What's on in Galway This Week from 23rd July 2018

We 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!


One of the highlights of the Galway Arts Calendar each year is the Galway Arts Festival 2018 and it is still 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!


The Galway Fringe Festival is one of Ireland’s most exciting events when it comes to multidisciplinary Arts Festivals based in Galway City. You can expect an international roster of talented artists exercising their talents of visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, cabaret and exciting street spectacles to varying degrees of quality. Of course, it just wouldn’t be Galway Fringe without some homegrown talent added into the mix! The Galway Fringe Festival gives these artists a platform to present their talents to the world! So make sure to check out our event page, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. 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!


Comedy Event – Men At Play

  • Location – Columban Hall, Sea Road, Galway
  • Time: 23 Jul at 20:00 to 25 Jul at 20:00
  • Cost: €14
  • Details: “Congratulations, it’s a fine healthy boy” declares an off-stage voice, compelling and coercing our characters, Fergus and Fionn, into performing an assigned gender. Follow this amiable duo – a gay man with an alter ego and a straight man with issues – through various stages in life, from childhood to fatherhood, as they react to and perform the male identities assigned to them which don’t always reflect who they are. But who are they anyhow – two men struggling with identity, two actors struggling to put on a play or something in between? Via a medley of song, movement, dance and depictions of real-life dramas, both hilarious and harrowing, Men At Play explores the performativity of male identity, through performance. Written and directed by Brian Burns and featuring actors Kieran McBride and Ruairi Leneghan, the play runs as part of the Galway Fringe Festival 2018.
  • For more details: Click here

Music Event – Orfeo Ed Euridice

  • Location – Town Hall Theater, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway
  • Time:  23 Jul at 20:00 to 29 Jul at 20:00
  • Cost: €40 / €30
  • Details: Following on from the massive success of The Second Violinist at last year’s festival, Galway International Arts Festival is delighted to present Irish National Opera’s major new production of Orfeo ed Euridice, which will premiere at GIAF 2018. Christoph Willibald Von Gluck’s influential opera Orfeo ed Euridice is based on the myth of Orpheus, who is granted permission to travel to the underworld to rescue his wife Euridice on the condition that he does not look at her until they are back on earthThis new large-scale production features a revolutionary new mix of words, singing and dancing and will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. It is directed by renowned choreographer and director Emma Martin and features the acclaimed Irish mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty, the sopranos Sarah Power and Emma Nash; the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and the Irish National Opera Chorus, with conductor Peter Whelan.
  • For more details: Click here

Film Event – Wild Atlantic Films: Man of Aran

  • Location – Pálás, 5 Merchants Rd Lower, Galway
  • Time: 12:00
  • Cost: Adult €9.50
  • Details: In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland’s unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail.
  • For more details: Click here

Music Event – Aidan Moffat [Arab Strap] and RM Hubbert

  • Location – Roisin Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway
  • Time:  20:00
  • Cost: €15 (€12.50 members)
  • Details: Scottish indie–folk power duo Aidan Moffat [Arab Strap] and RM Hubbert perform tracks off their new album Here Lies The Body. “The album title has a dual meaning – sex and death.” These are common themes from Aidan Moffat; since his early days with Arab Strap, he has explored these subjects with a grace and grit that plunges deep into the human soul. But this is no re-hash of the past, rather a further leap forward. Equally multidimensional is the music contained within, weaving beautiful, spidery guitar work, haunting piano lines, lush strings, delicate percussion, fizzing 808 beats, synth pop, samba, and moments of jazz, while Moffat’s rich voice carries the narrative in rich grumbles, hushed whispers, and revealing spoken word. The album begins with first single Cockcrow and a chance encounter of two old flames as they enjoy hen and stag parties in Blackpool – the album follows their story as it moves forward (and backwards) with wit and wisdom, exploring themes of love, family, fortune telling, deceit, death, Schrodinger’s cat, the multiverse … and marshmallows.
  • For more details: Click here


