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)

Recalling Familiar Entities
126 Artist-Run Galley, St Bridget's Place, The Hidden Valley,
16 March – 1 April 12noon-6pm + conversation between curator Daniel Bermingham and artist Ali Kirby, 2 pm, Saturday, 24 March.
Basic Space in association with 126 Gallery is delighted to present Recalling Familiar Entities with work by Ali Kirby and Conor O’Sullivan.
Recalling Familiar Entities will be made up of sculptural materials, forms and imagery, responding to the architectural, the prosaic, and the everyday.
The exhibition will bring together a group of work that will address the performativity of object, formally reducing them to the point where their pragmatic nature is dismissed. 

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.

DIY Student Bike Repair Workshop
Bike Gang Society
An Mheitheal Rothar Workshop (near Cathedral/Huston school entrance)
Wednesdays 6-9pm
Fridays 12-3pm  
NUIG's Bike society host a repair workshop to teach neophytes and others how to look after their bikes

NUIG Community Crafting Corner
The Hub, Áras na mac Léin Nuig 1-2pm Free entry
Fridays 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Join the NUIG Community Crafting Corner and learn a crafting skill! Paper Crafts, Yarn Crafts and Sewing! Take a break from the crazy week and relax with free tea and sweet treats! Every Friday from 1pm until 2 in the HUB. 

Cosáin and Amach! Drop In
Teach Solais, Victoria Place, Merchants Road,
Wednesdays Until 28 March 6-9pm
Hosted by Cosáin and Amach LGBT+ Galway
See more about our drop-in partners at
The drop in session is for anyone who would like a safe space to relax.
There are peer-supporters on location, card games, and music

Galway Pro-Choice Open Organisational Meeting
Upstairs Club Áras na nGael 45 Sráid Doiminic, 7.30-9pm Free
*If this is your first meeting, please arrive at 7.15pm so that some of our members can give you an introduction to our group's ethos and structure before jumping into the agenda 😊 
They will be: making plans for upcoming events and actions, going over our events of the recent past, discussing pressing issues, and dealing with administrative tasks. 

Sing with the Ad Hoc Choir
Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street
Every Thursday, until 22 March 7-9pm Free
Kate Duignan is a Natural Voice facilitator.
Through a series of weekly workshops anyone can sing. This Natural Voice workshop will guide participants through the world of singing. Enjoy singing in a group, learning harmonies from around the world.
Everything is learned by ear.
There will be a chance to learn about our own voices and to explore singing with others in a relaxed, friendly setting.

Galway - Free CBT Based Programme
Aware The Connacht Hotel, Old Dublin Rd 
When: Wednesday Evenings
Date: 31 Jan & 7, 14, 21, 28 Feb & 7 Mar 2018 7:30–9pm
Register now for this CBT-based programme to learn practical tips to manage feelings of anxiety, stress or depression.
This 6 week programme is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about ‘how we think’ and how this can influence our behaviour in helpful or unhelpful ways. The programme is a proven useful resource for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.

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.
Currently on a break until the Marquee is repaired, back  on Saturday 24th March with a more permanent roof.

Feminist Discussion Group
Galway Feminist Collective
Teach Solais,Victoria Place, Merchants Road, 7-8pm Every other Monday from 29th January
Every two weeks, the Galway Feminist Collective will be organizing a discussion group about feminism and related topics or issues happening around the world. 
GFC think it is very important to talk about themes such as feminism, power, queer issues, human rights, capitalism and globalisation (among others), from an intersectional standpoint.

Tango Classes! Monday nights
Galway Rowing Club,Woodquay, 
Beginners Tango Classes 7:00-8:00pm
Continuation Tango Classes 8:00-9:00pm
With Quique and Ciara

MFG PorterShed Sessions
PorterShed, Eyre Square,  Feb 28, Mar 28  Free
Artists play 1pm in O'Donoghue Theatre NUIG and 6pm in Portershed Eyre Square
Music for Galway presents the PorterShed Sessions. 
Every last Wednesday of the month in January/February/March at 6pm. This series presents a range of artists who are either Irish or based in Ireland and range from young performers at the very beginning of their careers to seasoned musicians. Admission is free.
Generously sponsored by KPMG, DAVY and RDJ. 

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

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.

