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)

Akumakon 2018
NUIG Anime and Manga Society and Akumakon at NUI Galway
19 January at 5pm to 21 January at 6pm
Join the socs for Akumakon 2018 as they celebrate, anime, manga and Japanese culture. There will be panels, traders, artists, video games, special events and more. They will also be welcoming their guests Josh Grelle, Luce Cosplay, Thelema Therion Cosplay, MasakoX, Super Eyepatch Wolf and many more. 

Beginners Adult Gymnastics Classes
Modern Warrior Body - Limitless Health
Until 24 February
JAN 17 Wed 19:30 / JAN 19 Fri 19:30 / JAN 20 Sat 14:00
Unit 25 Ballybane Industrial Estate, Tuam Road,
Exciting new beginners fitness and strength classes suitable for all levels. 

Learn to Swing Dance
Galway Swing
Galway Rowing Club, Woodquay 5pm €50 for 6 lessons
Every Sunday, 14th January until 18 February
Galway Swing are starting their 6-week Charleston course  €50 for the course. 5-6pm, followed by one hour practice social. All in the Galway Rowing Club.

Tango Classes! Monday nights
Galway Rowing Club,Woodquay, 
Beginners Tango Classes7:00-8:00pm
Continuation Tango Classes 8:00-9:00pm
With Quique and Ciara

Sew Last Season 
Ozanam House, Augustine Street
Call 0872948837
Mon &Thur 10am-1pm, Fri 1-4 / Mon & Wed 7.30pm-9.30pm
Sew Last Season  is a public sewing room in Galway city for upcycling and embellishment of preloved clothes. It is a slow movement, adding time and effort to garments to imbibe them with meaning and longevity.

Ex-Voto the body + the institution
 Galway Arts Centre,  47 Dominick Street,
19 January – 10 March 10am -5pm
the body + the institution

Lucy Beech
Jenna Bliss
Cecilia Bullo
Judy Foley
Sinéad Gleeson
Rajinder Singh

Ex-Voto is a group exhibition that addresses the colonisation of the human body, the treatment of the body by State, corporate, medical and pharmaceutical institutions .
This exhibition also explores the subjective experiences of health and illness in the context of institutions. The relationship between Institution and the individual, the role of power and the impact of capitalism and commerce are investigated in works by five contemporary visual artists and a writer.
The exhibition frames the artist as witness, mirroring Michel Foucault's theories in The Birth of the Clinic, that clinical medicine is fundamentally an encounter between people. Michel Foucault's The Birth of the Clinic addressed the patient's corporeal experience and vulnerability in the context of modern medicine:

LGBT Youth - shOUT! Galway
Youth Work Ireland, Galway, 41-43 Prospect Hill,
20th & 27th january, 3rd February 
 Radio Expression Workshop which starts  Saturday 20th January and runs for next 2 Saturdays. 10 young people all ready to learn how to put an Hour long show together, which will be Aired on Community Radio Stations all over Ireland. All in partnership with CRAOL & Flirt FM.

Summer Nights
 Coláiste Mhuirlinne/Merlin College, Doughiska 
25 January – 26 January 7.30pm
Coláiste Mhuirlinne/ Merlin College are proud to present their very first school musical "Summer Nights". Take a trip back in time to an American High School and experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a bunch of frank and funny teenagers!

Thyroid clinic
 HoneyBee Health Store, lower Abbeygate street
8 dates · 24 January – 29 August
JAN 24, FEB 28, MAR 28, +5 11am 
Thyroid clinic
Set program over 3 months to improve the symptoms of your thyroid issues.
Nutritional plan
Herbal medical program
Booking essential!
Get professional advice and finally start feeling better

Menswear launch
Stevie Coleman Clothing 13 Eglinton street,
20 January - 21 January 10am-5pm
steviecoleman are delighted to welcome a collection of special European styled mens clothing and shoes. Visit 13 Eglinton Street, Galway for our special launch party Sale 

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? 

Comedy at the Cellar Wednesdays 
21:00 - 23:00 Cellar Bar, Eglinton Street
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

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

Operation Transformation
Local area walking groups, Saturdays 
Notably Ard Community Centre in Doughiska rd 11am Saturday mornings with 10.45am sign up & Salthill 1pm, Salthill Car Park.

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

Mad Craic Comedy Galway Saturdays
19:00–21:00 The Stock Exchange, 34 Shop StreetNew lineup every week, with rotating regular presenters John O'Hare & Ross McCarthy.
 Online group tickets  only €6.50 per person for groups of 4+. Online regular tickets only €8 per person. Tickets €10 on the door.

