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April Events in Galway

Thurs 29th -Mon 2nd April 2018: Galway Food Festival

Taking place over Easter Weekend in Galway, the 6th Galway food Festival showcases Galway City & County as a great food destination highlighting artisan producers and local restaurants. Programme of events will be released in March 2018.

Tues 2nd April 2018: Lunchtime Classical Music

Starting promptly at 1.10pm in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, this is a popular classical music event which caters for all tastes and interest levels from the novice to the professional. Each month will feature The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet string quartets from their repertoire. All performances are preceded with a brief introduction of the music. 

5th - 8th April 2018: Clifden Traditional Music Festival

The last two days of the Clifden Traditional Music Festival is a weekend of the very best of Irish music, song and dance with concerts, sessions, workshops and outdoor entertainment. The festival includes Music Workshops, Sean Nos Dance Workshops, Youth Sessions, Traditional Music Mass, Pub Sessions throughout the whole weekend, "Farewell Session" on Sunday. 


22nd April 2018: Connemara International Marathon

Comprising of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and a 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon. Places are limited so you need to book early to avoid disappointment.  2017 is the 16th Connemara Marathon and a celebration night will be held in both Galway and Clifden. According to Red Bull the Connemarathon is one of “the best events in Ireland for adventure lovers“! and “Le Marathon du Connemara” voted one of the 10 most beautiful marathon courses in the world on Trivago.

23rd - 24th April 2018: TouRRoir Global Forum

The Good Food Ireland symposium on food, tourism & culture will take place at NUI Galway this year, bringing together thought leaders, experienced practitioners and change agents across the three sectors. It will coincide with Galway’s designation as European Region of Gastronomy as Galway continues to grow its international status in all three sectors of food, tourism and culture in the lead up to being European Capital of Culture in 2020.

23rd - 29th April 2018: Cúirt International Festival of Literature

This is Ireland’s premier literary event. The annual festival brings over sixty authors of local, national and international repute to Galway for readings, workshops, discussions, book signings and poetry. See the festival website for more details of this year's line-up

28th April: The Western Lakes and Atlantic Challenge (WLAC)

This a fun and challenging cycling event with a short 3.5km fun cycle for the family and a 25km longer distance cycle for the budding athlete or endurance cycles of 100km and 144km for the cycling enthusiasts. Support teams on hand and novice cyclists are catered for. Event starts in Salthill Knocknacarra GAA club.  

27th/28th April 2018: Connacht Rugby v Leinster Rugby - Date TBC

Part of the Pro 14 rugby series, this is one of the most popular games of the season with many fans on both sides travelling to Galway. The game will take place in The Sportsground just 3 minutes walk from the g Hotel. Kick off time 19.35hrs. Book your stay at the g Hotel - the cloest hotel to the Connacht Rugby Sportsground. Tickets available from

27th - 29th April: Inishbofin Walking Festival

Locally known as 'bofin, this island is one of Connemara's best islands for walking.  The Festival is the perfect time to come and enjoy the friendly and relaxed pace of Island life. Let enthusiastic professional and local guides share their vast knowledge of local folklore, history, heritage and ecology with you.  To get involved see


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