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World’s Largest Galway Hooker donated back to Galway City and County

July 22, 2024

Vessel to be used as floating arts space and for sail training

Bádóirí an Chladaigh, the classic boat-building and training group, has announced the official donation and transfer of the Naomh Bairbre, the world’s largest Galway hooker, back to Galway County. The handover ceremony took place in the Claddagh Basin on Saturday, July 20, 2024, attended by the new city mayor, Fianna Fáil councillor Peter Keane, alongside notable community figures (pictured).

The Naomh Bairbre’s new role as a sail training vessel and a floating arts space promises to enrich Galway’s maritime and cultural heritage, offering a unique platform for both seasoned sailors and budding artists.

When Connemara carpenter Steve Mulkerrins declared his intention to build and sail a Galway hooker from Chicago to his homeland, it seemed an ambitious dream. Remarkably, not only did he accomplish this feat, constructing the largest Galway hooker ever in his shed with the help of many supporters, but he also sailed it through the Great Lakes and across the Atlantic in 2006. Today, he donated this magnificent vessel to serve as a sail training platform and a floating arts space in Galway City.

“At 47 feet (14 meters) long and with a 47-foot-high mast, the Naomh Bairbre is a striking presence in the Claddagh Basin,” said Peter Connolly of Bádóirí an Chladaigh. “We are delighted with Steve’s gesture, and we plan to ensure it becomes a municipal floating arts space for artists and musicians who can use it when it is not out sailing. Given Galway’s relative lack of artistic venues, this opportunity may prove invaluable for young artists.”

Mulkerrins, originally from Maumeen, Co Galway, expressed his desire for the Naomh Bairbre to remain in Galway, emphasising its heritage as a Galway hooker. “I want it to stay now in Galway, as it is called a Galway hooker for a reason, and it will be a great boat for sailing training and day trips in the bay, and for artists in the winter.”

He embarked on this project while living and working in Chicago for 12 years, and in Boston before that. With the support of his wife Agnes and their three children, he imported wood from Wicklow in two 12-meter containers and invested a significant amount of his own money into the construction. The project saw contributions from various individuals, including balladeer John Flaherty.

The inspiration behind the ambitious journey was to honour the memory of his late father, Colm. The 3,200 km navigation from Chicago to the Hudson River marked the beginning of a meticulously planned voyage home. Naomh Bairbre traversed the Great Lakes, ventured to Newfoundland, returned south to New York, and finally made the Atlantic crossing in 2006. The journey culminated after 28 days at sea, with a triumphant arrival past the Aran Islands and into the quay at Maumeen, accompanied by his shipmates Pat and Tom Joyce, Coley Newell, and Barney Flaherty.

Reflecting on the journey with Lorna Siggins in the Irish Independent, Mr Mulkerrins remarked, “Hard to believe it was 18 years ago that we sailed into Connemara. It is a great sea boat, and I know Peter Connolly and his crew will look after it well.”

Stay connected at www.facebook.com/galwayhookers.

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East Meets West at Thai Garden Galway as they celebrate 25th year in business

July 3, 2024

Bringing the best of Thailand food culture to Galway City

Thai Garden Galway is celebrating its 25th anniversary with Galway, marking a quarter-century of bringing the vibrant flavours of Thailand to the west of Ireland. On Thursday, June 27, they hosted a full day of celebrations with traditional Thai Dancing, food demos and their signature cocktails.

Located at the Spanish Arch, Thai Garden has undergone an extensive renovation, transforming its entire space. The newly revamped restaurant now has terraced views of the River Corrib, which provides the perfect backdrop for summer cocktails and an unparalleled authentic Thai dining experience.

Since 1999, Thai Garden has been a cornerstone of Galway’s culinary scene, being one of the first Asian restaurants in the region. The establishment’s success can be attributed not only to its food offering but also to its dedicated team. Many staff members have been with Thai Garden since day one, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.

