What's on in Galway This Week Floralesque Galway GuideWe 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 Race Week

This is the most exciting week in the year for most in Galway! The Galway Races are an institution in Galway, and most pubs, bars and restaurants will have exciting events on. I am sharing just a few of my top picks below and if you are coming to Galway for the races (or the associated fun and games!) then have a ball!


Racing Event – Prom To Paddock 2018

  • Location – Salthill Hotel, The Promenade Salthill Hotel, Galway
  • Time: 12:00–15:00
  • Cost: €75 include; drinks reception, 4-course lunch with wine, coach transfer, race card and entry to the race course.
  • Details: And they’re off! Kickstart Galway Races and Go from Prom to Paddock with Salthill Hotel. Mandy Maher and Noel Cunningham to lead the fashion charges to Ballybrit. Fashionista’s at the ready as the Galway Races Kickstarter event at Salthill Hotel, Prom to Paddock returns on Monday, 30th July. The Style & Dine Luncheon in aid of Enable Ireland makes a welcome return to the Galway social calendar for 2018. Glamour meets goodwill as all monies raised from the event will go towards the work of Enable Ireland, a non-profit organisation that provides free support services to children with physical disabilities and developmental difficulties in Galway city and county. The afternoon begins at 12 noon with a Pink Gin & Prosecco reception, then guests will be treated to a four-course meal. During lunch, a fashion showcase will take place with the most exclusive looks and must-have pieces for the races and summer season, and nine of Irelands leading milliners will exhibit some head-turning pieces, all compared by one of Irelands most stylish women and Catwalk Modelling Agency MD Mandy Maher and TV3 showbiz correspondent Noel Cunningham. Don the glad rags and dress to impress with prizes for Best Dressed Lady and Most Stylish Gentleman sponsored by Hartmanns of Galway!
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Racing Event – Off to the Races!

  • Location – Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Old Galway Road, Loughrea
  • Time: 30 Jul at 09:00 to 5 Aug at 12:00
  • Cost: €45 per Adult per day
  • Details: Bus & Evening Meal Package Return. Inclusive of a bubbly reception before racing, luxury coach transfer to and from Ballybrit Race Course, a sumptuous four-course evening meal in The Abbey Restaurant. Tickets must be purchased in advance from hotel reception. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Call 091 880088 to book your tickets. After the races enjoy a tasty cocktail in our Rooftop Garden and Sky Lounge weather permitting!. Let us entertain you with live music performances every night of race week in our Lir Bar.
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Film Event – Wild Atlantic Films: Man of Aran

  • Location – Pálás, 15 Merchants Rd Lower, Galway
  • Time: 12:00
  • Cost: €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.
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Bingo Event – The Bingo with Steve Bennett

  • Location – Roisin Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €5
  • Details: Join Steve and friends for a madcap comedy game show with great prizes, mystery boxes and bloody good craic! From musical bingo to crazy mini games to ‘normal bingo’ that’ll frustrate the hell out of your gran, this is a great night of silly good fun. If you like laughing and winning prizes then this is the show for you.
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Sailing Event – WOW Introduction to Dinghy Sailing Course

  • Location – Galway Bay Sailing Club, Renville, Oranmore, Co. Galway
  • Time: 18:30
  • Cost: Cost: €150 – Members or €175 – Non- Members.
  • Details: This is a great opportunity to sail on Galway Bay, having being inspired by the wonderful maritime event that is SeaFest. The course promises to be great fun.
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Charity Event – Racing for Rosabel

