Guinness Jazz Band.
more info: www.galwayraces.com

 Galway Aboo Halloween Festival
Galway Aboo Halloween Festival
 

25th, 26th & 31st October 2014
Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Friday 31st October, the city’s medieval streets will host the country’s biggest Halloween Festival with many fun and free events planned for the weekend with high-spirits guaranteed.
more info: www.thelatinquarter.ie

 
 Galway Masters International Basketball Tournament
Galway Masters Basketball Tournament
 

01st - 02nd November 2014
The 4th annual Galway Masters International open Basketball Tournament will take place at NUIG Kingfisher in Galway on the first weekend of November 2014. Masters basketball denotes players must be over forty and thirty-five years old respectively for men and women, and the objective of this event is to promote competitive basketball for men and women and to offer players of various nationalities the opportunity to compete and socialise together over the two day event.
more info: www.galwaymasters.com

 Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge
Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge
 

01st November 2014
The Turf Warrior Challenge offers the chance to round off the season in a flurry of mud and sweat on the banks of Killary Harbour in Co. Galway. The deceptively short 10km course is packed full of climbing, swinging, leaps into the Atlantic and all kinds of other mayhem and madness. Said to be the toughest course in Ireland, it promises to test competitors' stamina, nerve and camaraderie. The fun does not end with the race. Once they have washed the mud off, all warriors are invited to the themed party in Killary Adventure Centre.
more info: www.gaelforceevents.com

 Lunchtime @ The Library
Lunchtime @ The Library
 

04th November 2014
The Lunchtime @ The Library is a popular and long-standing event which caters for all tastes and interest levels in classical music from the novice to the professional. Each month will feature The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet string quartets from their repertoire. All performances are preceded with a brief introduction of the music.
more info: www.thegalwaymusicresidency.ie

Lunchtime @ The Library
 Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show
The Irish Fly Fair
 

15th - 16th November 2014
A host of the world’s greatest Fly-dressers, Casters and Angling Celebrities will once again gather in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill, Co. Galway to participate in the annual Irish Fly Fair and Angling Show.
more info: www.irishflyfair.com/

 Tulca Festival of Visual Arts
Tulca Festival of Visual Arts
 

07th - 23rd November 2014
The Tulca Festival of Visual Arts is an annual festival taking place in Galway each year. Running since 2002, Tulca features dynamic and exciting work from national and international visual art practitioners.
more info: www.tulca.ie

 Galway Science & Technology Festival Exhibition
Galway Science and Technology Festival
 

23rd November 2014
An exhibition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to bridge the gap between students and industry by showcasing local schools, companies, third level institutes and government bodies. A great day out at NUI Galway.
more info: www.galwayscience.ie

 Why Not? Adventure Film Festival
What If, Why Not? Adventure Film Festival
 

November 2014
The Why Not? Adventure Film Festival was started in Galway on November 2012 and is entirely run by a small team of volunteers with a passion for adventure and music.
more info: www.whynotadventurefilmfestival.com

 
 Galway Christmas Market
Galway Christmas Market
 

November - December 2014
The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city from the again this Christmas season. The market promises to be  a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old. Sample Christmas treats from all from around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numberous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area.
more info: www.galwaychristmasmarket.ie

Galway City On Ice
Galway City On Ice
 
November 2014 - January 2015
Galway City On Ice brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2014. Visitors can expect to see Galway’s Harbour area transformed into one of Ireland’s premier Christmas attractions with one massive 500m2 ice rink.
more info:www.galwaycityonice.ie 
 Spirit Of Voice Festival
Spirit Of Voice Festival

December 2014
The Spirit Of Voice festival will return in December with concerts and events celebrating song, words, and the human voice.
more info: www.spiritofvoice.com

 Lunchtime @ The Library
Lunchtime @ The Library
 

02nd December 2014
The Lunchtime @ The Library is a popular and long-standing event which caters for all tastes and interest levels in classical music from the novice to the professional. Each month will feature The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet string quartets from their repertoire. All performances are preceded with a brief introduction of the music.
more info: www.thegalwaymusicresidency.ie

