Galway Events Guide

Galway Events Guide

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For inclusion in the guide email info[at] - private ticketed/commercial events are included at station's discretion. Every effort is made to ensure information is accurate, but do check with the organisers before you set out for any events for the latest updates and prices/registration (where applicable).

Multi-day Events (Day-by-day Events Below)

QQI Level 3 in Media Expression Course (Free)
23 September - 21 October
Flirt FM 101.3, Áras na MacLéinn, NUI Galway

This new short course is aimed at people from LGBTQ+ groups with an interest in community issuesand/or current affairs. This course is about making radio that matters, and the issues that matter to you. In a fun, friendly environment, you'll explore how radio & TV shapes the world we live in. In a group, you'll help make a radio programme you'd like to listen to, on the things, big and small that matter to you and the community around you.

This course is assessed by a portfolio containing 4 pieces of work (carried out during the course). It is designed to be accessible for all levels of education. This is a nationally accredited course leading to a QQI Level 3 Qualification in Media Expression. Flirt are offering this course free as part of a national initiative supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland and Craol.
There's no charge, but spaces are limited. 

Kizomba Masters Weekender With Zé Barbosa - Workshops & Party

30 September - 2 October

Commercial Boat Club Steamers Quay, Woodquay, 
****FIRST 30 FULL PASSES - ONLY €60!!!
FULL PASS - €70 (includes 7 hrs of workshop + 2 parties)

We are very proud and can't wait to welcome the one and only Mr Zé Barbosa to the Emerald Island! 
One of the Pioneer Kizomba Teachers in Europe (since 1999), Zé Barbosa has dedicated his life to teaching and travelling around the world transmiting the Afro Culture through Kizomba, Funana, Coladera and other Traditional dances.

We have lined up 6 Amazing Workshops for you. (7 hours) It will be an Intensive course on Kizomba na Passada. 

3pm - 4.10 pm - Kizomba Na Passada I
4.20 - 5.30 pm - Kizomba Na Passada II
5.45 - 7 pm - Kizomba Na Passada III
From 9pm until Late: Party!!!
2.30 -3.40 pm - Kizomba Na Passada II (cont.)
3.50 - 5pm - Kizomba Na Passada III (cont.)
5.15 - 6.30 - Cape Verdean Dances (Cabo Swing)
From 8pm until Late: Party!!

Parties will run until late with the best of Kizomba, Semba, Tarraxinha, Coladera, Zouk, Cabo Love, Funaná, Afro House and much more!!

Rock N' Rolla - €4 DVRB Tuesdays  
Carbon Nightclub Eglinton Street 23:00–2:00
€4 DVRB's and a mix of the finest Indie & Rock music - is there a better combination on a Tuesday? 

Wednesdays from the 6th Sept to 20 December
Comedy at the Cellar
The Cellar Bar 21:00 - 23:00
Live Stand Up Comedy from some of the BEST circuit comedians, from Ireland and abroad, every Wednesday at The Cellar Bar. With a new lineup every week, Comedy at the Cellar is a must see for any fans of comedy, or people just looking for "the craic".

Revolve Wednesdays at Electric
Electric Garden & Theatre Upper Abbeygate Street,  
Hip Hop and R'n'B

Head in the Hedgerow
 University Hospital Galway  Newcastle, Galway
8 September - 16 October
Artist, Hugh Barr moved to the West of Ireland 10 years ago, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The peace and the countryside soon helped him to see life differently. The stress and the strains ebbed away. Walking his dogs every day along the country lane where he lived, not only gave him exercise, but also cleared his head. On his daily walks nature and the countryside gave him the inspiration for this exhibition; Head in the Hedgerow. 

Currently touring nationally the exhibition was displayed in 2016 in Roscommon University Hospital as their inaugural art exhibition. GUHAT is now delighted to host this exhibition on the Arts Corridor until October 16.

