Lets’ celebrate St. Patrick and all things Irish for the month of March. Stay in the heart of the city – this is a place to truly discover the city instead of just visiting, to immerse yourself in all that is Galway!
“There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were. “
If you are looking to party with the locals, then you want to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Galway. The atmosphere is electric, the parade is spectacular and with outdoor screenings of iconic Irish movies and numerous free events throughout the city – Galway is the place to celebrate your Irishness! So why not take advantage of Ireland’s hundred thousand welcomes and join in the festivities this St Patrick’s Day?
St.Patricks Festival Galway
2019 marks the 117th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade and you can expect a wonderful spectacle of all things Irish with this Year’s Guest of Honour being Galway native and extreme adventurer Gavan Hennigan.
The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Parade will start at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1.00pm.
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.
The theme of this years parade is ‘Diversity’ and the parade will feature an array of community, cultural, sporting and international groups including Ireland’s pioneering spectacle theatre company Macnas, led by the Macnas Young Ensemble. Recognised worldwide for its quality and innovation, Macnas will be accompanied some of their fantastic creations alongside a cacophony of rhythm passion and purpose from the next generation Macnas drummers.
St Patrick’s Festival Galway is a platform to showcase local artists and community groups. It aims to celebrate the cities diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events. They aim to create a carnival atmosphere that the whole city can be part of and they do. There will also be a variety of family entertainment throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Eyre Square including music, amusements Face painting and other activities
This year’s parade highlights are expected to be the Galway Arts Centre, Colours Street Theatre, An Taibhdhearc Theatre and Galway Theatre Festival with community groups such as Foróige, GAA clubs, Amnesty International and The Russian Culture Club creating a kaleidoscope of of Galway’s rich mix of cultural and ethnic diversity.
Each year there is a host of events that take place throughout the city, with full details to be confirmed for St.Patricks Festival 2019. See details of the 2018 St.Patricks Festival Programme of Events here to give you an idea of what to expect.
Traditional Irish Music
You are sure to stumble upon a Traditional Irish Music session over the weekend. Traditional Irish music is an integral part of many pubs in Galway, including our own 1520 Bar. Make sure to include a night of trad music in Galway, with singing and general craic, it is one you won’t forget anytime soon.
Residence Hotel Galway
Welcome to The Residence Hotel Galway, a boutique, townhouse located in cultural Latin Quarter of the vibrant Galway city. Our neighbourhood is recognised as the most vibrant and historical area of Galway City, spoiling its visitors with an array of boutiques, cafes and restaurants., including our own 1520 Bar. A Traditional Irish bar, inspired by our medieval past but with a 21st Century kick!
Kiss Me I’m Irish – Overnight with a complimentary Irish Cocktail
Kick back and savour a Complimentary Irish Cocktail; ‘Irish Old Fashioned’ or ‘Whiskey Sour’, expertly prepared with showmanship and unique presentation, served in 1520. Take a seat by the fireside, snug or by the bar and enjoy Traditional Irish Music here each evening from 6pm.