Our Top 10 Horror Films

Poster: Donal McNamara 1. THE SHINING (1980) Without a doubt my favourite and most inspirational horror film of all time. This eerie classic based on Stephen King’s novel is phenomenal, with a terrifying score, terrific set location and although what some consider a slightly over the top performance from Nicholson I find to be very…

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Our 5 Favourite Christy Moore Songs

Poster: Ciara Geraghty To celebrate Christy Moore’s imminent arrival on the shores of Galway Bay we decided we’d pick our favourite Christy Moore songs. 1. Lisdoonvarna You can’t actually pass a road sign in County Clare marked for Lisdoonvarna without starting to sing the extremely catchy chorus… It’s impossible! You’re singing it in your head…

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7 Best Pubs in Galway for Trad Music

Poster: Ciara Geraghty Tiġ Ċóilí Where trad musicians go to hear trad music… It’s not a rare sight to see the likes of Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, Martin Hayes, Mairtin O’Connor or Dessie or Johnny O’Halloran sitting in on one of the twice daily sessions – 6.30pm & 9.30pm (Mon-Fri) and 2.30pm & 8.30pm on Sunday’s….

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Mackerel Season in Salthill

Poster: Ciara Geraghty It has become a tradition in Galway especially Salthill, that every autumn when the slender silver mackerel fish arrive in shoals along the coastline, both amateur and seasoned fishermen (and fisherwomen) scurry to the shores of Galway Bay for their chance to catch this unassuming fish. I moved to Galway with my family…

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Weekend Adventures: Brigit’s Garden and Galway Atlantaquaria

Poster: Jamie Costello The sun’s out, it’s a Sunday and it doesn’t look like it’s going to rain any time soon; this opportunity is a bit of a rarity.  So… what to do? (It’s not like we get much practice at this) Well, along with my friends Natalie and Wesley, we decided to make the most…

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Our Top 5 Playgrounds in Galway

Poster: Cecilia Broomé Sullivan I could swear that if I asked my kids on any given day, at any given time, in any given weather, what they would like to do or where they would like to spend the day that the answer would always be the same: The Playground. As a parent I can…

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The Galway Races: What’s it all about?

Poster: Jamie Costello Suits and ties, hats and heels, fashion and fake tan, swarms of people, early mornings, late nights, lengthy queues, even lengthier waiting times in said queues for drinks, more barrels of Guinness than you can shake a stick at, BUT the best craic in the best little city in all of Ireland  …

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A Modern Take on a Traditional Show: Trad on the Prom

Poster: Jamie Costello Your traditional Irish “diddily aye” show with a few hearty jigs and good old Irish “Paddy Whackery” thrown in for good measure; everything Trad on the Prom is NOT! I recently attended Trad on the Prom which takes place along the beautiful Salthill Promenade in Galway Bay Hotel. The show celebrates Ireland’s…

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Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park… A wonderful day out!

Poster: Dan Murphy Last summer I was informed by an avid hill walker from the west of Ireland that to truly appreciate the beauty of Connemara one needs to view it from a height. My two daughters Emma and Gillian, their very close cousin Andrea and I had been planning this day trip since I…

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Galway International Arts Festival: Two of the most exciting weeks you’ll spend in one place!

Poster: Ciara Geraghty Galway. July. Only one thing really springs to mind – festivals! Wedged between the Galway Film Fleadh and the Galway Races are two of the most exciting weeks you’ll ever spend in one place. I’m talking about the Galway International Arts Festival – my favourite time of the year in Galway! During these…

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