“We are incredibly proud of our journey over the past 25 years,” said Won, General Manager of Thai Garden Galway. “Our team, many of whom have been with us since the beginning, are the heart and soul of our restaurant. Their dedication and passion for authentic Thai cuisine have made Thai Garden a Galway institution.”

The highly skilled kitchen team, all originally from Thailand, bring their rich culinary heritage to every dish, ensuring an authentic dining experience. The serving staff’s goal is to make every visit enjoyable, reflecting the warm hospitality that Thai Garden is known for.

Pop into Thai Garden on Spanish Arch or check out www.thaigardengalway.ie. Get social across Facebook and Instagram or call 091-567 865.

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Summer arrives in the west- Dela Restaurant welcomes New Head Chef

June 7, 2024

Embracing sustainability and culinary innovation, Dela launches their take on Summer

Dela, the award-winning restaurant located in the heart of Galway’s Westend on Dominick Street, has announced the appointment of Shannon Di Cola Schiano as their new Head Chef.

Shannon brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to Dela, with a culinary style that masterfully blends Modern Irish, Nordic, and Asian influences. Describing herself as a “Classically Trained Modernist,” Shannon has honed her skills in both Ireland and Australia, with notable tenures at Turtle and Hare Dining, Currevagh House, and Craobh. Her innovative approach and passion for sustainable practices align perfectly with Dela’s commitment to zero-waste and farm-to-table dining.

“We have been admirers of Shannon’s work for quite some time, and we are excited to finally collaborate with her,” said the team at Dela. “Her ‘root to fruit’ philosophy and dedication to sustainability resonate deeply with our own values, and we are eager to see the impact she will make on our evening menu.”

Dela regulars will have already noticed that there are new specials that have become firm favourites already at brunch. Now, her attention turns to Dela’s evening menu, promising an elevated dining experience that champions locally sourced produce from their own farm.

The evening Dela starter highlights include a Mushroom & Nori Doughnut, Radish Kkakduga Pickles Roast Garlic, Barr Rua, or there is seared Asparagus, Smoked White Bean Puree, Pistachio & Leek Oil, Flatbread and for those who love to embrace the sea, the House Cured Sea Trout Tartare Confit Yolk, Local Seaweed and Crackling. Then it’s onto Pork Belly Wellington, Spring Onion Mash, Greens, Cider & Mustard Cream or an Aubergine Schnitzel, House Kraut, Chard, Greens, Rosti, Mushroom Jus and or course there is the classic fish of the day, flank steaks or this Clam & Prawn Linguine Sea Vegetables with Local Seaweed.

To finish you will be torn between a Farm Matcha Pannacotta & Sponge, Clooniffe Blackcurrants, Puffed Grains or the Strawberry & Rhubarb Whipped Mascarpone, Strawberry & Rhubarb Cheong, Elderflower and then there is the Celeriac & White Chocolate Cremeaux, Blackberry Chocolate. All of this is caveated with the fact that all sides and veg supporting these dishes are season and energy levels permitting the vast majority of veg and salads used on this menu are grown on their Farm and Coffee Roastery just out the road in Clooniffe, Moycullen (Just 8km from Galway city)

Shannon’s ethos is to “champion all that nature supplies and to ensure that it has been used sustainably and to its full capacity.” Her focus on fermentation and preserving, along with our investment in commercial composting equipment, will help us take significant strides towards our goal of eliminating kitchen food waste and completing the farm-restaurant-farm cycle.

“Her expertise in sustainable cooking and zero-waste practices will undoubtedly enhance our offerings and solidify Dela’s position as a pioneer in Galway’s dining scene.”

Get to Dela to experience their new summer menu and taste firsthand the dishes they have been sharing through their social channels.

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OMC expands portfolio with acquisition of Galway’s most established Consulting Engineers Practise

May 29, 2024

Creation of 20 jobs through national strategic growth planning

OMC Group, a leading multidisciplinary consulting engineering company, has completed the successful acquisition of prominent consulting engineers business, James Roche Consulting Engineers, a venerable institution in Galway since the late 1970s.

