Festivals and events – Féilte agus imeachtaí
Galway city is a vibrant hub of activity with a host of festivals and events to suit all tastes and ages taking place in the city right throughout the year. It is known as the City of the Tribes and really is a true capital of festivals. It is the first bilingual city in Ireland, and being situated along magical Wild Atlantic Way, it is home to thousands of tourists annually who are attracted to the city because of its multicultural atmosphere and popular festivals. With food festivals, racing festivals and arts festivals to name but a few, there certainly is something to suit every taste. Not forgetting that Galway has been selected as the Region of Gastronomy 2018 and the European Capital of Culture for 2020.
The first few months of the year are consumed by festivals such as the annual St. Patricks day festival in March followed by the famous Galway Food Festival in April preceded by other festivals in May such as Connemara Mussel Festival, Connacht Sheep Shearing Festival, Galway Traditional Boat Festival and Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering.
Galway Sessions in mid-June is the first of many Summer Festivals in Galway. The month of June comes to a close with Ireland’s National Maritime Festival, Seafest. The Galway Film Fleadh precedes two of the largest events of the year – the Galway International Arts Festival and the Galway Races in July and early August.
Kick off the Autumn with the Galway International Oyster Festival and for racing enthusiasts the Galway Races October meeting also takes place. Looking for something for all of the family, then the Baboró International Arts Festival for children is one of the highlights of October. For comedy lovers, the annual Vodafone Comedy Carnival also takes place in October in various locations around the city.
Many other festivals take place throughout the season including the Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Spirit of Voice Festival and Galway Science and Technology Festival.
Even in the Winter months there is plenty to do in Galway city including the wonderful Christmas Market held in Eyre Square, 5km from Clayton Hotel Galway. Feeling like a dip on Christmas morning, join the hundreds of people who jump off Blackrock in Salthill, raising money for COPE Galway from 10am to 12noon.
Rolling into the New Year and back in its 14th year the Galway Astronomy Festival takes place along with other festivals like the Subtitle Film Festival at the Town Hall Theatre Galway.
If you are a rally enthusiast then the Galway International rally takes place on the weekend in February, this year for its 40th year.
Ted Fest returns again for its celebration of the life of comedian Dermot Morgan and his 1990’s cult TV sitcom Father Ted.
Galway certainly is a festival lover’s dream come true. Why not soak up this magical atmosphere and enjoy a luxury stay at Clayton Hotel Galway. For details of the amazing Galway accommodation packages available at Clayton Hotel Galway click here.