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Laughing all the way to The Top

July 7, 2023

30 Years of Laughs in the littlest room at The Kings Head

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 30 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 Ross Browne, Anna Clifford, Neil Delamere, Emma Doran, Chris Kent, Aideen McQueen, Colm O’Regan and Karl Spain plus many more performing in the smallest room they will play this year, or any year. Shows take place daily from Monday 17th to Sunday 30th 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 or get social @TheKingsHead.


Laughter Loft 2023 Line-up

Mon July 17th, Chris Kent
Tues July 18th, Al Porter
Weds July 19th, Shane Daniel Byrne
Thurs July 20th, Aideen McQueen
Fri July 21st, Colm O Regan
Sat July 22nd, John Colleary
Sun July 23rd , John Colleary
Mon July 24th, Karl Spain
Tues July 25th, Gearoid Farrelly
Weds July 26th, Neil Delamere
Thurs July 27th, Patrick McDonnell
Fri July 28th, Anna Clifford
Sat July 29th, Emma Doran
Sun July 30th, Paul Marsh and Stuart Lambert


Lifeline- Galway International Arts Festival Galway, Galway Community Circus, Jigsaw and the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland 

September 6, 2022

We have worked with Lisa in the past in a training capacity (side note: she’s an incredible woman to facilitate a group of young people) but this summer we were delighted to work again with Lisa when she moderated a panel discussion on youth mental health as part of the Galway International Arts Festival, in conjunction with Galway Community Circus & the Finnish Institute in the UK & Ireland

The young people involved have said that they felt so comfortable with Lisa’s approach as a moderator and as an audience member I can tell you that she’s second to none. She’s kind, compassionate and yet she not afraid to ask difficult questions. She makes sure to make all participants feel involved, valued and most importantly heard. And did I mention she’s a gas woman?! We’re so, so glad that Lisa was free to lead this discussion, it was all the better for her involvement.

Aoife Guilfoyle Youth and Community Engagement Worker Jigsaw Galway,