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Blas na Bealtaine – May festival of food A Taste of Galway 2024

July 11, 2024

We were absolutely delighted with the PR services provided by Lisa Regan for Blas na Bealtaine.

From the very start her expertise and dedication were evident.  She took the time to understand our needs and crafted a strategy that perfectly captured the essence of our food festival. Her local knowledge and connections were invaluable, which significantly raised the profile of our launch event at ‘The Kings Head’ in May.

Lisa’s ability to pitch our story to the right media outlets made a real difference to our visibility. We were delighted with both local and national traditional media coverage, and we saw a substantial increase in meaningful social media engagement throughout the campaign.

In addition to her professionalism and expertise, what truly set Lisa apart was her personal touch and dedication.  She was always available, approachable, and willing to go the extra mile.  She has also generously offered continued support and advice since the campaign finished!

In summary, Lisa’s professionalism, coupled with her warm and friendly demeanour, made her an absolute joy to work with.  We cannot recommend her highly enough to anyone looking for top-notch PR services.  She truly is a real gem in the Irish PR landscape!

Blas na Gaillimhe Team.

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Galway Races Summer Vibes – Where the city meets the track for a week of unbeatable fun!

July 5, 2024

Race week 24 kicks off in style with a full city centre entertainment program

Galway City is set to come alive with a full free entertainment program as the Galway Summer Vibes campaign kicks off on Monday, July 29th, running through Wednesday, July 31st. This campaign aims to kick start the race week festival in the city centre before and after the main business of the day, the racing! From Monday free live entertainment, fashion showcases, and a variety of family-friendly activities will be happening throughout the city.

Eyre Square, the Latin Quarter, and Galway’s westend will transform into hubs of activity, buzzing with live performances from local bands, traditional music sessions, and acoustic sets. Each evening from 8pm, the city’s neighbourhoods will resonate with the sounds of summer, offering a perfect backdrop for the festive atmosphere.

Fashion enthusiasts can look forward to pop-up fashion showcases (From 12noon to 3pm) on Monday and Tuesday, hosted by the fashion entrepreneur and stylist Mandy Maher. These on street showcases will highlight the latest trends and styles as racegoers prepare to bring their fashion A-game to Galway. Mandy will shine a spotlight on local Galway retail outlets, encouraging attendees to shop locally and support the city’s boutiques, jewellers, footwear stores, and talented milliners. These will take place in Eyre Square, Cross Street and on the Spanish Arch.

Galway is a city that knows how to entertain, and this year’s race week is no exception. Families can explore award-winning restaurants, enjoy drinks in some of the best pubs in Ireland, and partake in the city’s renowned craic. To make the experience even more convenient, Bus Éireann shuttle buses will provide easy transportation, dropping racegoers in the heart of the city and directly at the Ballybrit racecourse.

Galway’s reputation for exceptional food and drinks will be on full display, with Diageo partnering with local public houses to ensure every pub offers a top-tier experience. Galways award winning restaurants are ready to welcome you for a pre-race lunch to talk through the plan and then back into the city to enjoy innovative culinary creations whilst you chat through the fun of the day.

Speaking at the launch of Galway Summer Vibes Johnny Duggan, Galway City VFI commented “It is another great initiative where the various City Centre areas come together to let people know that the City Centre is open for business and with plenty to see and do, whether you are a Race goer or not.  There is such a great array of pubs in Galway, all within walking distance, with lots on across the city in all areas.”

“The Ballybrit Summer Racing Festival brings a huge number of visitors to Galway each year so Fáilte Ireland is really pleased to support the Summer Vibes festival which will help showcase the best that Galway city has to offer. Festivals and events play a key role in helping visitors immerse themselves in a destination’s unique offering. Fáilte Ireland has worked closely with Galway’s business community to help develop an exciting programme of free events that will bring Galway’s streets to life with the city’s renowned arts, culture, and creativity,” said Margaret Jenkins, Fáilte Ireland.

This race week, Galway is undeniably the place to be. Embrace the #GalwaySummerVibes and stay connected through social media accounts: Galway Races Official, Galway’s westend, The Latin Quarter, and Eyre Square Galway. Plan your Galway Races fun and immerse yourself in all the free, exciting activities the city has to offer.

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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 Get social across Facebook and Instagram or call 091-567 865.

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Kaleidos transforming wooden canvases into dynamic works of art

July 1, 2024

Kaleidos- Emer Whelan art launches new collectionTransforming wooden canvases into dynamic works of art

Emer Whelan, the creative force behind Emer Whelan Art is launching her summer collection ‘Kaleidos’ which marries a lakeside tranquillity with urban vibrancy. At the heart of Emer’s artistic expression lies her innovative use of lasers, transforming wooden canvases into dynamic works of art. The collection of 15 pieces will be launched at The West End Art Collective in Galways westend on 13th July at 6pm.

Originally from Cahir Pier on Lough Mask but now calling Galway City home, Emer infuses her surroundings into her art, capturing the essence of the lake and the energy of the urban. 

Each piece exudes energy and vitality, reflecting Emer’s vision and passion for exploring the boundaries of traditional mediums. With Emer Whelan designs, you embark on a journey where colours dance on wood, breathing life into spaces and lighting the imagination. From her studio in Galway, Emer continues to push the boundaries inviting us to experience the beauty and vibrancy of her creations.

Pieces start from €375 and are available to view on

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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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The Raines to play lunchtime gig at The Kings Head

June 7, 2024

Galway band pop up gig to kick off summer tour

Folk/Americana trio,The Raines will play an intimate lunchtime show in the pocket-sized venue on the top floor of The Kings Head on Saturday June 29th.

The Raines use their collective experience and influences to create a unique and pure sound, writing strong and melodic songs, in which they weave in and out of vocal harmony and counter-melody, interlaced with tender and rhythmic strings.  

The Kings Head hosts free live music sessions everyday at 5pm. These summer drop in sessions celebrate the best of Irish Trad music, rock and a little bit of everything in between. 

The gig starts at 1pm. Tickets, €15 are limited and are available from

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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.


GAMMY- The Play

May 13, 2024

Gammy is a portrait of an Irish contemporary rural female, fuelled by unbearable pain and vicious rage. Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support of Dublin Fringe Festival, GAMMY is the love child of Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’, Mark O’Halloran’s ‘Garage’, with a dash of Stephen King’s ‘Misery’. The story is set with all puppy fat, pimples, missing teeth at 31 and working in the same old shop. GAMMY is stuck. GAMMY never grew up. GAMMY got left behind. But today is different, today something is finally going to happen.

Lisa Regan provided excellent PR for GAMMY, a new play that premiered in The Project Arts Centre in Dublin. She expanded our audiences by publicising the play across national print and also radio interviews. We would highly recommend Lisa for her engagement, detailed approach and care she gives to her projects. Kate Finegan Writer

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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.