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Laughing all the way to The Kings Head

July 12, 2022

The biggest laughs in the littlest room

The most intimate Festival comedy at its best will happen at The Kings Head this July! The Kings Head has been a venue for lunchtime Comedy during GIAF for over 25 years. This July you can catch some of Ireland’s best Comedians up close and personal in the intimate surrounds of The Ruby Room on the top floor of the 800-year-old Kings Head.

For many it’s a Festival within a Festival, with a different line up each day, it’s a rare chance to catch these stadium style comics in such an intimate setting. All this under the tutelage of host and MC Gerry Mallon.

No pre planning or booking, The Laughter Loft at the Ruby Room for Galway International Arts Festival is what Galway festivals are all about. Spontaneity and fun.

Enjoy the comedy styling of top acts including Foil Arms and Hog, Deirdre O’Kane, Neil Delamere, Emma Doran, Colm O’Regan, Martin ‘Beanz’ Warde, Sinéad Quinlan, Shrinidhi Kalwad and many more. Shows take place daily from Monday 11th to Sunday 24th July. Doors open at 12:30pm with all shows starting at 1pm.

There is no pre booking, first come first served with Tickets available on the door only. For all things The Kings Head check out www.thekingshead.iewww.giaf.ie or get social @TheKingsHead.

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Here is the Full Laughter Loft Lineup:

Monday July 11th: Karl Spain

Tuesday July 12th: John Colleary

Wednesday July 13th: Foil Arms and Hog , 2 shows 1pm and 3pm .

Thursday July 14th: Foil Arms and Hog , 2 shows, 1pm and 3pm .

Friday July 15th: Joe Rooney

Saturday July 16th: Emma Doran and Shrinidi Kalwad

Sunday July 17th: Patrick McDonnell

Monday July 18th: Kevin Gildea.

Tuesday July 19th: Neil Delamere

Wednesday July 20th: Danny O Brien,

Thursday July 21st: Sinead Quinlan and Ian Burke.

Friday July 22nd: Colm O Regan.

Saturday July 23rd: Martin ‘ Beanz ‘ Warde and Paul David Murphy.

Sunday July 24th: Deirdre O Kane

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BLUE TEAPOT SHINE A LIGHT ON DEBUT PLAYWRIGHT WITH

July 12, 2022

INTO THE DARK WOODS

The award-winning Blue Teapot Theatre Company makes a welcome return to the stage this September with the world premiere of ‘Into The Dark Woods’ at Galway’s Black Box Theatre. Written by debut playwright Charlene Kelly, Into The Dark Woods is a story told through the lens of intellectual disability, drawing on archetypes found in fairytale and nature and features an inclusive cast.

Blue Teapot have worked towards a strategic ambition to stage a theatre production written by an artist from within the company. Charlene Kelly’s play emerged from a series of creative writing initiatives with dramaturg Eileen Gibbons, leading to collaboration with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre, as co-producer.

Directed by Petal Pilley, the play tells the story of a Prince tired of being controlled by his father. Heartbroken he runs away, into the woods. Cold and alone he calls out for help. A girl, also lost, is charmed into leaving a safe and familiar path. Hunted by darkness, their way out is uncertain.

Into The Dark Woods runs from Wednesday 14th until Saturday 17 September in the Black Box Theatre, Galway at 8pm with additional day time shows on Friday 16 September at 11am and Saturday 17 September at 3pm.  The show is suitable for adults and children aged 10+ years.

A Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Commission. Tickets for Into The Dark Woods are available online via www.tht.ie and from Town Hall Theatre Box Office 091 569777. For more on the company visit http://blueteapot.ie/

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Slow Cabins®  launches its first off grid cabin experiences at ‘secret’ Irish locations

July 12, 2022

The eco hospitality brand invites you to take a digital detox & escape hectic working life for a few days

Post pandemic, we have rediscovered the charm and benefits of nature in our own country. Slow Cabins have been recognising the need to slow down since 2017 and is now launching its first locations in Ireland to cater for growing demand.

The company designs and places off grid cabins at secluded secret locations in nature, all within a 2.5 hour drive of major European city hubs. The concept revolves around an eco-friendly ‘low impact’ stay at a secret location not too far from home. Take a break without (choice) stress, complexity and long travel times. The escape, designed for 1-2 people encourages full attention on living ‘the slow life’.

This summer, from August 1st, Slow Cabin’s first secret Irish location will launch with bookings now open. So, the question that everyone wonders? Where am I going?! Clients book without knowing the exact location of the cabin, letting the company take the ‘stress of the choice’ out of your hands. Then within two weeks of the trip, you’re provided with coordinates of the exact cabin location . Even when you arrive, you’ll park a short distance away and hike to discover your cabin, so come prepared!

