What's On in Galway

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Recurring Events (Day-by-day Events Below)

Feminist Discussion Group
19:00-20:00 Mondays, 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.

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

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

21:00 Every Thursday, until 28 Dec, Seven/The Loft, 5-7 Bridge Street
Shkyup! aims to encompass more than solely music over the upcoming months. They'll cover everything from; event management, production & promotion, to providing; bands/artists/acts, sound engineers, photographers/videograpers, along with anything else that's required to put on a show to remember.

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

Shadespire - Fighting Fridays league
18:00 Every Friday, until 8 February 2019, Dungeons & Donuts, The Bridge Mills
Organised play events for Shadespire a fast paced skirmish game based in the Age Of Sigmar universe. 3 rounds over 60 minutes, registration from 6pm first round starting at 6.30pm. Players must bring: Warband, decks, game board, dice and tokens.

Tiny Traders Village
11:00-18:00 Saturdays, Nun's Ireland Theatre
Best of local producers, food drink and craft. Up to 50 stalls, bilingual market to tie in with the location. https://bit.ly/2E9kcZW

ARD Women's Circle Craft Sale
Fri, Sat, Sun until 23 Decemeber, Glass Factory, Galway Crystal, Dublin Road
The Christmas Craft & Gift Village @ The Glass Factory opens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a wonderful array of hand-made products and gifts from across Galway and beyond. There are regular classes and workshops run by the traders at the weekend and a really stunning collection of products on offer.

Single Date Events

December 10th

Charity Screening of Elf for Pieta House
18:30-20:30, Palas Galway, €8.50-€11.00
We're excited to be hosting a charity screening of the classic Elf, with all proceeds going directly to Pieta House. Pieta House provides freely accessible, professional services to people who are in suicidal crisis, those who are self-harming, and people who have been bereaved by suicide. Pieta House has centres across Ireland and our therapeutic approach is rooted in compassion and care.

December 11th

Declan O'Rouke
20:00-23:00, Town Hall Theatre, €25.
To celebrate the re-release of his classic 2004 debut, O’Rourke will take members of the original band around Ireland this December for a handful of nostalgic, and uplifting shows. Including Galileo, No Brakes, Sarah, Love Is The Way, and Marrying The Sea, the band will play the entire album, along with outakes, and a few surprises!

December 12th

Christmas Jumper Night,
17:00-22:00, Galway Christmas Beer Tent, Eyre Square.
Let's Get Our Christmas On! We're cranking up the Christmas with an awesome Christmas Jumper Night. Join us for the biggest party tunes and cheesy Christmas crackers Whilst Were All Dressed In Our Funky, Ugly, Cool Christmas Attire

December 13th

19:30-23:00, Black Box Theatre, €26.
Always restless and inventive while always true to the power and glory of songwriting and melody, Conor O’Brien has made another great leap forward with Villagers’ fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim.

Croí-8: Musical Steps
20:30, 13th (& 14th) December, Town Hall Theatre Galway, Courthouse Square
Croi8 come to the Town Hall Theatre in Galway to bring their inspired music to take the audience on an adventure through their musical steps. They will play songs from their latest album "One Step Closer" and a few new ones too :) Renowned Singer-Songwriter Michael O'Connor plays support on the two nights. Early booking is advisable.

December 14th

Galway's Live Music Crib
12:00-17:00, Claddagh Arts Centre and Katie's Claddagh Cottage, €20 (family), €8 (individual). 
Galway Fringe Festival and the Claddagh Arts Centre and Katie's Claddagh Cottage are delighted to present Galway's first live music crib and nativity play. Come along and meet Aggie and Annie the Goats, Jeanie the donkey and Sylvia the sheep as well as our fiddle playing angels. 

December 15th

Flea Style Market- Autumn Winter Edition
11:00, Galway's Westend, 3 William St West.
So we have our A/W markets all sorted and we will be hosting them in the two locations we have been using for the last year - Galway Arts Centre & back in Galway's Westend just over the bridge!!! I am very very grateful to have these two fab locations to bring all of you the Galway people their Style Market every month

December 16th

The NUI Galway Family Christmas Party
12pm-3pm NUI Galway
This fun on-campus event is strictly ticketed only. Look out for an email from the Office of the Vice-President for Equality and Diversity at 12pm on Thursday 6 December with a link to book your free ticket.

The Muppet's Christmas Carol,
13:00-15:00, Palas Galway, €7-9.50
Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. But then he is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and Scrooge, after revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous and celebratory person in town.