Lunchtime @ The Library
 Fields of Athenry 10km
Fields of Athenry 10km
 

December 2014
The 11th running of the Fields of Athenry 10km will take place on St. Stephen's day, December 26th at 11am. Over the last number of years this has has become of of the leading road races in the country, and this year it aims to raise the bar higher. The race returns to its now traditional route, finishing under the medival arch in Athenry.
more info: www.athenryac.com/news/fields-athenry-10km

Connemara 4 Seasons Winter Walking Festival
Connemara Four Seasons Walking Festival
 

December 2014
Explore Connemara in wintertime with guides Michael Gibbons & Gerry McCluskey who provide an insight into the unique cultural/archeological /historic heritage of the area. The walks are suitable for beginners through to advanced… all you need is a good pair of walking boots!
more info: www.connemara4seasonswalkingfestival.com

 
 Music for Galway Midwinter Festival
Galway Midwinter Festival

January 2015
Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival returns to the Town Hall Theatre in January to celebrate classical music with a three day midwinter festival.
more info: www.musicforgalway.ie

 Subtitle Film Festival
Subtitle Film Festival

January 2015
Subtitle is a film festival at the Town Hall Theatre of popular, accessible comedies and dramas which were huge hits in their own countries, they just happen not to be in English!
more info: www.tht.ie

 
 Galway Astronomy Festival
Galway Astronomy Festival
 

February 2015
Oscar Wilde reminds us that although we are all in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars. The Galway Astronomy Festival now in its 11th year, has become one of the most popular events in Ireland of the Iirsh astronomical calander, where amateurs and professionals meet, essential for exchanging information, successful stargazing and mutual progress.  We look forward to seeing you, hopefully under clear skies.
more info: http://galwayastronomyclub.ie

 Galway International Rally
Safety Direct Galway International Rally
 

February 2015
Galway International Rally, sponsored by Colm Quinn BMW has a notable place in Ireland's road racing history, as it was the 1st round of the Irish Tarmac Championship which was first held in 1978. Today, the rally serves as the season opener for the championship.
more info: www.galwayinternationalrally.com

 Engineers Week
Engineers Week
 

February 2015
Engineers Week is an annual campaign to present the possibilities a career in engineering can offer and highlight the vital role played by engineers in sustaining the community, is taking place in Galway.
more info: www.engineersweek.ie

 Muscailt Arts Festival @ NUIG
Muscailt Arts Festival
 

February 2015
Mùscailt, meaning to celebrate and inspire is the title of the celebrated spring arts festival hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway. The 15th Múscailt Arts Festival at NUI Galway invites all students, staff, alumni and the public to enjoy a week of art, music and performance on campus. Múscailt has something for everyone in terms of music, Sculpture and photography, theatre.
more info: www.muscailt.nuigalway.ie

 Tedfest - Fr. Ted Festival
Tedfest Fr. Ted Festival
 

February 2015
The Fr. Ted Festival which is popularly known as Ted Fest, is a celebration of the life of comedian Dermot Morgan and his 1990's cult TV sitcom Father Ted created by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews. The event sees large numbers of fans take to the islands, most dressed as characters from the show. The event involves taking part in many themed events associated with the comedy series including fancy dress, five-aside football (nuns against priests), toilet duck comedy awards, buckaroo speed dating, lovely girls contest and A Song For Europe.
more info: www.tedfest.org

 Corofin Trad Festival
Corofin Trad Festival

February 2015
Traditional Music with various sessions in the local pubs and a Concert nightly in Teach Ceoil. For the programme of events see festival website.
more info: www.corofintradfest.com

 
 Éigse an Spidéil
Éigse an Spidéil

March 2015
Éigse an Spidéil is an annual festival of traditional music, dance, sean-nós singing, art, and poetry which takes place in Spiddal, Co. Galway.
more info: www.eigseanspideil.ie