Friday 19th January

Launch of books by Amanda Slevin and Declan Coogan
Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUIG 5.30-6.30pm
booklaunch for Amanda Slevin's 'Gas, oil and the Irish state: Understanding the dynamics and conflicts of hydrocarbon management'
and Dr Declan coogan's "Child to Parent Violence and Abuse: Family Interventions with Non Violent Resistance'

Club Áras na nGael, 45 Sráid Doiminic 9pm-midnight
Alfi are a fresh new trio combining traditional Irish and old-time American music to produce a unique and tasteful sound. Alfi features an unusual line-up of harp, five-string banjo, uilleann pipes, whistles and vocals.

Roisin Dubh , Dominick st 11.30pm-2.30am €10
Monthly LGBTQ Night at the Roisin 

Jamie & Agustina (World Music)
The Kasbah Wine Bar, 2 Quay Street, 10.30pm - 12.30am Free
Jamie Toomey (Ireland) and Agustina Taborda (Argentina) are a duo consisting of acoustic guitar, bandoneón and vocals.
Chamame, Milonga and Tango feature alongside Swing, Jazz, Cumbia and Bolero.

Saturday 20th January

Public Demonstration: End Direct Provision Now
Galway Anti Racism Network
The Eglinton hotel, Salthill. 1-4pm 
GARN invites you to march with them against the inhumane Direct Provision system. We will assemble at the Eglinton DP centre in Salthill and march to the Great Western DP centre off Eyre Square.
This demonstration will end a week of events focusing on Direct Provision. GARN are encouraging as many organisations and campaigns to get on board with the rally.

Galway Designers Studio House,14/15 Cornstore, Augustine street, 10am-6pm Free entry
GDS are having an 'End of Sales Sale' for you to get all those fabulous bargains before New Season stock arrives! Designers will be having their pieces, this seasons & last, along with samples and one off pieces with up to 75% off selected lines!!!
This unique Trunk Sale is guaranteed to find something bespoke and stylish, at a discounted price, ready to wear on into the new Spring Season ahead! (Yes, Spring is ahead people woohoooo!!!) 

Veganuary Potluck Galway
The Kitchen, Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, 6.30-8.30 €3 plus bring a vegan dish
Let's celebrate Veganuary at the first Galway vegan potluck of 2018!
Bring your favourite vegan dish, dessert or snack to share. Food can be home made or shop bought as long as it's 100% VEGAN (no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatine, whey etc. Please double check all ingredients before bringing anything).
You don't need to be vegan to attend the event, as long you bring vegan food to share. So whether you're a veteran vegan or someone transitioning to a compassionate lifestyle, you are very welcome to come along!

Roisin Dubh,Dominick Street 8-11pm €10
 U.M.A.N bring their unique brand of uplifting Soul/Gospel to the Roisin Dubh.

God Mother + Ilenkus & Destriers
FEAST, Roisin Dubh, Lower Dominick Street, 9-11.45pm  €7
A four-piece powerhouse, from the depths of the Swedish hardcore underground.
Hailing from Galway, Ireland, Ilenkus straddle a gritty line between metal and hardcore. 
Dublin-based Destriers provide a hefty intense bout of blackened hardcore.A punishing and unrelenting sound that shows the bands intention from the get go. 

Black Gate 1st Birthday Party!
The Black Gate Francis St 7pm-0.30am
We’ve had an amazing year basking in the talents and charisma of some of the finest musicians and artists from Ireland and abroad, and we’ve asked five of them to form a one-night-only-Jazz-super-group, and to play next Saturday night. 

Sos. Galway #1
Nuns Island Theatre,23 Nun's Island, The Claddagh 7-10pm Free
The first Sos. show will take place on January 20th at Nuns Island Theatre. The evening will commence at 7pm with refreshments served to the backdrop of beats laid down by maestro DJ Graham Dolan. This will be followed by an all ages open mic before local rockers and winners of the Irish youth music awards, JANAJ take the stage. The night will be rounded off by Galway garage pop four-piece, Dott.
Sos. is a voluntary run event that promotes social inclusion and positive mental health through the medium of creativity in music. The night is drug and alcohol free and open to all, young and old.

Sunday 21st January

Board Games Club Galway Meet Up
Caribou, 31 Woodquay 2.30-8.30pm Free
 Join us for our first meet up of 2018. Shuffle some decks, roll some dice, move some little plastic dudes around and maybe grab a bite and a sup.
New faces and new games are always welcome.

Happy End
GFS Town Hall 8pm €10/€9 concessions. A Simon Community benefit
Final night of the 20 year tenure of Galway Film Society Sunday night film screenings in the Town hall before it switches over to the new Pálás film theatre this spring. Happy End is a teasing and gripping film about a dysfunctional family and a hypocritical bourgeois society. A French Language film by director Michael Haneke

Monday 22nd January

Socs Spring Carnival
Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léin NUIG 11am-5pm
Come to Áras na Mac Léinn on Monday, January 22nd for the Societies Spring Carnival! Societies will have stands in the Bailey Allen from 11am-5pm and a press launch will be held at 1pm in the partitioned end of the hall.

