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. “
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.