Galway Festivals Hotels

The Gathering Ireland is a year-long celebration of all that is great about Ireland and Galway has lots of Gatherings planned over the coming months. The perfect choice for Galway Festivals Hotels. Stay with us in Galway should you wish to attend any of the gatherings and visit The Gathering website for a full listing. If you are looking for Galway Arts Festival Hotels or Galway Races Hotels, then the Ardilaun will not disappoint.


Galway Fringe Festival

14th – 27th July
Running in parallel with the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Fringe Festival aims to provide a platform for local artists, writers, playwrights, poets, actors and musicians to perform and showcase new work.
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Galway International Arts Festival

14th – 27th July
One of Europe most inventive, vibrant & colorful events. A truly international celebration of the performing and visual arts which takes place in and around Galway City each July.
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Galway Races – Summer Festival Meeting

28th July – 3rd August
Galway Race course, Ballybrit, Galway. Ireland’s premier horse racing festival. Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion, you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned.
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29th July
It is that time of year again when The Ardilaun Hotel are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race week and one of the highlights this year will be a unique event The First Furlong in aid of The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) which incapsulates lunch, fashion and races on Tuesday 29th with proceeds on the day going to this worthy charity. Click here for more info.


Cruinniu na mBad Festival

8th – 10th August
Up to 100 unique Irish boats, the Galway Hookers, once the workhorses of the coast of Connemara and North Clare, will gather for a weekend of racing and celebration at Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) festival in Kinvara, Co. Galway, in August.
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Great Spin Out West

9th August
Galway’s most popular athletic event, the Streets of Galway 8k Road Race is in it’s 29th year the event will include more than 2,000 runners. Starting from South Park in the Claddagh, the race takes in the city centre streets, following a course out to Salthill before finishing with a two kilometre final stretch along with prom.
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The Connemara 100

9th – 10th August
The Connemara is a 100 mile endurance run with 30 hour limit taking place every August. The course is simply fabulous, taking participants from Clifden through Letterfrack, Leitirgeish, the Inagh alley, Maam Cross, Leenane, Inagh Valley again, then on to Roundstone, Ballyconeely and back to Clfden to complete 100 miles.
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Etape Connemara

17th August
The Étape Connemara is a 150km cycling sportive which will take place on Sunday 17th August 2014. This is a chip-timed event on open roads in Connemara. The event is organised by Croí, the heart & stroke charity, with all proceeds going back to the charity..
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Galway Heritage Week

23rd – 31st August
Galway’s rich heritage is set to be celebrated in a range of events across the city and county as part of National Heritage Week. Over 100 different events are planned from Ballinasloe to Inishbofin and will take in everything from genealogy workshops to talks on the history of the Connemara pony.
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