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Alcom Telecommunications
Phone solutions partner

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Eventival
Festival Information System Services partner

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Town Hall Theatre
Venue/ticketing partner

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iSupply
Print solutions

Available for all sizes of jobs, from one-off single documents to large scale, large quantity print runs of banners, brochures, posters, pull-ups and other printed materials.

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Galway Rowing Club
Festival HQ (after party venue)

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Design Associates
Graphic Designers

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The Connacht Hotel
Hotel

10% discount to all accommodation booked through the Fleadh use promo code “DIRECT” to avail. Click here to book online now.

The Connacht Hotel is a popular Galway hotel, located on the main Dublin road as you enter Galway City Centre. The hotel has a great advantage of extensive free parking and a regular bus route close by the hotel entrance with direct access to the city centre and business parks.

Due to its prime location, The Connacht Hotel is the accommodation choice for many people who visit Galway, for business and pleasure. Within close proximity to the city centre, tourist attractions, hospitals and Galway’s largest corporate business parks and industrial estates.

The Connacht Hotel has recently launched a new lunch menu and its spacious and comfortable restaurant is ideal for groups of any size. Bar Solo is a popular bar with locals and residents alike serving a top selection of drinks including an extensive cocktail menu. Active Fitness the leisure centre in the Connacht Hotel is Galway’s only 24 hour gym. In addition to the gym itself Active has a fantastic swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room for guests.

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Róisín Dubh
Late Bar/Venue

Undoubtedly one of the best music and comedy venues in the country, we bring established talent to the city while also providing a stage for emerging artists. With a great atmosphere, wonderful staff, and a real commitment and passion to music and comedy, it’s one of the best places to see the best national and international acts around.

Róisín Dubh has long been the home of comedy in Galway. Many great acts including Stewart Lee, Phill Jupitus & Rich Hall, list it as being one of their top 10 venues in the world.

For over 12 years, Strange Brew has been running on Thursday nights. One of Ireland’s longest running club nights, it has been instrumental in providing a stage to the more alternative spectrum of artists that would not have a platform to play otherwise in a town where most venues prefer to take an easier, blander approach to live music. Many of the most successful alternative acts in Ireland today, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Villagers, Le Galaxie, Delorentos, Jape & And So I Watch You From Afar, all started out playing free shows at Strange Brew in Roisin Dubh on Thursday.

Roisin Dubh is one of the most Popular Late Bar in Town – for good reason.

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Hyde Bar and Gin Parlour
Restaurant/Drinks Parlour

An ultimate dining experience like no other!

is an exciting addition to the Galway social scene. After conducting extensive research we have created a venue unlike any other in the city. Hyde is elegant stylish and refined, just like the customers we are here to serve. Outstanding service is our core value.

The best form of marketing is word of mouth and we intend to deliver a product that speaks for itself, from a genuinely and heartfelt welcome when you enter this building, right through your dining or drinking experience.

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Thomas Woodberry's Wines
Fine Wines

We are about wines with personality – wines that can be enjoyed any time with or without food.

It is important for us to stock wines that are about value for money, meeting certain prices; if that means sourcing wines direct from winemakers and producers – that’s what we do. Our range has developed over the last 10 years, additions to our range reflecting both traditional and innovative producers.

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Tigh Neachtain
Bar/Food

Stocking a large and varied selection of drinks at the bar, from little known craft beers to rare and vintage whiskey’s and scotch we are positive there is something for everyone at Tigh Neachtains. And if you're looking for something special we also stock our own home brewed beers which we hope you will love as much as we do. To learn more about our beers click here.

Here at Tigh Neachtains we are always getting involved with something, we love supporting local cultural festivals and groups. We are big advocates for arts and music and we live to celebrate the wonderful offerings from some of the best home grown talent there is! View our up-coming events here.

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An Púcán
Bar/Restaurant

We are an award winning pub and a well-known traditional music venue, just off Eyre Square, where you can find a session every day of the week. The ideal place to visit if you want that authentic traditional Irish bar.

Well known for its excellent food and selection of drinks, An Púcán boasts it’s own whiskey a collaboration with Teeling Whiskeys amongst its selection of over 210 whiskeys and its very own Gin, called Eglinton Gin. The venue has one of the most impressive outdoor areas of any bar in the country, known locally as The Garden, this area has quickly become the place to be seen in Galway.

A late night venue at the weekend with great live bands, it’s one of the most popular places to watch sport with ten tv’s including two large screens it’s the place to follow your favourite team.

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Caribou
Bar/Restaurant

This trendy craft beer bar is one of the best places to get in early and hang out with your mates. There’s a trunk full of board games to break out across the tables, and the massive craft beer selection on tap is always changing, featuring breweries from across the world.

They've got a bar food/nibbles menu which which pairs perfectly with a cold pint of craft beer! They also have your pub standards like Heineken, and spirits.

For a seriously cool and friendly pub with an upbeat, youthful vibe, Caribou should be your go-to.