  • Location – The Skeff Late Bar & Kitchen, 27 Eyre Square, Galway
  • Time: 12:30–15:00
  • Cost: €38.41
  • Details: An Afternoon of Racing & Style Tips in aid of Rosabel’s Rooms brought to you by The Skeff Late Bar & Money Maximising Advisors. A pre-race event on Tuesday 31st July in The Skeff, Eyre Square. Enjoy a drinks reception, delicious canapés, live music, racing tips from our pundits and style tips from our style experts. Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gent & Best Headpiece to be awarded at the event. PLUS Free transfer to the races after the event – kindly sponsored by Bus Eireann. Featuring: Leon Blanche, Caroline Downey, Robbie Power, Leigh Roche, Paul Conroy, Michael Meehan, Gillian Duggan, Louise Allen & Stuart Select Style.
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Racing Event – First Furlong at The Ardilaun Hotel

  • Location – The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill, Galway
  • Time: 12:00–22:00
  • Cost: €80
  • Details: Tá Rásaí na Gaillimhe beagnach linn!  Sparkling Valdo Pink Prosecco Reception on Arrival with live music by Guinness Jazz Band. * Four Course Lunch with Wine * Millinery Showcase Featuring Some of Galway’s most popular milliners including Suzie Mahony Designs, Caithriona King Millinery, Designs by Shimmer and Majella Dalton from Crevation Designs. Mandy Maher of Catwalk Modelling Agency will MC the Millinery & Fashion Showcase *Post Lunch entertainment *Super raffle with fabulous table prizes including weekend away with Select Hotels of Ireland of which The Ardilaun Hotel is a member * First Past the Post “Raciest Lady” & “Bookies Favourite Gent” sponsored by Anthony Ryans *MC for the Day Joanne Murphy of Tri Talking Sport * Complimentary Transfer to the Race Course and entry to Galway Races. Proceeds in aid of Breast Cancer Research.
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Racing Event – Lunch & Racing at The Galmont Hotel & Spa

  • Location – The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Lough Atalia Road, Galway
  • Time: 31 Jul at 13:00 to 1 Aug at 23:30
  • Cost: €55
  • Details: If you’re heading to the Races, make an afternoon of it with our all-inclusive lunch and racing packages. Start the day at 1 pm with a 2-course lunch in Marinas Grill, including a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Afterwards, we’ll take you to the race track for all the action, with tickets for entry to the track included as well as transfers back to the hotel afterwards at 9.30pm for our line-up of live entertainment, including Maurice the Piano Man and House DJ.
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Art Event – Galway Art Fair

  • Location –  Galway City Gallery, 15 New Dock Street, Galway
  • Time: 1 Aug at 11:00 to 5 Aug at 18:00
  • Cost: €1
  • Details: We are delighted to present the third edition of the Galway Art Fair which will showcase the work of over 20 Artists from Galway and beyond. There are prices to suit every pocket, first-time buyers and avid collectors alike.
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Racing Event – Tipster Lunch at the g

  • Location – The g Hotel Galway, Old Dublin Road, Galway
  • Time: 13:30–15:30
  • Cost: €60 per person and includes Prosecco on arrival, 2 Course Lunch, Expert Tips, Return Transfers & Ticket to the Races.
  • Details: Enjoy the ultimate race day experience at Ireland’s largest horse racing Summer Festival by booking one of our Galway Races hospitality packages. Start your day at the Races with a Bubbly Tipster Lunch at the g Hotel & Spa hosted by Irish Racing star Davy Russell – winner of the 2017 Galway Plate and the 2018 Grand National at Aintree. Enjoy delicious food, excellent service and fantastic value. Our annual tipster event is very popular with both locals and visiting racegoers. It has the added bonus of a return transfer to Ballybrit and admission ticket to the races.
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  • Location – The Black Box, Dyke Rd, Terryland, Galway
  • Time: 20:30
  • Cost: €30 / €25
  • Details: Mise Eire The Show takes the audience on a journey through Ireland’s rich past. Visiting fascinating characters such as Grace O’Malley, The Pirate Queen of Connacht and Cu Chulainn the Irish Warrior, this production boasts stunning examples of Irish traditional music, song and dance. Visit the famous fishing village of The Claddagh and hear the story of the Claddagh ring. Stand on the steps of the GPO during the 1916 Easter Rising and come aboard a ship during the 1800’s when Irish People left Ireland in the search of a better life in America. I did a full review of this show which you can read here.
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Charity Event – Bubbles and Brunch

