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)

Monday Night Open Mic
NUIG Distortion and NUIG Music Soc
Sult NUIG 9pm - 11 September to 14 November
Come along to sing, perform, dance or tell a joke!! If you do you'll get rewarded with a tasty cold one. So grab your friends and call in!
We will have guitars, a cajon, a bass and a keyboard on no need to bring your own.

Galway Art Fair
Galway City Gallery  New Dock Street  Entrance €1.
Friday 13 Oct. preview 6pm-9.30pm
Saturday 14 Oct 11am-7pm
Sunday 15 Oct 11am-7pm
We are delighted to present the second edition of the Galway Art Fair which will showcase the work of of over 20 Artists from Galway and beyond. There are prices to suit every pocket , first time buyers and avid collectors alike. 

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

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

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

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.

Tuesday October 17th

An Evening of Music  NUIG Music Soc Sult NUIG 7-11.30pm Free
NUIG MusicSoc present Grace Day, The Clockworks and Dead Horse Jive.
Its free in and all are welcome!

Will of Fortune' by Performance & Production PLC Class
Seven Bar Galway Bridge Street 5.30pm €5
Tickets at 091755464
The Performance & Production PLC dept. welcome students & staff to our devised performance entitled ‘Will of Fortune’
This audience interactive Performance & Film production; is full of hilarity & heightened characters, It starts at 6pm in Seven, Bridge st, next Tues 17th of Oct. 
The Music students will perform after the devised show.
Free into music performance afterwards.

The Ocelots - The Secret Garden - EP Tour 
The Secret Garden Sea Rd 8-11pm Free "pass around the hat"
We are so happy to be back in Galway for a concert and what a better place than The Secret Garden for a little intimate gig. Invite all your Galway friends and we will hopefully see you there!!! 


Post Ophelia Social Night
  NUIG Mountaineering Club
 The Sliding Rock Newcastle rd 9.30pm
(091) 722 131
Hope you haven't all been swept away by Ophelia! We know it sucks that college is open today, so why not come down to the sliding rock tonight and enjoy some food and drinks to cheer yourself up again? 
As always there will be a group leaving the wall at 9.16 
See you there!

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.

Moth & Butterfly Storytelling & Improvisation
Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie's Claddagh cottage Upper Fairhill rd Claddagh 7.30-10pm €5
Our Theme for October is 'Things That Go Bump'

The winds are whipping up, so we'll stick on the (very big) kettle, light the stove and the candles, and hope ye will lease join us for some stories and improvisation.
Moth style stories must be short, true, thematic, and feature the teller themselves as a character. A homage to the wonderful 'Moth' storytelling, stories run about 8 or 9 mins but shorter is fine. 

Much more interesting to us than jokes or a yarn, we always prefer a story of something an impact on you, something important to you It can be funny of course but by no means has to be. Think of it as a story that changed you in some way, however small, We love your truth, warts and all!

Improvised stories will be created fresh on the spot – no two are the same! We have different inprovisational formats including: 'Stories From The Hat' (where audience picks an object for the story) and 'Found In Translation' (where the tellers improvise and translate bilingually).  

Monroes Spanish Night
  NUIG Spanish Soc Monroe's Live Dominick st 9pm
Hola Señors y Señoritas 💋💋
Come along and experience some Spanish dance culture!! 
Don't be put off, you DON'T have to join in, just watch and enjoy the craic. 

Citóg: Captain A & The Snowflake Generation
Citog, Roisin Dubh  Dominick St 9-10.30pm Free

Captain A & The Snowflake Generation + Laocoön

Captain A & The Snowflake Generation is a short term musical exploration in existential country and snowflake feels. 

Eoghan Holland has been releasing albums and playing shows under the Captain A moniker for ages. Most recently, Captain A & The Commercial Monsters released Cloudism - the culmination of a number of mutually orchestrated albums during the Commercial Monsters era. 

Now, for the first time since 2007, Captain A has recruited an entirely new band: The Snowflake Generation. 

Laocoön is songwriter Elva Carroll together with musicians Henry Egan, Sam Wright and David Shaughnessy forming an original set of lyrical music with a jazzy-folk feel.

Thursday  19th October

Smokie's Café Arts Concourse 11am-5pm
 a bake sale at smokies next Thursday 🍪 Pop over for some serious goods

Volunteer Galway Information Stand
Eyre Square Shopping Centre  2-6pm

Want to find out more about volunteering? Why not visit our stand in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre and talk to one of our team about your options and the many benefits of volunteering both for the community and for you.

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. 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’

Writing with equality prompts
 NUI Galway Writers' Soc
 Larmor Theatre NUIG 7-9pm Free
 Come along and reimagine your favourite stories and characters by making them more diverse.

