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Galway Oyster Festival is voted one of the 12 greatest shows on earth! It is a weekend of non-stop entertainment, which features national top class artists, cabaret and dancing. The Oyster Festival is held in September.

The Galway Races have become the greatest of all racing festivals and probably the most lavish, colourful and sociable fixtures in the Irish racing world. Galway racecourse is situated 3 miles from Galway and the races are held in July.

Galway Races.
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Macnas Parade, Galway Arts Festival.
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The Galway Arts Festival was founded in 1978 and is Irelands leading multi-disciplinary arts festival, incorporating theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. It is also held in July.

Siamsa is a spectacular show of Irish music and Irish dancing that is performed at the Claddagh hall from Mon to Fridays in June, July and August.


Come discover the abundance of sports and activities available in Galway. You’ll be impressed.

Boasting Championship standard links and parkland courses designed by international stars, Galway offers our golfing visitors superb choice and value.

Currach racing on Inis Oirr, Aran Islands.
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Sail the Atlantic ocean, surf on one of the many fine beaches. Cruise on the River Corrib, try your hand at windsurfing, scuba diving in Galway Bay or swim at one of the clean, safe and abundant EU Flag beaches.

Anyone coming to Galway to sail can bring their own boat.

  • Locations for Dinghy sailing: Salthill, the Claddagh, and Lough Atalia
  • Locations for wind-surfing: Silverstrand or Parkmore Pier, Kinvara.

Hire a bicycle and go where you please. Mountain Trail bike shop, Middle street: 00 353 (0)91569888

Angling in the River Corrib.
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An anglers paradise, with clear unpolluted lakes and rivers. No licence is required for brown trout fishing, course fishing or sea angling in Ireland.

Horse Riding
Saddle up on one of the most enjoyable ways to see the countryside, getting lots of fresh air in the process. Clonboo Riding School: 00 353(0)91791362

From craft shops to department stores, Galway has a huge variety of quality shops. Most shops close at 6pm with late opening until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

  • Shopping Centres: Eyre Square Shopping Centre
  • Galway Shopping Centre - Headford road.
High Street.
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Going out
Galway is widely acknowledged as being a great place to go out with its thriving pub culture and great niteclubs. There are pubs to suit everyone from traditional style pubs to large modern pubs. Visitors can find pubs with live music from traditional Irish music to Jazz to Rock music.

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