Aoife Desmond, something momentous germinating 
Galway Arts Centre 47 Dominick Street  18:00–19:30
15 September – 10 October 2017 
16 September 1pm – 2pm: Artist in Conversation with Logan Sisley
30 September 7pm – 8.30pm: Screening of RetroReflection by Aoife Desmond in Nuns Island Theatre followed by panel discussion with Alice Butler and Vivienne Dick
The solo exhibition Something Momentous Germinating marks a new body of work by interdisciplinary artist Aoife Desmond, made over the last three years. These new works play between abstract and more literal interpretations of deeply familiar territory.

Town Hall Studio, Town Hall Theatre 8.30pm  Tickets €15 and €12. 
12th - 14th October  
Bookings: Town Hall  Theatre 091 569777 

One woman show based on Molly Bloom's soliloquy from James Joyce's Ulysses. 
  Performed by Tara Breathnach ( A Nightingale Falling, Jack Taylor, Ros na Rún,) and directed by Petal Pilley ( Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Footsbarn). 

Tiny Traders Village
Aras na nGael, Dominick St  Saturday 9th of September and weekly thereafter 11:00 - 18:00
Best of local producers, food drink and craft.
Up to 50 stalls, bilingual market to tie in with the location.
Free admission

Hoolie; Thursdays in Electric
Electric Garden 23:00–02:00

Club OA2
Aras Na nGael Dominick st  Friday Nights 21:00-00:30 €5 after 10pm
Friday night dance club in the Gaelic language club. Initially meant playing non-English language music and evolved into playing some fine fine ethnic funk, reggae and other grooves.

Irish SoundSystem Gathering 2017
Leisureland Salthill, Galway 20 October at 15:00 to 22 October at 2:30
4pm - 8pm >> Free/Donation
9pm - close >> €15 per night
Weekend Ticket > €25
Roots - Dub - Reggae - Dancehall - Ska - Steppas - Dubstep - Drum & Bass - Jungle : For the first time in Ireland : 8 SoundSystems <> 2 Days <> 1 Roof

Wednesday 20th September

Philosopher's Café 
NUIG Philosophy Society,NUI Galway, IT203 or IT125 3pm-4pm
Just a small, meet-and-greet type event. Sit down, have some tea/coffee, get to know other members of society, maybe discuss something philosophical. All are welcome

Peanut Shuffle Club
 The Black Gate Cultural Centre, Francis St 8pm -10pm  
Bringing you the sweetest and nuttiest pop songs from the 30s and 40s, old-timey swing tunes to fill your heart with gladness and your boots with dances.

Thursday  21st September

Notions: Film Quiz
Seven - The Loft 5-7 Bridge Street, Galway,  19:00–22:00
Admission: €20 per table of four people.
Just how well do you know your films? Did you know, for example, that rather than use CGI, Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory? Or that Ryan Gosling was cast as Noah in The Notebook because the director wanted someone “not handsome”? Did you know that Kevin Spacey was cast in Se7en a mere two days before filming began?
Come on down to our film quiz and put your mettle to the test over pints and… well… pints.

The Burning Hell
Roisin Dubh, Dominick St
Canadian roots rock

An Ordinary Man
An Taibhdhearc Middle St. 20:00–22:00

Beezneez production of stunning Gerry Farrell performance of extraordinary John McDwyer play about the life of a simple farmer and sawman. On its fourth national tour. Unmissable

Friday  22nd September 

Culture night
Various events in various venues around town
annual celebration of various aspects of the arts.

James Fleming  Spinner
Bank of Ireland Theatre NUIG  6pm-6.40pm  Free.
One man show  by James Fleming about the mystical adventures of a cockeyed cowboy seeking justice upon the streets of his urban prairie.
part of Culture Night 

Bollywood DJ Night 
Sult NUI Galway 
Music, dance and fun!! NUIG India Society is back in full swing again this year with the Bollywood DJ Party!!