 Head of the River Rowing Regatta
Head of the River Rowing Regatta
 

March 2015
This year the Head of the River will be organised by NUIG Boat Club and Tribesmen, and it takes place from the mouth of the lake to a little downstream from the Quincentennial Bridge. The boats race for fours and double sculls starts at 10.30am, the race for single sculls and pairs starts at 1.30pm, and the race for eights and quad sculls starts at 4pm. Hundreds of competitors will be involved, and the best viewing points are Dangan slip or on or near the Quincentennial Bridge.
more info: www.galwayheadoftheriver.ie

 St. Patricks Festival
St. Patricks Festival
 

17th March 2015
St Patrick's Festival in Galway is a platform to showcase local artists and community groups. The event aims to celebrate Galway’s diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events.
more info: www.stpatricksfestivalgalway.com

 
 Connemara International Marathon
Connemara International Marathon
 

05th April 2015
2015 is the 14th Connemara Marathon and a celebration night will be held in both Galway and Clifden. Comprising of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and a 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon all taking place in April. Book early to avoid disappointment. 
more info: www.connemaramarathon.com

 Japanese Film Festival
Japanese Film Festival
 

April 2015
The Japanese Film Festival is coming to The Eye Cinema, Wellpark again, and is organised by the Embassy of Japan, Access Cinema, and the Ireland Japan Association, with the support of The Japan Foundation.
more info: www.eyecinema.ie

 Cuirt International Festival of Literature
cuirt galway
 

07th - 12th April 2015
The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is Ireland’s premier literary event. The festival annually brings approximately sixty authors of local, national and international repute to Galway for readings, workshops, discussions, book signings and much, much more.
more info: www.cuirt.ie

 Clifden Traditional Music Festival
Clifden Traditional Music Festival
 

09th - 12th April 2015
Clifden Traditional Music Festival is a weekend of the very best of Irish music, song and dance with concerts, sessions, workshops and outdoor entertainment.  The 2014 festival was a great success with the town filled with music and excitement throughout the whole weekend. The festival includes Music Workshops, Sean Nos Dance Workshops, Youth Sessions, Traditional Music Mass, Pub Sessions throughout the whole weekend, "Farewell Session" on Sunday.
more info: www.clifdentradfest.com

 Galway Food Festival
Galway Food Festival
 

02nd - 05th April 2015
Celebrating Galway as a good food destination, 2015 will be the 4th year of the Galway Food Festival and is sure to build on the success of the 2014 event. The festival will promote good food and good food outlets in Galway, as well as showcasing food producers based in Galway and in the West. The festival takes place in April primarily as it is the time of year when some of the best local ingredients become available, such as Connemara Spring Lamb, and trout and salmon caught locally. 
more info: www.galwayfoodfestival.com

 Ras Chonamara
Ras Chonamara
 

05th April 2015
The 11th annual Rás Chonamara takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. In aid of Galway Autism Partership the route goes right through the heart of Connemara.
more info: www.raschonamara.ie

 
 Bealtaine Festival 2015
Bealtaine Festival
 

01st - 31st May 2015
The Bealtaine Festival 2015 will see hundreds of events for, by and featuring older people all across Ireland, offering theatre, visual arts, music and more. This year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’. The Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s unique nationwide celebration of creativity as we age and is an initiative of Age & Opportunity.
more info: www.bealtaine.com/

 Connemara Mussel Festival
Connemara Mussel Festival
 

01st - 03rd May 2015
A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested from “One of the Forty Places to See Before you Die” takes place from 01st - 03rd May 2015, on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara.  This is the eighth year of the festival and promises that more mussels will be eaten here this weekend than in any other part of the country. Last year, over a ton of mussels were eaten and organisers are set to harvest three tonnes of Killary Mussels for this year's celebrations, which include music, fun, mussel cooking competitions, children's treasure hunts and set dancing, to name a few.
more info: www.connemaramusselfestival.com