Chinese Traditional Music Event – China National Traditional Orchestra

  • Location – The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Lough Atalia, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €22-€25
  • Details:  China National Traditional Orchestra, the world’s most celebrated and influential Chinese music ensemble, makes its Irish debut to showcase heritage works in a modern light. This 90–piece orchestra mesmerizes with traditional Chinese instrumentation, beauty and artistry. In recent years, the orchestra has pushed its boundaries with its extensive repertoire of new and traditional works, surprising audiences by inviting them into a realm of a vibrant and re-imagined Chinese music experience.
  • For more details: Click here

Art Event – Stamped: Letters from Rijeka

  • Location – Galway City Gallery, 15 New Dock Street, Galway,
  • Time: Daily, 15 Jul – 28 Jul
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Rijeka – Galway’s Capital of Culture sister – is an industrial city in the western part of Croatia that many have not yet heard of. But you must have heard of Carpathia, a ship that came to Titanic’s rescue? 76 Croats were on it at the time due to Carpathia sailing towards Rijeka when the ship received the distress call. Rijeka also carries a turbulent history being a part of six different countries in just the last 100 years. Rijeka – otherwise known as the biggest Croatian port, as well as Yugoslavian at the time but also Trieste’s counterpart during the Austro-Hungarian rule – is in many ways very much similar to Galway. And at the same time, not at all. Both cities are known for strong winds and gutsy people. And we must never forget about the people.
    Galway City Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Visual Art on postcards sent to us by various artists situated in Rijeka. However, this is not a one-way street, as, at the same time, a similar exhibition will be held in Rijeka. Just north of Rijeka’s main pedestrian street – much similar to Shop Street – and right next to the Archaeological Park, there is a charming café named Cukarikafe, known between locals by just Cukar (Sugar). The pastel tones and artwork on the walls signed by painter Vanja Tataj give it a romantic and recognizable look in a shabby chic style. Apart from the classic coffee, this charming place offers a wide selection of crafted beers, teas, fresh juices… But what makes Cukarikafe so special is a large variety of events, so it is not unusual to come across an exhibition, a handicraft fair, a concert or a French-themed evening. This summer, in co-operation with Galway Fringe Festival and Galway City Gallery, Cukarikafe will be presenting Visual Artwork by Galway based artists.
  • For more details: Click here

Fitness Event – Fast-Track to #FEELGOOD Workshop

  • Location – Inspire Fitness, Tower House Tuam Rd, Galway
  • Time:  19:30
  • Cost: €25
  • Details: Over 3 hours, I’ll share my life-changing strategies, so you can finally… Take control of your weight, health and life. (and leave confident you’ll never yo-yo, go round in circles or rely on silly fads, ever again!). Why come to my Fast-Track to #FEELGOOD workshop? Get crystal clear on exercise & nutrition… finally! The fitness industry wants you to think of keeping in shape is hard – that way, they get to sell you more shakes, more gadgets, and more magazines. They don’t want you to know just how super simple it can be… once you know The Right Way! Discover the ‘Little known big differences’ Are you constantly dieting? Do you always feel really stuck for time? Do you start fresh every Monday, and then vow to start again with the same old strategy? There’s this little thing called the 25 minute morning. Hardly anybody is talking about it. But when you learn and use it, you’ll see a huge difference in your energy levels and how you can lose weight, fast. Tear down the mental roadblocks that limit your success.
  • For more details: Click here