Saturday  23rd September

Bi+ Ireland - Bi Visibility Day Galway
September 23rd is Bi Visibility Day! Join Bi+ Ireland on that day in Galway, where we'll be marking the day in style. We'll be in Teach Solais from 4pm (after their 2-4pm drop-in hours) where we'll be hosting some fun, games, events and discussions .
This event is open to anyone who fits under the bi+ umbrella (bisexual, pansexual, queer, biromantic etc) and to bi+ allies. We ask allies to be respectful that this is a bi+ space for our community.

Bus King#1 - Brain Kelly
  Bus King at Carroll's Dominick St 3-4pm
Free entry but spaces are limited on the top deck of the bus so getting there early is advised. 
First in a series of gigs played on the top deck of the double decker bus converted to the Crust Bucket pizza restaurant in the back garden of Carroll's pub

Brian Kelly has been compared to  the Television Personalities or the Clean at their most engaging,  according to indie-bible Pitchfork.

Portraiture Workshop with Caitlyn Rooke
Galway Arts Centre 11:00–17:00 
10 places maximum All materials are included, so all you have to do is show up! The workshop day costs €120 and will include a provided afternoon tea break and an hour for your own lunch.
A 6 hour workshop on oil painting portraits . This is a great opportunity for beginners and artists of any level who want to freshen up their life painting skills. This workshop focuses on learning to paint realistically by thinking abstractly.
Caitlyn has exhibited her paintings abroad and in Ireland, including the RHA. 

How's Your Father? - 
Town Hall Theatre Courthouse Square, Galway,  20:00–23:00
How's Your Father, the brand new comedy play by Conal Gallen starts it's nationwide tour this Autumn. A B&B! A Landlady! A Priest! A Jockey! A Mystery! It's a side-splitting tale of love, deceit, mystery, bad food and a bit of "How's Your Father" thrown in for good measure! A show not to be 
missed!! Age recommendation 16+

Cuddle a Kitten with Galway Cat Rescue
Petmania Ireland  Wellpark Retail Park, Dublin Road, 13:00–16:00 Free
Cuddle a Kitten with Galway Cat Rescue and find out everything you need to know about owning a Cat. 
Help Galway Cat Rescue build cat shelters for the winter months and help house Galway's feral cats

The Crawling / Ten Ton Slug / Stonecarver - Galway
Sally Longs 33 Abbeygate Street,  8pm Free
Doom and sludge metal

Monday 25th September

Ryan Cullen
NUIG Comedy Soc Áras na Mac Léinn NUIG 6-8.30 pm €5 on the door, €4 in advance from Socs box
Dublin based Donegal comic
Support on the night comes from Darach McGarrigle, Ruth O'Kelly Hunter, John Spillane, Kari Johnson, and your trusty MC for the evening, 'Big Mike' Rice!

CdB - Envisioning A Britain Free Europe
Cumann Caoimhín de Barra AC201 Concourse NUIG 8-10pm

We will be hosting a Brexit meeting with a twist! While everyone else is busy licking their wounds of tarriffs with the UK, we will take a look at the new Europe, one without Britain!
The discussion will be broken into the following topics:
1. How Ireland Can Play A Central Role in the New Europe
2. Is It Time to Cut Links with the UK?
3. Does Europe Need A Discussion on It’s Current Direction?
4. The Future Relationship Between North and South.

Wednesday  27th September

Synapse // a Tech Carnival
Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway  12:00 
Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, one day interactive technology showcase of top companies in the University.
Our goal is to put context to the knowledge given to us by our lecturers, discover new technologies and give a more definitive, personal and creative direction to our career path.  

German Society Boat Trip
Cruise on the Corrib Princess 6-9pm
Tickets €10 from Socs Box

1st Year Commerce Party
Sult NUI Galway 8-11pm
 the first Commerce class party of the year with the afterparty in 4/4.

Little Cinema Short Films Screening September 2017
Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick St, 9-11.15pm €5
The Little Cinema is back with another month of fantastic shorts to screen, made by the finest filmmakers out there! All the films are pretty short, with a max running time of 10mins, lots to view, enjoy and talk about!  