Wednesday 21st March

Camara Computer Dropoff Point
18 Distillery Rd, NUI Galway (Bungalow beside Security) 10am - 1pm Free entry
Contact email:
Free Computer Recycling Drop-Off Point (Camara) on next Wednesday 21st March
All devices are wiped to secure standards.
PCs are recorded and a certificate of wiping of its hard drive will be provided by Camara.
If you are interested in volunteering please let us know!
Computers are used in Education in Ireland and in Africa.
Usable Laptops, Servers, Desktop Computers, Flat Screen Monitors, USB Keyboards and USB Mice are welcome.
Please note CRT monitors, printers and projectors are not accepted.

Microfiche/Microfilm Demonstration
James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway 11am–12noon Free
Demo of theScanPro 3000 Microfiche/Microfilm machines
The library's three ScanPro 3000 microfilm readers have just received a major upgrade - with new software and better hardware. You can now easily produce scans of Archival Quality in ultra high definition with a massive increase in camera optical resolution – a jump from 6.6 megapixel to 26 megapixels – a four-fold increase!! And the new software can easily and rapidly produce searchable PDF plus it has tons of useful features. This useful video covers the new ScanPro 3000.

Soccer Coaching Canada  Soccer hiring day - NUIG 
 USIT Ireland
Kingfisher Sports Centre NUI Galway 12noon-2.30 pm free or call (01) 6021650
Want to spend this summer getting paid to coach soccer and travel in North America? Register for our hiring days to get your contract sorted for summer 2018! Open to students and non-students who are mad about football and who want to work with kids in Canada

The Scots and Plantation Ulster
 LECTURE by William Roulston
Arch Soc
 AC201, Arts Science Concourse,  1-2pm
William Roulston will be discussing the history of the Scots engagement in Ulster as well as the archaeological evidence of the Scots in the early seventeenth-century.  this is the last lecture of the year.

Sports Performance: The 5 Element Approach
Element Acupuncture
BOI Workbench, Eyre Square, 6-7.30pm
hear how 5 Element Acupuncture, Sports Mind Coaching, Alexander Technique and Nutrition will boost your energy, improve your recovery and support your current training schedule.

Slumber Party
IT202, IT Building NUIG 7-9pm Free entry
This Event is the day after their Rainbow Rave party and they will be doing facemasks, pampering and drinking lots of water to help everyone recover form the night before. if will be a relaxed event with background and a chance for people to chat.

Art Soc Table Quiz
Sult NUIG 7pm *Four people to a team, €3 per person*
- General Knowledge Questions ?
- Prizes (and good ones at that)
- Food and Drink 
- Raffle
- Mystery
Proceeds donated to nominated SU charities.

An Audience With: Claire Loftus, The Director of Public Prosecutions (seminar)
Law Soc
IT125 (IT Building), 7-10pm  Free entry (pre-booking possibly required)
The Law Society of NUI Galway are delighted to welcome Ms. Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions on Wednesday evening, 21st March 2018.
The event will take place at 7.00pm in IT125 in NUI Galway and will be followed by a reception. Opening Remarks will be given by Mr. Thomas O'Malley BL, a veteran lecturer at the School of Law, and is open to students, members, alumni, and practitioners.

Stories for the Journey at NUIG
Fregoli Theatre Company
O'Donoghue Centre, NUIG 8pm Free entry
Fregoli with Second Year BA Drama and Performance present a new devised piece, we had 30 hours over 5 weeks, 20 people 1 theatre. See what we came up with! 45 mins in length  

Thursday 22nd March

CCAFS - Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security congress
ILAS  Building, NUIG 9am-6pm 
Climate Change is a well known issue in Ireland and across the world. But the question is what are we doing about it? Climate Change Congress 2018 is a CCAFS Society initiative to bring professionals and experts who are currently working on issues related to Climate change and share their experiences on how Climate Change has effected local communities and how can we contribute to better the situation.

InnovateHER Series Free Feet Medical Blackstone LaunchPad NUIG 1-2pm 
Edel has founded her own venture, Free Feet Medical, which is currently developing technologies for people with Parkinson’s disease. As a result, Edel has a keen interest in Entrepreneurship, and currently acts as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Blackstone Launchpad in NUI Galway. Edel is a founding member of the Digital Youth Council and has worked with STEMettes, SAP and Science Foundation Ireland on campaigns aimed at improving the representation of women in STEM.

Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
NUI Galway ALIVE Student Volunteering
Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway, 6-7.30pm
What if there was a tool we could use to build peaceful and sustainable societies for all? In a world with growing inequalities, the Sustainable Development Goals may provide the means to overcome these challenges and to transform our communities. But… what are they? What do they mean to us? How can we put these Goals into practice?

The Rick O'Shea Book Club with Gail Honeyman
The Black Gate, Francis Street 6.30-8pm Free (limited)
Rick will be coming to Galway to talk to the author of one of 2017's most talked about books - the Costa First Novel Award winner Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. This is in association with Dubray Books.

Societies Ball 2018
Socs Box
Clayton Hotel,Old Monivea Rd 6.30pm-2am 
NUI Galway Societies Awards will be presented at the 2018 Societies Ball in the Clayton Hotel on March 22nd 2018.
The Ball will start at 6:30pm with reception, followed by a four course dinner, award ceremony and live music from Transmitter. Free buses will be available to and from the ball.

Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2018
 Galway Now and 2 others
The Galmont Hotel, Lough Atalia Road, 7pm-2am 
 Student Ticket         € 21.59
General Admission       € 40.05
VIP Reserved Seating (inc Goodie bag)€ 53.24
The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards presented by Goldenegg Productions is an awards platform for fashion designers and fashion students, showcasing the highest expression of creativity from the most innovative designers in Ireland. Recognised as a launching pad for Ireland’s most talented designers, the event attracts entries from promising fashion creatives competing for the prestigious Awards. 

I Am The Cosmos
 Strange Brew , Róisín Dubh, 9-11.30pm Free
I Am The Cosmos are an Irish electronic duo made up of Ross Turner and Cian Murphy. The band's forthcoming EP 'Nothing But Love' will be their 3rd release, following 2016's 'Letting It Go' 12” single(Happy Valley Records) and 2013's 'Monochrome’ LP(Elastic Witch/Bodytonic).

The Thin Air | No.1 Irish EP 2017

Nialler9 | No.17 Irish Song of 2017 for 'Nothing But Love'

Friday 23rd March

Christopher Meckstroth (University of Cambridge) - ?The Struggle for...
Legal and Political Theory - NUIG
Irish Centre for Human Rights Seminar Room (near the Cathedral) NUIG 3-5pm Free
Revolutionaries, counter-revolutionaries, and reformers the world over appeal to democracy to justify their actions. But when political factions compete over the right to act in 'the people's' name, who is to decide?

Woody Murphy
Secret Garden William st West 7.30pm Free
Woody Murphy will be showcasing songs from his upcoming album. He will be supported by Rachael Browne. 

Lee Scratch Perry - 
Monroe's, Dominick st 8.30pm €25 or
World famous reggae producer/performer still going strong at 81 years old. Plays Galway date. 
One of the more unique (and groovesome) concert experiences.

Rock Against Dementia Galway
Salthill Rotary and 2 others
Busker Brownes, Cross Street 9pm-midnight €10
In association with Salthill Rotary and Alive Inside- the Film and the Foundation Rock Against Dementia comes to Galway #RAD18
A worldwide musical event happening simultaneously in different parts of the world all about supporting the efforts in the fight against dementia using music as therapy.
Featuring BARDON, CorriganMusic and Fro. Come and be part of the Empathy Revolution!!!
Raffle on the night.

John Conneely Trio
The Black Gate, Francis Street 10pm Free entry
John Conneely drives this inimitable collective of musicians through genres and styles from Django to Armstrong and Simone.

Saturday 24th March

Tiny Trader's Market
Aras n nGael, Dominick Street 11am-5pm Free entry
Return of local artisan market. Now with better roof.
Looks like spring is here since trading must be picking up.

Seashore clean-up Renville Oranmore
Conservation Volunteers Galway
CVG carpool from Galway will depart from Joyce’s Knocknacarra 10:00am, Westside Library 10:15am, Huntsman 10:30am, Roscam spar 10:45am. Contact Dan Clabby on 087 6681327
Local conservationists try to keep up with refuse on another local beach

Recalling Familiar Entities - conversation between curator Daniel Bermingham and artist Ali Kirby,
126 Artist-Run Galley, St Bridget's Place, 2 pm, Free
Exemplifying minimalism’s concern with site, Recalling Familiar Entities looks to the uncanny eeriness of global architecture and the ubiquity of neoliberal fantasy cities. The pedestrian spectacle of LED displays and consumer packaging as unactivated monuments demonstrating the difficult relationship between calculation, function, and identity.

