What's On in Galway

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For inclusion in the Galway Events Guide email info[at]flirtfm.ie - private ticketed/commercial Events in Galway City are included at station's discretion. Every effort is made to ensure information is accurate and up to date, 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

Galway Christmas Flea Market
11:00-17:00, Galway City Gallery
Due to popular demand the market will be hosted over three long weekends (Friday to Sunday), 13th-15th and 20th 22nd December 2019.There will be different stall holders each week with a feast of jewellery, vintage clothes, antiques & much more. Mulled Wine and Mince pies.  Free entry to all. 

Single-Day Events

Thursday December 12th

JUICY - Drake Appreciation Night
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11 PM – 2 AM
Electric Galway
Time has come to celebrate the man himself. Drizzy, Champagne Papi, Aubrey - whatever you like to call him, he's definitely THE MAN!
JUICY is paying tribute to the 6 God on December 12th - don't miss it!
Doors at 11// Guestlist via Uniphi

Christmas Costume Party
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 8 PM – 11:30 PM
An Pucan
Christmas festivities mean one thing with Microsoc...Costume Parties! This year's theme is "Heroes & Villains". Join us in An Púcan Bar, Thursday December 12th at 8pm for drinks and finger food! 
Tickets are €5 and available at the following times: 
-Monday 2nd December 12-1 pm, Second Year Teaching Lab
-Monday 9th December 6pm, Microbiology Common Room
-Tuesday 10th December 12-1pm, Microbiology Common  Room
Need costume inspo? We've got you covered! We are holding a craft night in the Common Room on Monday December 9th, starting at 6pm! You provide your own materials, snacks and drinks, and we will provide emotional support when your papier mâché won's stick! 

Friday December 13th

Galway Baroque Singers - Let There Be Light
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM (€ 20.00)
St Joseph Church Presentation Rd
Galway Baroque Singers, Luminosa, Aisling Kenny (Soprano), Ramin Haghjoo (Organist), Audrey Corbett (Conductor).
Let There Be Light: Choral and instrument music to lift and lighten the heart. 
Program to include:
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Haydn: Little Organ Mass
Mozart: Regina Coeli
Pergolesi: Magnificat
Motets by Victoria & Lauridsen

Choons! at Monroe’s!! (GALWAY DEBUT)
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10 PM 
Monroe's Galway, 14 Dominick Street, Galway 9 (€14.30 )
From the folks who gave us Smash Hits, oldskool + Electric Dreams, CHOONS! are a new live group with a thumping show of FILTHY GORGEOUS NIGHTCLUB ANTHEMS & EUPHORIC DANCEFLOOR-FILLING BANGERS. 
Their must-see show that blitzes thru 4 decades of hi-tempo, hi-energy dance-pop anthems has been packing out venues and tearing up festivals nationwide all year long. 

Saturday December 14th

Christmas Family Rave with Santa's Grotto! Daytime Family Event
DNA Nightclub and Venue (child €15/ adults €10)
After the massive success of our first family rave, we're back again in time for Christmas! Bring your child along and experience the joy of partying together in a fun, safe environment! 
Every child will get to meet Santa and his elves in our Grotto and leave with a present from the man himself! 
• Santa's Grotto - every child gets a present! 
• Performers
• Glow sticks
• Face painting
• Bubbles
• Balloons
• Sensory + creative play area for babies and toddlers
• Music at safe levels (we recommend ear protectors for children under 2 years)
• Buggy park
• Children under 8

Daithí Live at Electric
December 14, 2019 at 11 PM – 2 AM 
Electric Galway (€5.85 – €8.85)
Daithí is back in Galway to perform his latest full live show at Electric!
Before even releasing a record, Daithí was supporting The XX, Macklemore and DJ Shadow on Irish dates across the country. With tracks such as 'Mary Keane's Introduction', Daithí's music soon hurtled into the consciousness of not only electronic music fans but also the general public.
Long inspired by the sights, sounds and surroundings of Ireland, the two-time Choice Music Prize nominee builds on a signature unique formation of house music with a series of double A-sides that mark the most ambitious and personal adventure to date. This latest project will be performed with a full live show in this exclusive Galway show.

