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Events and Festivals

Galway is a main player on the Irish festival and event circuit with some of the country's biggest and best among its ranks. A few to mention;

Galway races - With 250 thousand fans heading to Ballybrit for the 7 day event (institution maybe??), it’s probably fair to say that the world renowned Races take centre stage on Ireland’s racing calendar. They’re certainly the biggest and most famous of the country’s racing festivals and with July’s week long extravaganza bringing a carnival atmosphere to the daytime crowds and a real buzz to the bohemian nightlife, its little wonder they’ve been dubbed ‘Ireland’s Mardi Gras’. You might leave a few Euros lighter gents, but you’ll have had a mighty fine time!

Galway International Rally - February’s Rally holds a huge place in Irish road racing history having had the honour of being the first round of the very first ever Irish Tarmac Championships (an event that today sees the rally serving as its season opener). The rally takes in 13 stages over 2 days and has seen multi-World Rally Champions among its victors. The 2013 staging saw an unbelievable margin of only 13 seconds separate the course champion and the ‘what could have been’s of the second place contender…!

Galway Arts Festival - Another giant among men, the Arts Fest brings performance to Galway on an epic scale when artists, performers, writers and musicians from across the globe treat crowds 150,000 strong to a two week spectacular of music, dance, theatre, acrobatics, street performance and more….

Galway International Oyster Festival - Over half a million visitors have taken in the sights, gourmet seafood, great music and great Guinness of the massive Oyster Fest since it first began in 1954 and we’re happy to report that the food and music are still plentiful and the Guinness still flows freely! Main events at the fest include; The Oyster Feast Off, World Oyster Opening Championships, Latin Quarter Street Party and the Gala Mardi Gras

Ted Fest - We couldn’t mention festivals without giving a shout out to the crazy fun-filled spectacle that is Inishmore’s TedFest! It’s the first ever festival in the world to pay homage to the legendary Father Ted and delivers a 4 day adventure the likes of which you’d be hard pushed to find…well…anywhere else in the world! The wacky events include; Nuns vs Priests (5 a side), Ted’s Got Talent, fancy dress, toilet duck comedy awards and the Lovely Girls Competition..!

Calendar Highlights

Jan - Galway Midwinter Festival
Feb - Galway International Rally
Feb - TedFest
Mar - St Patricks Festival
Apr - Galway Food Fest
May - Connemara Mussel Festival
Jun - Carlsberg Salthill International Fives
Jun - The Galway Sessions
Jul - Galway Film Fleadh
Jul - Galway Fringe
Jul - Galway Arts Fest
Jul - Galway Races (summer meeting)
Aug - Streets of Galway 8k
Aug - Gathering of the boats
Sept - Galway Races (autumn meeting)
Sept - Guinness Live in the Latin Quarter
Sept - Galway International Oyster Festival
Oct - Galway Comedy Fest
Oct - Galway Races (Oct meeting)
Nov - Galway Christmas Market


  • Aran Islands
  • Ashford Castle
  • Connemara National Park
  • Eyre Square
  • Galway Cathedral
  • Salthill (taking in the winding ‘Prom’ and Blackrock beach)
  • Spanish Arch
  • St Nicholas Church


  • Team: Galway United FC
    Ground: Eamonn Deacy Park

All Ireland League

  • Team: Galwegians RFC
    Ground: Crowley Park
  • Team: Galway Corinthians RFC
    Ground: Corinthian Park

Pro 12 / Heineken Cup

  • Team:     Connacht Rugby
    Ground: Galway Sportsgrounds


By Air:
Flights are available from all major cities and will find you in Ireland in a little over an hour (up to an hour and a half).  Regular bus services link Shannon Airport and the city centre.  If you book well in advance, flights for this route can also be very cost-effective.

By Road:
Galway is well linked to the rest of Ireland, being served by the N16 (east), N17 (north) and N18 (south).  Bus Eirann also provides links to the country’s major towns and cities.

Average journey by road:
Belfast - 3hrs 53min
Cork - 2hrs 35min
Donegal - 2hrs 42min
Dublin - 2hrs 9min
Limerick - 1hr 25 min

By Rail:
Ceannt railway station, in the city centre, provides services to Dublin at least 6 times a day, with a journey time of around 3 hours.

Galway is the third largest city in Ireland but it’s still a pleasantly manageable city to get round on foot.  Salthill’s Prom and beaches are only a 20-30min stroll.

CityDirect and Bus Eirann run Galway’s bus networks, with various routes across the city.

Taxis can be a bit pricey, although convenient, and you’ll find ranks in Eyre Square.

And for any activity transfers gents, just let us know and we’ll sort the arrangements for you!


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