The acquisition of James Roche Consulting Engineers, represents a significant addition to OMC’s portfolio. With four talented professionals joining the OMC Group, this strategic integration leverages synergies to enhance service offerings and solidify OMC’s position as a leader in the consulting engineering sector.

Looking ahead, OMC remains dedicated to its growth trajectory, with plans to complete two additional acquisitions in 2024. Additionally, the company’s expansion efforts are expected to create 20 new jobs nationally.

Founded in 2012 as Enda O’Malley and Associates, the company rebranded to OMC in 2023, signifying its evolution and dedication to excellence and innovation in professional consulting engineers services. OMC completed its first acquisition in late 2022 with the incorporation of O’Halloran Engineering, a pivotal milestone that laid the groundwork for future growth initiatives.

With a in house team of 18 dedicated professionals, OMC’s core business encompasses a diverse range of residential and commercial projects, delivering services in planning consultancy, environmental consultancy, structural design, building surveying, land mapping, assigned certification, fire and disability consultancy, mechanical and electrical consultancy, energy consultancy, and health and safety consultancy.

“We are delighted to welcome James Roche BE and his staff to the OMC Group. James Roche Consulting Engineers has been a well-respected and long established consulting engineers practise  within Galway since the late 1970s and his reputation and network will enhance OMC’s service offering throughout Galway, ” said Enda O’Malley, Founder and CEO of OMC.

“This acquisition exemplifies our strategic approach to expansion, focusing on leveraging synergies and fostering growth opportunities. We are committed to retaining talent, fostering innovation, and creating new employment opportunities as we continue to strengthen our presence as a leading multidisciplinary consulting engineers company in the West of Ireland.”

OMC have offices in Clifden, Galway City and Dublin and oversee projects throughout Ireland. For more information about OMC and its services, visit www.omcgroup.ie.

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A Gentle Life: Celebrating 10 Years of The Tweed Project

May 27, 2024

As The Tweed Project celebrates its 10th anniversary, the 2024 collection stands as a testament to a decade of commitment to simplicity and the artistry of natural fabrics. From the west of Ireland, the brand unveils a collection resonating with the ethos of gentleness and mindful consumption.

The Tweed Project presents ‘A Gentle Life,’ a collection that pays homage to the brand’s origins of simplicity and the thoughtful use of indigenous materials such as tweed, linen, and Aran knits. Showcasing a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary design, the collection features blush pink linen from Emblem Weavers in Wexford and cream Tweed from Molly & Sons.

Each piece in the collection tells a story of craftsmanship and intentionality, reflecting the brand’s unwavering commitment to a slow and gentle approach to fashion. Drawing inspiration from the past while embracing the present, ‘A Gentle Life’ invites wearers to indulge in pieces that seamlessly blend individuality while echoing the spirit of times past.

Set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean in Co. Clare, the collection not only captivates with its aesthetic but also seeks to forge a connection between today’s wearer and the bohemian souls who once inhabited the rugged landscapes of Clare a century ago. Through a tapestry of Donegal woven Prairie blankets, the collection channels the essence of a simpler time, where the pursuit of aestheticism and freedom reigned supreme.

This milestone collection is a testament to the enduring partnership between The Tweed Project’s founders, Triona Lillis and Aoibheann MacNamara. Reflecting on the journey, “Our principles remain unchanged; our love for what we do continues to drive us forward. We are grateful for every piece we have had the privilege to create—and every client we have.”

Celebrating a decade of creativity and collaboration, ‘A Gentle Life’ also marks a poignant collaboration with Rachel Poirer from Teac Damsa and Filmmaker Tadhg O’Sullivan, underscoring the brand’s commitment to simplicity in all its forms—emotionally, environmentally, and spiritually.

Prices for pieces start at €120. For more information and to explore the collection, visit www.thetweedproject.com.

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We Built This City on Rock and Coal

May 17, 2024

A climate change, hopepunk comedy show, created by scientists, comedians and… you!