So what can you expect? The cabins are sustainable by necessity, and encourage time to reconnect with each other and with the environment around you. Each Slow Cabin brings the outside in, equipped with a queen size bed and crisp white linen. There’s also a large log burner to keep you warm and cosy on rainy Irish days. This is all framed by large panoramic windows for full contact with the great outdoors. They’re each clad in shou sugi ban (Japanese charred wood) cladding, helping the cabins nestle neatly into their environment. Outside when the sun is shining, expect beautiful countryside, private space for a fire pit and grill and seats to watch the world go by.

“Recent European studies show that our resilience improves and stress levels decrease by up to 70% after a stay in nature. Getting away from it all brings peace, energy and a sense of perspective. And that’s where Slow Cabins have an interesting role to play in a fast ‘always-on’ society”, says Slow Cabins Ireland Director, Matthew Parkinson.

It is the complete return to nature, off grid living and to the simple draws of our physiology. Nature is healing. Moving away from the rush and fast pace of everyday life so you can completely switch off. This could be through hiking, cycling or enjoying some superb local food. On your stay you’re equipped with everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Slow Cabins are powered by nature’s resources-  through sunlight and water. When you arrive, you’ll have a charged battery, as well as a full tank of filtered rainwater. This allows you to live simply and self-sufficiently and with minimal impact. This is intentional and  comes back to their model of regenerative eco-hospitality. The goal –  to help sustain and improve a place through giving  back to local biodiversity projects at a host site. Slow Cabins even provide tips on how to manage your energy throughout and after your stay. It can take a little bit of a mindset shift but totally worth it! 

There is strict quality criteria in identifying and selecting a site for cabins. This includes a thorough impact assessment to ensure they’re working with the environment rather than against it. There will only ever be a few Slow Cabins at any given location. This ensures peacefulness and privacy for guests and respect for nature. Once there, guests will also receive all kinds of insider tips about the area to enjoy the locality as it is and should be.  A guilt free, thoughtful, stay in nature. 

(Slow Cabins Ireland have opened their bookings for 2022)

For more information check out www.slowcabins.ie.

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A Raven’ Street Feast for Galways westend

July 12, 2022

August Bank Holiday Weekend return for community based get together

The Galways westend Street Feastival is back on Sunday 31st July on Ravens Terrace. The fifth Westend Street Feastival is resuming after a short break* of two years and the ethos and the vibe is that of community, great local food and enjoying time together.

The area which is known for its food, nightlife and café culture is pulling out all the stops with a stellar food and drinks line up as well live music with the addition of a family face painting station.

Ravens Terrace will be pedestrianised from 12 noon and will be transformed into an outdoor dining plaza. The neighbourhood’s commitment to green is to the fore of the festival with a partnership with Walsh Waste ensuring that there is no trace and that all waste created is recycled and composted correctly.

Bring your appetite as the food vendor line up includes, Botown Burgers, Hooked on Henry Street, Murphys Ice Cream, Alainn, Space Cowboys Tacos, Handsome Burger, Ember Firehouse, An Tobar Nua, Tartare, Danny Donuts and Sweet Dreams confectionery. Drinks and the rest will be available from the Salthouse, McGuire’s Daybreak and Gourmet Tart.

The Street Feastival will run from 12 noon until 6pm and is weather dependent of course, it is wheelchair accessible and there will be live music happening throughout the day.

For all things Galways westend check out www.galwayswestend.ie and of course on Social channels.

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Connection, Compassion and adventure in Finding Victoria

June 27, 2022

New Book to help when things don’t go according to plan

Parenting small children can be challenging at the best of times. There are hundreds of books out there listing things for parents to do, but what happens when you’re in the real world, and things don’t go as planned?

Finding Victoria is Peter Pan meets Mary Poppins…with the science. This book written by Kristin Ruane (who is from New Jersey but has been living and working in Galway for the past eight years) is a training guide to the science of Applied Behavior Analysis written as a novel. The idea is to bring some awareness of the science to parents in an accessible, yet enticing way, by adding context to the lessons through relatable characters, and unexpected plot twists.

Finding Victoria is a book for anyone who enjoys a story about connection, compassion, adventure, and magic! The story follows Victoria, an adorable, yet stubborn child who meets her match when her mother, Valerie, decides to call a behavior analyst. Kay is an experienced therapist who has been working with families for years, but she’s never met a girl quite like Victoria. Kay works hard to untangle some of her challenging behaviors, and to teach Victoria her most hated task – writing. Therapy takes a sudden turn when Kay immerses herself in Victoria’s play world and discovers her secret – she’s magic.

The book is for parents, teachers, behaviour analysts, psychologists, and pretty much anyone who knows children.

