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Galway Festivals & Events

Festivals to look forward to in 2015. Why not plan ahead? There is always something exciting happening.
Galway Astronomy Festival
21st February 2015
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 calender
  Tedfest - Fr. Ted Festival
26th February - 01st March 2015
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.
more info: www.tedfest.org
  Cúirt International Festival of Literature
07th - 12th April 2015
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.
more info: www.cuirt.ie
Galway Food Festival
02nd - 05th April 2015
Celebrating Galway as a good food destination, 2015 will be the 4th year of the Galway Food Festival and is sure to build on the success of the 2014 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.
more info: www.galwayfoodfestival.com
Bealtaine Festival 2015
01st - 31st May 2015
The Bealtaine Festival 2015 will see hundreds of events for, by and featuring older people all across Ireland, offering theatre, visual arts, music and more. This year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’. The Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s unique nationwide celebration of creativity as we age and is an initiative of Age & Opportunity.
more info: www.bealtaine.com
The Galway Sessions
14th - 21st June 2015
The Galway Sessions Festival, celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world, returns from Sunday June 14th to Sunday 21st. more info: www.galwaysessions.com
Galway Garden Festival
04th - 05th July 2015
Galway Garden Festival is held in the beautifully restored Claregalway Castle in mid July. Nursery suppliers from across Ireland will share a wealth of planting experience with all who browse the plant stalls’ extensive range of plants, trees, seeds, and shrubs.
more info: www.galwaygardenfestival.com
Galway Film Fleadh
07th - 12th July 2015
Film festival for feature films and shorts. 2015 marks the 27th Galway Film Fleadh, and the central goal of the festival remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment and share a common experience.
more info: www.galwayfilmfleadh.com
Galway International Arts Festival
13th - 26th July 2015
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.
more info: www.giaf.ie
Galway Races - Summer Festival Meeting
27th July - 02nd August 2015
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.
more info: www.galwayraces.com
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