Gainsbourg, vie héroïque
 Le Petit Pois Victoria Place, The Archway,  7-11pm €10 or €30
Movie Night! Screening of the movie will be subtitled and followed by a cheese and wine night with us, 10€ for the screening only, 30€ for the full night! Book now at 091330880.
Serge Gainsbourg was one of the most iconic French musician so when one of the most talented cartoonist decides to put his life on the screen, get ready for sparkles!

GFC First Meeting of 2018
 Galway Feminist Collective
Teach Solais, Victoria Place, Merchants Road 7-8.30pm Free entry
This will be a great chance to get involved in the Feminist Collective and be part of shaping future actions, events and what feminist issues to focus on in the coming year. 
GFC are a non-hierarchical and intersectional feminist group that organises in a way which reflects the society that they want, that is one where we look out and care for one another, hierarchies are discussed and challenged and power is shared. 
As a feminist activist group the focus is on overcoming Patriarchal, Racist, and Capitalist forms of domination through protest, art and education.

Rock Soc Does Roisin
 Rock Soc Nui Galway 
Roisin Dubh Dominick Street, 8.30-11.30pm Free
Rock soc are startin 2018 in "shtyle" with the gig of all gigs with sum lovely bands playing
Cider Wasps
and Bandage

Tuesday 23rd January

 Amnesty Society NUIG
Seven - The Loft,5-7 Bridge Street 7pm-midnight €5 (socs box) or €7 (door).
This is an 18+ event
💛 featured bands 💛
- My Fellow Sponges - Nix Moon - Loud Motive - Hendrick Lane
This year, our proceeds go to the Amnesty International Campaign for “It’s Time. Repeal the 8th.” Check out the full campaign here:

Wednesday 24th January

NUI Galway Teaching Fair
 Career Development Centre - NUI Galway
Bailey Allen Hall Áras na Mac Léin NUIG 12-2pm free
• Find out about teaching qualifications
• Meet the Teaching Council of Ireland to find out what you need to be a teacher
• Meet with teaching recruitment companies, hiring schools, Educational Training Boards in Ireland and abroad

Serious Play 
 Digital Champions NUIG
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Aras na MacLéinn, NUIG 12-1pm Free
A hands-on workshop in Lego Serious Play to enhance innovation in communication, creativity and building shared mental models.
Facilitator: Natalie Walsh, Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad.
Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus-based experiential entrepreneurship program open to students, alumni, staff and faculty; offering coaching, ideation and venture creation support.
Blackstone LaunchPad is modelled on a successful program that originated at the University of Miami and was further expanded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

A Night At The Casino - Commerce Ball 2018
The Galmont Hotel,Lough Atalia Road,  5.15pm-2am
Commerce ball featuring live music from DISCIPLES, Wild Youth and Hare Squead and gambling with the casino experience

Thursday 25th January

A Night With 'Facts'!
NUIG Comedy Soc
Sult NUI Galway 7.30-10pm €5 students €10 general public (free pizza with ticket)
Come join the stars of Facts, Ireland's biggest YouTube channel (over 1 million subscribers) for a night of laughs (and maybe not that many facts).
Feat. George Fox (MTV, Vodafone Comedy Festival), Ryan Cullen (Forbidden Fruit, Electric Picnic, The International Comedy Cellar), Laura Byrne (Winner of Show Me The Funny 2016, Electric Picnic) and Davey Reilly (MTV, Longitude, Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Hosted by Comedy Soc's Niall Horisk (Vodafone Comedy Carnival). 

Party Tour of Galway
International Student Society: NUIG
Sult NUI Galway 8-11pm Free entry
Paticipants will be introduced (or reintroduced for our returning members) to some of the best bars and pubs in Galway. 
A great event to meet new people and see the city at night!
We will first meet in Sult at 8pm and head off from there!
Best photos from the night will win a prize!

Friday 26th January

Book Launch: Dublin Folk Tales For Children
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop Cornstore Mall, Middle Street, 4.30-5.45pm Free
Writer/Storyteller Órla Mc Govern and Illustrator Gala Tomasso are both Galway-based Artists, and they'd love if you would join them for the launch of 'Dublin Folk Tales for Children' at Charlie Byrne's.
Signed books will be available for purchase, and we might have a tale or two! People of all ages welcome.

Galway Art Club 1937-2017, Celebrating 80 Years
 The Kenny Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road, launch 6-8 pm free
  the book launch & official opening of the exhibition. Guest Speaker: Ronnie O’Gorman
This exhibition celebrates the eightieth anniversary of the foundation of the Galway Art Club in October 1937 and includes pictures and sculptures by both past and present members of the club. Paintings by Geraldine Dillon, Hubert Broderick, Francis Corbett, Cara Donagh, Archie Barnett and Matt Flynn, who were founder members of the club, are on display. 
A selection of artworks by current members will also form part of the exhibition. These new works will be available for sale.
The exhibition continues daily, 9.00-5.00, Monday to Saturday throughout February . 

