What's on in Galway This Week from 16th July 2018We are back with the top picks of Galway Events for this coming week! There are so many amazing events on to choose from – I hope you have a fun week! And if you want to read more about where to stay or eat in Galway – don’t forget to check out our Galway Guide!

Galway Arts Festival 2018

One of the highlights of the Galway Arts Calendar each year is the Galway Arts Festival 2018 and it is on next week! There are far too many festival events on to share each one in this post so please click here to see the official line up! There is so much on from comedy to music (with some amazing live gigs like Kodaline and Walking on Cars and Gavin James) to the theatre – this is one festival where you will generally find something to suit everyone!

Design Island 2018

I shared last week about the upcoming Design Event – the Irish Design Works Exhibition. Well, it is on this week and running from the 17th July to 29th July. You can read all about it here.

Irish Design Works 2018 Exhibition
Piece by Emmet Kane


Theatre Event – Port Authority

  • Location – Nun’s Island, Theater, 23 Nun’s Island, The Claddagh, Galway
  • Time: 16–29 July @ 8pm, Preview 14 July @ 8pm, Matinee 21 & 28 July @ 2pm (No Show 22 July)
  • Cost: €22-€24
  • Details: A young boy leaves home for the first time, a man begins a job for which he is not qualified, a pensioner receives a mysterious package. As each confronts the significance of these events, they are forced to take stock of themselves, their feelings and of the decisions, they have made. Painting a vivid picture of life in contemporary Dublin, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson [The Seafarer, The Weir and Shining City] weaves together a moving and funny tale of loves lost and found, the consequences of big dreams and the significance of even our smallest choices.
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Cultural Event – Arts Festival at Galway Designers Studio House

  • Location – Galway Designers Studio House, 14/15 Cornstore, Augustine Street, Galway
  • Time: Daily, 16 Jul – 29 Jul
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: For the 2 week period of the Galway Arts Festival, GDSH will be having a series of art displayed, along with arts & crafts workshops, Pop-Up designers shop along with other events…
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Art Event – Outflow – Ronnie Hughes & Evgeniya Martirosyan

  • Location – 126, Artist-run Gallery, 126 Artist-Run Galley, St Bridget’s Place, The Hidden Valley, Galway
  • Time: 16th – 29th of July 2018 from 11am – 6pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: (1) Evgenyia Martirosyan’s current body of work stems from her interest in modern science and philosophy and represents an intuitive response to concepts of time, matter, chaos and transformation. The latest developments in science are raising many philosophical questions and are revealing something about the nature of reality that might elude purely scientific explanation. Working with elemental materials and using a broad range of techniques, she explores the poetic possibilities of the fluid and constantly shifting state of things. Martirosyan investigates materials and effects that have a problematic or hesitant quality: ice (frost), water, air, light and foam. Transient organic matter is framed and contrasted by structures made out of rigid materials like metal and plastic. The artist uses repurposed industrial mechanisms, such as refrigeration and compression units, to activate the work initiating processes of growth and change. Evgeniya Martirosyan has been awarded the Tactic/Sample Studios Graduate Residency and the National Sculpture Factory Graduate Residency 2016/2017. She has also be awarded the Eli Lilly Purchase prize, Lavit Gallery Fledglings exhibition award and Cork Film Centre exhibition award. (2) Ronnie Hughes’ is one of Ireland’s leading abstract artists. His paintings and drawings demonstrate his interest in corrupting grids, energy fields and patterns to set up an expectation, and then thwart it somehow. Hughes seeks to arrest the work at a tenuous moment and likes when the work seems to hover on the brink of collapse – like chaos has been temporarily held in check, a main theme throughout his vast body of work. Born in Belfast in 1965, Ronnie Hughes studied at the University of Ulster, receiving an MA in Fine Art in 1989. Hughes is now based in Sligo, has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Ireland, and has participated in group exhibitions worldwide. He has received several awards including a one-year residency in New York (PS1, 1990) and three-month residencies at Banff Arts Centre, Canada (1994) and Bemis Arts Centre, Nebraska (1997). Represented by the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, his work is held in many public and corporate collections including both Irish Arts Councils and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. (3) Stephan Roche is a freelance Curator and practising Fine Artist from Limerick and based in Galway. With a BA in Fine Art Painting and MA in The History of Art and Architecture he has worked in various roles including the Education Dept. at The Hunt Museum Limerick, as an Exhibitions Assistant for Galway Arts Centre, Acting Curator of Renmore Barracks Military Museum Galway, and was recently Chair of the Board of Directors at 126 Artist Run Gallery.
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Art Event – I See You: X-ray Flowers series

