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For inclusion in the Galway Events Guide email info[at] - 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

The Thing About December-Decadent Theatre
13-22 June, 20:00-22:30, Town Hall Theatre, €22
An original stage adaptation of Donal Ryan’s acclaimed novel
Rural Tipperary at the turn of the 21st century. Johnsey Cunliffe, a simple, naïve only-child in his twenties, grieves the death of his much-loved father. Harassed by local bullies and excluded by his peers, Johnsey’s isolation worsens when his inherited farm is re-zoned and becomes valuable. The clouds gather as locals try to tempt Johnsey into giving up his family’s land, while Johnsey, the unlikeliest of heroes, must try to hold onto those things dearest to him. Directed by Andrew Flynn.

One-off Events

Thursday June 20th 

Ireland's Smallest Comedy Club
21:00-23:00 The Dew Drop Inn
Pizza or finger food served at the break. Doors 9pm Show 9:30 Early booking and arrival ESSENTIAL as the show is usually sold out.

JAZZGate: The Music of Charlie Parker
20 Jun at 21:00 – 21 Jun at 11:30, The Black Gate, €10
Curated by Aengus Hackett Music, our weekly jazz party featuring the finest of local and visiting musicians.

"Charlie Parker was born on August 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas. From 1935 to 1939, he played the Missouri nightclub scene with local jazz and blues bands. In 1945 he led his own group while performing with Dizzy Gillespie on the side. Together they invented bebop. In 1949, Parker made his European debut, giving his last performance several years later. He died a week later on March 12, 1955, in New York City."

Big Silent Disco
22:00-02:00, Róisín Dubh, €6
As we come into the summer proper, The Róisín Dubh thought it might be a good idea to have a big auld Silent Disco this Thursday night. It starts at 10pm, upstairs and downstairs, in the Róisín Dubh, with DJs playing music you love, music you love to hate and all your guilty pleasures.

Friday June 21st

Summer Solstice Festival
10:30-16:30 Galway Rowing Club 60€
This year Summer starts Friday, June 21st at 3.54pm UTC time, with the entry into the sign of cancer, a water sign that symbolizes what makes us feel "like at Home", which for us represents "home"; family, children, friends. It represents the water, in this case, the river of emotions flowing towards the sea. Price is 60€, pay your 30 € deposit through Eventbrite. The remaining fee will be collected on the same day of the activity. Only 10 places are available. 

Gypsy Mayfly to Django
21:30-23:00, The Black Gate
A free night of Gypsy Jazz standards explored Mayfly style by 5 members of Mayfly to the Moon under the direction of Alain Halimi.

The Last Waltz Live at Monroes Galway
20:00-23:00, Monroe's Live, €22
A spectacular live 2 hour re-creation of one of the most iconic concerts in rock history,THE BANDS THE LAST WALTZ.with ten piece band, full brass section, and all the special guests.
This brilliant show is a real treat for anyone who loves good-old fashioned rock and country music The show, not only stars The Group themselves as The Band (naturally!),but also features a whole host of special musical guest-stars from Irelands music scene!

Saturday June 22nd 

Sonny Fodera (Duke Dumont)
22:00-02:30, Electric Galway, from €20
Duke Dumont has had to cancel all Irish shows due to studio commitments. Chart topping DJ Sonny Fodera will instead be there on the night for what is still looking like one of the hottest gigs of the Summer!
All tickets for the event are still valid. For any refund inquiries please contact eventbrite.

Galway Street Club 
20:00-23:00, Roisin Dubh, €5
Galway Street Club's Hometown Show on their biggest Irish Tour to date. Tickets will fly for this one so be quick. Tickets available on

“Showdown”-The ELO Experience 
21:00, Live at Monroe's
This June, “Showdown - The ELO Experience bring their show out West, to the Amazing Monroe’s Venue in Galway! This stunning 8 piece show with vocal harmonies & string section combine to replicate the magic of Electric Light Orchestra! 

Sunday June 23rd 

Daoirí Farrell
20:00, Róisín Dubh €12.50
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track. After a promising debut album, The First Turn, back in 2009; Daoirí spent several years studying traditional music and performance at The University of Limerick. It was here that Fintan Vallely introduced him to the singing of the late Liam Weldon, an encounter that was to prove formative to his sound and his approach to folk song.

Salthill Summer Sunday Market
10:00-17:00, The Seaside Promenade, Salthill, Galway
The Salthill Summer Sunday Market will run weekly during the summer months every Sunday from 10am - 5pm. 
Located alongside the Prom car park in the heart of Salthill Village it offers something to tempt everyone.
Pull up a patch of grass, enjoy the chill tunes and soak in the stunning views across Galway Bay!