“For a long time, I wrote fairytales. It never occurred to me to write about what I did for a living, until one day, I was talking with a parent that I was working with, and she told me, “You need to write about this!” It was then that I realised I could combine my love of writing fairytales with my love of psychology, teaching and behaviour analysis. I’m hoping the book will help to increase awareness of the field of ABA, and offer support to parents that need it,” explained Kristin.

“This book is a great example of how to humanize the science of behavior and allow the general public to appreciate what wonders it can do for us. Kristin Ruane perfectly blends scientific knowledge and years of experience of its application to solving human problems with a deep sense of compassion and empathy for her subject and packages this in a beautifully-written story of progress and hope. Thoroughly recommended!” Dr. Ian Stewart NUIG.

“As the mother of an energetic four-year-old, I found this book to be incredibly valuable in learning how to manage my son’s tantrums and to help improve his listening skills. It is written in a way that is both engaging and informative, making it a worthy use of any busy parent’s time.” Megan Gibbons, Mother.

Practical, insightful, compassionate – a lifeline for the modern family.” Niamh O’Regan, Mother.

“I’m fascinated by connection, it’s why my research was what it was, and it’s why I’ve written this book. The world has changed so much, and I think we’re unaware of how much we’re disconnecting from each other, and ourselves. We probably all have a lot to learn about why we do the things we do, and if we’re honest with ourselves, we probably all need a little hope and magic in our lives, too,” Kristin said.

People can support the project by pre-ordering a book from the Kickstarter website. The books are offered at a discounted price on Kickstarter (€15/€18) retail price is €20.

For now, you can find the book at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/findingvictoria/finding-victoria , or on Instagram @kristinruane, or @princesscottonfairy. The hope is that it will be available at all of the local book shops.

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MACNAS BRASS AND WIND WORKSHOPS

June 27, 2022

Macnas are starting a spectacle music troupe lead by Matthew Berrill, brass/wind musical wizard!  If you are a  brass/wind musician who has an interest in improvisation, experimental sounds, performance, and play and is excited about being part of outdoor spectacular events then come join their weekly workshops happening in September 2022.

Brass has been an integral soundscape within  Macnas’ epic works over the last decade and as part of their ongoing artistic program they are excited to work with the next generation of musicians for spectacle Theatre.

Open to musicians 14 – 20yrs

How to get involved:

Email victoria@macnas.com with an expression of interest, let us know what instrument you play and how many years you are playing. There is more info here https://www.macnas.com/works/macnas-spectacle-youth-theatre

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Yourells Hair Group are styling their business for the future

April 7, 2022

Yourells Hair Group to reinvest in two salons as they close the doors on Eyre StreetYourells on Eyre Street was opened by Carol Joyce and Anna Hosty in 2005, and became the first of three salons opened by the business partners.The Galway City location was followed by Yourells Moycullen in 2013 and Yourells Oranmore in 2016.The company said that all of the staff from the closing Eyre Street branch will be relocated to one of the other two branches.

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April 7, 2022

USE YOUR MUG

How many disposable cups are thrown away every hour in Ireland?Answer: 22,000 … Per Hour! If that number shocks you as much as it shocks us, then you can do your bit to help. Simply Use Your Mug! 8/10 Galwegians own a reusable mug but only 19% of those actually use it regularly. So Úsáid Do Mhuga to help protect Galway’s environment.It’s time for The ‘Use Your Mug’ campaign.Take action today simply with this, BRING YOUR KEEP CUP and USE IT.

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One Hub for Ukraine essential donations to open at Galway Race course

March 2, 2022

Volunteers and Essential Items urgently needed for the people of the Ukraine

From Friday 4th March, A centralised Galway Hub for Ukraine essential item donations will open. Galway Race Course Director Michael Moloney has offered up the space after Smakoteka Galway owner Kasia was inundated with donations this past week.

Today, Thursday the first truck is heading to Poland from Galway with essential items donated from people across Galway. On Friday next 11th March another truck will leave Galway for Poland. Donations are appreciated but only essential listed items which can be found on the Smakoteka Galway Facebook Page.  

Volunteers are being sought to help out here in Galway with this humanitarian crisis and people can get in contact with Donnacha at Volunteer Galway if they can give their time to this.

If you can volunteer contact https://volunteergalway.ie/ or ukrainesupport@volunteergalway.ie  To see what you can donate check out https://www.facebook.com/smakoteka.galway

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Goyas launch new celebration cake collection

March 1, 2022

The return of the traditional cake to mark reopening

Goyas has launched a new range of their signature celebration cakes for the year that is in it. For over 30 years Goyas have been at the party of thousands of people and have celebrated everything from a Christening to a 100th birthday.

Led by owner and baker Emer, the Goyas cake is a symbol of celebration and coming together. From the crowd-pleasing Chocolate Gateaux to the Vanilla Orange sprinkle cake, there is a slice of sweetness and joy for every palette.