We Built This City on Rock and Coal brings scientists and theatre makers together for a co-created comedy show driven by hopepunk, climate research, music, and what matters most to the local community. It is a show that is fun for audiences, and good for the planet, based on the idea that every individual and their community can be part of a solution to climate change.

The show will preview with Arts in Action at University of Galway on 30 May at 1pm.

Research shows that caring for our local environment helps us care for the planet, so the events also include sustainability workshops and citizen science activities. Each live show holds space for audience members to speak up and/or be interviewed. These source materials are used by international improvisation experts to inspire scenes, songs and sketches that are unique to each show and community.

The venues range from arts centres to ringforts, and the project will also visit three islands off the coast of Ireland: Inishbofin, Arranmore, and Rathlin Island. By bringing shows to rural centres like Ionad Cois Locha, Interface Inagh, Wild Nephin National Park, and the Centre of Excellence for Climate Action and Sustainability in west Cork, the project aims to prompt discussion and change around environmental topics while finding local positive steps towards solving climate change.

We Built This City on Rock and Coal is co-created by Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield (award winning science communicator and performer) and Katy Schutte (global improvisation practitioner and author). They will partner with Dr. Gesche Kindermann, sustainability and conservation expert from the University of Galway, and storyteller Órla Mc Govern, among others. Audience stories about climate change and climate action will also be collected and shared online as part of the Caomhnú citizen science initiative.

More information including show dates and ticket links is available at http://webuiltthiscity.ie/

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Case Study: Enhancing accessibility in Galway’s westend

May 15, 2024

Galway’s westend sought to improve accessibility to ensure inclusivity and equal access for everyone. With the support of grant funding from Galway City Council, the community embarked on a project aimed at enhancing accessibility through various initiatives, including the procurement of accessibility ramps, installation of a public defibrillator unit, provision of handrails for additional support, and the creation of inclusive signage. This case study delves into the success and impact of these endeavours.

Objective:

The primary objective of the project was to create a more accessible environment within Galway’s westend, thereby fostering inclusivity and enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities or mobility challenges. The project aimed to achieve this by addressing key barriers to accessibility and promoting awareness of available amenities and facilities.

Initiatives implemented:

Procurement of accessibility ramps:

The grant money facilitated the purchase of additional accessibility ramps to be strategically placed in key locations throughout Galway’s westend. These ramps were designed to provide wheelchair users, individuals with mobility aids, and those with strollers or heavy luggage easier access to buildings and public spaces. By increasing the availability of ramps, the project aimed to remove physical barriers and promote independent mobility.

Installation of a public defibrillator unit:

Recognising the importance of emergency preparedness, a public defibrillator unit was installed in a central location on the canal.

Provision of handrails for additional support:

In collaboration with local businesses, handrails were installed to provide additional support for individuals with mobility impairments. These handrails were strategically positioned in areas where steps or uneven surfaces posed challenges to accessibility. By enhancing stability and support, these handrails promote confidence and independence among individuals with varying mobility needs.

Creation of inclusive signage:

To raise awareness and improve navigation for individuals seeking accessible facilities, inclusive signage was designed and implemented across the westend. These creatively crafted stickers designed by local artist Paul James Kearney , in harmony with the area’s aesthetic, indicate the presence of accessibility ramps within buildings. By incorporating visually appealing design elements, the signage not only serves a functional purpose but also adds a touch of creativity to the urban landscape.

Through strategic planning and collaboration, the grant-funded initiatives have significantly enhanced accessibility within Galway’s westend, making it a more inclusive and welcoming community for all. By addressing physical barriers, promoting awareness, and creatively integrating accessibility features, the project exemplifies the positive impact of community-driven initiatives supported by local authorities.

Galway’s westend serves as a model for other communities striving to create environments that are accessible, safe, and inclusive for everyone.

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Summer of art at Ard Bia

May 9, 2024

Appreciation of light and all its textures focus of photography showcase

This June, Ard Bia will host Aoibheann MacNamara’s second photographic exhibition titled Dunganese- which is a coastal desert region in the south of England. This exhibition has a fixation on features in the natural landscape that gives context of time and location.

