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St. Patrick's Day in Galway

17th March 2020

This St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy the fun and festivities in Galway on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. With live music throughout the city and an official parade at 11.30am on 17th March 2020, Galway is the ideal choice for visitors near and far. Soak up the atmosphere in the only 5-star Hotel in Galway City the g Hotel & Spa, with live music every Saturday evening. Indulge yourself with our delicious St Patricks Day Afternoon Tea for just €68 for two guests with a selection of Savoury Sandwiches, Freshly Baked Scones, Clotted Cream, Preserves and Sweet Treats. TO BOOK CALL 091 865200 or EMAIL

Afternoon Tea is served seven days a week from 12.00hrs to  18.00hrs each day.

If a relaxing St. Patrick’s Day takes your fancy, why not take time out at ESPA at the g. Situated on the upper two floors of the hotel ESPA at the g comprises eight treatment rooms, four beauty suites, vitality pool, crystal steam room, lifestyle shower, rain shower, rock sauna, an ice fountain, heated loungers and a relaxation room overlooking the rooftop Zen garden. It is the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Or simply celebrate all things Irish this St Patrick’s Week and enjoy an evening meal in our Signature Lounges or Restaurant gigi’s. With a range of menus to choose from, all with locally sourced Irish ingredients, our Head Chef will also have Irish themed specials on offer.


2019 marks the 116th anniversary of the Galway St Patrick's Day Parade. The parade has grown from small beginnings to the present day, when on average it has 50,000 spectators thronging the 1.5 mile route. People of all ages mingle together to enjoy the spectacle of music, dance and performance art as the procession winds its way through Galway city.


The parade will start at 11.30am on  Tuesday March 17. This years route is changed to previous years. The Parade will start at 11.30am from NUIG and wind its way down University Road, over Salmon Weir Bridge, up Eglington Street street and past the viewing stand in Eyre Square finishing at approximately 1pm on Bothar Na mBan.

Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is produced and funded by Galway City Council.


This year’s Galway City St Patrick’s Day Parade is set to showcase Galway and the West of Ireland’s rich gastronomic culture and history in celebration of the regions designation as European Region of Gastronomy 2018. Galway and the West of Ireland, has been designated one of two European Regions of Gastronomy for the year of 2018, the first region in Ireland to attain the very prestigious title which is cause for celebration. The designation celebrates our rich landscape, our food heritage, our people, and our multi-cultural communities. The overarching theme for the year is ‘From the ground up – Feeding our future’ which encompasses everything from farm to fork.

Last year, the St Patrick's Day Parade in Galway highlighted the rich cultural fibre of Galway as part of the bidding for the European Capital of Culture 2020 (which we were subsequently successful in winning). Annual parade highlights include Galway Arts Centre, Colours Street Theatre, An Taibhdhearc Irish language Theatre and Galway Theatre Festival with community groups such as Foróige, GAA clubs, Amnesty International and The Russian Culture Club creating a kaleidoscope of Galway's rich mix of cultural and ethnic diversity.

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