Goyas, which is located on Kirwans Lane in Galways Latin Quarter is a firm favourite in the west. A gem nestled away from the busy Quay Street, Goyas bakery, retail and at home offering has taken a new direction since 2020.

Goyas was always a sit-in café for mid-morning elevenses and for lunch, but has since redefined itself as a retail space that introduced Goyas at Home. Home made savoury Quiches, soups and traditional home cooked dinners are available along with home baked scones, breads, tarts and signature bakes such as the luxurious caramel squares.

Celebration cakes and Goyas catering was launched in the early 90s and Goyas cakes quickly established themselves as the go to cake across Ireland for small- and large-scale events. A Goyas cake is traditional and timeless, from the Coffee walnut sponge to the chocolate biscuit cake and to the lemon drizzle cake, there is nostalgia wrapped up in every bake.

“Our celebration cakes were our biggest business, along with our catering. The two just go hand in hand. We have seen so many changes in our customers throughout the years and have adapted our business to suit what they needed. Now we are launching our celebration cake collection as we are ready to be together and truly celebrate life. Cakes have always been my passion and to know that Goyas has been in so many homes, at weddings and at the most precious moments for people, well that for me is the love in every bake,” explained Emer of Goyas.

A Goyas Celebration cake starts from €32.50 and can be ordered at https://goyas.ie/ or by calling 091-567010. Goyas is open Wednesday to Friday from 9:30am to 4pm and on Saturday from 9am. Stay connected through social media on Instagram and Facebook at Goyas Galway.

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Bringing the inside out makes for idyllic stop on the Wild Atlantic Way

March 1, 2022

Moher Cottage, the design-led destination gift store and coffee dock beside the Cliffs of Moher, with panoramic views over Liscannor Bay is celebrating five years in business this March.

Now a firm favourite for a stop off on the Wild Atlantic Way, Moher Cottage is reopening their doors for the 2022 season on March 12th. Inside the renovated cottage, customers can pick up unique Irish made gifts, whilst sipping on a barista coffee paired with their own fudge which is made in store.

In 2021, Moher Cottage decided to extend and upgrade their Terrace at the cottage, which overlooks Liscannor Bay and is dog friendly!

The outdoor terrace has added so much to Moher Cottage, giving staff and visitors the opportunity to slow down, take 5, breathe and soak it all in. “The landscape around us really gives you that space and I find you really do get a renewed energy from taking the time to enjoy it. Overlooking our farm (seeing cows and calves grazing), Liscannor Bay and on a clear day you can see the Kerry mountains, making this terrace simply a beautiful place to be.”

“With staycations and day trips, people were exploring what was on their doorstep here in Ireland, the Terrace offered us an opportunity to ensure our business could stay open and also it was a feature we really needed to develop. Having a coffee,voted best in Ireland, a tea, some of their fudge or a slice of cake looking out across the water is, well, ideal. The pandemic gave us a kick in the right direction to get these jobs done!” smiled Caitriona who runs Moher Cottage with her Husband Kevin.

The family run business also launched the Moher Cottage Coffee Truck which was housed at the Cottage and brought to their nearby farm in Clahane, a gorgeous sea swimming spot and discovery spot on the wild Atlantic way.  With the rise in sea swimming and overall outdoor activity, the coffee truck was a very warm and welcome addition!

Moher Cottage is a sponsor and supporter of Liscannor GAA underage ladies’ team with sponsoring footballs in 2021 and this year new jackets with a commitment into 2023, something this small business is very proud of

Moher Cottage is open from March 12th everyday from 10am to 5pm. And ships globally from their online store year round.  To find out more check out www.mohercottage.com.

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Galway’s Westend launches the Sustainable Business Communities Initiative

February 7, 2022

Say YES to changing habits for the better of yourself, your home, your community and for each other.


TODAY Galway’s Westend launches the Sustainable Business Communities Initiative with Galway City Council Clean Energy Technology Centre and Lisa Regan Public Relations


This initiative is based on creating awareness of the importance of waste prevention, food waste prevention and resource efficiency amongst the many varied businesses in Galway’s West End. By working with commercial premises, this will lead to increased awareness taking Waste, Water and Energy themes into account.


This pilot scheme with businesses in Galway’s Westend will collectively aim to:


Reduce food waste

Reduce energy consumption

Reduce water consumption

Create a more circular supportive economy

Support Use your Mug Campaign to further communicate and encourage YOU to bring and USE your REusabales to stop the continuation of compostable container usage (20,000 coffee cups a day going to landfill)

Support and launch the Think Before You flush Campaign https://thinkbeforeyouflush.org/

Together we can and will do better through collective, positive and simple daily changes.

Stay tuned and remember the rules:
Shop Local

Bring your tote

Bring your Keep Cup

Walk or Cycle

Eat in Season

Support your LOCAL economy

And UP THE WEST