 Féile na Ceardlainne
Connemara Mussel Festival
 

02nd - 03rd May 2015
Féile na Ceardlainne a free Festival of Art, Craft, Music and Dance celebrating the very best of Irish craft and design on Saturday 02nd and Sunday 3rd May. The two-day festival of events will take place at Ceardlann, home to nine unique Arts, Craft and Design studios in Spiddal village whose members have planned free open day workshops for people of all ages to try their hand at craft.
more info: www.ceardlann.com

 Fleadh na gCuach Festival
Fleadh na gCuach Festival
 

01st - 04th May 2015
Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) takes place each year in the scenic fishing village of Kinvara, Co. Galway on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. It is a very popular Traditional Irish Music festival with over 50 music sessions in the villages' pubs over the weekend. In addition to the music, one can also find Art & Crafts, Poetry, Drama during the festival. 
more info: www.kinvara.com

 Leenane Mountain Walking Festival
Leenane Mountain Walking Festival
 

01st - 03rd May 2015
The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival includes a choice of high-level mountain walks or a low-level option, and enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea along the way.  There will be transport to and from the mountains, including a speedboat across Killary Harbour to Mweelrea Mountain.
more info: www.leenanevillage.com

 Inishbofin Arts Festival
Inishbofin Arts Festival
 

01st - 03rd May 2015
The Inishbofin Community Arts Festival runs from the 01st to the 3rd of May 2015. Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic island of Inishbofin, this Arts Festival is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, crafts, heritage, poetry, creative workshops and fun family activities.
more info: www.inishbofin.com/arts_festival.html

 Connemara Adventure Challenge
Connemara Adventure Challenge
 

May 2015
The race has three disciplines: Trail / Mountain Running, Kayaking and Cycling. The course will be exceptional, the scenery spectacular, so now all that's needed is good weather. The Connemara Adventure Challenge is 31km in total and it is open to racers of all levels.
more info: www.gaelforceevents.com/connemara

 Galway Early Music Festival
Galway Early Music Festival
 

May 2015
The Galway Early Music Festival celebrates old world music and arts and features concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment.
more info: www.galwayearlymusic.com

 Galway Blue Challenge
Galway Blue Challenge
 

May 2015
The Galway Blue Challenge involves a charity cycle from Maam Cross to Croagh Patrick, a climb of Croagh Patrick followed by an overnight stay in Westport, then a cycle back to Galway the following day. All in aid of the Galway Autism Partnership.
more info: www.galwaybluechallenge.org

 Inishbofin Half-Marathon
Inishbofin Half-Marathon
 

May 2015
The half marathon will take place on Saturday in mid May. The route, which will utilise the main road around the island, offers stunning views from every side of the island and will be challenging! Uniquely, due to the narrow roads, this 13.1 mile run or walk is offered as a time-trial with runners/ walkers starting in pairs at 15 second intervals. This adds to the excitement of the event, as the winner is announced based on time analysis, rather than first home!
more info: www.croi.ie/events/inishbofin-half-marathon-1

 Biodiversity Week Merlin Woods
Biodiversity Week Merlin Woods
 

May 2015
Friends of Merlin Woods will run a week of free events celebrating the Biodiversity of Merlin Park Woods Galway. Over the last couple of years they have photographed and supplied data of the different species which inhabit the city's woodland from the red squirrel, 17 species of Irish butterflies, over 40 species of birds and much more to the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Ireland. Guided walks will be given explaining the different aspects of Merlin Woods interesting habitat and how wonderful it is to have this urban woodland on the doorsteps of the City of the Tribes.
more info: www.facebook.com/groups/128207273995064/

 Galway County Fleadh
Galway County Fleadh
 

May 2015
The Galway County Fleadh feature a wide variety of  events including competitions, sessions and dancing.  2015 dates and location yet to be confirmed.
more info: www.comhaltas.ie