Stereo presents: Josh Butler and Tommy Vercetti 
Seven The Loft, Bridge St  Tickets: €10 earlybird €12 general admission 

Josh Bulter:

The talented northerner has become one of house music’s most revered talents over the last couple of years, boasting a plethora of acclaimed releases on prestigious labels (Noir, Cajual, Avotre, MTA, MadTech); gigs at some of the world’s best clubs and events including The Warehouse Project Manchester, Mint Club Leeds, Toffler Rotterdam, Chibuku Liverpool, Arches Glasgow, a residency at Sankeys Ibiza, and a plethora of key festival plays throughout Europe.

Tommy vercetti: 
Tom Cox aka Tommy Vercetti is a producer from the UK that is having his way with people since 2015

He has regular gigs around the Uk & Europe he played every weekend on the island of Ibiza mainly playing alongside some top Acts such as Tale Of Us ,Dennis Ferrer, Josh Butler, Darius Syrossian, . Already labeled as one of Eton Messy’s ‘Top 5 to watch’, there seems little that Vercetti has yet to check off his list as a rising star.

Set Times:
12.45 - 2.30 Josh Butler
11 - 12.45 Tommy Vercetti
10 - 11 Simon Healion b2b David Shortt

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
- 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

4pm – 8pm > Interactive Exhibition, Q and A, Demos, Workshops, Record Fair, Food, Clothing stalls..
9pm – 2.30am > Roots Reggae SoundSystems Sound Clash

Friday 20th October

La Malinche Presents Antía Otero & Launch of Migrant Shores
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Cornstore 5.30-8.30pm
La Malinche Readings, Salmon Poetry & The Galway One World Centre present Galician Poet Antía Otero alongside Sarah Clancy, Lorna Shaughnessy & Keith Payne for the launch of Migrant Shores with readings in Arabic, English & Galician.

ConTempo String Quartet ~ Music & Musings
The Black Gate Cultural Centre, Francis st 8.30-11.30pm €12

Join ConTempo String Quartet for the first in a series of candlelit concerts, in association with the Contemporary Music Centre, featuring new music and conversations with composers and artists. They will be joined by composer Kevin Volans to discuss his well-known piece White Man Sleeps, which will be performed by ConTempo Quartet alongside works by Bartók.

Green Vision
 The Kitchen, Galway City Museum 7-8.30pm Free
Tickets by Eventbrite

Join Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD to discuss how we can achieve a truly sustainable society, with environmental and social justice for all.
Everyone is most welcome to join this exciting discussion, including a Q&A with Eamon. 
Hosted by Pauline O'Reilly, Green Party candidate for Galway West South Mayo.
Refreshments (tea, coffee & snacks) will be served. Drinks and other food available from the cafe.

Little Hours + Wild Youth
Monroe's Live, Dominick St 8.30pm
Public · Hosted by Little Hours and Monroe's Live
Age 18 And Up

Adam Murphy album launch
  Galway Folk Club and Galway Fringe Festival
De Burgo's Augustine St 9-11.30 
Adam Murphy album launch, De Burgo’s Friday October 20th 2017
Adam’s seventh album, ‘Out of the System’, is a two-sided set reflecting on (1) music; and (2) life at the bottom of the music business, with its characters, thoughts, and myriad of swinging emotions. The songs range from spacey mellowness to fiery rock.

Other links:
You can have a listen on Bandcamp:



Balcony Tv

Saturday 21st October
Bread & Salt: A Festival of Middle Eastern Culture & Art

The Black Gate Cultural Centre, Francis St 10a.m.-midnight

The Arabic phrase “there is bread and salt between us” means a strong bond built on respect and represents the beginning of friendship. In many European and Middle-Eastern countries, these two ingredients are offered as a ceremonial gesture to welcome a stranger into one’s home. If there has been bread and salt between you, you can never be at war.

At a time when Middle-Eastern immigrants and refugees are having increasingly to journey far into the West to build a new life, it is important to construct a bridge of appreciation and understanding between the different cultures and communities; to encourage diversity and inclusivity and to challenge the numerous stereotypes around Arabic people in exile. To this end, we would like to invite all citizens, artists and laypersons, young and old to discover and meet each other at the inaugural Bread & Salt festival - a two-day event hosted by the Black Gate Cultural Centre on Sat 21st & Sun 22nd October. 

The event will include theatre workshops for young people and dance workshops for everyone; a theatre performance; film screenings and discussion; poetry readings performed through Arabic and English; live music and dance; and a feast of food; all originated in or inspired by Middle-Eastern culture. The organisers, artists and volunteers are of many nationalities - Syrian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Iranian, Lebanese, Turkish, Irish, as well as from various other European countries.