If you're interested in submitting to the Little Cinema, you can do so by emailling us at

Thursday 28th September

UFO Club w/ Or:la
Seven - The Loft 5-7 Bridge Street,  23:00–2:30 €5
With her own night Meine Nacht reknowned as one of the best in the U.K, releases on Scuba's Hotflush label, her own label Deep Sea Frequency making waves & upcoming gigs with the likes of Villalobos, Omar-S, Ben UFO at some of the best clubs & festivals around, we think this could potentially be our biggest night yet in Galway

Galway SOUP 
Café Temple 12 The Cornstore - Augustine Street, 18:00–21:30 €5
The idea is that we are going to make Galway even better!!
Come along (by paying a suggested donation of €5 for your SOUP) to hear 4 people share 4 ideas in 4 minutes each, with 4 questions being asked at the end of each pitch. Eat some delicious soup (which you get with your donation) and chat over the ideas with other spectators, and then vote for your favourite. The best idea takes home the money raised from the donations and matched by a sponsor!

Friday 29th September

Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick St 20:00 - 23:00 €25/23
Post-hardcore heaviosity with the legendary Steve Albini, and bandmates Tod Trainer and Bob Weston

Shivers Balearic Boat Ride w/ Paramida, Cait + Eoin
Corrib Princess 18:30-21:30
Tickets €20 information (
with after party at Electric Garden & Theatre 36, Upper Abbeygate St.,    €8
Is September the new August? We think so and so does the weather. To give one last hurrah to the Sun we’re going to be hosting a boat party with two of our all time favourite DJs- Paramida, and Cait. They’ll also be joined by Shivers resident Eoin. 

Tom Portman
Galway Folk Club De Burgos Augustine St 21:00–0:00  €8/€5 concession
Multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer and songwriter Tom Portman is based in the west of Ireland. Playing acoustic & electric guitar, Dobro & lap steel, Tom presents a wide repertoire. His compositions draw on many global styles yet have a distinct flavour of their own.

This is an Irish dance by Jean Butler and Neil Martin 
Black Box  
 Tickets: €20 / €18, Students (full-time) €6 / MFG Friends €16
Dance performance
Choreography and performance: Jean Butler
Composition and performance: Neil Martin
"an intense, affectionate, sometimes flirtatious musical conversation" - New York Times

Galway Launch of 'All the Worlds Between' 
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
Cornstore Mall, Middle  Street 7-10pm
All the Worlds Between is a collaborative poetry project bringing together poets from India, Ireland and in between. Their writing partnerships resulted in four strands—poems as conversations, poems at angles to one another, poems which speak out of turn to other poems in the group and, not surprisingly, stories of friendship. 

The poets looked at questions of home, belonging, identity, exclusion and homogenisation. From conversations about shoes and what they evoke to exchanges about parents, poems responding to the transgender experience, to inward angled poems and even chain poems created stanza by stanza over email and WhatsApp, through all of these the poets found themselves eavesdropping on a collective consciousness, ears to the ground listening for the beat of life. 

Contributing poets: Adil Jussawalla, Aditi Rao, Áine Ní Ghlinn, Alvy Carragher, Anne Tannam, Arundhathi Subramaniam, BeRn, Christine Murray, Claus Ankersen, Daniel Ryan, Fióna Bolger, Maurice Devitt, Menka Shivdasani, Nandini Sahu, Nita Mishra, Ӧzgecan Kesici, Rizio Yahannan Raj, Sampurna Chattarji, Shobhana Kumar, K. Srilata, Sue Butler, Swarnalatha Rangarajan, R. Vatsala.

Saturday  30th September

March for Choice Bus from Galway
Galway Pro-Choice will be organising a bus from Galway to this year's March for Choice for anyone who wants to attend.
Bus leaving the cathedral at 9am , 
Bus leaves Dublin 5.30pm
cost:€10/ conc €5/ kids under 16 free
The theme of our March this year is Time to Act!
Let's let the government know that Galway is a pro-choice city and have a massive presence at the march!!