Loving Vincent
Galway City Gallery, 15 New Dock Street, 8-10pm €5
Postman's son Armand (Douglas Booth) finds himself tasked with delivering one of Vincent van Gogh's final letters. Travelling to picturesque Auvers-sur-Oise, he meets the people who knew the painter during his final days. As he hears more about van Gogh, Armand becomes fascinated by the stories of a complex man and his mysterious death.
Years in the making, Loving Vincent is a biopic with a difference. This visually stunning film was shot in live action before a small army of artists hand painted every frame in the style of van Gogh.

Saturday 27th January

First Shuffle! of '18
Roisin Dubh ,Dominick Street 9pm-2am
 Shuffle are back for the first shindig of 2018. Keeping it real for the first one accompanied by regular guest Andrew Flynn bringing the heavy blues, early ska n'Reggae, Soul, boogaloo and all of that good stuff all on original 45s the way God designed things. Lots of new records and some tried and tested to bring that Shuffle! vibe to the floor. 

Monday 5th February

Beth Orton
Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street, 8-11pm  €20/18Beth Orton is one of the most unique and beguiling voices in British music. Over two decades she has proved herself to be a peerless artist able to effortlessly bridge the previously unseen musical gaps between the Chemical Brothers and Bert Jansch. Pairing her inimitable voice to a synthesis of electronic and acoustic instruments, Beth started out as both an outlier for the nascent UK folk revival and a one of the few recognisable faces at the forefront of the mid ’90s dance scene. 

 Wednesday 7th February

Launch of New Postgraduate Programmes
 NUI Galway School of Law
O'Donoghue Centre NUIG 5.30-7.30pm Free
The School of Law at NUI Galway are delighted to officially launch two new postgraduate programmes; LLM (International & Comparative Business Law) & LLM (General). We will be joined on the night by Dr Thomas Courtney, Adjunct Professor NUIG, Chairman of the Company Law Reform Committee and Partner at Arthur Cox, Dr.Charles O'Mahony, Head of the School of Law and Dr Connie Healy, Programme Director who will give insight into the new programmes. Please join us from 5:30 pm onwards. Refreshments will be served on the night.

Tuesday 13th February

Apprenticeship Preparation Course - Galway
The Connacht Hotel Old Dublin Rd, 9:30am–1:30pm
This course is for candidates who would like to prepare for the aptitude tests and for the interview for various apprenticeship competitions.While our preparation courses are mainly focused on the ESB Apprenticeships, they are appropriate for many other apprenticeship competitions such as Aer Lingus, Bord na Mona, Bus Eireann, eir, Iarnrod Eireann as well as hundreds of other private companies apprenticeship selection competitions.

Valentine's "Bee Mine" Education Exhibition
The Secret Garden Galway 4 William Street West, 7.30-9:30 pm free
 donations to Green Sod accepted 
All ages are welcome.
Valentine's "Bee Mine" / wild bee education exhibition celebrating the beauty, diversity and way of the bee.
A look at some of the different kinds of bees and their relationship with flowers photographed by Green Sod Ireland education officer, Jeanne Sampier.
Jeanne's photos will be for sale - 50% towards Green Sod Ireland. No entry fee but donations to Green Sod Ireland will be accepted. Galway-based charity Green Sod Ireland provides ecological eduction to local communities and has been gifted various sites around the country to protect nature.

Saturday 17th February

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb
NUIG Mountaineering Club 
meeting at the Quad at 9am
tickets available from NUI Galway Students' Union, participant must raise a minimum €40 for charity to take part.
You can sign up by emailing or by calling to the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk.
all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Domestic Violence Response Ltd & Amach LGBT Galway

Ryan Sheridan Live 
McGettigan's, 9-11 Prospect Hill 8.30-11.30pm €15
Ryan will be perfoming all of his clasic hits, 

Sunday 4th March

The Royal Moscow Ballet - Sleeping Beauty
Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, 2 performances 2pm & 8pm €30 per show
Embarking on their very first performance at the Town Hall Theatre, the internationally renowned Royal Moscow Ballet brings every child’s favourite fairytale to the Galway stage.
This is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score.
Experience stunning choreography, breathtaking costumes and vibrant sets which will transport you straight into this fairytale world and let THE ROYAL MOSCOW BALLET make this fairytale come to life right before your eyes

Friday 16th March

Rootical meets Revelation
Commercial Boat Club,Steamers Quay, Woodquay, 9pm-2.30am €10
Bank holiday weekend Sound System link up.
Rootical Sound System meets Revelation Sound System at the Commercial Boat Club, Galway City.
Two big Sounds in one hall