Galway is renowned throughout Ireland as the city which has managed to combine all the desirable qualities of a larger city with those of a smaller country town. Nowhere is this more visible than in its nightlife.
From dark and smoky little drinking holes which haven't changed for decades to the numerous ultra modern clubs scattered throughout the city, everyone will find somewhere to unwind using their favoured method, be it sipping a frothy pint or gyrating senselessly on dance floor packed to capacity.
Traditional Music also plays an important role with regard to entertainment in the city and can be heard in numerous establishments throughout - just follow your ear. Some of the more popular venues include The Galway Shawl, Tigh Neachtain, Monroe's Tavern, the Roisin Dubh and An Pucan.
If you do happen to frequent the latter you may well be forgiven for thinking that you have been transported to a foreign country or have consumed one Guinness too many. Fear not, this is the city's main Irish language pub and the sounds you are listening too are none other than the Gaelic language that is spoken in numerous parts of rural Galway .
But as well as the city's vibrant pub and club scene, Galway is also home to some of Ireland's premier festivals as well as a variety of smaller celebrations which take place throughout the year.
The most popular of all such events are undoubtedly the Galway Arts Festival which takes place over the last two weeks in July and Galway Race Week which is on during the first week in August. Both take over the entire city and you really should book accommodation well in advance if you wish to attend either event. Otherwise, you better hope the weather holds up in order to make sleeping on one of the city's benches more enjoyable. Of course, that's assuming you can even find a free bench!!!
Another popular festival phenomenon in both Galway city and county are the numerous Oyster Festivals, the biggest of which is the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival. Taking place during the first week of September, in a village located about twenty-five miles outside the city centre; it's an event which has increased dramatically in size over the past couple of years. And, for those of you in the know about this particular shellfish, apparently Clarinbridge is home to some of the best in the world.
Trad on The Prom
If you are visiting Galway there is one show that I cannot recommend highly enough, it is Trad on the Prom.
"Simply the Best Irish Show of the Year"
Trad on the Prom is a contemporary Irish show featuring an electrifying mix of music, song and dance. The 2007 season kicks off in Galway at the Salthill Hotel in May and carries on through to the end of September. Trad on the Prom showcases the amazing talents of Mairin Fahey, featured soloist with Riverdance and The Chieftains. Mairin is joined by Chris Kelly and her world famous band. Dancers from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Cian Nolan and Mary McDonagh are joined by young rising stars of the future, Cathal and Fergal Keaney, both of whom are World Champions. The vocals are provided by Sean Costello, Marc Roberts and Yvonne McMahon, lead vocalist with The Chieftains. The show takes place at The Salthill Hotel, situated on the Promenade in Salthill, just a few minutes from the house.
You can also avail of a very special price for Dinner and the Show at the hotel. Your meal will be a 4 course meal with a choice of Starter, choice of Main Course, choice of Desert, tea or Coffee and a Glass of Wine. The cost per person for Dinner and Show is only 50.00 Euro, the best value in Galway !!!!!
You can book your tickets at Rusheen Bay House for just the Show or for Dinner and Show