Music Event – Lyanne at The Secret Garden Galway

  • Location – The Secret Garden Galway, 4 William Street West, Galway
  • Time: 19:30 – 22:00
  • Cost: Not Noted
  • Details: LYANNE is a mesmerising female duo capable of drawing in an audience with their soulful songs and beautiful soundscapes. It’s the combination of Lucy’s brilliant, powerful and multifaceted voice backed up by Ann Kristin’s delicately composed piano work which never fails to tell a story. The stories are taken from autobiographical experiences concerning love, youth and dreams: poetically coming to terms with the darker sides of the questions they propose. Inspired by classical film scores and modern-day Dream Pop they are on their way to creating a very unique sound. They have been playing larger German cities such as Berlin, Cologne and Hannover over the past year and were able to reach an audience across the border after performing on the Youtube-Platform SofarSounds. Their first international live debut will be in Ireland this summer. LYANNE are lead vocalist Lucy Schröder and Pianist Ann Kristin Rettig, who met as studied musicians in 2016 and are currently working on their very first EP to be released by the end of 2018.
  • For more details: Click here


Cultural Event – Miracoco Luminarium

  • Location – Eyre Square, Galway
  • Time: This is on under the 28th July from 11:00 – 20:00
  • Cost: €5
  • Details: A luminarium is a sculpture people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour. From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air, designed by Alan Parkinson, have astounded audiences across the globe. The luminarium offers a dazzling maze of winding paths, soaring domes and scintillating light, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages. Visitors are transported and immersed in an amazing world for a unique sensory experience. Enter and be amazed.
  • For more details: Click here

Foodie Event – 

  • Location – Galway Arts Centre, Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway
  • Time: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Cost: Not Noted
  • Details: Lingering on the fringes of Ireland’s blossoming gastronomic renaissance, with an irreverent disregard for current fashions and culinary trends, The Domestic Godless research and explore the darkest corners of the world’s culinary cultures employing food as material for artistic experimentation and invention, creating recipes and installations that teeter on the edge of feasibility and believability. Their mission is to examine the potential of food for creative expression, exploring its taste, its presentation, its history and its cultural values. Through recipes, installations and public presentations they exploit food as a concept and a medium through which to convey humour, empathy and other qualities that distinguish art from pure craft. Preparations from a specially constructed custom-built kitchen will include taster-samples such as; the 14-allergen layer cake, a guide to post-industrial foraging and aperitifs designed to combat predatory sexual behaviour in intoxicated males. Performances include slideshows, menus, sculptures and a number of talks from guest speakers such as performer David Peare and forager Conor O’Kane.
  • For more details: Click here

Music Event – The Wedding Present

  • Location – Monroe’s Galway, 14 Dominick Street, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €30
  • Details: The Wedding Present will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first singles collection, Tommy at this year’s GIAF in Monroe’s. Tommy is a compilation which gathers the band’s first four singles and accompanying b-sides and adds selected tracks from two early BBC Radio 1 sessions. It was released, in July 1988, on The Wedding Present’s own record label, Reception Records. ‘Tommy’ provides an overview of The Wedding Present’s frenetic output before the debut album ‘George Best’.
  • For more details: Click here

Theather Event – Knowing Nathan

  • Location – Busker Brownes Bar & Kirby’s Restaurant, Cross Street Upper, Galway
  • Time: Wednesday @ 18:00 & Thursday @ 18:00
  • Cost: €12
  • Details: Danny’s still trying to find the perfect spot for his poster of the ‘99 Treble-winning football team. April’s struggling to get through her last semester of college. They bonded over a bad night out in ‘The Wicked Chicken’. But then heartbreak took them to very different places and now they can’t find their way back to how it was before.‘Knowing Nathan’ is a new play by Tony Doyle and Laura O’Shea. The take sake their audience on a one-hour journey with a young couple as they navigate their way through life, love and an unexpected pregnancy.
  • For more details: Click here


Live Music Event – The Flaming Lips

  • Location – Heineken Big Top, Fisheries Field, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €49.50
  • Details: Three-time Grammy Award winners and one of Q magazine’s ‘50 Bands to See Before You Die’ The Flaming Lips have carved out a reputation as one of the world’s most original bands. Dazzling on record and unforgettable on stage, The Flaming Lips have a massive back catalogue of critically-acclaimed albums, including 1992’s Hit to Death in the Future Head; 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, 1995’s Clouds Taste Metallic; 1997’s experimental Zaireeka; their 1999 breakthrough The Soft Bulletin; 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots; 2009’s Embryonic; 2012’s The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, featuring collaborations with artists such as Kesha, Nick Cave, and Erykah Badu; and The Terror in 2013, a contemplation on a world without love. Support from Le Galaxie.
  • For more details: Click here

Branding Event – How to style your brand?