The 6th Annual March for Choice, takes place on Saturday the 30th of September, assembling at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square from 1.30pm, before we march on Dáil Éireann at 2pm.

Ganglions / Chancer
Roisin Dubh (upstairs) Lower Dominick St   21:00 - 23:59 €5
Upbeat math pop punk seminal post-music band. Songs about science, feminism and human feelings
Instrumental band in Dublin. Formed in winter 2016. For fans of math/post rock, heft, and bangers

Lag [Mord] // Basement Project // Factory
Basement Project, Factory 36 Upper Abbeygate St, 23:00–2:00  €8/€10
A promoter of the underground culture, a DJ and a respected producer - Serbian-born Lag is the on the forefront of the new wave of techno artists. 

Atheist Ireland Information Table 
Shop Street, 12-3pm 
Atheist Ireland sets up a regular information table in Galway on the last Saturday of every month. The table is on Shop Street from 12pm to 2pm. Feel free to drop by if you have any questions about atheism or on the campaigning Atheist Ireland do. 
Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the table is also more than welcome.

Sunday  1st October

3rd 50km Cycle for Diabetes Galway 2017
Claddagh Hall Galway 09:30
This is an event to promote the benefits of exercise and raise funds for our Diabetes Care West charity.

Thursday  5th October

Juanita Stein
Strange Brew Róisín Dubh, Lower Dominick St Galway 21:00–23:30 Free
She's seen the world Americanize, gentrify and divide like a broken heart during a decade of touring the globe with her band Howling Bells, now Juanita Stein returns with her first solo collection of songs about a pre-apocalyptic America.

Friday 6th October

Micah P. Hinson
Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick St 20:00–23:00 €14/12
Micah P. Hinson’s new album “Presents The Holy Strangers” is described by the artist as being a “modern folk opera.” Telling the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide – spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead. We follow their story, we see their decisions, we see their faults and their beauty

Sleep Out for Simon
Shop Street,  7pm -7am

Be part of Sleep Out for Simon on Friday 6th of October and experience for one night what many people in Ireland face every day while helping to raise awareness and funds to tackle homelessness.
This year, with your help, we’re aiming to raise €30,000 to fund health and well-being costs for up to 300 clients supported by our prevention, housing and support services.

Tuesday 10th October

Vintage Fair at NUI Galway Students’ Union
NUI Galway Students' Union Áras na Mac Léinn, 11:00–17:00 Free admission 

There will be a HUGE VINTAGE+REWORK SALE, with  80s+90s wavy garms at low prices! All for you guys+gurls!!

It will be stocking; Aztec, Plaid, Cord, Crazy, Pattern, Printed, Cropped, Oversized, Re-worked, USA Vintage, Branded Sportwear, Streetwear, Handmade Jewels, Crystals, Charms, Hats, Pumps, Sweats, Knitwear, 90’s Denim, Suede Bombers, Jackets, Coats, Shirts, Jeans, Dungarees, T’s, Sweaters, Shell, Skirts.... +so much more!

Friday 13th October

Hudson Taylor
Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick St,  20:00–23:00 €24/22
Since the release of their debut album in 2015, the brothers have been busy touring around Europe, writing songs for their next record, and jamming and hanging out with musical pals both here and in the UK.

Saturday  14th October

Ryan McMullan 
Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick St,  20:00 -23:00  €12.50/10
Ryan McMullan’s talent is a rare jewel in the crown of popular music. Ryan's voice is truly remarkable with a stage performance that is raw, gritty and full of heart.

Wednesday 18th October

Tommy Tiernan - Under the Influence - Salthill Hotel
Salthill Hotel Rockbarton Road, Salthill,  8.30-11.30pm

As part of his hugely successful 'Under the Influence' tour, Tommy Tiernan has added a highly-anticipated date in Salthill Hotel this October 18th with all proceeds going to Barna United FC.