As an artist of photography, she works in automatic and lets the light largely dictate the work. This is by design and by its nature largely more bleached out like the barren landscape depicted throughout the pieces.

Long since mentioned in murmurs of elusiveness, Dungenese has often been the preserve of artists and writers – most notably the great Derek Jarmon.

His tar-washed yellow windowed hut of iconic standing is the big draw but from there, a bigger aesthetic story evolves. Nuclear power stations, fish huts, lighthouses, colourful fishing debris, signal stations and much more presents a set design for escapist theatre in the shape of time spent there and of time removed.

This body of work, created over several early morning windswept walks while staying at the fog signal house in March 2024, pays homage to the beauty of a place that is like a moonscape with the most evocative structures within that scape.

“The muted colours of the images are untouched and left in their bleached-out state in a nod to analogue film we could not change once shot,” explained Aoibheann.

For more information call into Ard Bia on the Spanish Arch. The summer exhibition series will continue in July with painter Jose M. Yagüe Manzanares who through his painting of photography displays a love letter through his craft to Ireland.

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Blas na Bealtaine – May festival of food kicks off in Galway

April 29, 2024

A celebration of food and experience in Galway

Blas Na Gaillimhe – (A Taste of Galway) food network & festival that celebrates Galway’s unique year-round hospitality is kickstarting a month of deliciousness in May. Blas na Bealtaine will celebrate people and food from across the globe but right here in the west. Through festivals, events, and collaborations, A Taste of Galway celebrates the diversity, creativity, and passion that define Galway’s food culture.

The festival has a diverse lineup of workshops, talks, and events designed to introduce and ignite people’s passion for what is here on our doorstep. From traditional feasts to innovative wine explorations, there is something for every palate and every curiosity.

Enjoy the flavours of Brazil but in Salthill, one of the highlights of the festival is the Feijoada weekend at Chef Laura Rosso. Prepare to indulge in the rich flavours of Brazil with a slow-cooked pork and black beans stew, served with all the traditional accompaniments. Meanwhile, in Galway’s westend on Dominick Street, Aniar celebrates Blas na Bealtaine & Oysters from the west coast of Ireland with a pop-up oyster bar. Expect an array of Irish oysters, delicately accompanied by wild, foraged, and preserved garnishes. As a result of the abundant plankton the west coast provides ideal oyster growing conditions. Daróg Wine Bar are focusing on Fíon (wine in Irish), where you will go on an exploration into the world of wines.

A celebration of food and experience in Galway Blas Na Gaillimhe – (A Taste of Galway) food network & festival that celebrates Galway’s unique year-round hospitality is kickstarting a month of deliciousness in May. Blas na Bealtaine will celebrate people and food from across the globe but right here in the west. The festival has a diverse lineup of workshops, talks, and events designed to introduce and ignite people’s passion for what is here on our doorstep. For all information visit https://atasteofgalway.com/events/ . Pictured at the official launch in The Kings Head were Mirko Testa and Gabi Juillet, both from IL Vicolo restaurant. Blas na Bealtaine – May festival of food kicks off in Galway. Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure

For those eager to roll up their sleeves and get hands-on, Jess Murphy and Pasta Tony are joining forces to teach the art of pasta making, accompanied by Italian salads and fine wines in Massimo Bar. And for the curious souls craving a deeper understanding of Irish cuisine, Galway Food Tours and Fable Tours offer immersive experiences that delve into the heart of Ireland’s culinary heritage.  There will be a taste of Galway cheese & wine at Sheridans Cheesemongers, where you will be tasting through some of Galway’s finest cheeses including Galway Sinan, Killeen goat cheese and Kylmora alpine style cheese. Each of the Galway cheeses will be carefully paired with a selection of European wines, Irish cider and accompaniments.