Monday June 24th

Brian Gallagher, Dave Sullivan, Gordo Brennan and more
20:30, The Ol' 55
This Monday back at The Ol’ 55 Bar in Galway PaddyShack Comedy’s biggest line up yet. Brian Gallagher headlining the night plus support acts from all over the country including the brilliant Dave Sullivan and hilarious Gordo Brennan and more. Don’t miss the craic down at PaddyShack. (Think we accidentally just found a slogan). ??
Doors 8:30pm and the show starts at 9:00pm 

End of Season Show
18:30, Town Hall Theatre, €15
It's our yearly tradition to organise an end-of-season show so that our dancers get a chance to showcase their skills. This year will be special - we are organising our show on June 24 in Town Hall Theater in Galway! This will be a unique chance for our dancers, their parents and our friends to come together and celebrate our passion.

You will get the chance to see all our dance groups, the youngest one (4 - 7 yo), the little bit older ( 18+), beginners groups, more advanced and our professional team, which have got a big talent for sure.

Tuesday June 25th

Tuesday Comedy CARLnival feat. Carl Donnelly
20:00-23:00, Róisín Dubh, €10
Carl Donnelly started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians. His conversational, silly sense of humour has seen him win a host of awards and become a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland.

Winner of the RTE New Comedy Awards, Sean Nolan possesses a highly creative and unique brand of one-liner comedy dealing with everyday topics at a blistering pace.

Ireland’s slowest rising comedy star, Leonie McDonagh is a comedian with verve and attitude, but likes to take her time. If you like to procrastinate, you’ll like her too. She has dabbled in radio, regularly hosts cabaret nights and has made appearances at the best clubs around her native Norn Iron. 

Wednesday June 26th

Grad Visa USA Info Talk- Galway
18:00-19:00, Harbour Hotel Galway
Thinking about chasing the American Dream after you've finished college? We've been helping thousands of Irish relocate to the US for a whole year, having the experience of their lives and taking a huge leap in their careers! Are you ready to take the leap?

On the night we'll be covering:

- About the Programme
- How To Apply?
- How to find work?
- What costs are involved?
- Where to go?
- Life in the USA

Eclectics: The Silken Same w/ Graham Sweeney
21:00, The Black Gate, €10
Following the release of a self-titled album, the Galway duo formerly known as Mossy Nolan have had a re-spray, a re-tune and have changed their name to The Silken Same. The sound you will recognise but they have a few fresh ideas that will surprise you now they’re sharing the writing experience.

Graham Sweeney is an innovative young singer-songwriter from Achill Island, Co. Mayo. He utilises a combination of techniques, blending traditional guitar playing with his own unique style of finger-tapping. The result is a truly distinctive sound that captivates audiences and leaves them wanting more. During his dynamic live sets, he shifts seamlessly between percussive guitar riffs and delicate vocal melodies.

Thursday June 27th 

Her Crooked Heart, Grace Keily
27 Jun 2019 (20:00) at Róisín Dubh
€10 (€8 members) 
Minneapolis-based Her Crooked Heart presents a debut record.  The quartet blends classical and electric guitar; piano and vintage synths; cello, woodwinds and drum triggers.

Sonny Casey is a singer-songwriter, born in West Yorkshire and from the age of nine- raised in the wild, rainy West of Ireland.
Sonny's style takes musical influences from many sources; Mike Rosenberg, Damien Rice, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few, and blends it with her unique style of poetry to create tale-telling songs that could warm the coldest of hearts.

Her second original street album  'Pocketful Of Words' can be found waiting for you in her guitar case as she continues to busk her way around Europe.

Club Gardenia
19:00-23:45, Black Box Theatre, €10
Club Gardenia is an inclusive music event in a giant art installation featuring some of Galway's finest indie and electronic acts.
As part of a three day programme of workshops, installations and performances, That's Life are staging an inclusive music event in Black Box Theatre, Galway, on Thursday, June 27th. 
Club Gardenia will take place within a giant art installation created after months of prop making workshops by people with intellectual disabilities and music on the night will be provided by local record labels/ collectives Strange Brew, Citóg Records, New Heights Music Group and the Open Mic Night at Róisín Dubh. 

Acts performing include Oh Boland, Slyrydes, Anna Mullarkey, NewDad and Jack Lee. Club Gardenia will also feature performances from the mixed abilities group Electric Dreams and tunes from the Bounce DJ Crew.

Friday June 28th

Afro House Roots
20:00-22:00, Áras na nGael
This is a party  about to hit us with a hot hot mixture of afro house and world music and culture.