As if receiving instructions from a strange and distant star, Tommy Tiernan takes to the stage refusing to take anything seriously. The political and the personal are all up for grabs as the only goal of the evening is laughter. Let our struggles be mocked and our cares abandoned.

Thursday  19th October

Ailbhe Reddy & Laoise
Róisín Dubh, Galway, Ireland 21:00 – 23:30
Ailbhe has been making huge waves in her native Ireland, ever since a homemade demo of her song 'Cover Me' was used in a Today FM radio advert in 2014. Later that year her first single, 'Flesh & Blood' garnered excellent reviews and was featured as Song of the Day on Folk Radio UK. She went on to feature on almost every major Irish festival line up in 2016 including Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes, Knockanstockan and Spirit of Folk, whilst also releasing her debut EP ‘Hollowed Out Sea’

Friday 20 – Saturday 21 st October,

Irish SoundSystem Gathering 2017
Leisureland Salthill, Galway 20 October at 15:00 to 22 October at 2:30
4pm - 8pm >> Free/Donation
9pm - close >> €15 per night
Weekend Ticket > €25
Roots - Dub - Reggae - Dancehall - Ska - Steppas - Dubstep - Drum & Bass - Jungle
- History of SoundSystem Culture Exhibition
- Sound Clash both nights
- Workshops (Live Dubbing/Speaker Bulding & more..)
- Live System demos
- Engineer Q & A
- Record Fair
- Clothing Stalls
- Food Area (Jamaica Joes & Packman Pizza)

ALL SoundSystems on display both days.
4pm – 9pm > Interactive Exhibition, Q and A, Demos, Workshops, Record Fair, Food, Clothing stalls..
9pm – 2am > Electronic (Bass) music SoundSystems Sound Clash
- SubVersion (Galway)
- World Bass Culture (Cork/Waterford)
- Riseup (Cork)
- Mindscape (Clare)
4pm – 8pm > Interactive Exhibition, Q and A, Demos, Workshops, Record Fair, Food, Clothing stalls..
9pm – 2.30am > Roots Reggae SoundSystems Sound Clash
- Rootical SoundSystem (Galway)
- Revelation SoundSystem (Cork)
- Firehouse Skank (Dublin)
- Rub a Dub Hi-Fi (Dublin)

Thursday 26th October

Aslan @ Quays Galway
Quays Bar G11 Quay Street Galway 20:00 €20 
Legendary  Irish Rock band play Galway gig
This WILL be a sell out not to be missed!!!!!!

Friday 3rd November

Matthew E. White (Solo)
Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick st  20:00-23:00 €16/14
Tickets on sale now
An intimate evening previewing works in progress and older classics. 
Matthew E. White is in the middle of work on his new album and would like to share and try out some of his works in progress and older classics. With the UK and Ireland so close to his heart, a tour of smaller clubs seemed the only logical place to give such an intimate and open performance that shows some of his songwriting process.

Saturday 4th November

Craig Gallagher
Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick st  20:00–23:00 €12.50/10
Dublin’s Craig Gallagher began his career singing the pubs of Dublin’s. He recently released a four track EP titled “Home” that shot to No.1 on iTunes in Ireland, and he has earned over two million streams on Spotify.  

Friday 10th November

Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick St 20:00 – 23:00  €16/14 
Their music has a solid traditional backbone, inspired and shaped by the surrounding of the west of Ireland, but with progressive, world and jazz influences creeping into their music it makes for a truly heady and distinctive sound, putting them at the forefront of new acoustic music from Ireland. 

Friday 17th November 

Paul Noonan & Maria Kelly
Roisin Dubh Lower Dominick St, 20:00–23:00 €28/26
PAUL NOONAN (Bell X1) Solo Show
performing songs from Bell X1, Printer Clips & solo catalogue
Special guest Maria Kelly