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What’s On in Galway 2017

Check out the latest events that Galway has to offer with Snoozles being in the middle of the action

 

 

January – February

 

Connacht Rugby v Zebre 

14th January 

 

Connacht play host to Zebre at The Sportsground in the Champions Cup with kick-off time at 1pm. Snoozles Hostel is located only a few minutes walk from the Sportsground, Drop the bags in Snoozles and head off for the day to the match and enjoy the festivities in Galway after the win! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Galway International Rally

04th – 05th February 

 

Galway International Rally, sponsored by Corrib OIl has a notable place in Ireland’s road racing history, as it was the 1st round of the Irish Tarmac Championship which was first held in 1978. Today, the rally serves as the season opener for the championship.

 

Valentines Day 

Tuesday 14th of February

 

Galway may be known as The City of the Tribes, But it turns into the City of Romance for Valentines! Snoozles Hostel is located in the middle of Galway, beside all the best restaurants & Pubs. We are also only a few minutes away from Salthill if you fancy a romantic walk on the promenade. We also have newly renovated Private rooms – contact us today for details.

 

March – April

 

Seachtain na Gaelige Festival 

01st – 17th March 

 

The annual Seachtain na Gaeilge festival takes place from 1 – 17 March. The fortnight-long festival is a celebration of the Irish language, culture and heritage. It encapsulates the pride of the Irish language community and inspires further generations to immerse themselves in our native tongue. The festival has built up a huge momentum in recent years, becoming the largest celebration of the Irish language and culture held every year. Seachtain na Gaeilge has something for everyone; young and old, native and non-native, fluent and novice. All you need is a cúpla focal! 

 

Connacht Rugby 

 

 

03rd March 2017
Connacht play host to Zebre at The Sportsground in the Guinness Pro12. Exact date and kick-off time to be confirmed.

14th April 2017
Connacht play host to Leinster at The Sportsground in the Guinness Pro12. Exact date and kick-off time to be confirmed  

28th April 2017
Connacht play host to Scarlets at The Sportsground in the Guinness Pro12. Exact date and kick-off time to be confirmed  

 

St. Patricks Day 

17th March  

 

St Patrick’s Festival parade in Galway is a platform to showcase local artists and community groups. The parade starts at 11.30am and runs through Galway city centre for over 1 hour. The event aims to celebrate Galway’s diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events. Snoozles Hostel is right beside the action in the heart of Galway!

 

 

Where To Visit

Experience one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world. Wherever you travel along the Wild Atlantic Way you’ll find magic, adventure, history and beauty in abundance.

Wild Atlantic Way Failte Ireland

BLASKET ISLAND

In the 1920s and 1930s the Blasket Island writers produced books which are deemed classics in the world of literature. They wrote of Island people living on the very edge of Europe, and brought to life the topography, life and times of their Island. They wrote all of their stories in the Irish language.

More about the History and Heritage of the Blasket Islands

LOOP HEAD

Loop Head, is a headland on the north side of the mouth of the River Shannon, in County Clare in the west of Ireland. Loop Head is marked by a prominent lighthouse. The opposite headland on the south side of the Shannon is Kerry Head.

CLIFFS OF MOHER

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year.

Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. 

DERRIGIMLAGH BOG

This is one of the Signature Points of the Wild Atlantic Way in County Galway.

Derrigimlagh Bog is a spectacular blanket bog near Clifden. It is a mosaic of tiny lakes and peat rich in flora and fauna. In this lonely spot two remarkable events of 20th century history took place.

In October 1907 the first commercial transatlantic message was transmitted from Marconi’s wireless telegraphy station to Glace Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. The station was burned down during the Civil War in 1922, the ruins are still visible today.

KILLARY HARBOUR

Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only true fjord and extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls. It forms the border between Galway and Mayo and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland.

Killary Harbour is also extremely deep, over 45m at its centre. This offers a very safe, sheltered anchorage, because of the depth and the mountains to the south and north. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length. Mussels and clams grown in Killary Harbour are sold at the Westport Country Market every Thursday morning.

KEEM BAY

Keem Bay, at the western end of Achill Island, is one of the most picturesque bays in Ireland. It is accessible by road over a twisting clifftop route on the side of Croaghaun mountain. Keem Bay is virtually uninhabited (the only building is a former coastguard station) and provides a peaceful and magnificent retreat from the 21st century.

At the heart of Keem Bay is the beautiful fine sandy beach. This strand is bordered on two sides by cliffs; to the east by the slopes of Croaghaun mountain, and to the west by a spar called Moyteoge.

DOWNPATRICK HEAD

Just a few miles north of Ballycastle village, County Mayo, is the the windswept outcrop of Downpatrick Head. This is the perfect place to park up and stretch your legs with an invigorating coastal walk.

The name Downpatrick is derived from a time when St Patrick himself founded a church here. You can still see the ruins of the church building, a stone cross and holy well here today. This was once a popular pilgrim destination, and today the crowds still gather here on the last Sunday of July – known as Garland Sunday – to hear mass at this sacred site.

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MULLAGHMORE HEAD

Mullaghmore is a small fishing village that should be on any outdoor enthusiast’s itinerary. The sandy beach here stretches as far as the eye can see and is ideal for a spot of swimming or windsurfing. You can also venture out into the Atlantic for an excursion to Inishmurray Island or a sea angling trip. If you’re more of a landlubber, there’s plenty here for you too. Go for a leisurely stroll and take in panoramic views of Sliabh Liag or watch the waves crash under Classiebawn Castle.

SLIABH LIAG

Sliabh Liag (Slieve Leage), the highest accessible seacliffs in Europe reaching a height of 1,972 feet/601 meters, is almost twice as high as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and nearly three times the height of the more famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.

It is now possible to drive almost to the very highest point as much work has been carried out at the cliffs in recent years. At the top there is now a carpark and a large viewing platform. There are also benches to sit and enjoy the views and picnic tables to perhaps enjoy a picnic whilst taking in the scenery.