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Certificate of Excellence Winner 2013 - Westwood House Hotel The Westwood Hotel awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2013.

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Connacht Rugby is the regional professional rugby team for the West of Ireland region. The home grounds for Connaught Rugby are located at The Sportsground in College Road which is just a short 10 drive from The Westwood and a short stroll from Galway city centre. Connacht are in both the Heineken Cup and the Rabo Direct Pro 12 Rugby competitions this season. Click here to find out about our Special Offers for Rugby Weekend Dates in Galway...

The Gathering The Gathering 2013.

In 2013 the people of Ireland are hosting an unprecedented year-long celebration of everything that is unique and great about Ireland and you are invited to join in. Communities, villages and towns throughout Ireland will be organising a packed calendar of gatherings, festivals and events to welcome people from all over the world. Read more about The Gathering 2013

Below is a guide of what's on in Galway City throughout the year, simply click on a tab to see what events are on for that month...

Alternatively, we have included a link to Galway City’s “What’s On” Guide compiled by the staff in the Galway Discover Ireland Centre.

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Players Tour Championship Grand Finals

12th - 19th March 2013
Nine of the world’s top ten ranked snooker stars are among the 32 competitors who have qualified to contest the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway in March. World number one and Masters champion Mark Selby, world number two Mark Williams, world champion John Higgins, potting sensation Judd Trump and Asia’s top player Ding Junhui will join Ireland’s Ken Doherty among the cast of star names appearing at the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway from March 12 to 17.

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St. Patricks Festival

16th - 18th March 2013
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.

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Connemara International Marathon

7th April 2013
2013 is the 12th 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. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Galway Food Festival

28th March - 01st April 2013
Celebrating Galway as a good food destination, 2013 will be the second year of the Galway Food Festival and is sure to build on the success of the 2012 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.

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Cuirt International Festival of Literature

23rd - 28th April 2013
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.

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An Tostal Salthill

05th May 2013
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!

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Connemara Adventure Challenge

11th May 2013
The race has three disciplines: Trail / Mountain Running, Kayaking and Cycling. The course will be exceptional, the scenery spectacular, so now all that's needed is good weather. The Connemara Adventure Challenge is 31km in total and it is open to racers of all levels.

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Galway Early Music Festival

09th - 12th May 2013
The Galway Early Music Festival celebrates old world music and arts and features concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment.

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Galway African Film Festival

25 to 27 May 2013
The Galway African Film Festival, now in its sixth year, will run from May 25 to 27 with the aim of presenting an African view on Africa through film and promoting the best up and coming new talent from the African continent.

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Galway Sea Festival

31st May - 02nd June 2013
A new festival celebrating Galway’s status as a maritime city is to take place this summer as part of tourism initiative The Gathering. The inaugural 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.

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Havana Cultura Festival

31st May - 02nd June 2013
Cuban-inspired music, dance, street entertainment, art and cultural events feature in the busy programme of on-street and on-premise activity, creating a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in a colorful Cuban atmosphere reminiscent of Havana itself. An eclectic and fun-filled Latin Street Party, its three-day programme of free events will bring the rhythms and sounds of Havana to the medieval streets of Galway.

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Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure

01st June 2013
Connemara Rough Diamond adventure race involves a beach run, an assault course, a bike ride and a mountain race. There will be a sports and elite race. Sports race . Beach Steeplechase 1mile 4 furlong, 21km road cycle, 10 minute assault course, mountain run 7.5km. Entry €55 and €180 for 4 person team with an earlybird rate €45 and €160 for a team of 4.

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Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta

01st - 02nd June 2013
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.

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International Quilt Festival of Ireland

07th - 09th June 2013
The annual International Quilt Festival of Ireland will include the largest group of quilts to be assembled in Ireland being displayed on the campus of NUI Galway as part of a major exhibition.

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Galway Sessions

17th - 23rd June 2013
Traditional music sessions taking place in multiple venues in Galway City, including the Crane Bar, Róisín Dubh, Monroe's Tavern, The Quays, Tigh Neachtáin, Tigh Cóilí, Taffees, Massimo's, and Áras na Gael.

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Galway Bike Week

15th - 23rd June 2013
Galway Bike Week 2013 takes place in June with cycling events all over Galway county, organised the local authority, community groups, charities and cycling groups.

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Galway Simon Women’s Mini Marathon

23rd June 2013
Galway Simon Women’s Mini Marathon takes place on June 23rd at 11am. This is the fifth year of this fantastic event with Early Bird registration Fee until May 14th. There is also a discount for teams of 5. The AAI Certified 10km course will follow a glorious route along Galway Bay and is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities. Registration for the event is now open on and on so why not sign up and set yourself a target of completing a 10km mini-marathon or beating your personal best. Timing chips and T-Shirts provided for all participants.

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05th - 06th July 2013
Traidphicnic is a weekend event with concerts by traditional music artists along with art and cultural workshops with the backdrop of the beautiful Connemara landscape. Indulge in delicious local cuisine or just sit back and soak up the wonderful music. Traidphicnic has something for everyone and is very much a family event. Based near to Ceardlann, Spiddal Craft and Design Studios, you can explore the shops, sneek a peek at the crafters at work, and nip to the beach or into the seaside village of An Spidéál and make your own discoveries.