December 17th

The Bingo Christmas Special with Steve Bennet and Steven Sharpe
20:00-22:30, Roisin Dubh, €5.
Hosted by Irish Comedian of the Year winner Steve Bennett, join Steve and friends for a night of madcap comedy bingo It’s a high energy gameshow with crazy prizes, mystery boxes and bloody good craic! From musical bingo to picture bingo to "normal" bingo that has all the wrong calls to make you laugh but probably frustrate the hell out of your Gran, if you like laughing and winning prizes, then this is the night for you!

December 18th

The Gift Christmas Concert
19:00-20:00, St Joseph Church Presentation Rd.
This wonderful 45 piece choir brings you the story of Christmas in song. The concert is 1 hour long & all ages are welcome.

December 19th

Little Cinema 2018 Christmas Special!
21:00-23:15, Roisin Dubh, €5.
It's Christmas time!!!
And that can only mean one thing: it's time for the Little Cinema Christmas Special!!!
We will festive it up and have a screening filled with festive shorts, Christmas songs and lots of laughs!
There's already a lot of christmas themed shorts on their way which we can't wait to see! 

December 20th

I can't believe you haven't seen Lethal Weapon
19:00-22:00, Palas Galway, €8.50-11. 
In the December edition of I Can't Believe You Haven't Seen... LETHAL WEAPON! A classic in the 80s-buddy-cop-action-comedy-but kinda dramatic in parts- genre. Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he is reassigned and partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), Riggs immediately clashes with the older officer. Together they uncover a massive drug-trafficking ring. As they encounter increasingly dangerous situations, Riggs and Murtaugh begin to form a bond. Riggs' volatile behavior might just help them apprehend the criminals -- if it doesn't kill them both first.

Concern Coffee Morning
10:30-12:30 Sult, NUI Galway
Join staff in the College Bar for a social gathering just before the holidays, with proceeds going to Concern. Thursday December 20th.

December 21st

The Deans
21:00-02:30, Monroe's Galway, €10. 
We are very excited to see the return of The Deans, one of Galways most loved bands. They will preform upstairs in Monroe's just before thebreak for Christmas. So if your out and about and want to hear a great rock songs this show is for you.

December 22nd

Hermitage Green,
19:30-23:00, Black Box Theatre, €26.
Róisín Dubh presents
Black Box, Galway

Home Alone 1 and 2 Double Bill! 
Palas Galway, 16:00-20:00, €8.50-11.
A double bill of two Christmas essentials starring a fresh-faced and cunning Macaulay Culkin with two bungling criminals. 
Home Alone: Family comedy starring Macaulay Culkin as ten-year-old Kevin McCallister who is inadvertently left home alone by his family when they go on vacation.
Home Alone 2: The McCallister's go on holiday to Florida while Kevin accidentally gets on a plane to NYC with a bag full of money.

December 23rd

Fallen Lights,
The Fence, 51 Oliver Plunkett St, €11.50.

December 24th

Christmas Eve - Open 5pm, Pizzas 5-8pm, Last Drinks 10pm
17:00-22:00, Campbell's Tavern, Cloughanover
This year the bar will be open from 5pm, pizzas available to takeaway or sit in from 5 to 8pm and last drinks is at 10pm - need to be home in time for Santa!!!

December 25th

Christmas Day Swim, 
10:00-13:00, Blackrock, Salthill, €10.
Brave the cold 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 29th 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.

December 26th

St Stephen's Day- Music All Evening 
18:30-23:30, Campbell's Tavern,
The Leftovers - 6.30pm
The TAV JAM Band - 9.30pm
Trad Session with Fabian Joyce & Guests - 9.30pm - Front Bar

December 27th

Mary Coughlan
19:00-22:00, Lough Rea Hotel and Spa, €20.
Mary Coughlan is an impassioned performer who expresses herself best through the words and tunes of others. Mary built her career on a series of albums that played on her image as a hell-raiser, down to the titles - Tired and Emotional, Under the Influence. An early hit, "Delaney's Gone Back On The Wine", remembered a Galway tavern. 

Modernlove. with Ghost Love
20:30-23:30 Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street, €6
Modernlove. have blazed an indie trail of summer madness with their unique brand of agitfunk. Their first single Us. coincided with their debut at The Electric Picnic and their second single Islands. Love Ghost is coming to Ireland over the holidays to do a tour with Modernlove (Drogheda) and later this year Modernlove will be heading to Los Angeles to play shows with Love Ghost (a cultural exchange for the 2 young bands). 