  • Location – Galway Designers Studio House, 14/15 Cornstore, Augustine Street, Galway
  • Time: 16:30 – 19:30
  • Cost: €30
  • Details: In this quick workshop, Kaisa, our in-house graphic designer, will give you an introductory course to Brand Styling and all the important elements one should think through when starting a brand to get you started with your own brand. Be it then jewellery, blogging, fashion, personal, consultancy or tech related field you’re thinking of entering or something completely out of this world. No previous experience required. Here’s a list of topics that will be covered:
    – Branding 101: What makes for a good brand?
    – Exercises to help find the right visual and typographic style for your brand
    – Ideas on how to get started on naming your brand
    – Logo design process (DIY vs using graphic designer services)
    – Print vs Web and how to navigate that world
    – Resources for online/offline marketing & research
    – Extensive knowledgebase to continue working on your branding after the workshop is over as well

Music Event – Thomas Gaynor, organ

  • Location – Galway Cathedral Recitals, Gaol Road, Galway
  • Time: 20:00–21:30
  • Cost: €15
  • Details: This hugely talented young New Zealand organist will play a captivating programme of works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Pachelbel, Saint-Saëns and Widor. Full details here.
  • For more details: Click here

Music Jazz Event – New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

  • Location – Roisin Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €20 (€18 members)
  • Details: This is a resolutely New Orleans style from the beginnings of jazz. You’ve found the hottest band to do the earliest jazz in years. The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys are an extremely versatile group of young musicians who play traditional jass, blues, vaudeville, original music, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles. They started in the authentic, New Orleans, grassroots music scene, playing local festivals and second lines, and transitioned into world-class music programs, festivals, and events, playing in concerts all over the globe. Their sound is enormously accessible with their frontman, the Louis Armstrong-sounding, soulful and sweet James Williams. The Swamp Donkeys can play large and small venues, intimate crowds and boisterous audiences just the same.
  • For more details: Click here


Theatre Event – The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

  • Location – Town Hall Theatre, Galway
  • Time: 23rd – 29th July @ 19:00
  • Cost: €29.50 / €25 / €22
  • Details: Actors, musicians and audience share a unique theatre experience in a transformed performance space in the Black Box Theatre with everyone sitting in a circle of burnt earth beneath a vast canvas of Australian sky. The Whalley family are getting ready for a day at the dump, while next door the Hogbens prepare to bury the outrageous Daise Morrow, a free spirit whose youthful romantic exploits scandalised the staid residents of her tiny Australian town. A gorgeous, sensory evocation of Patrick White’s Australia, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is brutally funny, profounding its understanding of human nature, the complications of compassion and the majesty of love. This rich theatrical adaptation keeps all the wit, scathing insight and wonderful humour of the book and transforms it into something new. Accompanied with haunting live music performed by the sublime Zephyr Quartet.
  • For more details: Click here


Yoga Event –  Cregg Castle Yoga Day Retreat

  • Location – Cregg Castle, Galway
  • Time:  10:30–16:00
  • Cost: €50
  • Details: Delighted to introduce you to Cregg Castle Yoga, this July 28th we are holding a taster yoga retreat day at the magical Cregg Castle, Corrandulla. This taster day will include morning meditation & chanting, a 90 minute energising flow morning class, a simple organic vegan lunch, followed by a woodland walk and talk on the philosophy of yoga before we go into a 90 minute afternoon back bending workshop. With tea and an open discussion to finish. Suitable for all levels, modifications will be taught for beginners. Cregg Castle Yoga is hosted by Marese Cregg, with 20 years experience in yoga practice, 10 years as a teacher, including the training of teachers at the renowned Green Lotus Teaching School. Chanting will be led by Áine Ni Fhaoláin, founder of Yoga Roots Ireland.
  • For more details: Click here