 Roundstone Bay 8K
Roundstone Bay 8K
 

16th May 2015
The 5th annual Roundstone Bay 8K takes place on the 16th May in the heart of Connemara. The course itself consists of a figure of eight loop, beginning and ending in Roundstone village, and taking in some spectacular coastal views along the way. Both runners and walkers are welcome and the organisers have endured to put on an event that will cater to all types of participant. Proceeds from the race will go towards the local RNLI Lifeboat service, a hugely worthwhile charity that relies entirely on donations and fundraising to ensure its viability.
more info: www.roundstonebay8k.com

 Galway African Film Festival
Clare Burren Marathon
 

May 2015
The rich diversity of African films, animations, shorts, and documentaries, offering both entertainment and a fresh perspective on life in the continent, will be on show in Galway. The 8th Galway African Film Festival takes place from Friday to Sunday in NUI Galway’s Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Earl’s Island (across from the Cathedral). The films concentrate ways of finding and creating identity in familial, social, and political situations. Some focus on individual adventures, others on social struggles.
more info: www.galwayafricanfilmfestival.org

 Burren Slow Food Festival
Burren Slow Food Festival
 

May 2015
The annual Burren Slow Food Festival gives visitors the opportunity to sample local artisan foods, meet the producers and growers, mix with fellow foodies, see cookery demonstrations from well known chefs and get a true taste of Co. Clare culture in the beautiful setting of the Burren. The three day event showcases the best elements of food culture in Clare from the local growers, producers and traders that make Clare such a unique and dynamic food destination.
more info: www.slowfoodclare.com

 Clare Burren Marathon
Clare Burren Marathon
 

May 2015
With a mini, half and full marathon this event with a starting point in Ballyvaughan, it is a great option for walkers, runners and have a go heroes!
more info: www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com

 Tour de Conamara
Tour de Conamara
 

May 2015
Tour de Conamara is the Irish leg of a new international cycling sportive held in Clifden Connemara, with the option of 140km and 80km routes. A 14km Family cycle with free cycling tuition for kids will be hosted during the weekend making it a cycling weekend with something for everyone.
more info: www.tourdeconamara.com

 Inishbofin Walking Festival
Inishbofin Walking Festival
 

May 2015
Inishbofin is widely considered to be Connemara's best island for walking and the Inishbofin Walking Festival is the perfect time to come and enjoy the friendly and relaxed pace of Island life. Let enthusiastic professional and local guides share their vast knowledge of local folklore, history, heritage and ecology with you.
more info: www.inishbofin.com

 Conamara Bog Week
Conamara Bog Week
 

May 2015
The annual Conamara Bog Week 2015 festival takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack. This is the 31st year of the festival and the organisers Conamara Environmental Education and Cultural Centre are promising an exciting line up as usual.
more info: www.ceecc.org

 Running Against Cancer 5 Mile
Running Against Cancer
 

May 2015
Running Against Cancer would like to invite you to take part in their annual 5 mile fun Run/walk in Aid of the East Galway Cancer Support Centre
more info: www.eastgalwaycancersupport.com

 Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon Festival
Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon
 

May 2015
The Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon takes place amidst the stunning surroundings of one of Ireland's hidden castle treasures overlooking Europe's largest privately-owned lake, just outside Gort, Co Galway. The race has a distance for all levels, whether first timers or elites.
more info: www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk

 Galway Hooker Festival
Galway Sea Festival
 

30th - 31st May 2015
2015 will be the second year of this festival celebrating Galway’s status as a maritime city.  The Galway Hooker Sea Festival will run over the June Bank Holiday Weekend with a focus on maritime activities and will feature family events, including seafood trails, music, dance and entertainment.
more info: www.galwayseafestival.com

 Carlsberg Salthill National Fives
Salthill five a side
 
30th - 31st May 2015
The ‘Carlsberg Salthill National Fives’ annual tournament, now in its 39th year has become a highly anticipated date in Galway’s soccer calendar and sees a great mix of Galway natives, visitors and friends gather to enjoy this great footballing festival.
more info:www.salthilldevon.ie 
 Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta
Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta
 

30th - 31st May 2015
The Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta (Feile Curachai agus Báid Seoil an Spideal) sees Currach racing and Galway Hooker racing along the shores of Spiddal with family events on the beach such as tug-of-war and bouncy castle along & traditional Irish music. Teams from all over the country will be taking part.