  • Location – Galway Designers Studio House, 14/15 Cornstore, Augustine Street, Galway
  • Time: 14 dates · 16 Jul – 29 Jul
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Kaisa Holsting, originally from Estonia, is a 32-year-old multitalented creative soul that during the day dabbles in graphic design working on print designs but mixes it all up during her free time with a bit of jewellery design, painting and drawing, illustrations and by singing on stage and why not, making a social splash with her quirky looks. “I see you” is her debut art exhibition, where she’s showcasing her latest series of X-ray Flowers paintings.
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Comedy Event – GIAF Laughter Loft


  • Location – Roisin Dubh, 9 Dominic Street, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €12 (€10 members)
  • Details: Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O’Brien went to prison. Three times to perform. Again by accident. He’s performed relentlessly worldwide and took up a new religion through the medium of a hangry hangover. This is must-see standup show. Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara O’Briain – Danny was handpicked year to perform as part of the iconic “Best of the Edinburgh Fest” Show touring Australia, has featured on The Comedy Channel and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio.
  • For more details: Click here
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Music Event – Buí

  • Location -Galway Folk Club @ De Burgos, 15-17 Augustine Street, Galway
  • Time: 21:30 – 23:30
  • Cost: €10
  • Details: Launched in June 2017, Buí is a multi-genre collaborative music project based around the music of Belfast based singer-songwriter Josh Healy. Healy is joined by permanent members Adam Sloan, Eoin Johnson and Rónán McQuillan, along with live drummer Amy Nolan. Buí’s debut album, Eugene, was released in November 2017, and features guest appearances from a number of rock, folk and traditional musicians from Belfast’s local music scene.
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Dancing Event – Trading Trebles

  • Location -Galway Fringe Hub @ The Mechanics Institute, Middle Street, Galway
  • Time: 17:00 – 18:00
  • Cost: €20
  • Details: Trading Trebles is a new and exciting music and dance event showcasing the very best of the future of Irish dance and music. With champion dancers, viral sensations and broadway performers Trading Trebles has it all. Trading Trebles will take you on a journey from the very beginnings of Irish dance and music to what it is today. We are pushing the boundaries with our tips, trebles and tricks. We are reinventing our dancing to fuse Irish dance with many other styles including tap and contemporary. The youthful ensemble makes for a more vibrant and energetic experience. Cairde Dance Company is a group of friends from every corner of Ireland. From the hills of Donegal, to the far side of the Shannon, we have come together to create a spectacle not to be missed.
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Whiskey Event – Galway Whiskey Tour

  • Location – Spanish Arch, Galway
  • Time: 15:30
  • Cost: not noted
  • Details: Celebrating Irish Whiskey’s long heritage in Galway city. The Galway Whiskey Tour is about Irish culture and Irish whiskey and how both are intrinsic to one another. This isn’t a distillery tour, it isn’t a whiskey tasting lesson per se and it’s not a pub crawl. The Galway Whiskey Tour is an experience that looks at the motivating factors which caused the Irish to develop the most consumed spirit drink in the world, Whiskey! A short sight-seeing walk that highlights Galways history for once distilling the whiskey of choice for the British House of Commons is then followed by a whiskey tasting lesson and an insightful cultural explanation regarding the connection between Irish culture & Irish whiskey at a privately booked city center venue. We will meet at the Spanish arch and from there we take a short sightseeing walk to the Aras na nGael where the bar is exclusively ours. Here we will sample 3 Irish whiskeys and I will delve into the connection between Irish whiskey & Irish Culture.
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What's on in Galway This Week from 16th July 2018
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Music Event – Sharon Shannon & Band

  • Location -Monroe’s Live, 14 Upper Dominick Street, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €30
  • Details: Live gig – Sharon Shannon & Band
  • For more details: Click here

Foodie Event – The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

  • Location – Galway Business School, GCI House, Grattan Road, Salthill, Galway
  • Time: 18:30–20:30
  • Cost: €5
  • Details: Presenter: Caroline Lynch, Nutritional Therapist. Learn: (1) The importance of eating a plant-based diet for disease prevention (2) How to transition to a plant-based diet successfully (3) Tips on how to easily meet all your nutritional needs from plant sources (4) Easy plant-based recipes and meal plans
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Film Event – Wild Atlantic Films: Michael Collins