Sports Event – Spiketour 2018

  • Location – Salthill, Galway
  • Time: 13:00 – 17:00
  • Cost: Not Noted
  • Details: Our first travelling tournament held on Salthill Beach, Galway to celebrate the International Arts Festival. Huge prizes to be won and a lot of drinking to be done. Come down with us. Spike on!
  • For more details: Click here

Music Event – Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush

  • Location – Monroe’s Live, 14 Upper Dominick Street, Galway
  • Time: 20:30
  • Cost: €15
  • Details: As a young girl Kate Bush was shown middle C on the piano by her father and left to develop her musical imagination. She went on to write some of the most affecting songs in popular music. This Woman’s Work, Wuthering Heights and The Man with the Child in His Eyes are well known examples but her 40 year career resounds with piano-based songs that dazzle with their complexity and lyrical invention. Cloudbusting’s acoustic offshoot THE KATE BUSH SONG BOOK explores the genius of Kate, her imagination and her piano. It features Mandy Watson’s vocals, Michael Mayell’s keyboards and for the purposes of this very special tour, a unique chance to hear Kate’s original bass player and studio engineer DEL PALMER contributing the magical bass lines that so characterise her music.
  • For more details: Click here


Charity Event – Croagh Patrick Climb 2018 In Aid Of Pieta House

  • Location – Whiskey Joe’s, 12 Main Street, Loughrea, Galway
  • Time:  09:30–17:30
  • Cost: Each person going will get a Sponsorship card with a target of raising €50. We are aiming to go a lot bigger this year and it will be great to get on you on board in our quest of raising funds for Pieta House.
  • Details: After the success of last year’s fundraiser for Pieta House. We have decided to do it all again this year! We are hoping to fill a 52 seater bus this time around with a Band and BBQ awaiting us when we arrive back to Loughrea 😁
  • For more details: Click here

Pet Event – Petworld Terryland Furry 5k Annual Sponsored Dog Walk

  • Location – Petworld Ireland (Terryland), Headford Road, Terryland, Galway
  • Time: 10:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: €15 – €30
  • Details: Petworld is delighted to announce that their annual Furry 5K Walk is taking place at 10am on Sunday 29th July in eight locations across Ireland. The Furry 5K is a 5km sponsored walk with all proceeds going to Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI). This amazing charity provides highly trained assistance dogs for children with autism and their families. 100% of the funds raised go to Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI). Walkers will get a chance to meet representatives from AADI to see how the money they have raised will be spent. This year promises to be really enjoyable with a fun and friendly atmosphere guaranteed. It gives animal lovers (and their dogs) from all over the country the chance to come together and support a really great cause. After the walk, there will be refreshments at Petworld for both the two and four-legged participants.
  • For more details: Click here

Foodie Event – Biteclub Disco Brunch

  • Location – Biteclub – Streetfood Discotheque, 36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway
  • Time: 15:00 – 17:00
  • Cost: €15 (+ booking fee) which includes two-course brunch and an Aperol Spritz xo.
  • Details: Disco Brunch July 29th – Brunch and Dancing Rooftop Party ♥ Ok, so by now you have heard about our blend of disco vibes from DJ Anthony Collins and heavenly brunch accompanied by delicious cocktails on Sundays in our Rooftop. Now experience it for yourself. So come to say hi, eat, drink and dance with us on the 29th. ♥
  • 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!

A slight side note, I have gotten some DM’s on why I am not featuring some of the larger events on in Galway – if something is 100% sold out, I am not going to feature the event on these posts as I want people to find something fun to do last minute for the week ahead! There are many amazing events on each week which sell out months in advance, for example, I am going to see Jenny Greene & the RTÉ Concert Orchestra this Sunday night coming – but since it is sold out why would I feature it as it would not be easy to go last minute.

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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