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Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are one of Irelands most popular tourist destinations and most people who visit Galway will spend a day going to Inish Mor Island and cycling to the world Heritage site Dun Aoghasa. This stands on 300ft cliffs and offers a breathtaking scene of natural beautyof both the Islands, its Cliffs, and the Atlantic. It set within and ancient stone fort.

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Galway Festivals

Festivals in Galway

MARCH

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Parade through the streets of Galway.
www.stpatricksgalway.com
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APRIL

Cáoirt International Festival of Literature
Literary festival.
www.galwayartscentre.ie
The Galway Early Music Festival
Featuring concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment.
www.galwayearlymusic.com

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MAY

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JUNE
Galway Sessions
Traditional music festival. Various venues
www.galwaysessions.com

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JULY
Galway Film Fleadh
Film festival for feature films and shorts.
www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

Galway Arts Festival
One of Europe’s most inventive, vibrant & colourful events. A truly international celebration of the performing and visual arts which takes place in and around Galway City each July.
www.galwayartsfestival.ie

The Galway Races – Summer Festival Meeting.
Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway.
Ireland’s premier horse racing festival.
www.galwayraces.com

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AUGUST
Connemara Pony Show
Clifden, Co Galway. Premier show for Connemara Ponies in Ireland for breeders and owners from home and overseas.
www.cpbs.ie
Roundstone Summer Festival
Roundstone, Co Galway. A weekend where people can come and sample the beauty of the village of Roundstone and the warmth and friendliness of its inhabitants.
www.roundstonesummerfest.com
Galway Races – Autumn Festival Meeting
Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway
www.galwayraces.com

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SEPTEMBER
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival
Clarenbridge, Co. Galway
Great food, great Guinness, great music and entertainment all in a splendid marquee on the banks of the Claren River which flows through the village of Clarenbridge on the edge of Galway Bay.
www.clarenbridge.com
Clifden Arts Week
Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway
www.clifdenartsweek.ie
Galway International Oyster Festival
Galway City
Music, song, dance and food, and oysters, of course!
www.galwayoysterfest.com

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SEPTEMBER
Baboro – International Arts Festival for Children
All day at all the major venues in Galway City. National and International theatre, puppetry, music, dance etc. for children. Including family events and workshops.
www.baboro.ie

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OCTOBER
Galway Races October Bank Holiday Weekend Meeting
Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway
www.galwayraces.com

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Connemara

Connemara is a maze of varied landscapes and is steeped in a variety of different types of stunning natural beauty. It has all the wilderness and charm that has charactorised Ireland as a whole and a visit to this area would be a highlight of any holiday. Here is a list of some of the must see attractions that you may well come accross on a drive through Connemara.

The Sky Road.
This is a road between Letterfrack and Clifden. It is a twenty mintue coastal drive.

The Connemara National Park.
The Connemara National Park has a very well laid out man made path of wood (so its really safe) that leads up the Diamond Mountain and affords stunning panoramic views of all of Conemara and varied landscapes. An afternoon here is highly reccomended.

Kylemore Abbey.
This is where authentic country Ireland meets majestic castle. Kylemore Abbey is one of the most photographed attractions in Ireland.

Roundstone Village.
Roundstone has been heralded as the most picturesque village in Ireland. It is still a working fishing village where you can feel part of the community. It also features Gurteen Bay which is very beautiful.