Sunday December 15th

Handmade In Galway - Indoor Market - Christmas edition
12:00-18:00 Áras na nGael, Dominick Street
First of our Christmas Markets date. Buy handmade this Christmas is our motto. 11 stalls full of only handmade products from your local crafters, artists, designers. 

Galway Traditional Orchestra presents A Christmas Celebration
19:30-22:00 St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway (€ 20)
We are delighted to announce that we will celebrate the end of our very first year in existence with an inaugural public performance on Sunday, December 15th at St.  Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway city. We are also thrilled that the amazing vocalists Sean Keane & Lisa Lambe (amongst other special guests) will be performing with the orchestra for this festive occasion. Join more than 80 performers for what promises to be a unique Christmas Celebration!
Concert @ 7.30pm, Mulled Wine Reception @ 7pm.
All proceeds towards the development of Galway Traditional Orchestra.

Monday December 16th

Christmas Movie Table Quiz
19:00-21:00, Massimo Bar, Tables of FOUR for €40
Fancy yourself as a bit of a movie buff? Well then, we've got just the thing to put you to the test. Join us on Monday, the 9th of December from 7 to 9 pm for our Christmas Movie Table Quiz. Tables of FOUR for €40 which includes a Hot Whiskeys per player. We've a hayp of unrayal prizes! Bring your knowledge, bring your good vibes and most of all, bring that good ole festive cheer! See you Monday 16th with pens at the ready!

Artist and Creative Christmas Get-Together
17:00-19:00 The Secret Garden Galway
Join us for our annual get-together at The Secret Garden. 
Artists and creatives from all disciplines are welcome to pop in at any point during the evening to enjoy some tea, cake and conversation. 
It is an opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, and hatch new plans for the future!

Tuesday December 17th

Maria Reidy Presents: Tablescaping, Home Decor + More
19:00-21:00, Massimo Bar Galway
Maria Reidy presents tablescaping and decor ideas for your home. Gift wrapping and clever foodie gifts that are sustainable and pretty. 
The evening starts at 7 pm, running until 9 pm.
Entry is free but spaces are limited so booking is advised. Contact Karen on massimogalway@gmail.com to book your spot. 

Wednesday December 18th

Virtue Presents: Sarah Mooney End Of Exams Bazz
December 18, 2019 at 10 PM – 2:30 AM
Seven - the Loft
Stressed out after exams? No better way to kick back than to get down to our final event of the year and it’s going to be our BIGGEST to date!!
Sarah Mooney (ΜΝΞ) is one of Dublin's most prominent and consistent DJs. 

December 18, 2019 at 6 PM – 3 AM
Eye Cinema Galway (€22.30)
Get ready for the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga by joining us for a TRIPLE bill of Episode VII and Episode VIII ahead of the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.
6pm-The Force Awakens
9pm-The Last Jedi
00.01am-The Rise Of Skywalker

Thursday December 19th

Bongo Steve Returns To dna!
December 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
DNA Nightclub and Venue
We're delighted to once again be welcoming back Bongo Steve to dna! 
Steve will be joining us again to perform his massively popular DJ and live percussion set with huge sound and lighting production alongside our resident DJ Alli B on Thursday, 19th December. This is a night not to be missed! 

Friday December 20th

Galway Christmas Flea Market
December 20, 2019 at 11 AM – 5 PM
Galway City Gallery
Ho Ho Ho, We are delighted to present the Galway Christmas Flea Market. 
Due to popular demand the market will be hosted over three long weekends (Friday to Sunday), 6th-8th, 13th-15th and 20th - 22nd December 2019. The Galway Christmas Flea Market will be open each day from 11 AM to 5 PM on the said dates. There will be different stall holders each week with a feast of jewellery, vintage clothes, antiques & much more. Mulled Wine and Mince pies.  Free entry to all. 