December 28th

Lord of the Rings Extended Marathon!
Palas Galway, 12:00-00:15, €11 per film, €30 for all three.
And so we return to Middle Earth, for the ultimate cinematic challenge - thirteen hours of hobbitses, elves, orcs and Legolas accomplishing unimaginably nimble gymnastics! Spend a day in our comfy seats and enjoy these cinematic masterpieces on the big screen with Howard Shore’s immaculate score on our excellent sound system.  Don’t worry we’ll provide ample breaks in between films for you to sample our specially designed menu of Tolkien-themed food and drinks. Are you up for the journey?

December 29th

The Stunning with The Frank and Walters
19:30-23:00, Leisureland, Salthill, €32.50
With hits such as Got to Get Away, Half Past Two, Romeo’s on Fire and Brewing up a Storm, The Stunning to Galway on 29th December following their sold out show at the Galway International Arts Festival this July. The legendary live performers, who have had a series of top ten hits and albums, have amassed a cult following nationally and internationally, providing the soundtrack to a generation of people brought up in Ireland during the 80s and 90s. 

December 30th

Pogueology- A tribute to the Pogues
21:00-00:30, Hugh Lynch's Bar Tullamore, Kilbride St, €15.
A fairytale at the Hugh Lynchs. Fans of the Pogues are in for a treat when Pogueology (A tribute to The Pogues) play a special Christmas show at Hugh Lynchs Bar Tullamore on Sunday 30th December.

December 31st

Pogueology- A tribute to the Pogues
21:00-00:30, Hugh Lynch's Bar Tullamore, Kilbride St, €15.
A fairytale at the Hugh Lynchs. Fans of the Pogues are in for a treat when Pogueology (A tribute to The Pogues) play a special Christmas show at Hugh Lynchs Bar Tullamore on Sunday 30th December.

January 1st

The Favourite
Palas Galway
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Idris Elba, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman
Release Date: Tue 01 Jan 2019
120 MIN, several screening times every day until 10th
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

January 11th

Teaching with Technology: Introduction to Blackboard
10:00-12:00, NUI Galway, Arts Millennium Building Lower Newcastle Road
Tickets by Eventbrite
This popular workshop is targeted at users who are new to Blackboard at NUI Galway and is aimed at getting participants up and running with the system. This workshop will take place in AM119 in the Arts Millennium Building. Places are limited.

Brass Eye night featuring Oxide Ghosts
22:30-23:50, Pálás Galway, 15 Merchant's Road Lower
Tickets at palas.admit-one.eu
1 Brass Eye episode voted by the public, 1 Exclusive screening of Oxide Ghosts, Q&A with Director Michael Cumming. To celebrate the ground breaking comedy series, first broadcast in January 1997, Strange Brew presents a night devoted to all things Brass Eye.

January 12th

Mindfulness Meditation workshop ~ Calming the mind
10:00-12:00, Devon Park Yoga, 108 Lower Saltill Road
Tickets at loveyoga.eu
Samatha or śamatha is the Buddhist practice of calming the mind and its 'formations'. This is done by practicing single-pointed meditation most commonly through mindfulness of breathing.

The Face of Mental Health: a workshop with First Fortnight
14:00-16:00, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, 16 Merchants Road
Red Door Studio in conjunction with Galway 2020 are delighted to present an interactive workshop which explores the many faces of mental health, starting with ourselves. Participants will be guided in a simple drawing exercise followed by discussion. It is an opportunity to have some creative fun and meet others who are interested in how we view and approach mental wellbeing. This workshop is facilitated by art therapists and is aimed at adults.

Barry Steele and Friends -The Roy Orbison Story
19:30-22:00, Town Hall Theatre Galway, Courthouse Square
Tickets at tht.ie
Roy Orbison, the man with the sunglasses, who delivered some of the world’s darkest and most emotional ballads remains one of the most distinctive performers in modern music.Barry Steele has been stunning audiences with his uncanny ability to recreate the vocal talents of this legendary entertainer, winning rave reviews across the globe.

January 14th

20:00, Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street
From musical bingo to picture bingo to "normal" bingo that has all the wrong calls to make you laugh but probably frustrate the hell out of your Gran, If you like laughing and winning prizes, then this is the night for you!

21:00 – 00:00, Sult NUI Galway, University Road
Bring your friends for a fun night of music and more! The back room of Sult at 9!