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Gaslight Bar & Brasserie
Restaurant

Boasting an unrivalled location overlooking Eyre Square, the fabulous Gaslight Bar & Brasserie at Hotel Meyrick offers the perfect solution for Lunch, Dinner or light bites before or after screenings. Visit their website.

With its vibrant atmosphere; cool, comfortable vibe; abundance of natural light and views out over Eyre Square to watch the world go by, it’s your perfect base for this year’s Film Fleadh

Enjoy honest, delicious food options, paired with an expertly chosen wine list and an innovative cocktail menu.

Enjoy Lunch options from €7.95 for our Daily Soup & Sandwich Special, or 2 course Evening Meal from €23.00 per person. Or indulge yourself and enjoy our limited edition Cocktail Afternoon tea :€25.00 per person. Available from 1p.m. - 6p.m. daily.

The Gaslight opens daily from 10.30am till late. Contact 091 564041 to book.

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Brasserie on the Corner
Restaurant

Located on the corner of Eglinton & Mary Street offers the very best in upscale casual dining with dishes that are expertly prepared and presented simply in a buzzing, yet relaxed atmosphere. Serving the best sea-food dishes created from the freshest fish, top quality locally-sourced steaks, vegetarian dishes crafted from the finest local seasonal produce, every taste tells a story at Brasserie on the Corner. Menus have been carefully created by award winning head chef, Joe Flaherty using the best quality ingredients from local producers such as Renvyle Mussels, Gannet’s Fishmongers & McGeough’s Butchers. This is food with a sense of place from Galway’s great natural larder.

The restaurant also offers an extensive drinks menus with over 40 wines from boutique vineyards around the world, mouth watering cocktails and whiskies.

Brasserie on the Corner opens daily from 11am until 10pm

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McGinn's Hop House
Bar/Pizza/Restaurant

We’ve put a lot of love and effort into creating McGinn’s and we really hope you get to enjoy the fruits of our hard work. The reclaimed interior and our wood fired pizza oven took a lot of graft but it has all paid off.

We had a blast on opening night and every night since… come and see something just a little bit different right in the heart of Galway city. We think you’ll love it!

Great Drinks
We’ve got whiskeys, gins, craft beers and more. We have 19 draught taps to quench that mighty thirst of yours. We are loving McGinn’s cocktails too so get on down and try some for yourself.

Great Food
McGinn’s is most proud of its Wood Fired Pizzas. But don’t be fooled – we got a lot more than that. We have Granny McGinn’s famous brekkie every morning as well as tasty lunches and wood fired snacks all day.

Great Atmosphere
We have a really cool reclaimed interior with furnishings from just about every corner of the globe. We’ve got the pizzas, the beers, the cocktails, the sports and more… all we need now is you!

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Corrib Tea Rooms & Guesthouse
Restaurant/Accommodation

Fresh, locally inspired daily menus bursting with flavour served in a beautiful setting overlooking Galway’s famous Salmon Weir

Step back in time and join us in Corrib House Tearooms for breakfast, lunch, teas and coffee. The beautifully restored Georgian Townhouse is the perfect place to unwind and relax overlooking Galway’s famous Salmon Weir . Corrib House opened its doors to the public in October 2011 and has steadily become a favorite hangout of both locals and tourists alike.

The emphasis here is on fresh, simple and local dishes at reasonable prices. The daily changing menu reflects this with everything made in house each morning. Corrib House serve a selection of breakfast options from 9.30-12am and lunch is available from 12:15 to 3 with an ever changing selection of delicious cakes and treats laid out on our front counter until 5pm daily, such as sponge cake with fresh cream and jam, carrot cake with a lime mascapone icing, caramelized almond squares, gluten free brownies to name just a few.

We are passionate about our coffee and are the only cafe in Galway to carry the distinctive Fixx coffee blend. All beans are ethically sourced from coffee farms dedicated to natural methods of cultivation and quality. All waiting staff undergo professional barista training.

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Gemelle's
Restaurant

Gemelle’s is a cosy family run restaurant in the heart of the Latin Quarter of Ireland’s favourite city, Galway.

Paulie Donnellan, the owner and head chef of Gemelle’s is a local Galway businessman who opened his first restaurant in Middle Street. To celebrate the birth of his twin daughters Paulie moved to Quay Street in 1998 and renamed the restaurant Gemelle’s – Italian for twins. With his son Dylan and the twins, Amie and Sarah, Paulie has ensured that the restaurant stays run by the family, bringing a personal touch to everything done in the restaurant.

Born and reared in Galway, Paulie has seen many changes in the city, however, community spirit has always loomed large in his business ethics. Paulie has vowed to support small local businesses in the food and drink industry.

He sources his product from Galway based suppliers as well as small family run businesses from all over the country. Having been recently refurbished the restaurant brings a mix of old and new school to the table. With an extensive ‘Wine on Tap Menu’ and a range of craft beers Gemelle’s caters for everyone.

Gemelle’s never fails to disappoint on value, every night of the week, making sure that enjoyment is at a maximum.