Join POTA Café, in Baile na hAbhann to go on a culinary and cultural journey from Connemara through Loch Lurgan (the ancient name for Galway Bay) to the Aran Islands and back. Loch Lurgan, an evening of Food and Folklore will have you feasting on a 7-course tasting menu interspersed with the history and mythology of Loch Lurgan. Then it is onto Trieste Café & Wine Bar for a celebration of Bubbles, Rosé & Light Reds. Tasting all the ideal Wines for the perfect summer evening. Think Cava, French Rosé, Vinho Verde & Pinot Noir (and lots more!) Paired with Charcuterie and cheese from Colm Jordan from the iconic Galway Saturday Market.

Cava Bodega welcomes Javier Murúa of Bodegas Muriel for an evening of talks, tapas, and wine, while Garavans hosts an award-winning Micil Tasting that explores the rich distilling traditions of Galway. At neighbourhood favourite Tom Sheridans will host Bia Bites: A celebration of local produce, with a wine pairing. And for those seeking a truly unique dining experience, Aniar presents the Chef Swap series, where guest chefs collaborate to create once-in-a-lifetime menus.

A celebration of food and experience in Galway Blas Na Gaillimhe – (A Taste of Galway) food network & festival that celebrates Galway’s unique year-round hospitality is kickstarting a month of deliciousness in May. Blas na Bealtaine will celebrate people and food from across the globe but right here in the west. The festival has a diverse lineup of workshops, talks, and events designed to introduce and ignite people’s passion for what is here on our doorstep. For all information visit https://atasteofgalway.com/events/ . Pictured at the official launch in The Kings Head were Lisa Regan Lisa Regan PR, David Fitzpatrick, BoTown Burgers and Diarmuid Ó Mathúna Potá Cafe. Blas na Bealtaine – May festival of food kicks off in Galway. Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure

Founder, Jp McMahon is passionate about the network, he believes Blas na Gaillimhe is a wonderful opportunity for the Galway restaurants and producers to showcase the best of what they do. “The network is focused on developing strong relationships and a vibrant food community in Galway thus benefiting people working in the industry and the diners. “

Get into Galway throughout May to celebrate the vibrant spirit of this internationally acclaimed food scene at Blas na Bealtaine. For more information and bookings, visit https://atasteofgalway.com/events/ or get social across Facebook and Instagram.

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Workshop:Personal Branding

April 23, 2024

This morning I had the opportunity to give a workshop with female founders in the health space from Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Poland and Ireland on Personal Branding as part of an EIT Health programme: for a Women Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (WEB).

Thank you to Jenny Mullery who facilitates this from University of Galway IdeasLab for bringing me on board.

Building your brand and your communication style is an area I am very passionate about. Life is all about people and relationships, so why not make it easier, more engaging and fun.

We achieve so much when we listen to understand and appreciate peoples point of view. I also worked in the Value of critical thinking. To me it means being curious and leads to better decision making, self reflection,the ability to identify misinformation and build creative problem solving skills.

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Celebrating 35 years of The Kings Head: A morning of reflection, generosity, and hope

April 3, 2024

This Friday, April 5th, marks a significant milestone for The Kings Head, Galway, as they celebrate 35 years of serving the community with warmth, hospitality, and dedication. To mark this special occasion, the Grealish family, proprietors of The Kings Head, cordially invite the public to join them for a morning of coffee and cake starting at 11:30am.

In the spirit of giving back, the Grealish family has chosen to mark their 35th anniversary by making a generous donation to the Galway Rape Crisis Centre. This commendable act aligns perfectly with the ongoing efforts of the Galway Rape Crisis Centre, which has recently launched a fundraiser under the banner ‘WIN100GRAND.IE’. The fundraiser aims to secure €100,000 to support the development of a new, state-of-the-art building to serve as the home of the Galway Rape Crisis Centre in the Claddagh, Galway.

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For over four decades, the Galway Rape Crisis Centre has been a beacon of support for survivors of sexual violence, offering vital services such as free support, advocacy, and empowerment. Their unwavering commitment to breaking the cycle of silence and stigma surrounding sexual violence has made them an invaluable resource for survivors across Galway City and County, as well as in Roscommon and North Clare.

