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. “
Next Weekend could be the opportunity for you to show your running skills to others. In fact, on Saturday, October 4th the Galway Bay half Marathon will take place.
This event includes a half marathon (13.1 miles) and also a 10k run/walk along a fast, flat, fun and scenic route starting and finishing along Galway’s famous coast line on the edge of the city and bay.
Entrants are encouraged to raise funds for Cancer Care West, so run for this good cause. The races will start at the entrance of Nimos Pier at the Claddagh and head west along Gratten Road.
If you are the winner? There is a €500 prize fund each for the male and female winner of the half marathon.
This event is expected to sell out sometime before September 29th. If it does not sell out, the closing date for registering will be Thursday 2nd October. So don’t waste your time, and register yourself!
Between the 26th and 28th of September the Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival will take place, one of the biggest events on the Irish calendar. Performances, food, oysters and Guinness are the main ingredients of this popular festival, along with festive and youthful style of the city of Galway.
This year it’s celebrating the 60th edition of the festival and 10,000 people are expected to attend. Since the festival began to be celebrated there has been 3 million oysters tasted. The most famous acts of the festival are the World Championship Oyster Opening, the Masquerade Mardi Gras and the Today Oyster Awards, to the best dish made with oysters. Enjoy your meal!
For full information about the festival and to book tickets for any of the events you can enter your website.
Come and enjoy the free the Culture Night for everyone!
As each year in major cities and regions of Ireland take place the Culture Night, which this year will come about on 19th of September. More than 900 places have signed up to offer free events and live performances at the ninth edition. Last year the event gathered about 350,000 people. Will it exceed this number?
The organization of the Culture Night has worked to make it able. More cities, more events, more visibility ... The museums, galleries, cultural centers, schools ... etc. They will open only for that night that assures entertainment, adventure and lots of culture!
Locals and visitors can enjoy the experience in 28 different locations spread throughout the Emerald Isle, a record on this event.
What can we do in Galway? Goes to show a demonstration of the Cathedral Organ, join the bicycle workshop to discover the city, participate in the International Cultural Celebration or visit some of the galleries as Kennys Bookshop Galway & Art Gallery. There are many more events!
See all events in the festival's official website and keep in mind that some require reservations.
The works for the creation of the new filling station in Galway have started this week and it is expected to be operational in the New Year. Applegreen will create 20 new jobs, full and part time at the filling station in Galway.
Petrogas Ltd, which operates 70 service stations across the country under the Applegreen brand, sells the cheapest fuel in the Republic of Ireland.
The arrival is scheduled for the New Year and is expected to drive price competition in the area.
In addition, the new station will have a food store and a car wash area. The filling station will be open for 24 hours, but the other businesses have limited operational hours.
The Oscar Wilde Festival celebrates its second edition this year – from September 5th to 7th - in Galway. The festival is dedicated to the life and works of Oscar Wilde. After the success of the first edition, the aim is to show the audience the writer's strong ties with this area of Ireland. Recall that the famous poet and writer was born in the Emerald Isle in 1854 and this is the only festival dedicated to him in this country.
This edition will also feature the participation of artists from the United States and United Kingdom. The events begin with a talk, open to the public on Friday night, about the Oscar Wilde connection with the West of Ireland. It will continue on Saturday, a three-way discussion about how the writer is perceived in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. The most important female figure in the life of Wilde, her mother, also has a place in the festival.
Finally, the acts of the festival will end on Sunday with a dinner and the premiere of a documentary about the writer, created by the Irish writer Brendan Murphy.
On the festival's website you can get all the information to get tickets for events that require it.
From 4-5 September, NUI Galway will host the 11th Irish Society of New Economists Conference.
More than 70 economists coming from all around the world will be there to present and explain their research on different topics such as banking, financial markets, economic growth, but also on crime, education or employment.
Research findings will be very relevant to help in public policy issues such as enhancing future regional growth, inequality, unemployment, energy systems and obesity related policy issues.
“We are delighted to host the 11th Irish Society of New Economists Conference in Galway this year and look forward to hearing about the exciting research results of so many outstanding new economists from all around the world,” said Prof. Ahearne, Head of Economics at NUI.
One more reason to go study in Galway!
New records for West Airport Knock
Since its foundation 28 years ago, West Airport Knock had never experienced a busy month as this July.
91,000 travellers used the airport in July which beats the previous records of August 2012 (89,500 travellers). The airport now serves 25 international destinations and is served by four of Europe’s biggest airlines (Flybe, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Germanwings).
New services to Eindhoven, Kaunas and Glasgow have led to an additional 70,000 new seats added on key London services are responsible for this record. Moreover, 2014 is on track to record the busiest year in the airport’s history!
It’s estimated that the airport supports a total of 900 jobs in the region with an overall economic contribution of €133 million annually and the increase in traffic could further enlarge the importance of the airport in the region.
Galway appeals as much for its landscape
Many tourists have chosen visiting Galway and Mayo because of the scenery, according to a recent survey containing views of over 1,000 visitors from home and abroad.
Two-thirds were first time visitors to the area and were aged under 55, with almost half of them couples. They had spent at least one night in the area.
The natural environment got the top score in their overall rating of the tourist experience.
83% of the tourists visited this area because of the beautiful scenery - friendly people was the factor over 40% singled out as the reason they would give the area the thumbs up.
In numbers, when asked why they chose Galway and Mayo, 38% picked beautiful scenery, 13 were visiting family and friends and 10% came on a recommendation. 19% of respondents went hiking and walking, 6% went cycling, and 4% had a go at golf and fishing.
A recent survey of FRS Recruitment (based in Galway) points out the fact that workers’ attitudes are improving incredibly.
The survey concerns people who want to find a new role in their career or are unemployed. In results, there is a decrease of 4 per cent of people who have fears in their job and they think now that they would find a new job more quickly than they could lose it.
Moreover, an increase of workers’ confidence is notable: 6 per cent more think they wouldn’t take a reduction in pay or in their working week. They focus their priorities in the quality of life they would have with the job (location, career path, employer brand, etc.)To finish, unemployed people are also more confident on the fact that they could regain a job more quickly than before and that they aren’t obliged to change their career to find employment.