  • Location – Pálás Galway, 15 Merchant’s Road Lower, Galway
  • Time: 12:00
  • Cost: €9.50
  • Details: Rewatch a classic film. Neil Jordan’s historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
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Children’s Event – The Domestic Goddess

  • Location – Galway Art’s Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway City
  • Time: 11:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: Not noted
  • Details: Culinary guerrillas The Domestic Godless (Stephen Brandes, Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy) will be cooking up a storm during their two week residency at Galway Arts Centre creating concoctions to tantalise (or perhaps threaten?) the taste buds, with presentations such as their signature prawn-head smoothies, gannet confit and deadly 14-allergen mousse cake. Exposing their irreverent attitude to contemporary food culture as visual artists, their occupation of the building will include slide shows, menus, sculptures and a custom built kitchen. Join us on a very special guided children’s tour of the exhibition examining The Domestic Godless unique and exciting approaches. Be prepared for lots of fun and activity!
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Cultural Event – Cleite

  • Location – Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie’s Claddagh cottage, Upper Fairhill Road, Galway
  • Time: Wed 18-Sat 21 July @ 6pm
  • Cost: €16 / €14
  • Details: “A deceptively simple story, told beautifully…backed by stunning sean-nós songs” (Connacht Tribune). She waits. The sun sets. Sailors die. Following a sold-out run at this year’s Galway Theatre Festival, Brú returns for four performances of Cleite, an immersive, site-specific piece of masked theatre performed in Katie’s Cottage in the heart of the Claddagh. Performed by Philippa Hambly with live Sean nós sung by Caitlín Ní Chualáin, Cleite tells the story of a Claddagh fisherwoman waiting for her husband to return.
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Dance Event – In Struggle We Hope

  • Location – Columban Hall, Sea Road, Galway
  • Time: 19:00 – 19:30
  • Cost: €10
  • Details: A breathtaking dynamic performance taking influence from the duo’s different cultural backgrounds. Street dance / B-Boy inspired by the indigenous abstract movements of Lagos, Nigeria and violin music from a fusion of traditional and classical styles present a conversation on struggle and hope. The Limerick-based artists bring a mesmeric and captivating display of original sights and sounds.
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Comedy Event – Unhinged

  • Location – Galway Fringe Hub @ The Mechanics Institute, Middle Street, Galway
  • Time: 21:00 – 22:00
  • Cost: €10
  • Details: Our global world is unhinged (maybe that’s why people want to go to Mars)! Connor McDonough-Flynn will bring you on a tour of our weirdly wonderful world in his show Unhinged. The motivation behind Connor’s comedy is to circumnavigate the audience’s nerves, aiming to find the spots of laughter that truly speak to people and get them laughing outside of their comfort zone. We’re all “mentally unbalanced” in our own way, the reveal being that we are all connected by the need to reflect and laugh freely.
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Irish Music Event – Traditional Irish Music with Grian

  • Location – The Skeff Late Bar & Kitchen, Eyre Square – Galway
  • Time: 9/07/2018 – 20/07/2018 From 21:00 – 01:00
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Live Traditional Irish Music with Grian followed by a live DJ
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Film Event – Mamma Mia Here we go again Bubbly & Exclusive Viewing

  • Location – The G Hotel & Spa, Galway
  • Time: 19:00 – 22:00
  • Cost: €25
  • Details: Come along for an exclusive viewing of the most anticipated romantic comedy of the year, Mamma Mia Here we go again. Starting with a glamorous drinks reception at the g Hotel followed by a private movie screening at the adjoining Eye Cinema. The ultimate girls night out with proceeds going to Jigsaw Galway
  • For more details: Click here
What's on in Galway This Week from 16th July 2018
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Craft Event – Galway Potters Market

  • Location -Spanish Arch, Galway
  • Time: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Cost: Free – until you buy something beautiful!
  • Details: Galway Potters Market is a unique opportunity to meet and purchase from up to 25 Irish studio potters and ceramic artists. This market is a celebration of studio pottery and ceramics: The work of up to 25 selected makers will be for sale in a market setting at Spanish Arch, a stunning setting by the waters’ edge in the heart of Galway. Selected studio potters and ceramic artists will be displaying and selling their work in a friendly market environment. This is a great opportunity to meet the makers and appreciate a wide variety of quality handmade ceramic work as well as trying your hand at making your own creations in clay.
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Music Event – GASH Collective Boat Party