  • Location – The Connaught Hotel, Old Dublin Rd, Galway
  • Time: 12:30–21:30
  • Cost: €60
  • Details: Join us for ‘Bubbles & Brunch at the Races’, a Charity Event to raise funds for ACT for Meningitis.
    Enjoy a glass of Bubbly, an elegant afternoon with a mouth-watering Brunch Menu, Live Entertainment and Transfers to the Galway Races whilst supporting a great cause – ACT for Meningitis.
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Sports Event – SportsJOE Live from Halo, Galway

  • Location – Halo, 36 Abbeygate Street Upper, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: We’re back again for a second year at the Galway Races. Bringing you SportsJOE Live to HALO Nightclub in Galway on Wednesday, August 1st, and you could be part of the audience on the night. Racing Post’s Thom Malone will host the show, and will be joined by ex- Connacht captain John Muldoon, retired jockey Katie Walsh and jockey turned trainer Joseph O’Brien.
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Fashionable Racing Event – Ladies Day

  • Location – Ballybrit Race-course,  Ballybrit, Galway
  • Time: Gates open 11:00 am
  • Cost: Adults €30
  • Details: Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Festival, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar. The first of eight races take place at 1:40 pm with the feature race the ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap’ with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer. Last year the two-mile race was won by the Willie Mullins trained Clondaw Warrior with Ruby Walsh on board. All 8 races on the card are sponsored by Guinness. ‘Ladies Day’ has always been the most visually sumptuous of our Festival events with the opportunity to socialise and show off your style. You could be awarded the ultimate accolade of being voted a winner in the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Competition and Best Hat Competition!
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Racing Event – Ladies Day @ The Boat Inn

  • Location – The Boat Inn, Main Street, Oughterard, Galway
  • Time: 13:00
  • Cost: €25
  • Details: Ok ladies dust of your guna, and grab your fascinator Ladies Day is on the way, This year’s ladies day begins @1pm with champagne and canapes reception, with hot buffet later, fabulous prizes on the day with of course Best Dressed Lady, Best Hat, and of course most Glamorous Granny, and many more, also raffle, music and DJ till late. All proceeds raised will be donated to Jigsaw youth mental health awareness organisation and O.R.F.C new grounds development.
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Halo Event – Ladies Day

  • Location – Halo Nightclub Galway, 36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway
  • Time: 23:00
  • Cost: €0 – €10
  • Details: Halo & Her.ie go style spotting at the Galway Races this Ladies Day & will be inviting stylish ladies to our Best Dressed Competition in Halo after the races. Louise Cooney (Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blogger) will be joined by the super stylish and sassy Snapchat star James Kavanagh as our guest judges this year. Louise and James pick 10 finalists each from the best style at the course and announce their winner that night in Halo. Following on from their massive Halo debut – Riff Shop, the live DJ, Sax and Percussion trio will have you on the dancefloor celebrating Ladies Day in style.
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Music Event – Christophe Guida, organ

  • Location – Galway Cathedral Recitals, Gaol Road, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €15
  • Details:  French organist Christophe Guida has a particular interest in fusion between the organ and genres such as electro-acoustic music, jazz and pop. His programme for Galway focuses on music by and about J. S> Bach, including Krebs’ fugue on the notes B-A-C-H.
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Fashion Event – Most Stylish Evening