 Clifden Sky Road 10K Challenge
Sky Road 10K
 

May 2015
The Sky Road 10K Challenge takes place in Clifden and is run for a charity of your choice. Walkers are welcome.
more info: www.clifden.ie

 Dip in the Nip
Dip in the Nip
 

May 2015
Dip in the Nip is a fund raising initiative to support cancer charities in Ireland. Hundreds of people gather on a beach, shed their clothes and leggit into the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s the world’s first skinny dip for charity and a little bit of fun for a great cause!
more info: www.dipinthenip.eu

 
 Galway Bike Week
Galway Bike Festival
 

13th - 21st June 2015
Galway Bike Week 2015 takes place in June with cycling events all over Galway county, organised the local authority, community groups, charities and cycling groups.
more info: www.galwaycycling.org

 Portumna Forest Marathon
Portumna Forest Marathon
 

13th June 2015
Forest Marathon is a running festival in the beautiful Coillte forest of Portumna in Co. Galway. The event includes a 10k, a full marathon, a half marathon and two ultra-running events - a 50k and 100k run.
more info: www.forestmarathon.com/

 Galway Rowing Regatta
Galway Rowing Regatta
 

14th June 2015
This year’s Galway Regatta will take place on Sunday June 14th at the NUIG grounds at Dangan. Galway’s oldest rowing regatta, this year it celebrates its 131st anniversary, and once again entries from all four provinces with many of the top rowing clubs in Ireland are expected to compete.
more info: www.iaru.ie

 Lough Corrib Cycle
Lough Corrib Cycle
 

14th June 2015
This fun cycling sportive in support of Croí will take place on Sunday, 14th June 2015. Cyclists will have a choice of a 27.5 mile or a 75 mile route through the picturesque setting of Connemara.  We will provide roadside assistance, support vehicles & plenty of refreshment stops along the way!
more info: http://www.croi.ie/loughcorribcycle

 The Galway Sessions
The Galway Sessions
 

14th - 21st June 2015
The Galway Sessions Festival, celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world, returns from Sunday June 14th to Sunday 21st. As in previous years, the festival’s Scottish connection will be retained with an array of performers travelling from Galway’s cultural partner Stirling to take part. Events take place in the Town Hall Theastre and in pubs throughout the city with sessions planned in The Crane Bar, The King's Head, Tigh Choili’s, Taaffe’s Bar ,The Quays, Tigh Neachtains, and Monroe’s Tavern.
more info: www.galwaysessions.com

 Bia Lover - Festival of Food Athenry
Bia Lover - Festival of Food Athenry
 

19th - 21st June 2015
Bia Lover is a food festival will provide an exhibition in Athenry for quality food and drink suppliers based primarily in the west of Ireland. Parallel events include cookery demonstrations, food talks, a producers market on Saturday & Sunday in the park and partnership food and drink trails with local pubs, restaurants and farms from Friday.
more info: www.bialover.ie

 Galway Simon 10km or 10mile
Galway Simon 10k
 

21st June 2015
Galway Simon 10km or 10mile takes place on June 21st at 10am.  This is the annual running for charity event for Galway Simon with Early Bird registration Fee until April 30th. The AAI Certified 10km or 10mile course will follow a glorious route along Galway Bay and is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities. Registration for the event is now open on www.GalwaySimon.ie and on www.RunIreland.com so why not sign up and set yourself a target of completing a 10km or 10mile or beating your personal best. Timing chips and T-Shirts provided for all participants.
more info: www.galwaysimon.ie / www.runireland.com

 
 Traidphicnic
Traidphicnic
 

03rd - 04th July 2015
Traidphicnic is a weekend event with concerts by traditional music artists along with art and cultural workshops with the backdrop of the beautiful Connemara landscape. Indulge in delicious local cuisine or just sit back and soak up the wonderful music. Traidphicnic has something for everyone and is very much a family event. Based near to Ceardlann, Spiddal Craft and Design Studios, you can explore the shops, sneek a peek at the crafters at work, and nip to the beach or into the seaside village of An Spidéál and make your own discoveries.

