GALWAY FESTIVALS 2014
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.
Connacht V Treviso 27th/28th Feb / 01st March 2014
Connacht play host to Treviso at The Sports ground in the RaboDirect Pro12. For more info: www.connachtrugby.ie.
Éigse an Spidéil is an annual festival of traditional music, dance, sean-nós singing, art, and poetry which takes place in Spiddal, Co. Galway. For more info: www.eigseanspideil.ie.
This year the Head of the River will be organised by NUIG Boat Club and Tribesmen, and it takes place from the mouth of the lake to a little downstream from the Quincentennial Bridge. The boats race for fours and double sculls starts at 10.30am, the race for single sculls and pairs starts at 1.30pm, and the race for eights and quad sculls starts at 4pm. Hundreds of competitors will be involved, and the best viewing points are Dangan slip or on or near the Quincentennial Bridge. For more information visit www.galwayheadoftheriver.ie.
St Patrick’s Festival in Galway is a platform to showcase local artists and community groups. The event aims to celebrate Galway’s diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events.For more info: www.stpatricksfestivalgalway.com.
Celebrating Galway as a good food destination, 2014 will be the third year of the Galway Food Festival and is sure to build on the success of the 2013 event. The festival will promote good food and good food outlets in Galway, as well as showcasing food producers based in Galway and in the West. The festival takes place in April primarily as it is the time of year when some of the best local ingredients become available, such as Connemara Spring Lamb, and trout and salmon caught locally. For more info: www.galwayfoodfestival.com.
Connemara International Marathon
2014 is the 13th Connemara Marathon and a celebration night will be held in both Galway and Clifden. Comprising of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and a 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon all taking place in April. For more info: www.connemaramarathon.com
Clifden Traditional Music Festival is a weekend of the very best of Irish music, song and dance with concerts, sessions, workshops and outdoor entertainment. The festival includes Music Workshops, Sean Nos Dance Workshops, Youth Sessions, Traditional Music Mass, Pub Sessions throughout the whole weekend, “Farewell Session” on Sunday.For more info: www.clifdentradfest.com
Connacht V Munster 18th / 19th / 20th April 2014
Connacht play host to Munster at The Sportsground in the RaboDirect Pro12. For more info: www.connachtrugby.ie.
Cúirt International Festival of Literature April 2014
The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is Ireland’s premier literary event. The festival annually brings approximately sixty authors of local, national and international repute to Galway for readings, workshops, discussions, book signings and much, much more. For more info: www.cuirt.ie.
Connemara Mussel Festival 02nd – 04th May 2014
A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested from “One of the Forty Places to See Before you Die” takes place from 02rd – 04th May 2014, on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara. Organisers are set to harvest three tonnes of Killary Mussels for this year’s celebrations, which include music, fun, mussel cooking competitions, children’s treasure hunts and set dancing, to name a few. For more info: www.connemaramusselfestival.com.
Connacht V Cardiff 02nd / 03rd / 04th May 2014
Connacht play host to Cardiff at The Sportsground in the RaboDirect Pro12. For more info: www.connachtrugby.ie.
Féile na Ceardlainne 03rd – 04th May 2014
Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) takes place each year in the scenic fishing village of Kinvara, Co. Galway on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. It is a very popular Traditional Irish Music festival with over 50 music sessions in the villages’ pubs over the weekend. In addition to the music, one can also find Art & Crafts, Poetry, Drama during the festival. More info: www.kinvara.com
The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival includes a choice of high-level mountain walks or a low-level option, and enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea along the way. There will be transport to and from the mountains, including a speedboat across Killary Harbour to Mweelrea Mountain. For more info: www.leenanevillage.com
Féile na Ceardlainne 03rd & 4th May
A free Festival of Art, Craft, Music and Dance celebrating the very best of Irish craft and design. The two-day festival of events will take place at Ceardlann, home to nine unique Arts, Craft and Design studios in Spiddal village whose members have planned free open day workshops for people of all ages to try their hand at craft. More info: www.ceardlann.com
Inishbofin Arts Festival 09th – 11th May
The Inishbofin Community Arts Festival runs from the 9th to the 11th of May 2014. Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic island of Inishbofin, this Arts Festival is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, crafts, heritage, poetry, creative workshops and fun family activities. For more info: www.inishbofin.com
The Galway Early Music Festival celebrates old world music and arts and features concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment. More info: www.galwayearlymusic.com
Galway County Fleadh May 2014
The Galway County Fleadh feature a wide variety of events including competitions, sessions and dancing. 2014 dates and location yet to be confirmed. More info: www.comhaltas.ie
Inishbofin Walking Festival 23th – 25th May
Inishbofin is widely considered to be Connemara’s best island for walking and the Inishbofin Walking Festival is the perfect time to come and enjoy the friendly and relaxed pace of Island life. Let enthusiastic professional and local guides share their vast knowledge of local folklore, history, heritage and ecology with you. More info: www.inishbofin.com
An Tóstal is a celebration of local currach racing traditions and the Galway hooker racing and much more. Many boats are expected to participate in races including the average 33 – 44ft boat known locally as na báid mhóra to smaller boats such as the 28-33ft known as leathbháid and also the gleoiteoga. Rowing teams will travel from Co. Clare , Donegal, Conamara, Kerry, Limerick and Cork to participate in this year’s currach racing activities on the day. As well as water activities such as sand castle competitions, tug of war and other games will take place on Trá na mBan in Salthill throughout the day. Everybody welcome to this wonderful day out! More info: www.antostalsalthill.com
2014 will be the second year of this large scale festival celebrating Galway’s status as a maritime city. The Galway Sea Festival will run over the June Bank Holiday Weekend with a focus on maritime activities and will feature family events, including seafood trails, music, dance and entertainment. More info: www.galwayseafestival.com
International Galway Canoe Polo Open 31st May – 01st June
The Galway Canoe Polo Open will host its first international competition with Canoe Polo teams travelling from all over the EU on the June Bank Holiday Weekend 2014. With over 20 teams competing over 2 days, this is an excellent spectators sport with short, fast, and energetic games played over 3 pitches located in the Claddagh area of the city.
Carlsberg Salthill National Fives 31st May – 01st June
The ‘Carlsberg Salthill National Fives’ annual tournament, now in its 38th year has become a highly anticipated date in Galway’s soccer calendar and sees a great mix of Galway natives, visitors and friends gather to enjoy this great footballing festival. more info: www.salthilldevon.ie
Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta 31st May – 01st June
The Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta (Feile Curachai agus Báid Seoil an Spideal) sees Currach racing and Galway Hooker racing along the shores of Spiddal with family events on the beach such as tug-of-war and bouncy castle along & traditional Irish music. Teams from all over the country will be taking part.
Galway Rowing Regatta 15th June
This year’s Galway Regatta will take place on Sunday June 15th at the NUIG grounds at Dangan. Galway’s oldest rowing regatta, this year it celebrates its 130th anniversary, and once again entries from all four provinces with many of the top rowing clubs in Ireland are expected to compete. For more info: www.iaru.ie
The Galway Sessions 15th – 22nd June
The Galway Sessions Festival, celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world. Events take place in the Town Hall Theastre and in pubs throughout the city with sessions planned in The Crane Bar, The King’s Head, Tigh Choili’s, Taaffe’s Bar ,The Quays, Tigh Neachtains, and Monroe’s Tavern. More info: www.galwaysessions.com