From the rolling Afro rhythms  and a mix of electronic calypso beats, Afro drums, ....
adding some funky afro beat, and house culture into the mix, and much more..
We are bringing the hottest live acts and the most multicultural dj's to make you dance up a sweat.

With our special guest DJ SLICK!

.DJ SLICK, DJ/Producer from Perth, Australia, with a passion for mashing up urban music with other genres, has a strong fan base and understands the pure exhilaration it takes to capture every listener in the crowd.

Adam Murphy & Band: Enlightenment Please Album Launch
19:30-21:30, The Black gate
Adam Murphy is a Cork-born, Galway-based songman.

Since 2006 he has been concentrating on a solo career and released six fully produced albums of original material – ‘The Lazy Load’ , ‘The Idle Dreamer’, ‘Half-Way’, ’The Human Spirit, ‘Green Blues, Black Ballads, and Some Normal Songs for Guitar and Piano’, and ‘Everyone’s Special’.

Adam’s material is aired regularly on Irish and international radio, and he is a frequent live performer, solo or with a band.

No cover charge for this one! Just come on in and have a good time

Fro // Desert Song Single Launch
20:00-23:00, Róisín Dubh, €5
Fro will be playing the Roisin Dubh (Upstairs) on the 28th of June following the release of their debut single, "Desert Song". 

Support from Turnstiles 

“Fro are a rock band from Galway city. They started out in 2015 primarily as a busking band, now they are planning to release 4 singles this summer. The band consists of Conor King on Vocals, Jack Sinnott on Guitars, John Margetts on Bass, and Naoise Jordan Cavanagh on Drums.”

Saturday June 29th

Bob Skeleton: Galway
29 June 2019 from 20:00-23:30 Tickets €5 / €7(on the door)
Bob Skeleton are a 4 piece Late Night-Pop band from Galway. Having had a busy 2018 Bob Skeleton are back with a headline show in the Roisin Dubh on June 7th

VSN Present: One Night in Shamcouver
23:00-02:30, Factory Galway 
With seemingly every young soul in G Town emigrating to Canada for the summer, we thought we'd bring the top half of the states right to your doorstep for a VSN summer rave special with music coming from the city's finest, VSN founder and RTÉ Pulse resident Shampain who'll be joined by debutante Hannah Hession who has impressed thanks to her monthly show on NUIG's Flirt FM. 

For the people who hate maple syrup, Drake and late bars this one's for you! 

Rave, breaks, bass and of course techno to put a smile on your face and to show you Galway is not a place you have to escape but a place where you can go to escape! 

Sunday June 30th

 Pauline Scanlon & Nicola Joyce of The Whileaways
21:00-22:00, The Black gate, €15
The Swallow's Song:

An evening with Pauline Scanlon, Nicola Joyce, Fabian Joyce and Eoin Wynne.

Joined by the unique voice of Eoin Wynne (guitar & banjo) and the sensitive accompaniment and singing of Fabian Joyce (guitar), this quartet of song lovers present an evening of shared songs both old and new. A tightly woven tapestry that promises to be a listening pleasure for all who appreciate the tender intricacies of song and story. 

The Jesse Janes- Summer In Ireland Tour
21:00, Róisín Dubh
The Jesse Janes are Galway bound for the final leg of their Summer in Ireland Tour 2019.
They will bring with them an array of lively, quirky tunes from Blues to Bluegrass, Irish Trad to Skiffle, Folk, Country and Americana as they try to warm up the folk at The Roisin Dubh in preparation for The John Coneely Band who they will be supporting on the night! Exciiiiiiiting, please join in on their Scouse-Tyrone-Galwegian Adventure

Weekly Recurring Events

Summer SALSA Beginner Course - Galway
8 weeks intensive program with Salsa Bay Galway. All classes are run by Pedro Alberto. The classes are suitable for total beginners but also any initiated beginners that would like to refresh the foundations. No partner is required. Drop in class: 10 Euros each class.

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.

Argentinian Tango Classes
Tuesdays, 21:00-22:00, Galway Rowing Club, €15
Come and try out this beautiful, passionate dance. For those nervous about rhythm and co-ordination Tango has a very special surprise. It actually is an improvised dance, so there are no mistakes. All you do is learn to lead and follow, and the rest is so playful and fun that after a few classes you will be telling all your friends to join!

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.

Tiny Traders Village
Saturdays, 11:00-18:00, Nun's Ireland Theatre
Best of local producers, food drink and craft. Up to 50 stalls, bilingual market to tie in with the location. Event Facebook Page

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...