 Omey Dash Triathlon
Omey Dash Triathlon
 

04th July 2015
Starts at Acton’s Eco Campsite Claddaghduff Clifden Connemara. All proceeds are in aid of the local Claddaghduff community Hall. This has extensive community support in obtaining funds to repay for the refurbishment of the hall.
more info: www.omeydash.com

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 Galway Garden Festival
Galway Garden Festival
 

04th - 05th July 2015
Galway Garden Festival is held in the beautifully restored Claregalway Castle in mid July. Nursery suppliers from across Ireland will share a wealth of planting experience with all who browse the plant stalls’ extensive range of plants, trees, seeds, and shrubs. Garden equipment, from hoes to glasshouses to woven willow baskets. Celebrated gardeners will provide advice and the work of organisations such as Bóthar, The Beekeepers Federation, and The Organic Centre, Co Leitrim, can be appreciated at the stands in the castle grounds.
more info: www.galwaygardenfestival.com

 Currafest Music Festival
Currafest
 

July 2015
Currafest Music Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever this year, and is set to become the most highly-anticipated Music Festival in the West of Ireland. The festival will be held on the grounds of Curra West Golf Club and boasts an exciting line up. In addition the festival will include a comedy tent, food festival and Currakids playzone, along with the new option of camping overnight on the Saturday. The festival promises to remain a great day out for people of all ages, and families, and raises funds for worthwhile charities. Since its first year the festival has been successful in raising vital funds and this year Currafest has partnered with Our Lady’s Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
more info: www.currafest.ie

 Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show
Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show
 

12th July 2015
The 10th Annual Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show takes place in mid-July, 2015, at the Showground. The main event, the Connemara Pony Show, consists of 20 in-hand classes showcasing all ages and varieties of Connemara Pony. A Dog Show and Sheep Show are also included in the day’s events. A great day out is assured for competitors and spectators alike. The deadline for entry is late June.
more info: www.roundstoneevents.com

 Galway Film Fleadh
Galway Film Fleadh
 

07th - 12th July 2015
Film festival for feature films and shorts. 2015 marks the 27th Galway Film Fleadh, and the central goal of the festival remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment and share a common experience.
more info: www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

 Galway Fringe Festival
Galway Fringe Festival
 

13th - 26th July 2015
Running in parallel with the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Fringe Festival aims to provide a platform for local artists, writers, playwrights, poets, actors and musicians to perform and showcase new work.
more info: www.galwayfringe.ie

 Galway International Arts Festival
Galway International Arts Festival
 

13th - 26th July 2015
One of Europe most inventive, vibrant & colorful events. A truly international celebration of the performing and visual arts which takes place in and around Galway City each July.
more info: www.giaf.ie

 Joyce Country Challenge Walks
Joyce Country Challenge Walks
 

18th July 2015
The Joyce Country Challenge Walks provides you with a chance to experience Connemara by walking a circuit of Lough Nafooey, an area of exceptional natural beauty. On the walks you will take in the plateau of Maumtrasna and the Devils Mother and see outstanding views of the Maam Turks, Mweelrea, Killary harbour, the Sheefrys and the Western Lakes. There are 4 separate routes planned for the day, each with varying degrees of difficulty.
more info: www.lakedistricthwc.com/joycedetails.aspx

 Galway Races - Summer Festival Meeting
Galway Races
 

27th July - 02nd August 2015
Galway Race course, Ballybrit, Galway. Ireland's premier horse racing festival. Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion, you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned.
more info: www.galwayraces.com

 
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