Readings of Modern Arabic and Persian Poetry
 Bread & Salt Middle-Eastern Cultural Weekend
Black Gate cultural centre Francis St 2-3pm

Readings of modern Arabic and Persian poetry (in English, Arabic and Farsi) with Abdelilah Gouai, Ali Jalivand, Shereen Sabagh, Clíodhna Carney, and Eva Bourke. The readings will be performed to the accompaniment of the Oud played by musical maestro Tom Portman.

Film Screening of Documentary "Arna's Children"
 Bread & Salt Middle-Eastern Cultural Weekend

Juliano Mer Khamis' documentary on his mother, Arna, an activist against the Israeli occupation who founded an alternative education system for Palestinian children. 

When Israeli soldier Arna Mer-Khamis marries Palestinian Saliba Khamis in the 1950s, she becomes an activist for Palestinian human rights. Moving to Jenin, a city in the Palestinian West Bank, Arna opens a theater center for children. This documentary shows her work from 1989 to 1996, then returns in 2002 after Arna's death to see how the children she mentored turned out

Film Screening of Documentary "Art/Violence"
 Bread & Salt Middle-Eastern Cultural Weekend
Inspired by characters from “Alice in Wonderland”, “Waiting for Godot” and “Antigone”, young Palestinian actors deal with the military occupation and gender oppression, violence and grief, on stage and in life.

Following the lead of their beloved director and peace activist Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was murdered on April 4th, 2011 outside the Freedom Theater in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank, they use their imagination in an unpredictably brutal environment creating an artistic rebellion; a vivid and brave portrayal of a young, active generation of Palestinians.

Live Music Performance by Shabab and Shayan Coohe of Navá
  Bread & Salt Middle-Eastern Cultural Weekend 9-10pm
Live music performance by the Iranian brothers Shabab and Shayan Coohe of Irianian/Irish fusion band Navá

Booklaunch: 'City of Streams'
  The Kenny Gallery and Kennys Bookshop, Liosbaurn Estate 3-6pm
All welcome to this event where Caitríona Hastings' new book 'City of Streams: Galway Folklore and Folk Life in the 1930s' will be officially lauched by Professor Gearóid O'Tuathaigh, at Kennys Bookshop in Liosbán, Galway. 

The launch is free to attend and all are welcome. The book is published by History Press and portrays the life of people living in Galway in the 1930s. Have a read of Des Kenny's review here: 

Join us for the launch to hear Caitríona ready from her latest book, when she will also be signing copies. Drinks will be served. 

Sunday 22nd October

Arabic Dance Workshop
 Bread & Salt Middle-Eastern Cultural Weekend 11:00–12:45

Arabic Dance workshop with Joelle Azzam. Basic oriental dance techniques including hip movements, belly roll, hand movements and a simple choreography to beautiful Arabic belly dance music. 
Wear comfortable clothes. No previous experience needed.
Booking is necessary as places are limited. Call 0851604482. 15€/12€ for students.

Film Screening of "Junction 48"
  Bread & Salt Middle-Eastern Cultural Weekend
The Black Gate Cultural Centre, Francis St 2.30-4pm
  Young Palestinians use hip-hop to fight back against oppression in Israel. Set against a backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian rapper Kareem and his singer girlfriend Manar struggle to make music in their crime-ridden ghetto and Tel Aviv's hip-hop club scene.

Buffet of Middle-Eastern Cuisine
  Bread & Salt Middle-Eastern Cultural Weekend 5-7pm 

Following the interview between film director Udi Aloni and writer and radio presenter Vincent Woods, there will be a delicious buffet of food for people to sample the varied tastes from all over the Middle-Easter region and beyond.

Monday 23rd October

Maeve Clancy's Den-Making workshop for children + adults
  Galway Arts Centre, Dominick St 3-4.30pm
 (rescheduled from the 16th thanks to Hurricane)
Maeve Clancy's Den-Making workshop for children + Adults will now run on Monday 23 October from 3pm - 4.30pm. All tickets for original workshop on 16 October valid.

Followed by a gallery talk for adults with artist Maeve Clancy from 6pm - 6.45pm
Creator of The Moon Belongs to Everyone, Maeve Clancy, talks about her approach to making work for children and what has informed her latest work new work for a particular space as she guides us through her latest paper installation in Galway Arts Centre.

Artist Maeve Clancy uses the creation of temporary spaces beautifully made with paper to explore self-identity and a sense of self in children within the current landscape of the mass movement of people across the world.

Wednesday 25th October

The Rubber Wellies
Rouge Restaurant 38 Lower Dominick Street, Galway
Based in Bilbao and Dublin they have spent the last eight years touring Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe playing bars, cafes, theatres, circus galas, festivals and folk clubs alike.
Free entry, amazing food. Booking recommended.

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