Enjoy four days and nights at the world renowned Galway International Oyster Festival. For the best in gourmet seafood, live music and the best Guinness in town, it has to be the Galway Oyster Festival. Every year in September, Galway City comes alive as thousands of people travel from the four corners of the world to enjoy a remarkable festival celebrating the oyster, a food known for it’s mysterious luxury and passion.
The Galway Film Fleadh is a 6 day international film festival held every July, welcoming a wide diversity of filmmaking from around the world. The 2010 festival will take place from July 6th - July 11th 2010. The Fleadh is very much a filmmakers' festival, and attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds, who present their work before their peers. Founded twenty years ago, the central goal of the Galway Film Fleadh remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment, and share a common experience – the wonder of cinema. Guests have included: Jeremy Irons, Kathy Bates, Paul Schrader, Robert Towne, Matt Dillon, Stephen Frears, Maureen O’Hara, Anthony Minghella, Pierce Brosnan, Woody Harrelson, Sir Richard Attenborough, Peter O’Toole, Michael Moore, Oliver Reed, Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan to name but a few.
Galway City Direct Buses offers commuters a fast, easy and convenient way to travel around the city, and also travel through some of the most famous tourist locations in the city, including the Spanish Arch and the newly revamped Eyre Square. The most regular service to and from Galway city centre from Knocknacarra, Cappagh, Barna, Salthill and many other city districts.
Glendeer Pet Farm is a six-acre open farm in the heart of the midlands run by the O’Connell family. An additional six acres has opened recently with a nature walk through fields and along historic paths.<br/><br/>
It can be a great way for children who live in towns and cities to experience farm animals close up. A wide range of animals live on the farm, from goats, cows and sheep to the more exotic emus, llamas, alpacas, wallabies and monkeys. Children can feed the larger animals, and see pheasants, turkeys, ducks, geese and hens roaming freely in the farmyard.<br/><br/>
Glendeer Pet Farm is in Curryroe, Drum, Athlone, Co Roscommon. Take exit 13 (for Tuam) off the M6 and follow the signs for Drum.
The Galway Sessions Festival of music takes place all over Galway city and includes some of the best in world renowned artists. Held annually, a good time and plenty of craic is assured for all. The main music sessions take place in Crane Bar, Róisín Dubh, Monroes Tavern, The Quays, Tigh Neachtáin, Tigh Cóilí, Taffees, Richardson's, M T Pockets and the Radisson SAS Hotel.
The Rat Race Urban Adventure Galway is the hottest event to test your limits of fitness, nerves, teamwork and stamina. The Rat Race is an annual event which invites you to its metropolitan playgrounds for an eclectic mix of running, mountain biking, kayaking, abseiling and climbing. Tri-athletes, extreme sport junkies, outdoor-types, alternative city-break tourists join in the race from all over the world.
The Galway Jazz Festival presents a weekend of leading local, national and international jazz artists in a broad range of venues, throughout Galway City. Annually, the aim is to foster jazz as a contemporary art form in the West. Jazz admirers will have plenty to choose from in a line up that includes artists from Norway, The US, Germany, The UK and Italy and the best of Irish artists. Venues include The Crane Bar, Druid Theatre and St Nicholas' Church. Takes place in November.
This newly refurbished hostel is directly facing the main train and bus station, with fantastic views of Eyre Square. It has a backpacker bar downstairs, providing the very best in massively discounted beers, cocktails, shots and meals. A complimentary light breakfast is provided between 6am and 10am. Bring your travel journal and swap email address' to keep in touch with your new friends.