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Handsome Burger
Restaurant

The Handsome lads have had Galway drooling for burgers from the moment they stepped out on the market scene, and now they’re here to stay.

They started with just a grille and a marquee, and now they’ve graduated to a proper kitchen with a big burger-hungry following. Find them at their recently opened restaurant on Dominick Street.

Their menu is small, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have an easy time deciding. The original Handsome special steals hearts with sticky fried onions, special sauce, homemade pickles and a juicy local beef patty, perfectly paired with homemade potato salad or chips fried in beef drippings. And their veggie Bhaji Burger is popular with vegetarians and burger-lovers alike for its Indian-style goodness. That’s only a taste!
Properly sound, locally sourced and always delicious.

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We pull back the curtain to reveal our 2016 programme, complete with special events, special guests and a huge selection of cinema that will appeal to all audiences. Featuring fifteen World Premieres and countless European and Irish Premieres, this feast of film represents the newest voices in Irish cinema alongside a focus on cinema from Finland, daily programmes of shorts (with a shot at the Oscars on the line) and the best in world cinema. The Fleadh also offers an eclectic range of documentaries covering everything from musical mavericks and culinary creatives to humanitarian heroes and roller-derby rivals.

With a reputation as an international launch-pad for the best in new Irish films and new Irish talent, this year’s programme features a number of particularly strong first features from debut directors, such as Richie Smyth’s stunning The Siege of Jadotville, which sees Jamie Dornan as Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan as he leads his Irish Battalion in a tense stand-off against local troops and French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo in 1961; The Young Offenders, a hilarious comedy inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, which follows two Cork inner-city teenagers as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding some unrecovered bales; While Darren Thornton’s debut A Date for Mad Mary meanwhile is a pitch perfect snapshot of modern Ireland featuring a breakout performance from Seåna Kerslake.

Speaking at the launch of the 28th Galway Film Fleadh, programme director Gar O’Brien said, “We are delighted to reveal such a comprehensive programme and we are looking forward to providing a platform for some of the best new and established Irish filmmakers as well as bringing films and talent from all over World to the west of Ireland”.

Another World Premiere is Property of the State which tells of the harrowing circumstances that lead to a triple murder which shook 1990’s Ireland. In View is screenwriter Ciaran Creagh’s directorial debut, which features a standout performance from Caoilfhionn Dunne. Friday, July 8th will see the unveiling of the  World Premiere of Liam Gavin’s unique occult horror A Dark Song. Part fiction, part documentary, part speculative essay on the contemporary world, History’s Future is about one man’s odyssey through a Europe in turmoil – and through his own mind. We then take a journey into a very modern ‘Heart of Darkness’ with two desert-bound mercenaries in Simon Dixon’s gripping debut Tiger Raid before Mark O’Connor and John Connors introduce us to a group of young gangsters as they attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale in the thrilling yet poignant Cardboard Gangsters. This is without mentioning some of Ireland’s best independently made films in South, Twice Shy, Dead Along the Way and Staid.

The opening film of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh will be Creative Control, which is set 5 minutes in the future it is a drama science-fiction film, directed by Benjamin Dickinson from a screenplay written by Micah Bloomberg and Dickinson.

Closing this year’s Fleadh is Galway-produced SanctuarySet in a world of people with intellectual disabilities, Sanctuary is a touching and funny love story about Larry and Sophie, two people who long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart.

On the Documentary front, we  present some truly impressive titles including the World Premieres of It’s Not Yet Dark which tells the inspiring story of director Simon Fitzmaurice (My Name is Emily) and Revolutions, Laura McGann’s exploration of the fast paced & aggressive roller-derby world which has become a haven for determined, pissed-off women in a crippled country. Esteemed documentarian Ken Wardrop (His & Hers) presents the Irish Premiere of his latest film Mom & Me which explores men’s relationships with their mothers in the US’s ‘manliest state’ while Brendan Byrne examines Bobby Sands’ legacy in Bobby Sands: 66 Days. Crash and Burn tells the story of Tommy Byrne who for one brief moment in the 80’s was the World’s best racing driver while Land of the Enlightened is a visually sumptuous examination of war-torn Afghanistan.

Programme highlights include a focus on female filmmakers with some 30 films directed by women directors screening as part of this year’s programme; a focus on Finnish Cinema, featuring work that covers everything from cave-diving and cheerleading in, to Sweden’s 17th century “queer Queen Kristina and her lady love”.  A full menu of Films looking at food and drinks,  a showcase of the best cinema made in, by and about Galway; a complete set-list of the best music documentaries from around the world, and of course the best in Short Films and New Irish and World Cinema.

The subject of this year’s public interview in the Town Hall Theatre is the titan of Irish cinema Jim Sheridan. Other special guests include Ruth Negga, who is receiving well-deserved Oscar buzz for her performance in Loving and critical acclaim for her role in the series Preacher, as the subject of our Actors masterclass and screenwriter Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate about You) who will deliver our screenwriters masterclass.

Click here to view our full programme!