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April Events in Galway

6th - 9th April 2017: 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. 

Tues 4th April 2017: 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. 

7th - 9th April 2017: Galway Dance Days Festival

Each year Dancers, activists and academics from around the world will attend the Galway Dance Days Festival at the Black Box and NUI Galway. Tickets available from the Town Hall Theatre on See more information

Thurs 13th April 2017: Spring into Summer Wine Masterclass at the g Hotel & Spa - 6pm

Explore the refreshing varietals of Sauvignon Blanc and fruity tones of Semillon from new and old world estates. This short masterclass will provide an entertaining tour of the world whilst you sip the delicately flavoured wines and discover the unique highlights of each region. Head Chef Jason O’Neill will also serve delicious savoury bites.  €15.00 per person to include Wine Tasting & Mini Bites Platter. To book email Suzanne Meade on

Sat 15th April 2017: Connacht Rugby v Leinster Rugby

Part of the Pro 12 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

Thurs 13th -Mon 17th April 2017: 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 2017.


18th - 23rd April 2017: Galway Theatre Festival

Celebrating 10 years, the Galway Theatre Festival is nine days of exciting theatre, circus, spectacle, and story-telling, showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city.  Venues include the Town Hall Theatre, Druid, Nuns Island, Connacht Print Works, the national Irish language theatre An Taibhdhearc  and more. See full programme on

23rd - 30th April 2017: 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

21st - 23rd 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

Sun 23rd April 2017: 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 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.  


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