Saturday December 21st

Otherkin (Farewell Tour)
December 21, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Róisín Dubh 9 (€16)
After electrifying fans around the world with their incendiary blend of raucous garage-rock and futuristic electronica for the last few years, Otherkin have decided to call it a day. In order to thank fans for their support, Otherkin are staging a farewell tour comprising four Irish dates. Don’t miss your last opportunity to see one of Ireland’s most acclaimed live bands at one of their final shows.

Sunday December 22nd

The Latchikos at The Róisín Dubh
December 22, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Róisín Dubh
With a sound that is unique to Galway city, the Latchikos began as a busking band: fusing a heady mix of traditional Irish violin with spanish gyspsy guitar and world tribal beats on Cajon box.
Credited as the originators of “Gyp-Hop” (Gaelic gypsy hip-hop!) the Latchiko’s blend a raw mix of Virtuoso violin, Spoken Word and Raw driving Gaelic beats with humour and gusto.
They soon found festivals locally and internationally and are currently recording their second album.

Monday December 23rd

9 PM – 11:55 PM Monroe's Galway (€20)
Christmas just wouldn't be the same with out a KÍLA show in Monroe's. KÍLA bring their funky brand of hip shaking, smile making groovy trad to Monroe's Live on December 23rd, perfect show for meeting up with friends before the Christmas break. 

Galway Pub Scrawl (free!)
December 23, 2019 at 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Come join the fun and creative maelstrom that is the Galway Pub Scrawl! We are a gathering of artists, crafters and fun-lovers that meet every second Monday in the back room of McSwiggans, Woodquay. Bring your own drawing (or crafting) tools and join the fun! (FREE event)

Wednesday December 25th

COPE Galway Christmas Swim
December 25, 2019 at 10 AM – 1 PM
Blackrock, Galway
#BraveTheCold so others don’t have to this Christmas!
Join hundreds of adventurous swimmers and make a splash on Christmas Day for COPE Galway. Take part in the 30th annual COPE Galway Christmas Day Swim and help raise much-needed funds to support vulnerable and isolated men, women and families in Galway this Christmas.
Registration: €10 (individuals), €35 (a family)

Thursday December 26th

Saint Facade Live
December 26, 2019 at 9:30 PM
The Ol' 55
Hi folks, This Christmas be sure to head down to The Ol'55 Galway as we are playing St. Stephen’s Night. We will be performing some of the most popular tunes (old & modern)  This is one night not to be missed guys😁🙂🎶  Last gig of the year.

Saturday December 28th

Mick Flannery (Second date added)
Dec 28 at 8 PM – Dec 29 at 11 PM
Róisín Dubh (€26)
Saturday 28th December (Sold Out)
Sunday 29th December
A cliché has it that you have to beware of the quiet ones, because most of the time their voices speak sharper and with more range than the loudmouths. Every cliché, however, has a grain of truth in it, and so it’s fair to say that while County Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery is outwardly reserved, his songs are fluent in expressing layered aspects of the human condition, its flaws, triumphs, and general uncertainty. 

Claddagh Watch Remembrance Ball
December 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 2:30 AM
Galway Bay Hotel (€75.00 )
Claddagh Watch Remembrance Ball, honouring all those that have lost their lives on the waterways of Galway City and County over the years. The night will feature a special wall of Remembrance for those we have lost.
Reception - 6:30pm
Celebration of life cermony - 7:00pm
Meal - 8pm
Live Music by The Party Rascals , Late DJ, 3-course meal, Raffle with fabulous prizes. 
All proceeds divided between Claddagh Watch, Pieta House, RNLI & Galway East Life Support

Sunday December 29th

Karosal Gig
December 29, 2019 at 8 PM – 9 PM
Crane Bar
Karosal are playing upstairs in The Crane Bar on Sunday December 29th at 8pm.