  • Location – Hotel Meyrick Galway, Eyre Square, Galway
  • Time: 20:30–23:00
  • Cost: Not noted
  • Details: Hotel Meyrick will host our hotly anticipated Most Stylist Lady & Gent Evening on Ladies Day of Galway Race Week, Thursday 3rd August from 7pm sponsored by Fallers of Galway, Galway’s renowned jewellers. Stylish fashionistas from near and far gather in the undeniable place to be and seen during the most exciting week of Galway’s summer months. Guest Judge Lorraine Keane, who has been shortlisted many times for the Peter Mark Most Stylish lady in Ireland Awards along with many other accolades, will choose a winning lady, runner-up and winning gent along with fellow fashion experts Mandy Maher owner of Catwalk Modelling Agency and top Irish Model Mary Lee. Hotel Meyrick’s ‘Most Stylish Evening’ has an overall prize value of €2,500 with beautiful jewellery worth €1500 from Fallers of Galway for the Winning Lady and €500 for the runner-up. This year Hotel Meyrick is launching their Most Stylish Gent, with men from all over Ireland attending the races for the fashion as well as the racing, may win themselves an exclusive designer watch from Fallers of Galway.
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Music Event – Jack L

  • Location – Roisin Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €25 (€22.50 members)
  • Details: Hailing from Athy, Co.Kildare, Jack Lukeman is one of Ireland’s top artists. His energetic live shows compare to early Springsteen meets Tom Jones in terms of the blood, sweat and tears of performance. Coupled with his broody earthy sexiness (Voted the sexiest man under-25 in In Dublin for two years running) it is no surprise that his shows sell-out weeks in advance. His voice as one critic remarked, “is a mixture of all the great male singing voices of the 20th century”. It has earned Jack glowing reviews and resulted in IRMA and Hot Press nominations.
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Music Event – The Family Stone

  • Location – Roisin Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway
  • Time: 20:00
  • Cost: €20 (€18 members)
  • Details: Sly & The Family Stone harnessed all of the disparate musical and social trends of the late ’60s, creating a wild, brilliant fusion of soul, rock, R&B, psychedelia, and funk that broke boundaries down without a second thought. Led by Sly Stone, the Family Stone was comprised of men and women, and blacks and whites, making the band the first fully integrated group in rock’s history. That integration shone through the music, as well as the group’s message. Before Stone, very few soul and R&B groups delved into political and social commentary; after him, it became a tradition in soul, funk, and hip-hop. And, along with James Brown, Stone brought hard funk into the mainstream. The Family Stone’s arrangements were ingenious, filled with unexpected group vocals, syncopated rhythms, punchy horns, and pop melodies. Their music was joyous, but as the ’60s ended, so did the good times. Stone became disillusioned with the ideals he had been preaching in his music, becoming addicted to a variety of drugs in the process. His music gradually grew slower and darker, culminating in 1971’s There’s a Riot Going On, which set the pace for ’70s funk with its elastic bass, slurred vocals, and militant Black Power stance. Stone was able to turn out one more modern funk classic, 1973’s Fresh, before slowly succumbing to his addictions, which gradually sapped him of his once prodigious talents. Nevertheless, his music continued to provide the basic template for urban soul, funk, and even hip-hop well into the ’90s.
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Sports Event – Galway vs Monaghan (Super 8)

  • Location – Pearse Stadium, Rockbarton Road, Salthill, Galway
  • Time: 18:00–21:00
  • Details: Super 8’s – Round 3
  • For more details: Click here


Fitness Event – Loughrea Triathlon Festival

  • Location – Loughrea Triathlon, Longpoint, Loughrea, Galway
  • Time: 10:00–15:00
  • Cost: Varying
  • Details: This year’s Loughrea Triathlon Festival (LTF) will take place on Sunday 5 August. Once again Predator Triathlon Club will host a key leg of the BMW Triathlon National Series, where racers battle it out for ranking points and the Barilla Youth National Triathlon Festival, where youth gets its opportunity to shine. Also making a welcome return is the Tri-a-Tri Sprint.
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Music Event – Back2Front

  • Location – The Skeff Late Bar & Kitchen, 27 Eyre Square, Galway
  • Time: 22:00–00:30
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Back2Front Band are a Two-Piece Acoustic Covers Band with a variation of everything from the classic tunes to modern day hits. With our own little twist, they really do get the place jumping
  • 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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