  • Location – Corrib Princess, Waterside, Woodquay, Galway
  • Time: 18:30–22:45
  • Cost: Not noted
  • Details: On the River: Gash Collective throw their first ever boat party with an all-star cast of local DJs. Galway mainstay and Gash Collective party-thrower Lolz will be joined by Dip Resident Cait whose jacking sets at Open Ear, Electric Picnic and Body&Soul will give you a pretty good indication of her ability to rock a dancefloor. Also on the bill are Dreamcycles ( mentioned earlier above) who’ll be setting the vibe right on the river and Limerick/Berlin/Melbourne DJ Ciara Harrington whose collection of forgotten cosmic italo and house records is sure to go down well in the cosy confines of the corrib princess. GASH are super excited to host our first ever Boat Party on the River Corrib. For this event we are bringing together some of our fave Irish DJs to warm things up before the after-party in Electric Garden & Theatre. Line-Up: (1) Cáit b2b Lolz (2) Dreamcycles (3) Ciara Harrington
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Music Event – Indie Label Showcase: Rusted Rail

  • Location – The Loft, Seven Bridgestreet7 Bridge Street, Galway
  • Time: 21:00 – 23:30
  • Cost: €5 (first 30 people get a free pint of Elevation Pale Ale!)
  • Details: Rusted Rail is a micro-independent record label based in Galway. Founded by Keith Wallace in 2006 it has has almost 40 releases in that time and has gained coverage in print media as varied as The Wire Magazine, Uncut, The Irish Times and The Galway Advertiser, as well as national and international radio-airplay and many music videos. On Friday, July 20th Rusted Rail will bring three of their acts to The Loft for an evening of blissful indie folk featuring Yawning Chasm, Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon and A Lilac Decline.
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Foodie Event – Connemara Oyster Festival

  • Location – Keogh’s Ballyconneely
  • Time: 20 Jul at 13:00 to 22 Jul at 16:00
  • Details: Connemara oyster festival includes family fun, live bands, chef demos. Guaranteed to be a weekend to remember with fun for all the family. Famous chef demo’s, music, drinks, bouncy castle for the children, competitions and let us not forget the #OYSTERS
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Fitness Event – Inaugural Galway City Jogging Tour

  • Location -Galway Jogging Tours, 51 Carrigeen, Knocknacarra, Galway
  • Time: 10:30–12:00
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Join our FIRST and FREE Galway City Jogging Tour. We’ll meet at Crane Square in Galway’s Westend, and then enjoy a scenic and relaxing jog around the city (finding some hidden gems along the way). Natives & blow-ins welcome. Take in the buzz of the Arts Festival in a way you may not have done before.
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Festival Event – A lonely Galway Bastard

  • Location – Galway Fringe Hub at Galway Mechanics Institute, Middle Street, Galway
  • Time: 13:00 – 14:00
  • Cost: €5.95
  • Details: A reading of a new text written by Martin Sharry. A man from Galway accounts for some of the turns in his journey thus far. He tells dark and sweaty tales of dysfunction and desperation. He charts the sexual and violent Galway energy from Supermacs to Salthill. His path grows increasingly isolated as he aims to move towards the light.
  • For more details: Click here

Music Event – Ghostking is Dead

  • Location – Galway Folk Club @ De Burgos, 15-17 Augustine Street, Galway
  • Time: 21:00 – 23:30
  • Cost: €5
  • Details: Solo-project turned ambitious live act ‘Ghostking is Dead‘ is the product of years of artistic growth from the project’s puppeteer Matt Corrigan. Since the beginning of the year, Ghostking is Dead has seen unprecedented growth, as demonstrated by coverage from illustrious Irish journalistic outlets, live sessions, commendations from fellow artists, and their slot as the 2018 ‘It Takes A Village Festival’, hosted by The Good Room.
  • For more details: Click here

Local Shopping Event – Handmade In Galway- Indoor Market

  • Location – HandMade In Galway- Indoor Market., Áras Na NGael, 45 Sráid Doiminic, Galway
  • Time: 12:00–18:00
  • Cost: Free (until you buy some wonderful pieces)
  • Details: We are back on the Saturday 21st of July! During Art festival time! 11 stalls full of goodies from your local artists, designers, crafters! The only handmade ONLY market in town! Message the page if you wish to run your stall!
  • For more details: Click here
What's on in Galway This Week from 16th July 2018
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Fitness Event – 2018 Galway Bay Swim