Galway Fringe Festival

15th - 28th July 2013
Running in parallel with the Galway 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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05th - 06th July 2013
Traidphicnic is a weekend event with concerts by traditional music artists along with art and cultural workshops with the backdrop of the beautiful Connemara landscape. Indulge in delicious local cuisine or just sit back and soak up the wonderful music. Traidphicnic has something for everyone and is very much a family event. Based near to Ceardlann, Spiddal Craft and Design Studios, you can explore the shops, sneek a peek at the crafters at work, and nip to the beach or into the seaside village of An Spidéál and make your own discoveries.

Galway Arts Festival

15th - 28th July 2013
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

29th July - 4th August 2013
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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Streets of Galway 8k Road Race

August 2013
Galway’s most popular athletic event, the Streets of Galway 8k Road Race is in it's 28th 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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Galway Heritage Week

17th - 25th August 2013
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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International Hurling Festival

From Wednesday, 18th to Saturday 21st September 2013, Aer Lingus will host the first ever International Hurling Festival, in association with The Gathering, and supported by the GAA and Etihad Airways. The qualifying games will take place in regional towns around Galway with the finals being staged at Pearse Stadium. A number of lively traditional music and dance events are also planned to take place in venues around the “City of the Tribes” throughout the festival, supported by Galway GAA and Galway Hurling Supporters Club.

Aer Lingus is inviting teams from all over the world to compete in this unique International Hurling Festival. Together with our partner airline, Etihad Airways, we will bring teams from New York, San Francisco, Canada, Asia, the UK, Continental Europe, the Gulf and Australia. Aer Lingus and the GAA are also using the tournament as an opportunity to promote the game of hurling in developing regions by including teams such as Buenos Aires, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and a Europe team made up of non-Irish nationals.

Galway Races Autumn Meeting

09th - 11th September 2013
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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Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

13th - 15th September 2013
Great food, great Guinness, great music and entertainment all in a splendid marquee on the banks of the Claren River which flows through the village of Clarenbridge on the edge of Galway Bay.

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Galway Americana Festival

September 2013
The title of this years festival is 'Go Wild In The West!' which involves a series of gigs and sessions in a variety of venues in the most happening part of Galway town; the West End! In general Ireland's appetite for Americana has grown in recent years, and has given rise to an increasing number of bands who are interested in exploring the musical relationship and mutual heritage of Ireland and America.

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Galway Culture Night

20th September 2013
The event is now in its eigth year provides free access to museums, galleries, theatres and public buildings.

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Galway International Oyster Festival

26th - 29th September 2013
On the last weekend of September each year, the picturesque town of Galway hosts the Galway International Oyster Festival, one of the biggest events in Ireland's social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world.

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Sea2Sky European Researchers’ Night

September 2013
Galway will celebrate European Researchers’ Night in September (date to be confirmed) together with 320 cities around Europe with its latest Sea2Sky event. Sea2Sky, organised by NUI Galway in collaboration with the Marine Institute, Galway Atlantaquaria and its new partner CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, will showcase science on the grandest of scales themed around marine science, atmospherics and astronomy. The main events will be held at the Galway Bay Hotel, Leisureland and Galway Atlantaquaria.

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Guinness Live in Galway’s Latin Quarter

26h September 2013
Now in its 3rd year, Guinness Live in The Latin Quarter will be a four day music festival featuring an extensive line-up of national and local acts in a series of intimate gigs in venues and pubs throughout the city’s Latin Quarter, with more than 50 live performances over four nights. Admission to all gigs will be free and on a first-come, first-served, basis.

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Galway Theatre Festival

October 2013
The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it's sixth year, will take place throughout the city with the inclusion of more venues than before; the soon-to-be-reopened An Taibhdhearc will host two shows, as will Druid Lane Theatre, the Town Hall Theatre, and of course, the Nuns Island Theatre. Galway theatre companies feature heavily in the programme with Blue Teapot, Mephisto, Fregoli, Moonfish, and Vagabond all involved.

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Galway Jazz Festival

October 2013
The Galway Jazz Festival returns for its ninth year, with an expanded programme with shows to be held in An Taibhdhearc, Druid Theatre, The Black Cat in Salthill, the Meyrick Hotel, The Electric Garden, various schools in the city and county, as well as public spaces around the city.

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Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

14th - 20th October 2013
Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid October, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops. Come to Galway to experience this delightful Festival and explore this beautiful family-friendly city.

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Galway Comedy Festival

23rd - 28th October 2013
The Galway Comedy Festival has grown since its beginning in 2005 to become a major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland, regularly attracting big international names to the city for the October Bank Holiday weekend. With several shows each day and night, with comedy show for children too, you are garaunteed to see well known comidians both Irish and international –and a decent number of ‘faces from the telly’ there.

