Galway has become the first Irish UNESCO city of film and one of only five in the world to hold the title.
Sixty-three cities worldwide had been shortlisted for the designation, which has been described as a “highly significant international recognition of Galway’s creative achievements and potential in the world of film”. That means that Galway will now be able to take part in Unesco’s Creative Cities Network and it’s also a great news for the reputation of the city.
Note that more than 600 people work in the film and television industry in Galway, and this sector is valued at €72 million. A great reward for this sector in Galway!
Next Step for Galway? Campaign to become European Capital of Culture in 2020!
An Australian company called Phenix which is dedicated to jewellery Insurance claims will create 30 new jobs in the wonderful city of Galway.
Phenix is the only Tier 1 specialist Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Company in Australia, specifically established to service the needs of the insurance industry and their claimants.
A lot of decisions were possible for the new European Headquarter, but Ireland and Galway were chosen due to the available workforce and its access to the wider European Market. Leanne Kemps, Director of International and Strategy of Phenix, said “We considered a number of countries, Canada being one, to base our International HQ from. Ireland, not only presented itself with a depth of workforce talent, gateway access to Europe, but importantly has an extremely high standard of jewellery being hallmarked and produced local”
Positions in the company will be high-skilled jobs and will concern departments such as the Finance and Administration sectors.
Interested in finding a job in Finance or Administration, take a look to the city of Galway?
PFH to create 25 new jobs in the city
PFH, an Irish company which is dedicated to information and communications technology services, has announced this week during the official opening of the company’s new offices in Galway that they will create 25 new jobs in the city.
Thanks to its 200 employees, PFH provides services also internationally and can be proud to have 7 government departments as a client. That’s why the company need to expand both its workforce and its office space. The new jobs will include skilled positions such as sales and marketing, cloud services, and technical/consultancy roles.
“The 25 new jobs at PFH further strengthen the company’s operations in Galway and is a demonstration of its commitment to the west (of Ireland). The jobs are another example of our vibrant tech sector and it’s a great boost for the region,” said Paul Hourican, CEO of PFH Group.
Galway could be the perfect city for you to find a job!
From November 21st to December 22nd the annual Galway Christmas Market will take place. Christmas is coming, and its atmosphere too!
The Galway Continental Christmas Market received over 400,000 visitors last year and there were more than 50 wooden chalets. But this year, we expect the market to be bigger and even better with the addition of live performances and entertainment from Galway's top bands and DJs.
As previously, there will also be a range of retail activity including; hot food, snack and beverage, gift items and artisan food and craft offerings.
The market will be open 7 days a week with the following opening hours:
- Monday – Wednesday: 12 noon – 8 pm
- Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm
Don’t hesitate to visit its website, and more than that, to go to this Market!
The Galway Science and Technology Festival will run from the 10th – 23th of November 2014. It could be the occasion for the young to discover more about this sphere.
The 2014 Galway Science and Technology Festival will bring 25 shows and workshops to approximatively 35,000 primary and secondary school students throughout Galway City and County over the two weeks of the Festival.
The final day on the 24th of November is for all the family to enjoy. It will be an opportunity to peer behind the looking glass of science and all the wonderful advancements it has brought to improve our way of life in the world.
You will find more information on the official website of the festival.
“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” Edward Teller.
Since 2002, TULCA Festival of Visual Art has captivated Galway city with an eclectic display of Contemporary Art. This year, it will take place from November 7th to November 23rd.
TULCA Festival of Visual Art aims to promote and spread the contemporary arts culture of Galway and Ireland. This festival works with Irish curators in order to offer innovative exhibitions to the public.
Every year TULCA takes place over three weeks in November and is the only festival in Ireland to specifically commission Irish curators who develop a theme unique to the event, and exhibitions will take place in both gallery and non-gallery spaces.
Moreover, the festival offers a volunteer program which will help you to gain an understanding on how a festival operates. Don’t hesitate to contact them in order to join the team!
You will find all the necessary information on the official website of the festival.
The Vodafone Comedy Carnival started on October 16th in Galway and runs until Monday 27th of October. An international event, that every year presents brilliant headliners in various location of the city of Galway.
The program has been created to bring together a large number of award-winning stars of the genre around the world and new talents of the city during the holiday weekend in Ireland.
If anything characterizes the festival, in addition to the insured laughter is the attention to detail by the organization. Some of the performances will have their European or national premiere in the city of Galway. Some participants are of the standing of Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran, Tim Minchin, Sean Lock, Lee Mack, Kevin Bridges, Des Bishop and Rich Hall, among many others.
Among the organizers of the festival are the Galway City Council, Failte Ireland & The Wild Atlantic Way and Diageo. See all the details of the festival sponsored by Vodafone in the official website.
Three Galway restaurants have been honoured with prestigious Georgina Campbell Guides Awards. Georgina Campbell Guides is a family-run, hospitality guide & cookbook publishers with a great reputation for specializing in Irish food, hospitality & travel.
Kai on Sea Road was named restaurant of the year 2015 and was described by the judges as an “extraordinary little restaurant”. “Kai has not only earned a loyal following in Galway, but has become a must-visit for food lovers from all over Ireland when coming to the West. This extraordinary little restaurant has taken a top place in the Irish food scene, and it is well deserved.”
Mitchell’s Restaurant and Asian Tea House were awarded respectively for Seafood restaurant of the year 2015 and Ethnic Restaurant of the Year 2015.
This 3 restaurants were described as “a very fair place, offering honest food at honest prices”. So if you plan to visit Galway, don’t forget to test their restaurants!
The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has jumped five places, making the biggest improvement in the ranks of a national university ranking table.
In terms of graduate employments, 90% of graduates get jobs after leaving GMIT. That is one of the highest rates in the country. That’s why GMIT received the award of “IT of the Year” by the Sunday Times University Guide 2015.
GMIT President Michael Carmody said: “I am very pleased with the awarding of the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year accolade to GMIT this year.”
With NUI, Galway now has 2 schools among the best in the country!
Inishbofin House Hotel and O’Grady’s on the Pier were both awarded the 26th annual “Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award” which shows that the Galway hospitality industry is well-known.
The awards recognise and reward excellence in hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, spas, clubs and catering operations across the island of Ireland. The finalists were judged by a panel of industry experts, who carried out rigorous site inspections at each premises to determine the winners. A real boost for this industry in Galway.
According to Tracey Carney, Event Director “It’s great to see their efforts paying off because it benefits the whole country. Tourism numbers are up, with the latest figures from the CSO showing a 10.3% rise in overseas tourists in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year. “