Monday December 30th

And So I Watch You From Afar
December 30, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Róisín Dubh (€20)
Strange Brew presents
10th Anniversary Show
Monday 30th December 
To celebrate ten years of music And So I Watch You From Afar finish the year with five very special performances of their debut album in Ireland this Christmas. 

Tuesday December 31st

New Year's Eve Party at Monroe's
December 31, 2019 at 9 PM – 2:30 AM
Monroe's Galway
Ring in the New Year by rewinding with Yoyo 🎶
We'll have the incredible DJ Flaco on the decks so expect to hear some major throwbacks from the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, Kylie, Sister Sledge, Bobby Brown, Depeche Mode, Nelly and more...
Doors 9pm. Complimentary drink and finger food for the first 100 people in the doors.
Ring in the New Year with a Retro night! Ring in the New Year with Yoyo!
Tickets €10 + BF online or €10 on the door.

New Year's Eve with Lankum, Junior Brother & guests, Galway
December 31, 2019 at 8 PM – 12:30 AM
Róisín Dubh
New Year's Eve with
Junior Brother & guests
Followed by DJs until late
On sale this Friday at 9am
The Dublin based four-piece present a new live show ahead of their much-anticipated 3rd album which will be released on Rough Trade late Autumn.

Friday December 3rd

Roaring Twenties Western Ball
January 3, 2020 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Clayton Hotel Galway
Western Province venture ball 2020 is an event open to registered ventures aged 15-18. Dinner and dancing followed by overnight in den or similar. Light breakfast also provided.

Weekly Recurring Events

Open Mic Night
Sundays, 20:30, Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street
Welcome to the open mic. All musicians are welcome to come in and hone their talents at Open Night at Roisin Dubh. Just join in and sign up at nine pm sharp in the beer garden! The primary focus is to create a good atmosphere for people to come in and try out their ideas and to do so with encouragement. This has been made possible by the truly fantastic crowds that have come in every Sunday over the past few years. Everyone is given attention, support and a chance to do their thing! A house guitar is provided for all.

Feminist Discussion Group
Mondays, 19:00-20:00, Youth Work Ireland, Prospect Hill
Rotating between feminist discussion evenings and organisational meetings. 
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.

The Black Magic Big Band
Mondays, 21:30-23:30, Seven Bar
The Black Magic Big Band is an 18 piece band playing the music made famous by the Dorsey, Basie, Herman, and Ellington bands through to funk and fusion of the modern era. The band is led by trumpeter and arranger John Fleming with fine soloists like Steve Hanks and Bertrand Huvé on sax, 

Sew Last Season 
Mon & Thur 10:00-13:00, Tue & Wed 13:30-16:00, Fri 13:30-16:00
Ozanam House, Augustine Street
Call 0872948837 Group Facebook Page
Sew Last Season  is a public sewing room in Galway city for upcycling and embellishment of preloved clothes.

DIY Student Bike Repair Workshop
Tue, Wed & Thur 10:00-17:00 Services & Repairs (they fix it for you at a cost)
Wed 18:00-21:00 & Fri 12:00-15:00 DIY Workshop (fix your bike with guidance):
An Mheitheal Rothar Workshop, Earls Island
Group Facebook Page
NUIG's Bike society host a repair workshop to teach neophytes and others how to look after their bikes.

Ireland's Smallest Comedy Club.
Thursdays, 21:00-23:00 The Dew Drop Inn, Mainguard Street
Event Facebook Page
Weekly live stand-up comedy. Pizza or finger food served at the break. Early booking and arrival recommended.

Gabriel G Band
Last Thursday of each month, 21:00 - 23:45, Monroe's Galway, €5
Gabriel G Band are bringing something special to Monroe's, starting Thursday 31st of January, and every last Thursday of each month. Gabriel G. is a flute player and piper who has been part of Galwayʼs musical scene for the past 14 years. At the moment this Spanish-Irish musician is regularly involved in musical projects like John Conneely Inc.

40% Off Sundays
23:00-02:00, Electric Galway
To go along with the tunes we've got 40% off selected drinks to make sure you have the best time among friends...