  • Location – Blackrock Diving Tower, The Prom, Galway
  • Time: 12:00
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: The 2018 swim will take place on Satur,day July 21st. Please come down to Blackrock diving tower, Salthill to welcome the swimmers home from 12 Noon. More details on: http://www.galwaybayswim.com/
  • For more details: Click here

Night-time Event – Lovin Gordon’s Pink Experience

  • Location – The Liquor Lounge Galway, 42-44 Middle Street, Galway
  • Time: 18:30–21:30
  • Cost: €10
  • Details: Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin and Lovin have teamed up to bring a brand new experience to the people of Galway for one night only! From 6.30pm-9.30pm on Friday, July 20, the Liquor Lounge will transform into a shrine to pink gin for the Gordon’s Pink Experience – an unmissable evening for fans of the colourful beverage that has taken over the Irish scene. Entry includes two complimentary Gordon’s Pink cocktails, nibbles from a bespoke menu of delicious food, specially created for the event. We’ve even paired up with the amazing Cupcake Bloke to bring you a special Gordon’s Pink infused creation, exclusively made for the Experience. There’ll be vintage pink sweets adorning every table too, so arrive hungry!
  • For more details: Click here

What's on in Galway This Week from 16th July 2018

Film Event – My Neighbor Totoro – 30th Anniversary Screenings

  • Location – Pálás Galway, 15 Merchant’s Road Lower, Galway
  • Time: See links for details
  • Details: “Trees and people used to be good friends.” A universal classic for all generations, MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO shows Japanese animation’s famous Studio Ghibli at its very best, and is an elegy to two ever-fading miracles: the fairytale world of childhood and the disappearing countryside. Screened in Japanese with English subtitles.
  • For more details: Click here


Fitness Event – Inflatable Colour Run-Galway

  • Location – Mervue Football Club, Mervue, Galway
  • Time: 12:00 to 14:00
  • Cost: Adlt €19.95, Children €9.95
  • Details: The Inflatable Colour Run is about to bounce into Galway this Summer! The very best parts of Inflatable runs and Colour Runs, combined, to make one EPIC day out, suitable for abilities. Arrive dressed in white ( or fancy dress if your really up for fun!) enjoy all the fun, colour and music of the Start Line Party, then walk, run, dance or bounce your way around the route, making your way through the colour stations and of course the Fun Inflatables! Laugh as we celebrate taking part with some music and even more colour at the finish line! In the end, we have a unique 2018 medal for each and every participant to add to their collection! Suitable for guys and girls, adults and children, runners and walkers.. if you love fun, you will enjoy this event!
  • For more details: Click here

Well-being Event – Sound Bath & Meditation in Galway

  • Location – URBAN Wellbeing, Tuam Road, Galway City
  • Time: 19:30 – 20:45
  • Cost: €15. please take a mat, blanket and a pillow for your comfort.
  • Details: Relax deeply with the sounds of singing bowls and gongs. 75min session with group meditation. Just by listening to the sounds your brain can easily move to the Theta state which can awaken more awareness, intuition, assist with changing old beliefs and patterns, let go of that what holds us back and creating balance and harmony in our life. It is an effortless way to enter meditation state and very relaxing too. No previous experience is needed.Just lie down, close your eyes and let the sounds do their magic.
  • For more details: Click here

Music Event – Eoin Dolan + Dylan Murphy in The Black Gate

  • Location – The Black Gate Cultural Centre, 4 Francis Street, Galway
  • Time: 20:00–23:00
  • Cost: €5
  • Details: 2 of Galway’s Most Idiosyncratic Singer-Songwriters play the Black Gate for a Night of Songs and Unfocused Mumbling Between Songs – Eoin Dolan & Dylan Murphy.
  • For more details: Click here

Dublin Events

If you would like to know about events coming up in Dublin, then check out Sarah’s website here for events this week. Be sure to check back to her website each week as she creates a new events post weekly!

North Tipperary / Limerick Events

If you would like to know about events coming up in North Tipperary/Limerick, then check out Lauren’s website here for events this week. Be sure to check back to her website each week as she creates a new events post weekly!

If you are hosting an event and would like to submit for possible feature on our events posts then please email the details to Hello@Floralesque.com with the subject line ‘Upcoming Galway Event’. Thanks!


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