“We are really excited about this draw. It is an incredible prize and as they say it could be you. We are building for the future. Our new home in the heart of Galway is a symbol of hope and resilience for our entire community. By investing in our €100,000 cash draw, you are not just contributing to a building project; you are investing in the future of survivors and the broader community. Your support will enable us to expand our reach, enhance our services, and continue our vital work in raising awareness through education,” said Cathy Connolly, Executive Director, Galway Rape Crisis Centre.

Tickets for the ‘WIN100GRAND.IE’ draw are priced at €50 each or 3 for €100 and are available for purchase now at win100grand.ie.

Stay connected with The Kings Head across social media platforms and on their new website www.thekingshead.ie.

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Welcome to the neighbourhood- Galway Food Tours launches a true Galway buzz tour

March 27, 2024

Ramble through Galway’s neighbourhoods to experience life like a local

To get to experience Galway as a local you must cross into all the neighbourhoods. Experience the coffee, the beers, a gig, theatre, the street art, a burger, the best pizza in Ireland (fact), fish and chips, dessert, and of course the people.   With all this in mind the award-winning Galway Food Tours has launched their neighbourhood walking tours through the city of the tribes.

Taking in the historic charm of Woodquay, the bustling city centre streets and Eyre Square, through the Latin Quarter, onto Galways westend and then out to Salthill, the Galway neighbourhood ramble tour will introduce little nuggets of social and cultural notes as well as enjoying a refreshment or two along the way.

From Woodquay to Salthill, every step promises a new and different discovery of people, food, and stories. Get ready to go on a new adventure as Galway Food Tours introduces its brand-new neighbourhood walking tour that dives into the heart of Galway’s unique city areas.

The city is surrounded by water with the River Corrib holding pride of place and quick fact- it’s the fastest flowing river in Europe, so the tour begins at the midpoint between the iconic Salmon Weir Bridge and the new pedestrian bridge. Here, the ramble begins into Woodquay where you will enjoy the river from another viewpoint at the Commercial Boat Club, pop in Hughes for a pint, an Oyster at Galways only Oyster Bar in McSwiggans or a quick flutter at the bookies next door, and who knows, you might just walk away with a smile and an extra fiver in your pocket! 

Take a stroll up to enjoy Eyre Square, where the bustle of city life intertwines with the city’s famous park scape. New opening Mary Mullens is offering an Asian inspired outdoor oasis with Galway style Gyozas on offer- a must. The history of Galway can be seen on every corner but a pop into the 800-year-old Kings Head on High Street to learn even more about how the town became a city with the addition of a small matter of a beheading right at the door of a very famous King!

Crossing the bridges into Galway’s westend, this place moves to a different beat than the rest of the city, which keeps high street chains at bay and allows independent boutique businesses to flourish. Many businesses have been here for generations and supply the needs of the bountiful restaurants and bars that have won awards around the world and stamped the area on the food map even if you will not always find it on a tourist map.

Speciality tea and coffee cafes with hidden sun traps and vintage clothing shops have recently changed the day time vibe but no day is complete without a trip to Galways oldest grocery store to see Ernie or a drink in the Small Crane which used to be a potato market.

Heading out to Salthill for some fresh sea air, it’s time for a coffee in Kali or a small nip of something stronger at Tribe Gin school followed by a trip to the slots or the casino at the iconic Seapoint.

“Galway has so much to offer but when we travel, we are easily just drawn to main attractions. Really though we want to know where the locals are and what it is that makes a place special- so the neighbourhood tour of Galway is just that. Every person coming to the city can then get a real slice of Galway life. We love all the people and stories as well as unique Galway offerings so we want to show and share these with as many people as possible,” explained Sheena Dignam of Galway Food Tours.

Tours run throughout the day from 11am and are priced at €30. Book now at www.galwayfoodtours.com .