Premiere Screening of ‘Dig Where You Stand’ Documentaries
Galway City of Film
An Taibhdhearc,19 Middle St. 2.45-4.30pm Free
The premiere screening of two documentaries produced through this years Dig Where You Stand funding scheme.
‘Console My Heart’ a documentary on Veronica Ncube, a former asylum seeker from South Africa who now resides in Galway City. The film is an intimate portrait of Veronica that delves into her experiences as an asylum seeker in the Direct Provisions Systems and her future aspirations to be an opera singer.
Grá & Eagla’, that looks at the Irish psyche and questions the strange dichotomy of love and fear, which Irish people feel towards our native language. It follows Galway based comedian Áine Gallagher as she prepares material for her bi-lingual stand-up comedy shows and the film offers fresh insight into what it means to be an Irish-speaker in modern Ireland and encouragement to future Irish speakers.

Sunday 25th March

24 Hour Charity Broadcast
NUIG RadioSoc
The Cube Red Zone - Bailey Allen Hall NUIG 8pm €8 (from Smokies on the arts concourse Wed-Fri)
Radio soc's 24 hour broadcast is here!
In aid of MSF, we will be broadcasting for 24 hours in the Cube in NUIG! (Donate online @ )
We have live music from 8pm from:
Dead Horse Jive
Music Soc 
and the Witless finalists!
and performances from 
Writers soc
Comedy soc
and some of NUIGs academics!

Wednesday 28th March

Neasa Ní Bhríain (viola) and Kärt Ruubel (piano)The Cube, Áras na Mac Léin, NUIG 1pm Free
Portershed, Eyre Square, 6pm Free
Dublin-born Neasa and Estonian Kärt met in Germany while pursuing busy careers as soloists, chamber, and orchestral musicians. Their friendship has led them to develop interesting programmes that bridge their countries of origin.

Saturday 31st March

My Fellow Sponges Album Launch!
Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street 9-11pm Free entry
My Fellow Sponges will celebrate the release of their self titled second album.
The meaningful and compelling events are here!
Emergence - A Dialogue between Man and Machine
Art Galway Studio
Town Hall Theatre,Courthouse Square, Launch 9th March 5.30pm
Guest Speaker, Galway Artist, Finbar McHugh. 
Exhibition 9 March - 22 March
The body of work, from Galway based Artist Dara Finneran, explores the role of machinery in art. 
The show is a collaborative effort between man and machine and includes works in a variety of media including line drawing, paint and sculpture.

Thursday 5th April

Citóg Records Vol 3 Launch
Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street 8.30pm - midnight Free entry
Citóg Records are releasing their third compilation album featuring some of Galway's finest original artists and musicians.
performances from Grounds For Invasion, Steven Sharpe & The Broke Straight Boys, New Pope and a very special guest.
It's FREE in and all who attend will get a free copy of the new CD.

Thursday 12th April 

Distant Sky
Eye Cinema,Wellpark  Retail Park 9pm €12
October 2017 Copenhagen performance by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in one-off live link up with other cinemas around UK/Ireland

Saturday 21st April

Mercury Rev : Deserter's Songs 20th Anniversary
Roisin Dubh Dominick Street,  8-11pm €32.50 (tickets sold out so Matinee performance added)
An intimate, acoustic evening featuring many of the stories and songs surrounding the Mercury Rev's heartbreaking 1998 classic 'Deserter's Songs'. Performed in the fragile 'whisper and strum' way they were originally written, this promises to be an extraordinary glimpse into the forces that nearly destroyed a band and the strange events leading toward a most unexpected return.

Sunday 20th May

Narcos: A Conversation With Steve Murphy & Javier Pena
The Galmont Hotel,Lough Atalia Road, 8pm  €34 + Booking Fees (tickets on sale 9th Feb 9.30am)
TicketWeb / / Ticketmaster Outlets
NARCOS - An evening of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel with DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy who inspired the hit NETFLIX show NARCOS, announce a show in Galway’s Galmont Hotel (formerly Radisson Blu)

Wednesday 11th July 

Roisin Dubh,Dominick Street 8-11pm €24/22
U.S. avant noise duo play the Roisin this summer