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Galway Races - October Racing Festival

27th - 28th October 2013
The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway on Sunday and Monday, 27th and 28th October, 2013. So if you fancy some great racing and great fun, then this is the place to be. There will be great racing, free car parking, free entry for children under 14, free racecard draw each day, big screen, Tote, On course bookmakers, bar and restaurant facilities • Admission Price: €15 per adult Music will be by the Guinness Jazz Band.

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Galway Aboo Halloween Festival

26th, 27th and 31st October 2013
Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday 26th, Sunday 28th and Thursday 31st October, the city’s medieval streets will host the country’s biggest Halloween Festival with many fun and free events planned for the weekend with high-spirits guaranteed.

Saturday 26th October

Fanzini Brothers
Proud to present the amazing, exciting and thunderous spectacle that is the Fanzini Experience. Witness the amazing antics of these devilishly handsome west Kerry Italians as they perform their internationally renowned comedy entertainment act.

Halloween Window Display Competition
Stroll through the cobbled streets and take in all the spooky displays.

Sunday 27th October:

Free Family Fun Day
12:00 – 3:00pm
Trick or treat trail through the Latin Quarter
10 creative Trick or Treat stations all in aid of Galway Autism. Pumpkin bowling and the rest!!!

3:00 - 4:00pm
Big little fancy dress disco at the City Museum with “Tiny” the giant!

4:45 – 6:45pm
Macnas Parade through the medieval street’s of Galway.
Beginning at Fisheries Field, down Eglington Street and Shop Street, through the Latin Quarter and finishing at Dominick Street Upper at 6.30 p.m

Thursday 31st October:

7:30pm Monster Dash 5k Run – the scariest 5 k of your life!
In aid of On The Road Again. Start 7.30pm at Lynches Castle. 3 laps around Galway City. Refreshments for runners & Prizes for best costume

Fancy Dress Party Trail
Throughout the Latin Quarter….Prizes Galore!!!

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Galway Masters International Basketball Tournament

02nd - 03rd November 2013
The 3rd annual Galway Masters International open Basketball Tournament will take place at NUIG Kingfisher in Galway on the first weekend of November 2013. Masters basketball denotes players must be over forty and thirty-five years old respectively for men and women, and the objective of this event is to promote competitive basketball for men and women and to offer players of various nationalities the opportunity to compete and socialise together over the two day event.

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Spirit Of Voice Festival

08th - 10th November 2013
The Spirit Of Voice festival will return in November with concerts and events celebrating song, words, and the human voice.

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Tulca Festival of Visual Arts

November 2013
The Tulca Festival of Visual Arts is an annual festival taking place in Galway each year. Running since 2002, Tulca features dynamic and exciting work from national and international visual art practitioners.

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Galway Science & Technology Festival Exhibition

24th November 2013
An exhibition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to bridge the gap between students and industry by showcasing local schools, companies, third level institutes and government bodies. A great day out at NUI Galway.

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Galway Christmas Market

November - December 2013
The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city from the again this Christmas season. The market promises to be a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old. Sample Christmas treats from all from around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numberous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area.

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What If, Why Not? Adventure Film Festival

November 2013
The What If, Why Not? Adventure Film Festival is a celebration. A celebration of just how damned amazing this planet and the people on it are. Over two days we'll screen jaw dropping, award winning, adventure sport films. Films that will inspire you. And sometimes terrify you. Over two nights we'll be showcasing some of Ireland's freshest musical talent. Plus talks and workshops. Life's an adventure. Join us on ours.

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January 2014

Music for Galway Midwinter Festival

January 2014
Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival returns to the Town Hall Theatre in January to celebrate classical music with a three day midwinter festival.

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February 2014

Galway Astronomy Festival

February 2014
Oscar Wilde reminds us that although we are all in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars. The Galway Astronomy Festival now in its 11th year, has become one of the most popular events in Ireland of the Iirsh astronomical calander, where amateurs and professionals meet, essential for exchanging information, successful stargazing and mutual progress. We look forward to seeing you, hopefully under clear skies.

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Safety Direct Galway International Rally

February 2014
Safety Direct, a leading supplier of safety and health products based in Galway, has long been the sponsor of the Galway International Rally. The rally has a notable place in Ireland's road racing history, as it was the 1st round of the Irish Tarmac Championship which was first held in 1978. Today, the rally serves as the season opener for the championship.

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Muscailt Arts Festival @ NUIG

February 2014
Mùscailt, meaning to celebrate and inspire is the title of the celebrated spring arts festival hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway. The 14th Múscailt Arts Festival at NUI Galway invites all students, staff, alumni and the public to enjoy a week of art, music and performance on campus. Múscailt has something for everyone in terms of music, Sculpture and photography, theatre.

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Tedfest - Fr. Ted Festival

February 2014
The Fr. Ted Festival which is popularly known as Ted Fest, is a celebration of the life of comedian Dermot Morgan and his 1990's cult TV sitcom Father Ted created by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews. The event sees large numbers of fans take to the islands, most dressed as characters from the show. The event involves taking part in many themed events associated with the comedy series including fancy dress, five-aside football (nuns against priests), toilet duck comedy awards, buckaroo speed dating, lovely girls contest and A Song For Europe.

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